Association of American Medical Colleges HQ

Leading the Academic Medicine Community to Improve Health
Our members will have many opportunities for collaborating and learning together in this wonderful space.
Lorris Betz, M.D., Chair, AAMC Board of Directors
Washington, D.C.
Shalom Baranes Associates
Additional collaborations with Shalom Baranes Associates:
290,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
LEED Gold (targeted)

Clark constructed the new Association of American of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Headquarters Building. Based on an agreement with the District of Columbia Preservation League, five of the site’s nine existing building structures were temporarily relocated during construction and later incorporated back into the final structure.

The AAMC Headquarters Building is an 11-story, 290,000 square-foot concrete structure with 13,750 square feet of retail space on the ground level and three below-grade parking levels. The exterior features multiple façades, including curtainwall, ribbon and punched windows and metal and terra cotta panels. The interior scope of work included a three-story atrium with high-end finishes, two fountains, and five ornamental stairways. The three story lobby atrium fills the space with natural light. An eye-catching vertical water feature at the western end of the lobby - notably visible from Mount Vernon Square - visually connects to an exterior pool with stone seating walls inviting to passers-by. 

The main office tower features an open-space office plan with ergonomic work areas and abundant natural light. Designed to foster collaboration through spaces such as project teaming labs, social hubs, more than 60 conference rooms, the building also has a rooftop terrace and café for staff and member functions. The two-story learning center, with state-of-the art equipment, features a 200-person capacity multipurpose room and eight additional conference rooms to accommodate meetings and professional development programs for AAMC members and constituents.

In an effort to preserve the masonry construction of the early 1900s, the exterior along the southeast side incorporates several historic buildings. The preservation effort did not simply include the building façades but also most of the depth of the buildings. Four historic structures were jacked up one by one and rolled out of the way, waiting to be transplanted near their original spots on the block. 

Each of the four buildings required structural modifications and restoration work to tie into the new structure and had to obtain the historically significant aesthetic the owner and architect were seeking. Multiple planning and coordination sessions took place between the project team and subcontractors to ensure that the skin, waterproofing, and structure connected seamlessly to the historic buildings.


The project, which anticipates earning LEED Gold certification, includes an estimated 75 percent of the building’s roof area is covered with extensive green roofing.

ENR Mid-Atlantic - Award of Merit, Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Project

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