George Washington University Thurston Hall

Washington, DC

Located two blocks from the White House on the Foggy Bottom campus, Thurston Hall is George Washington University’s largest freshman residence hall and is critical to the first-year experience for many students. The 100-year-old building has seen many uses since in its lifetime but has had no previous comprehensive renovations. A central, inaccessible lightwell will be converted to a highly functional outdoor covered space that will be useable most of the year. GWU is also taking the highly unusual step of putting back fewer beds that are currently in the building to improve residence life.

The building will feature a Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) with heat recovery, high-efficiency magnetic bearing chillers, rainwater collection, and Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). A radiant heating system will help make the central atrium courtyard useable ten months each year while the overhead BIPV canopy is being carefully designed to balance daylight access with solar heat gain. The lower level dining service will incorporate energy-saving strategies such as water source refrigeration, induction cooking, and reduced exhaust airflow. An active circadian lighting system will be used for interior spaces which have no viable daylighting options.