George Washington University – Gelman Library Renovation

Washington, DC

George Washington University

Cox Graae + Spack


ABC Metro Washington – Excellence in Construction Award
Project Overview

The GWU Gelman Library project consisted of demolition of the exterior loading dock, demolition of the interior of the 2nd floor of the library, and the relocation of the building entrance from the 1st floor on H Street to the 2nd floor on Kogan Plaza. Work included construction of a new loading dock, entry plaza and stairs on the east side of the library. Renovation of the 2nd floor consisted of the new entrance, learning/media center, student study areas and lounges, and office and book holding areas, with work all together totaling 32,550 square feet.

As part of The George Washington University campus-wide push for energy efficiency, Donohoe Construction also performed upgrades to the penthouse mechanical and electrical plant. This upgrade included the replacement of four air handling units and the restructure of one air handling unit. The electrical motor control center was also replaced. Donohoe Construction was able to successfully coordinate working around another general contractor simultaneously working in this area in order to complete the project on schedule.