McKissack & McKissack provided master planning services for American University’s 10-year master plan for its Washington, DC campus.
The District of Columbia requires American University to file a plan every 10 years that projects its facilities development goals for the following decade. The plan objectives included improving academic facilities and enhancing the landscape, while accommodating additional students and minimizing disruptions to the community. It reflects the university’s obligation to provide the highest quality environment possible to support the work of its students, faculty, and staff, as well as to provide services to the Washington, DC community. The campus plan identifies the following facility needs: undergraduate student housing—800 to 1,000 beds; recreation, dining, and activity space to support additional residents; new law school facility; faculty offices; improved science instruction and research facilities; additional athletic facilities; welcome center; and alumni center.