University Community Asked for Input on Planned Hotel and Conference Center

Posted: May 3, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

Mason is drawing closer to having a first-class, full-service conference center and hotel on its Fairfax Campus.

School representatives and the architectural team of Concord Eastridge (CEI) have scheduled a meeting open to all members of the university community to discuss ideas, give feedback and address concerns. The meeting will be held Monday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m. in Room B of the Johnson Center.

CEI will share concepts and visual images of the hotel and conference center and solicit feedback on the project’s elements.

“The purpose of the ‘visioning’ meeting is to show the center’s high-quality design and construction and listen to suggestions on attracting a broad range of users,” says Barbara Lubar, executive director of Events Management. “We have people who stay here for extended periods of time, and we hope to capture the many different ways the hotel and conference center can best be utilized.”

The primary goal of the facility will be to provide an appropriate venue for academic meetings and conferences, house students and faculty during recruitment initiatives and host student life oriented activities.

Keeping these goals in mind, developers are looking for ways to limit Mason’s financial investment, maintain the latest technology and amenities, and see appropriate financial returns.

Additionally, George Mason is considering linking the hotel and conference center with the school’s Visitor Center, alumni, retail outlets, and academic Integration of Tourism and Events Management Program.

For more information, call Events Management at 703-993-2853.

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