Washington, DC

Georgetown University, Regents Hall Science Center


Georgetown University desired a new science center to maximize collaboration and interdisciplinary research among the biology, chemistry, and physics departments in order to facilitate scientific discovery and advancement.  SGH provided structural engineering and building enclosure consulting services for the 154,000 sq ft Regents Hall that includes laboratories, classrooms, a loading dock, and a mechanical penthouse, as well as a nuclear magnetic resonance suite and an Integra superconducting magnet cryogenic storage system.

The five-story building consists of two wings, with independent steel-framed superstructures and composite slabs on metal deck.  SGH designed the structural systems and highlights of our design include the following:

  • Two-way reinforced concrete slabs supported on drilled caisson foundations
  • Teflon slide bearings at wing interfaces to accommodate seismic movement
  • Structural systems with vibrational velocities as required by equipment manufacturers
  • Steel concentrically-braced and moment frames to provide lateral support
  • Seismic detailing to increase ductility and decrease demands on the foundations to accommodate varying subsurface conditions

SGH also provided building enclosure consulting services for the new science center and the existing Reiss Science Building.  Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Consulted on waterproofing of roofs, including the garden roof, curtain walls, metal panels, and terra-cotta cladding
  • Provided construction monitoring and testing of full-scale performance mockups at a testing laboratory

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Project Size
New Construction
Structures | Building Enclosures
Payette Associates Inc.
Specialized Capabilities
Building Design | Facades & Glazing | Roofing & Waterproofing

Key team members

Michael Louis
Michael Louis
Senior Principal
Pedro Sifre
Pedro Sifre
Senior Principal
Niklas Vigener
Niklas Vigener
Chief Technical Officer