In 2021, Georgetown University engaged American Campus Communities to develop a strategic housing plan (SHP) to advance the housing initiatives set forth in its University Campus Plan 2017–2036. This plan is designed to support future academic programs and a vibrant living and learning community; a strategic student housing renewal program with a focus on renovations; and a comprehensive, results-based program to enhance neighborhood life. Henle Village represents the first phase of the SHP and is the second community ACC has developed for Georgetown–the previous being the award-winning 55 H Street.
The Georgetown communities make efficient use of smaller urban lots while providing comfortable living spaces and inviting areas for study, wellness and connection. They are also both built to LEED Platinum standards. For both projects, ACC served as developer and construction manager. Georgetown elected to fund them through the use of its own balance sheet and will fully manage the communities.
Slated for delivery in Fall 2025, Henle Village will offer apartment-style living for 740 residents on Georgetown’s main campus. Following the University’s focus on renovations, the project scope includes the demolition of three existing buildings and construction of two 8-story buildings connected on the first floor. In addition to amenities such as private and group study rooms and wellness areas, the community will include new offices for the University Counseling & Psychiatric Services.
Henle Village is targeting LEED Platinum certification with an all-electric design and a thermally efficient building envelope that are part of a holistic energy model set to reduce energy consumption, water use and other natural resources. Building design also includes a green roof with solar panels, low-carbon concrete construction, rain gardens and bioswales, and heritage tree preservation.
ACC developed 55 H Street on a half-acre lot in downtown Washington, D.C. just blocks from the United States Capitol and close to the University's academic facilities near Union Station. The 12-story building’s innovative design offers studios and apartments for 476 undergraduate, graduate and law students, as well as retail, a large community center, courtyards and a rooftop common space. Amenities include meeting and office spaces, exercise studios, a theater and a full-size community kitchen.
The 100-percent electric project achieved LEED platinum certification with a thermally efficient building envelope, green roof, exterior glazing and solar shading. The community has a bioretention garden and employs a state-of-the-art energy monitoring system to empower residents to monitor energy used by the building and produced by rooftop solar panels.
The community, which opened in Fall 2022, won Student Housing Business Magazine’s 2023 Innovator Awards for On-Campus Best Architecture and On-Campus Best Use of Green & Sustainable Construction/Development.