University Plans Research Facility near Parking Lot K

Posted: July 5, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason plans to erect a 30,000-square-foot modular structure near Parking Lot K to serve as a facility for research activities at the university. The facility is intended to relieve research space shortages for such units as the Department of Psychology, the School of Computational Sciences, the College of Nursing and Health Science, and the School of Information Technology and Engineering. The building also is expected to become the new home of the Office of Sponsored Programs.

“The need for this facility is a testament to the rapid growth of research activities at George Mason,” says Provost Peter Stearns. Funding for the facility will be provided, at least in part, by overhead revenue from the university’s sponsored research contracts, says Chris Hill, vice provost of research.

The decision to build a modular structure as opposed to a more permanent building was “an issue of timing,” Hill says. A permanent building would take between five and seven years to complete, while research space is needed right now. Several researchers have expressed dire need for more space, he says. The building is expected to be complete by September 1, 2001.

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