Dear members of the Woodrow Wilson School community and campus partners:

Much has happened since the School moved out of Robertson Hall and into Green Hall in December 2018, and we wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update on the status of the renovation project! More information can be found here.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

In 2015, the Woodrow Wilson School underwent a comprehensive strategic planning process that identified key goals for the School’s future. This included a more collaborative, efficient environment for learning and research. To accomplish this ambitious goal, KPMB Architects were retained to oversee the redesign and renovation of Robertson Hall.

A number of objectives were identified, including: improving acoustic performance, thermal comfort, and way-finding; demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, health, and wellbeing; and responding to the unique architectural heritage of Robertson Hall while ensuring that interior spaces are both flexible and durable.
 
 
 
 
 
PROJECT UPDATE
 
 
 
 
In February 2019, construction company HSC Builders & Construction Managers prepared Robertson Hall for demolition by running temporary electric service and protecting the various design elements that will remain (like the marble stairs and decorative railings).
 
 
 
 
A temporary, external construction hoist was installed to provide greater building access for the construction crews, and perimeter fencing was erected around the building as a precautionary measure.
 
 
 
 
Because the windows in Robertson are narrow, much of the demolition debris had to be carted out in individual wheelbarrows and bins from each floor via the building’s interior passenger elevator. The lobby, Dodds Atrium, served as a staging area.
 
 
 
 
Demolition on all four floors of Robertson continued through the spring, until the building was fully gutted. Once emptied, construction crews turned their attention to insulating the underside of the roof and leveling the floors.
 
 
 
 

By early May, various trades began actively installing ductwork, plumbing piping, and electrical conduit.

 
 
 
 
Framing for wall partitions began going up as well.
 
 
 
 
Demolition of the lower-level office space, formerly occupied by Computing and Business Services, proceeded quickly in June, with the rebuilding process progressing steadily over the summer.
 
 
 
 
Most recently, the project team has tested office front systems as well as operable window designs. With a focus on a modular office design — allowing the School to adapt to the changing dynamics of the workplace and the School's evolving needs — the team is evaluating office and public space furniture and identifying vendors for bidding. They are also working to finalize interior and exterior signage.

Here are a few renderings of what the interior of Robertson Hall will look like when the renovation is complete:
 
 
 
 
Upon completion of the project next summer, the newly redesigned space will provide a highly collaborative environment that respects the building’s unique architectural heritage while meeting the 21st century needs of the School's faculty, staff, and students. The expected completion date is August 2020.

Please stay tuned for future updates this fall as the 2019-20 academic year progresses!

Best regards,

Dean’s Office
Woodrow Wilson School
 
 
 
        
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