Washington College of Law on Schedule to Open in New Year

Washington College of Law rendering

Rendering courtesy of the American University

The American University’s Washington College of Law is on schedule to open at the new Tenley Campus shortly after the new year. David Dower, Assistant Vice President of Planning and Project Management, told the university’s Community Liaison Committee at its September 24 meeting that utility and landscape work is underway, along with the final stages of the Capital Hall renovation. He anticipates that law school faculty and staff will begin moving their offices to the new campus in November.

The fully renovated law school will open for the spring semester on January 6, 2016. An open house for the Tenleytown community is anticipated later in the semester, but no date has been scheduled.

American University will retain the building that formerly housed the law school at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, converting it to serve predominantly as an administrative office building. As part of the renovation, AU intends to retain as much of the interior structure as possible, including several of the existing classrooms which would be allocated across the school’s academic programs. The university is currently soliciting proposals for architectural and engineering services.

Following renovations, American University anticipates that offices related to planning and project management, enrollment, and the university registrar will relocate to 4801 Massachusetts Avenue. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will also move into the building.

In response to a question from the Community Liaison Committee, Dower indicated that American University had not yet explored adding retail to the ground floor of the former law school. CLC members recalled that prior to the law school the building offered retail space, including a wine shop and a Talbots. Dower agreed to raise the potential for retail during the planning process, but cautioned there would likely be limited space available given the number of administrative offices moving into 4801 Massachusetts Avenue.