Update on Campus Facilities, Health and Safety

June 07, 2021


To: GW Community Members

We want to emphasize and reinforce with this message that our residence halls, classrooms, libraries, offices and other spaces are safe and ready for our community members to occupy. 

Our Facilities, Planning, Construction and Management (FPCM) team has been hard at work as we prepare for the fall semester. We continue to prioritize critical health and safety maintenance projects and address any potential health issues associated with the prolonged closure of certain buildings. We would like to share some of our progress across all of our campuses with you:

  • We have updated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems where necessary. Our buildings align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for building reopenings and industry-leading guidance from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for ventilation, filtration and air exchange. 
  • We have continued ongoing cleaning in all campus spaces.
  • We have installed high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters where applicable. 
  • We have continued preventative pest control services.
  • We have performed preventative maintenance checks on all mechanical systems in every building.
  • We are performing monthly water flushes in buildings to minimize the risk of diseases associated with stagnant water.
  • We are performing full building air flushes where applicable prior to the start of the academic year to improve indoor air quality.
  • We have updated public health guidance signage.
  • We are working with property management groups in our leased spaces to ensure spaces are safe to occupy and have similar signage.

Our dedicated facilities team has continued to work onsite throughout the pandemic to ensure campus spaces are ready for occupancy.  When returning to campus, you can expect the following:

  • Common areas in residence halls and academic and administrative spaces have been continuously cleaned and maintained throughout the pandemic.
  • Common kitchen and pantry areas, including refrigerators, have been cleaned.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been placed at the entrance areas of most buildings.
  • Hand wipes will be provided in food venues and computer labs. 

As always, if you notice a facilities-related issue in campus spaces, we encourage you to submit a FixIt request.

In addition to the work mentioned above, GW’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement is the most important and fastest way to move us closer to our pre-pandemic campus experience. We encourage you to receive your vaccine and upload your documentation by August 1 to ensure you will have access to our campuses this year. We will be happy to see you very soon. 


Scott Burnotes
Vice President for Safety and Facilities

Lynn Goldman
Dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health

Ray Lucas
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University COVID-19 Coordinator