SIGAL Construction Corporation is renovating and upgrading a significant portion of the stately historic McKinley Building for American University. The cornerstone of the McKinley Building was laid by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902.   The McKinley Building, a symbol of the University’s early days, will be brought into the twenty-first century in a manner that is both environmentally sustainable and historically sound.

Integration of the buildings historic elements with bold new construction, designed by Bowie Gridley Architects, will enhance the School of Communications converged approach to education.  The project will include turning attic space into modern classrooms and offices by adding new clerestory windows in the existing façade.  Additionally, a green roof, new roof terrace, media innovation lab, a150-seat theater for public forums and exhibitions, new MEP systems, two new elevators and a glass and metal panel curtainwall on the north and west elevations of the addition will be part of the project.  Finally, a portion of the existing stone will be removed and reused on the addition and one of the new stairs.The state-of-the-art facility will more than triple the current space of the School of Communication. 

Embracing American University’s commitment to  environmental sustainability, a LEED® Silver certification is targeted for the project with delivery slated for fall 2013.

*Rendering available upon request.

About SIGAL Construction Corporation
Founded in 1977, SIGAL Construction Corporation (SIGAL) is one of Washington’s premier general contractors, known throughout the industry for its dedication to sustainability, high quality, cost consciousness, excellent client relations, and the ability to successfully complete unique and challenging jobs. A founding partner of USGBC, SIGAL offers superior general contracting, preconstruction, construction management, design/build, and sustainability services. SIGAL’s diverse project portfolio includes institutions of learning (K-12 and higher education), Federal and municipal agencies, law firms, corporations, hotels, technology firms, biotech companies, healthcare providers, multi-family housing, and associations/nonprofits.


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