Georgetown University, Hotung International Law Building and Sport & Fitness Center

Washington, DC | 2004

Forming a new quadrangle with two existing buildings, the Law Building and Sport and Fitness Center have dramatically transformed the downtown campus into a dynamic academic and recreational center. The project is the culmination of a long-standing goal to create a campus that would nurture students in mind, body and spirit and complement the existing Law Center buildings in program and architectural style.
The Hotung building, which brings all of the Law Center's international programs under one roof for the first time, includes the renowned John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library. The facility also houses the only moot courtroom in the nation that replicates the design of the US Supreme Court where two thirds of all cases heard by the Court are first mooted.
Abutting the law building, the Sport and Fitness Center takes texture and material cues from its neighboring structure, yet its sleek, steel and glass exterior creates a dramatic counterpoint - and what an Athletic Business Magazine Award juror called - a welcome response "to some of the more traditional and contextual designs so common on campuses." Entry facade floor-to-ceiling glass and light-filled interior spaces create a sense of openness and visibility on all four, activity-filled levels.


  • Square Footage: 210,000 s.f.
  • Construction Cost: $45,000,000
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Shepley Bulfinch Team

Ralph Jackson
Janette Blackburn
Ronald Finiw
Buddy Mear
Dana Anderson
Kevin Triplett
Tang-Xian Xu
Joseph Rondinelli
David Bliss
Kelly Monnahan
Peter Nobile
Dawn Bridges
Thomas Bursey
Wendy Caraballo
Justin Boucher
Bruce Cole
Daniel Ceglinski
John Fasano
Daniel Fitzgerald
Richard Jackson
Lesia Ilnytsky
Claire Gilbert
Kenneth Guditz
Melanie Kiihn
Larry Kain
Marianna Monfeld
Omayra Rivera-Crespo
Lawrence Sass
Danilo Salive
Hai Wang
Jiawei Wu
Sara Dinoto
Alison Rosa
Andrea Giangrande



  • 25th Annual Facility of Merit Award 2005 for Outstanding Sports/Recreation Facility, Athletic Business Magazine

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"The design firms of Shepley Bulfinch and Ellerbe Becket have taken the themes of these classic buildings, adapted them to the Law Center's current vision and stature in the academic and public world and created dramatic concepts which unite the power of academic architecture and the playfulness of urban campus life." - Wallace Mlyniec, Former Associate Dean of Georgetown University Law Center, Chair of the Law Center's Campus Completion Committee

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