GW Design Standards

The GW Design Standards establish guidelines for the design of all new construction and major renovation projects on the Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, and Virginia Science and Technology Campuses. These standards are also applicable for minor renovations and maintenance projects on a case-by-case basis.

The standards provide project managers and design consultants with guidelines for specifying products and systems that conform to the university’s aesthetic and functional demands. They also make them aware of relevant resources and requirements that exist outside of the standards, but are critical to the overall development of a project.

The standards are updated on a quarterly basis to improve operational efficiencies and incorporate environmental, design, and construction best practices.

Integrated Design Review Process

The Integrated Design Review Process ensures that stakeholders are able to achieve greater ‘ownership’ of the university’s new buildings.

This process is made up of 11 teams, each with a specific subject matter focus and each with 2 co-chairs. One co-chair will be a member of the FR&P staff, who will facilitate the process, and one co-chair will serve as a 'subject matter expert'. Representatives from the Division of Operations, as well as from GWPD, Safety & Security, Division of Information Technology, Health & Safety and Academic Technology comprise the membership of the 11 teams.

See documents below for additional information regarding this initiative.


Know Before You Build

Use these standards for new construction and major renovations

GW Design Stanrdards
Updated January 2020