GWU Square 55 Science and Engineering Complex

The Science and Engineering Complex at The George Washington University (GWU), Square 55, features an impressive $275 million state-of the art facility housing specialized research and educational facilities. The building includes four levels of below grade parking, two levels of program facilities and eight floors of research and teaching laboratories. The facility was opened in 2015.

Froehling & Robertson, Inc. has extensive experience with the George Washington University Campus and monitoring in urban environments. For this reason, Boston Properties selected F&R to provide comprehensive monitoring throughout construction of the Square 55 development project to address their adjacency concerns. The primary objective of the development teams was to protect adjacent residential, research, medical and community structures and to reduce the potential for disruptions to active research and the day to day life in this busy neighborhood.

Our team prepared monitoring and contingency plans and a number of geostructural monitoring services to our client:

  • Pre and post condition surveys.
  • Positional survey monitoring of adjacent buildings, hardscapes, support of excavation systems, and WMATA’s Foggy Bottom Station/tunnels/vent shafts.
  • Vibration and noise monitoring throughout the demolition, excavation and blasting work. Vibration and noise monitoring was particularly important to assure construction activities did not adversely impact investigations and operations of adjacent research and medical facilities.