AGU has been a part of the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood since the late 1970s. Our priority throughout planning and construction is to be a good neighbor and to ensure that our choices are compatible with the needs and character of the neighborhood. Equally as important, we’re committed to engaging the public with our science and setting an example that will help to ensure a sustainable future for all of us.

Community Benefits

  • Sustainability Best Practices – The renovation will help identify best practices for commercial buildings that want to reduce their carbon and environmental footprint (something that the District government will soon be requiring). The project has already started to pave the way for incorporation of similar approaches and designs into new and existing facilities through our city by facilitating influential conversations with planning and zoning officials. And, once the project has been completed, the new design and systems will be open to the public for informational tours.
  • Interactive Public Exhibit on Earth and Space Science – A new interactive public exhibit space will highlight Earth and space science advancements and their impact on society, creating an exciting and educational destination for the neighborhood.
  • State-of-the-Art Meeting and Conference Space – New accessible, state-of-the-art meeting and conference space will host public events on various scientific topics and will be made available for use to neighborhood and city groups for meetings and events.


How long will the renovation take?
While the project is still in the planning and design phases, it’s expected construction will last approximately 12 months. This is dependent on a variety of factors, including final approval by the Board of Directors, and city permits.

What can neighbors expect during construction?
Construction vehicles and possible road closures or detours to accommodate heavy equipment could affect traffic. Before construction starts, we plan to hold community meetings with residents and our project team to discuss in detail and answer questions. When construction starts, neighbors will always have a point of contact for asking questions or reporting concerns.

Public Meetings and Community Events

We’re your neighbors and want to hear your voice. View our calendar of events to find out when we’ll be hosting open houses, public meetings, or other community events of interest.

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