“Rooftop Addition” proposed for the AGU HQ Building – Meeting Tonight

by Prince Of Petworth March 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm 7 Comments


“Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) invite you to an informational reception to learn and provide feedback regarding plans to renovate the AGU Headquarters Building.
Where: AGU Headquarters, 2000 Florida Avenue, NW Conference Room A
When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.”


“The AGU headquarters building, which is over 20 years old, is in need of significant system upgrades and improvements. In keeping with AGU’s mission, the organization is researching ways to renovate the building that could achieve a net zero* energy goal.

After months of research, the team has determined that in order to achieve the net zero goal, the project would require historic preservation and zoning approval. The project is currently undergoing ANC review which is your opportunity to provide feedback as members of the public.
Please join your ANC representatives, AGU leadership, and team members for an informational session about the project and what it will mean to the neighborhood, the city and how this project could set a new national standard in environmental building practices.

If you are unable to attend the reception please contact [email protected] and/or Commissioner Warwick at [email protected] for more information.”


Home to my favorite sidewalk:


  • bruno

    I love that building, and the rare chance to look down and see planets :^) Well captured here.

  • DJFinance

    I’m curious why it is in need of significant systems upgrades or renovations after just twenty odd years? An unrelated question… why do utilities companies insist on using the spray paint markings like the one in the picture here that last so long? They did this on my sidewalk several times and years (and several power washings) later, they still visually scar the sidewalk.

    • carlosthedwarf

      I cannot fathom a mindset in which spray-painted markings on the sidewalk are a problem worth complaining about. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from reading popville for years, it’s that DC residents can find a reason to complain about literally anything.

      • DJFinance

        Including the kids on my lawn. You’re right. I was more curious about the reasons for using such long-lasting paint than I was (or meant to be) complaining about it.

  • your boy from kensington

    This is a dreadful building that is a crude cartoon of what makes the neighborhood great. Glad they are putting a cornice onto it, even if in a backwards way.

    I don’t get the love for the planets. It’s our loss that modern architecture has made this mute, simplistic illustration of science. I just looked it up, and they don’t even do astronomy!

    • Pete

      Geophysics isn’t astronomy – different yet related sciences. Like architecture and urban planning – related but not the same. Planets (generally) act the same, so the study of Earth’s plates (for example) could apply to Mars (for example), so could allow us to understand that planet better. There are journal articles that they publish that discuss geophysics of other planetary objects (e.g. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015JA022293/full).

      As a member of AGU, like any herd, I feel the need to explain (defend?).

    • reality

      So grouchy.


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