McKissack & McKissack developed a master plan for American University’s 2021 Campus Plan that identifies academic facilities and site development goals for the next decade.
The District of Columbia requires American University to file a facilities development master plan every 10 years. Objectives include improving academic facilities and enhancing the landscape, while accommodating additional students and minimizing disruptions to the surrounding community. McKissack’s master plan reflects the university’s obligation to provide the highest quality environment possible to support the work of its students, faculty and staff, as well as the highest quality of services to its surrounding community in the District. The campus plan identifies the need for a range of state-of-the-art enhancements to the campus, including 800 to 1,000 more beds to house undergraduates in student housing; more recreation, dining and activity spaces to support additional resident undergraduates; a new law school facility; more faculty offices; improved science instruction and research facilities; additional athletic facilities; a welcome center; and an alumni center.