The School of Continuing Studies will consolidate its programs in a new center in the Gallery Place-Chinatown neighborhood scheduled to open in late 2013.
The university signed a lease today for four stories in an office building at 650 Massachusetts Ave., NW, which will house all of the SCS’s programs. The programs are currently spread between the main campus and a satellite location in Clarendon, Va.
In the past three years, the SCS has increased its enrollment by about 360 percent. A new location for the SCS has long been a goal of the university and will allow it to continue to expand in the coming years, beginning with the addition of two new master’s programs in 2013 in urban and regional planning and emergency and disaster management.
“For nearly two years SCS has worked to find a new home that achieves our vision for a state-of-the-art learning environment for our community of students and professionals,” University President John J. DeGioia wrote in an email to the university community. “This milestone for SCS reflects our commitment to providing an education marked by rigor, excellence, collaboration and innovation.”
The university also committed to finding a new location to house 1,000 SCS students as part of the negotiations regarding the 2010 Campus Plan.
According to a university statement, the 91,000-square foot property, termed “Georgetown Downtown” by the university, is slated to include administrative offices, classrooms, group study rooms, meeting spaces, a contemplative space, media and library resource centers and a cafe. The university is working with New York-based firm STUDIOS Architecture to redesign the space.
The university’s most recent financial plan estimated that the new space would cost about $11.5 million between fiscal years 2011 and 2013, but it is unclear what the lease will cost.