AU Law School Transition to Tenley Campus Underway

Faculty and staff have begun moving into the new Washington College of Law at American University’s Tenley Campus. While a few offices transitioned in November, including the Pence Law Library which started moving its collections into the Warren Building mid-month, the big move will take place this weekend, according to David Dower, Assistant Vice President of Planning and Project Management. Speaking at the December meeting of the AU Community Liaison Committee, Dower confirmed that construction at the law school had entered its final stages, with most interior work complete.

Spring semester classes for the Washington College of Law’s 1,478 students will begin at the new campus on January 11, 2016. AU will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the campus officially on Friday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will participate in the event, as will D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Other luminaries – some of them international – are expected to attend, but have not been confirmed at this time. The event will be open to the public.

Following the move to the Tenley Campus, American University intends to renovate the interior of the former law school building at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Dower projects that work should begin in May 2016 and be completed by the end of the summer.

The newly renovated Spring Valley Building will house predominantly administrative offices, most of which will move from buildings the university previously owned in Tenleytown. The Brandywine Building, former home of WAMU among other offices, and 4620 Wisconsin Avenue are currently under contract with a developer.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will also move to Spring Valley, which will allow the continuing education program to utilize the 25 classrooms remaining in the building. OLLI Board Member Betsy White told the CLC that the organization is looking forward to centralizing its offerings; classes currently are held at several locations including the Temple Baptist Church, the Katzen Arts Center, and other sites around the neighborhood.

In addition, American University will hold some upper level courses at the Spring Valley Building. However, Linda Argo, Assistant Vice President of External Relations and Auxiliary Services, said it is the university’s “goal to keep core academic programs on the main campus.”

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