All Three Campuses to Gain New Buildings

Posted: April 18, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

As student enrollment increases at George Mason, new buildings are being added to keep up with the population. Over the next five years, the Fairfax, Prince William, and Arlington Campuses will all gain new facilities.

Capital projects underway include a 300-car addition to the Parking Deck on the Fairfax Campus, to be completed in the fall, and an expansion of the Physical Plant, to be finished in May. The extra space at the Physical Plant will provide space for two new chillers, which will increase building cooling capacity by 25 percent across the campus.

For the first time since 1990, when phase II of Presidents Park was added, George Mason is building more housing. Housing V will provide 500 additional beds for upperclassmen and graduate students in an apartment/suite concept. The new facility will be located either behind the Physical Plant or between Presidents Park and the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The site will be determined in early June.

Academic IV, the $14.5-million tele-education facility for the Fairfax Campus, will be constructed adjacent to College Hall, just southwest of the Johnson Center. Its size–104,000 square feet and four floors–is similar to that of Enterprise Hall. About 90 percent of the building will be dedicated to classrooms, and 10 percent to office space. Bids for the project will be accepted next fall, and 35 percent of the drawings are complete.

The Prince William Campus gains its third building in 2003. The 200,000-square-foot, three-story facility will be built between Prince William I and the Freedom Aquatic Center. It will be approximately half high-tech classrooms and half office space. Thirty-five percent of the drawings are also complete for this building.

Phase II of the Arlington Campus received funding for planning this year, although construction funding is not expected until 2002. Advertising for an architect has begun, and drawings of the 250,000-square-foot building will begin after a firm is hired.

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