Sept. 21, 2004
Ivory Tower Opens
Students Move into GWs Newest Residence Hall Facility
With the opening of Ivory Tower, GW took another step to meet its goal,
and the aims of the community, to house more students on campus while
providing commercial services to the neighborhood.
This residence hall brings the University ever closer to meeting
the campus plan goal for undergraduate housing by the 200607 academic
year, said GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. The addition
of 728 beds on campus allows more undergraduates to reside in on-campus
housing than ever before.
The 319,000-square-foot residence hall features 10 floors of residential
apartments, two underground parking levels, computer labs and a first
floor public food court, which includes five retail and food service venues.
Foggy Bottom residents voice two concerns consistently, said
DC Councilman Jack Evans. They want GW to house more students on
campus and they want to see more community-serving retail. The Ivory Tower
is a step toward addressing both issues by housing over 700 students on
campus and providing public food and grocery options.
Robert Chernak, senior vice president for student and academic support
services, said the 23rd Street area is now a new hub of campus with Ivory
Tower, Townhouse Row and the Lerner Health and Wellness Center all opening
within the last three years.
Its a lively place and it will be even more lively at the
Smith Center because were going to have an unbelievable basketball
season, Chernak said. The new business school will be opening
soon, too, so theres been a shift to that part of campus.
Chernak added there has been a shift in students who are choosing to reside
on campus instead of off campus.
Theres been an increase in the residential student population,
Chernak said. As we build more attractive housing options, were
going to see a greater level of occupancy.
As plans are underway to celebrate Ivory Tower later this fall, the University
could break ground on another residence hall providing 379 additional
beds at 2025 F St. later this year. The University also is targeting the
addition of more beds in existing on campus facilities through a reconfiguration
of existing space.
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