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Healey Family Student Center | Georgetown University

ikon.5 architects


3700 O Street NW



Georgetown University


  • Structural Engineer: Robert Silman and Associates
  • Electrical Engineer: JVP Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer: JVP Engineering
  • Plumbing Engineer: JVP Engineering
  • Lighting Designer: MCLA Lighting Design
  • Civil Engineer: Dewberry
  • Landscape Architect: Oehme Van Sweden
  • Other: Sustainable Building Partners

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Year Completed



45,000 sq. feet

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Project Description

• Student lounge
• Great Room
• Group study rooms
• Individual study areas
• Smoothie Bar
• Pub
• Meeting rooms
• Ballroom
• Music studios
• Dance studios
• Film Studies theater
• Outdoor terrace

The New South Student Center at Georgetown University is a renovation and addition that transforms an existing mid century residence hall into a vibrant new university living room for undergraduate life. Inspired by the unique ‘Hoya Saxa’ (stones) identity of the Georgetown student body, the center creates an experience of study and casual living spaces carved out of interior and exterior stone edifices. The ‘Saxa’ living wall is a stone clad green wall that provides a natural bio-friendly character to the Great Room that overlooks the Potomac and is one of many design features that assist this project in achieving a LEED Gold certification. Inside the ‘Saxa’ living wall are 12 individual wood clad group study rooms with enhanced video display systems and writable glass partition for students to work on projects together or separately. The Riverside Terrace is an outdoor landscaped area that extends the living space of the Great Room outdoors and overlooks the Potomac.

Supporting the casual and study spaces of the student center are a pub and smoothie café that offer alternative food venues to the campus dining hall. An art gallery and music and dance studios give the student artists a place to showcase their craft. A 350 seat ballroom and dividable meeting rooms offer multipurpose use for student organizations and groups. The overall character and themes of each of the program spaces evoke the proud heritage of the University in a contemporary and modern architectural language that builds on the ‘Hoya Saxa’ identity of Georgetown and adds to the many interpretations of its Latin root in built form.
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