Georgetown University Law Center: Parking Reduction, Transportation Statement + TDM Plan - Wells + Associates

Nicholas Kosar

Wells + Associates’ DC traffic engineering team was retained by Georgetown University to conduct parking and traffic studies in conjunction with the University’s proposed plans to construct a new law building on their Law Center campus. 

The new law building will replace an existing residence hall on campus. Early in the design process, the University had to determine whether to retain all or a portion of the parking associated with the residence hall to be razed. W+A conducted a parking study to determine the existing Law Center parking demand by time-of-day for each user group (faculty, staff, students) for the campus. The study identified the appropriate number of parking spaces to be retained to ensure an appropriate parking supply for the Law Center. Ultimately, a reduction in parking was determined to be adequate to accommodate the needs of the Law Center. 

Subsequent to the parking study, W+A conducted a Transportation Statement in support of the required Design Review by the District of Columbia Zoning Commission. In support of the parking reduction, the Transportation Statement included a breakdown of the modes of transportation used by Law Center faculty, staff, and students and an inventory of transportation facilities, services, and amenities near the Law Center Campus. The Transportation Statement also included a Transportation Demand Management Plan to incentivize and encourage non-auto modes of transportation.   

The project was approved by the Zoning Commission.

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