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Campus Construction Information and Updates

As part of American University’s continuing efforts to ensure infrastructure throughout campus meets the highest levels of quality, reliability, and safety, AU will undergo a two-year project to replace the underground steam lines that bring heat to all main campus buildings.

Features of the new heating system and high-efficiency boiler plant:

  • Reliability and energy and carbon savings for the future
  • Decrease in fossil fuel consumption by more than 10 percent
  • Decrease in grid electricity consumption by more than 35 percent
  • 50 percent reduction in campus energy carbon emissions

AU’s new Hall of Science is also under construction currently. The three-story, state-of-the-art facility will house the university’s biology, environmental sciences, chemistry, and neuroscience departments in a modern, centralized location.

While these initiatives are under way, portions of our streets and sidewalks on campus will be closed temporarily. We will do our best to minimize any inconvenience to the AU community, as we improve the reliability of our infrastructure.

Visit this page regularly for the latest updates on construction locations and schedules, as well as alternate routes where needed.

Updates and Schedule

The work will take place in phases. Please take note of blocked paths and suggested alternate routes.

  • Beginning September 7, parking areas and dumpster behind Letts Hall will be obstructed.
  • Beginning September 15, vehicles no longer will be able to park in parking spots on the south side of the CDC building.

Have Any Questions?

If you can't find a wheelchair-accessible route or have any construction-related questions, please contact 2Fix.

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How much is a 50 percent reduction in campus energy carbon emissions?

  • Equivalent to carbon sequestered by 5,000,000 trees each year

  • Saves 8,700 barrels of oil

  • Equivalent to removing the entire existing AU central heating system

Architectural rendering of Hall of Science building

Hall of Science Building

Visit the Hall of Science Building page for more information about ongoing construction.

Hall of Science

Hall of Science Construction

Areas Affected

  • The Beach (area behind McKinley Building) and parking lot between McKinley and Beeghley Buildings will be closed for the duration of construction.
  • Access to Reeves Field will remain open between Bender Arena and Asbury Building and between Beeghley Building and Broadcast/Media Production Center.

Map of campus showing Hall of Science construction area

August 20 – September 15

Area(s) Affected:

  • Walkway between the back of Bender Library and McKinley Building will be closed.

Alternate Route

  • To reach Clark or Roper Buildings, go around the front of Bender Library and take the walkway between the library and the School of International Service.

Map of the southern half of campus, showing buildings and areas fenced off during construction

September 15 – October 15

Area(s) Affected:

  • The Beach (area behind McKinley Building) and parking lot between McKinley and Beeghley Buildings will be closed for the duration of construction.

Alternate Route

  • Access to Reeves Field will remain open between Bender Arena and Asbury Building and between Beeghley Building and Broadcast/Media Production Center.

Map of the southern half of campus, showing buildings and areas fenced off during construction