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Monday, 18 April, 2016

AAVMC to Relocate International Headquarters


 655 K Street
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 18, 2016 -- In a move that will provide more suitable facilities and advance the One Health agenda, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) will relocate its international headquarters to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) new office building at 655 K Street in Washington, D.C. this September.

That building is rapidly becoming a nucleus for leading educational associations in the health professions, including the AAMC, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the Physician Assistants Educational Association. There are reports that other healthcare oriented educational associations are considering a move.

“This is a strategic move for the AAVMC,” said Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe. “It’s a modern building designed from the ground up to promote organizational collaboration and productivity so it’s better for us in that respect. Moreover, it will enable us to work on a day-to-day, side-by-side basis with leading educational associations serving physicians, dentists, physician assistants and other healthcare organizations. I believe this will position us for success in a number of key areas, including One Health.”

Opened in 2014 as a “destination learning center,” the AAMC headquarters is a 290,000 square foot complex of office, conference, and retail space in Washington’s evolving Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.

Designed to foster collaboration through spaces such as project teaming labs, social hubs, and more than 60 conference rooms, the building also has a rooftop terrace and café for staff and member functions. The two-story learning center features a 200-person capacity multipurpose room and eight additional conference rooms to accommodate a variety of meetings and professional development programs.

With its abundance of natural light, the building was designed to achieve a LEED Gold certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. An estimated 75 percent of the building’s roof area is covered with extensive green roofing.

The AAVMC will occupy about 4,000 square feet on the seventh floor of the building. Designers are currently configuring the office and conference room facilities, and the AAVMC will have access to other conference rooms and convocation facilities.

The AAVMC has occupied facilities at 1101 Vermont since the late 1990’s.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. 

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Jeanne Johnson or Jeff Douglas                                                                                       
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