Wesley Seminary

Washington, DC

Wesley Theological Seminary's 1950's-modern style campus is characterized by low-pitched rooms, simple but elegant masonry detail, and the long and low massing of noted architect A. Hensel Phelps. In order to offer ample graduate-level living accommodations for students, MGMA worked with Wesley to develop a four-level residential facility.

Adding 72 new rooms with large, light-filled commons areas on each floor, the Wesley Graduate Residence building blends carefully and subtly with the heavily landscaped terraces that cascade throughout campus.

The structure takes maximum advantage of the composite tilt-up concrete system and harmoniously integrates with the surrounding edifices. In addition, MGMA designed a courtyard between the new facility and existing Straughn Hall for individual and community gatherings.

The overall design process included rezoning, extensive neighborhood involvement, and ANC approval. The team included APM, construction managers; Vantage Construction, the general contractor; PEG, MEP engineering; Morabito Consultants, structural engineering; and AMT, civil engineering.

Interesting Fact

Wesley Seminary won the Tilt-Up Achievement award in 2014.

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