Officials complete more than 100 campus improvement projects over summer

Officials have completed more than 100 projects this summer as part of a $10 million expenditure put toward improving campus spaces.

The University wrapped up 150 projects – with 250 more in the works – spanning from furniture additions to the Marvin Center’s third-floor terrace to “enhanced” exterior lighting on the Mount Vernon Campus – according to a University release Monday. The changes come after officials spent the summer evaluating areas of campus in need of more security measures, community space or facility upgrades.

“A university’s space reflects its values and identity,” Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mark Diaz said in the release. “GW is committed to well-maintained and intentionally designed campuses that support our entire community and befit a world-class institution.”

More than 20 residence halls received digital signage to “streamline” communication about community events, residence hall news and safety security resources, the release states. GW staff also embarked on a “trip walk” to identify and fix uneven surfaces and improve lighting in commonly used paths, according to the release.

Officials also addressed issues of mold and pest on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses. Outdoor trash and recycling receptacles will be installed “at a higher frequency” to mitigate the number of pests on campus, according to the release.

The release states that Building GG, which houses the psychology department, also received an upgraded heating and cooling system this summer. The University paid a fine and renovated the building this summer after failing to address issues plaguing the building, like burst sewage pipes.

Officials also announced more than 200 projects on tap for this academic year, including an upgraded Anniversary Park complete with “refreshed” benches and landscaping. Potomac Park will also receive a “distinct GW look” equipped with furniture and food trucks that take GWorld, and some residence halls’ lobbies will be redesigned, the release states.

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