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AU McKinley School of Communication, Washington, DC

View of the Historic Exterior of McKinley
View of the Historic Exterior of McKinley

McKinley Hall is the second oldest building on American University's campus.  Completed in 1907, the historic neoclassical marble building received a partial demolition, renovation and expansion.  New footings, foundations, structural and building systems, and 2 new elevators were installed.  The addition features a glass and metal panel curtainwall on the North and West elevations.  The scope included a green roof with new terrace, media innovation lab, and a 150-seat theater for public forums and exhibitions.  The one time attic space was converted into classrooms and offices by adding new clerestory windows into the existing facade. 

American University's McKinley School of Communication is targeting LEED® NC Gold.

Awards Won:
NAIOP DC|MD Award of Excellence
Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award 

Photography: ©Prakash Patel (

Project Specifications


American University


Bowie Gridley Architects


62,000 SF Historic Renovation & Addition
Targeting LEED® NC Gold 


Lump Sum


18 Months