GW students have always griped that the University spends too much money on facilities and goes overboard when renovating or building new structure, but no one complains when using brand new equipment in these multimillion-dollar structures. In the past decade, GW built homes for the School of Media and Public Affairs and the Elliott School of International Affairs, which cost about $100 million altogether. The campus also built a fantastic gym, the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, dubbed the “Hell Well” by students. It has cardiovascular machines, a weight room, racquetball courts, and a swimming pool. Despite an adequate number of machines, the lines can be quite lengthy during peak times.
Overall, students are pleased with GW’s facilities. The only facilities on campus in poor condition are certain classrooms. Rooms in the Academic Center, where several classes are held, are rather rundown with small desks and wobbly chairs. Corcoran Hall, home to the Science Departments and laboratories, has outdated and inadequate laboratories and equipment, and University officials have said they would like to renovate the building. The newer buildings, however, are gorgeous. Each time the University builds a new facility, it’s top-of-the-line and pleasing to the eye.