Administration announces potential delay in Northeast Triangle Dorm, temporary use of Leavey hotel
The University announced Monday that construction of the Northeast Triangle Dorm may be delayed until the fall of 2016, a whole year later than was originally expected. To help fill the gap and meet the 2010 Campus Plan requirement of housing 450 more students on campus by 2015, the administration is considering converting the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center into temporary student housing.
The controversy and discussion surrounding the proposed design, which prompted the University to start a student engagement campaign and update the dorm’s look, accounts for some of the delay. Bureaucratic approval checkpoints from the Old Georgetown Board and the D.C. Zoning Commission, meanwhile, further hamper the start of construction.
“The delay has to do with a lot of factors,” Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson said in an interview with Vox. “It has to do with making sure we get the design right, both from a student perspective and the perspective of the Old Georgetown Board.” Olson added that even the government shutdown also delayed the Northeast Triangle Dorm because it affected the OGB.
According to Olson, however, any possible delay in the dorm’s construction does not change the fact that the University views the Northeast Triangle Dorm and the renovation of the old Jesuit residencies Ryan and Mulledy Halls as its long-term solutions to the Campus Plan requirements.
The Northeast Triangle Dorm designing process or construction will not be rushed to meet the original, expected completion time of fall 2015. “We’re committed to building the right building that’s going to serve our students well in the long-term,” Olson said. “While we are trying to follow a great process as quickly as we can, we are not going to let that compromise the building just for speed.”
Should the University decide to use the Leavey hotel as a temporary solution, only moderate changes would need to be made to it. The University would likely convert only two floors (about 120 beds) to student housing and would add only common rooms, study rooms, and a student laundry area. According to Olson, upon completion of the Northeast Triangle Dorm, the hotel would no longer serve as student housing and would be converted back into just a hotel.
“We know that, over the long-term, [the hotel] is valuable to the University as a hotel for a variety of different parts of the University,” Olson said.
The University will host more student engagement sessions on its current housing options, including Ryan and Mulledy, after the break. Check back with Vox for more coverage on the use of the hotel and whether the Northeast Triangle Dorm actually will be delayed.
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