George Washington University

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Engineered for health.

In keeping with the school's focus on disease prevention, the design of The George Washington University School of Public Health building is health-promoting and sustainable. AEI's MEP, fire protection, information technology, energy modeling and sustainability consultation was critical to the project's earning LEED® Platinum certification.

Building performance statistics include a 64% reduction in energy use and 30% reduction in lighting power compared to the ASHRAE 90.1 2010 baseline and an energy use intensity of 67 kBtu/SF. Project water use was reduced by 41% compared to baseline through installation of low-flow fixtures and rainwater reuse for flush valves and cooling tower make-up.

Building features include: chilled beams served from dual-wheel heat recovery dedicated outside air units; under floor displacement ventilation systems; heat recovery chiller for process loads and heating augmentation; high efficiency chillers, pumps, cooling tower fans and boilers; CO2 monitoring; energy efficient lighting controls, daylight harvesting and occupancy sensors; 8,000 gallon-capacity rain water collection; low flow plumbing fixtures; and, green roof.


Washington, DC


  • Ayers Saint Gross - Design Architect
  • Payette - Architect of Record

LEED Status

LEED Platinum

Building Size

160,000 square feet


  • 2017 COTE Top Ten
  • 2017 AIA Awards - Interior Architecture
  • 2016 AIA/NY COTE Honor Award
  • 2016 Boston Society of Architects, Sustainable Design, Citation Award
  • 2016 Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award
  • 2015 IIDA New England, Best Education
  • 2015 USGBC, National Capital Regional: Project of the Year: New Construction Award
  • SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture: New Bldg, Merit
  • 2015 AIA New England, Merit Award
  • 2014 AIA DC Chapter Award
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"The building itself is a promise to the future. The promise of light, the promise of movement.” – Mike Milken

"It takes determination, creativity, and flexibility to push the envelope of what is possible and attainable with engineered mechanical systems. But without a visionary client and committed project partners, you’re nowhere." – Scott Spangenberg, PE, LEED

Consolidating the School’s seven departments for the first time in its history, the facility serves as an educational resources center, providing state-of-the-art classrooms and lecture halls, teaching labs, conference rooms, collaborative spaces, departmental offices, study areas, and specialty spaces specific to the teaching and research activities of GW’s Department of Exercise Science.

The George Washington University School of Public Health advances the health of the populations of local, national, and global communities, in collaboration with government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

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"I can’t imagine a more extraordinary place to work in the field of public health than in this building.” – Steven Knapp, President, George Washington University

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