Catholic University Columbus School of Law

Location: 
Washington, D.C.
Client: 
The Catholic University of America
Contract Value: 
$24,000,000
Size: 
370,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
1994
Sector: 
Expertise: 

Catholic University of America's (CUA) Columbus School of Law building is a 370,000 square-foot, four-story law school building and a 200,000 square-foot, below-grade parking garage. Building this highly articulated, classical-styled building required meticulous collaboration between Clark, CUA, and the architect.

The Columbus School of Law's 170,000 square-foot law school building features eight tiered classrooms with acoustics and sight lines for discussion and dialogue, plus six additional seminar rooms, offices, and study space. From the lobby area, students and visitors can enter the Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library, ceremonial and trial courtrooms, law journal suite, moot court board offices, classroom wings, and seminar rooms. High-end finishes and cherry millwork, including detailing, desks, chairs, and booths, are featured throughout the building. 

Designed to be the heart of the building, the Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library offers a wide range of curriculum support services and research facilities. The 54,000 square-foot library is constructed as a separate wing, consisting of three levels connected by a monumental staircase. Rich in detail, the Grand Reading Room is of impressive proportions and designed to provide a comfortable space for study and research. 

The level of craftsmanship demanded by the Columbus School of Law's design required meticulous collaboration between Clark, CUA, and the architect. Unique features include the mosaic-designed brick skin, three-story atrium with glass skylight and stone floor, and highly detailed millwork located within the courtrooms and in other areas throughout the facility. Employing a proactive coordination process and problem solving attitude, the Clark team was able to deliver this monumental project on time and within the University’s budget.

Awards: 
ABC Metropolitan Washington Chapter - Excellence in Construction Award-Best Institutional
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Interior Stone
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Unit Masonry
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