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About the ACS’ New Capitol Hill Location in Washington, DC


As the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has sought to play a more active and influential role in Washington, DC, the move of its Division of Advocacy and Health Policy to the newly constructed building located at 20 F Street, NW, is an investment in the future of surgery and a commitment to the broader medical community. The College’s centralized presence on Capitol Hill represents a new era in surgery, shaped by a united surgical community speaking with one voice about the issues that affect patient care and the surgical profession.

ACS Building Use
Previously based in Georgetown, the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy staff work to promote public policy initiatives of importance to surgeons and their patients. The 20 F building will allow the College to hire more staff people in congressional and regulatory affairs without physical restriction. ACS headquarters remain in Chicago.

Uniting Surgery
The new building has meeting areas large enough for ACS to convene with other specialty societies with common interests, bringing the surgical community together as a united presence. For example, ACS often coordinates efforts with other mission-similar groups to address outcomes-related topics, and participates in coalitions seeking to achieve passage of legislation regarding Medicare payment, liability and health system reforms.

Building Facts  
Specs: 10-story, 165,000-square-foot, Class A office building
Location Heart of Capitol Hill, close to Union Station and major federal buildings
Total Est. Cost: $107.6 million
Groundbreaking:  May 9, 2008
Completion Date:  January 22, 2010
Grand Opening:   June 3, 2010
Key Tenants: The ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy staff occupies the 10th floor. The remaining nine floors house other specialty societies and businesses, including the National Business Group on Health, the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, and Adams and Reese, LLP.

Key Components of Building

  • A two-story glass entrance and dramatic atrium, as well as a 4,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, serve as ideal spaces for occupants to host receptions and other gatherings with lawmakers and their advisors.
  • The building’s state-of-the-art conference center, equipped with two board rooms and a catering kitchen, provide a central location to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration with representatives from other surgical and medical societies.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows offer expansive views overlooking Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street.
  • The building also provides ample underground parking and a fully equipped fitness center.
Owner: American College of Surgeons
Architecture Firm: Evans Heintges Architects
General Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
Office Leasing: Jones Lang LaSalle
Property Manager:  Boston Properties      

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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit


Sally Garneski