Law center, garage to break ground

Construction workers are ready to begin building the Law Learning Center and garage, a top administrator said Friday.

Demolition for the project is complete and excavation will start “any day now,” Senior Associate Vice President for Operations Alicia O’Neil Knight said. The building will add 20,000 square feet of academic space to the GW Law School, as well as about 450 underground parking spots.

Located on G Street behind Potomac House and next to Tonic Restaurant, the $31 million project will be completed in phases – the academic area will open in the spring or summer of 2013, but vehicles can begin parking in the garage next fall.

About 58 parking spaces will sit on the surface level in addition to 392 spots below ground, replacing spaces lost after the demolition of the University Parking Garage, torn down to make way for the Science and Engineering Complex. The District requires the University to maintain an adequate number of on-campus parking spots.

Built to grant the law school more flexibility in determining class offerings, the building will feature a green roof, skylights and a storm water-runoff site. It will also include parking spots with charging stations for electric cars.

The structure, with glass walls bookended by metal panes, features a large canopy over the entryway, according to design plans.

The D.C. Zoning Commission, which must approve city development sites before buildings can be erected, issued a final order of approval for the project April 25.

This article was updated Sept. 15, 2011 to reflect the following:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the academic portion of the building will open for use next summer due to misinformation from Senior Associate Vice President for Operations Alicia O’Neil Knight. In fact, it will open the following spring or summer, in 2013. The original story also provided a range for the project’s cost – $31 million to $37 million. The final determined cost for the structure is $31 million.

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