9651 Hawkins Drive Manassas, Virginia 20109 Tel: (571) 292-5900

George Washington University - Science & Engineering Hall

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  • Masonry Materials34,300sf of terra cotta rain screen
  • LocationWashington, D.C.
  • General ContractorClark Construction
  • ArchitectBallinger - Rob Voss
  • Property OwnerGeorge Washington University

Project Overview


2015 ABC Excellence in Construction Award

​2015 Washington Building Congress Craftmanship Award 

Completion of the George Washington University's Science and Engineering Hall included one of the most significant Terra Cotta projects in the DC region to date.  This eight-story above grade research and teaching center incorporated three types of tile finishes, spanning 35,000 square feet, and required the installation of metal subframing, soffits, baguettes, and a custom perforated metal panel. 

Calvert Masonry pushed the limits of the engineered system in order to successfully integrate with the building design for thermal movement and geometry.  They worked closely with the fabricator in Germany to maintain a high level of quality control and ensured that quality materials were delivered.  They made sure that any changes were approved by the engineer and designed new elements when necessary. 

Calvert Masonry also completed this complex project with a strong focus on coordination.  The Science and Engineering Hall is in the middle of a busy metropolitan area.  It is located across the street from a metro stop and a hospital, and is on the same block as three student dorm buildings.  It is also located between two often crowded streets.  Due to this location, coordination with Clark and other subcontractors was vital to the successful completion of the site work. 

The large amount of detailed glass exterior work also required Calvert Masonry to organize significant design coordination with adjacent work and pay attention to tolerance details.  They integrated their work flawlessly with other trades on the exterior.

Calvert Masonry's approach towards coordinating with Clark and other subcontractors, as well as their attention to the quality of the product installed, displayed their skill and strength in craftsmanship.