Groundbreaking at Prince William

Posted: September 15, 2011 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: September 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm

By Dave Andrews

The university held a ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to formally break ground on two new developments on the Prince William Campus.

Mason President Alan Merten, Provost Peter Stearns and Howard Federoff, executive dean for the Georgetown School of Medicine, were among those who took part in the ceremony, which commemorated the start of construction of a 75,000-square-foot life sciences building and a 152-bed graduate student residence hall.

The life sciences building will expand the current research facilities and offer more opportunities for collaboration and program growth. The building will serve as the new home to Mason’s Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, a nationally recognized center that studies the behavior of microscopic proteins.

Additionally, Mason will offer 25,000 square feet of lab-equipped incubator space within the life sciences building to local startup companies. University officials hope this will stimulate other private biotech companies to consider establishing labs in the area. The incubator space would be the first of its kind in Northern Virginia.

The second project will bring on-campus student housing to the Prince William Campus for the first time. The building will be home to 152 graduate students living in 112 apartments. It will also feature 15,000 square feet of retail space, which developers believe will be the first step in creating an adjacent town center.

Construction of both projects will begin simultaneously. The life sciences building will be completed in the spring of 2013, while the student housing project will wrap up by late summer 2012.

The following people participated in the groundbreaking:

  • Alan Merten, Mason President
  • Peter Stearns, Mason Provost
  • Dan Clemente, member, George Mason University Board of Visitors
  • Vikas Chandhoke, dean of Mason’s College of Science
  • Howard Federoff, executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the School of Medicine at Georgetown University
  • Charles J. Colgan, Virginia state senator
  • Wally Covington, member, Prince William Board of County Supervisors
  • Maureen Caddigan, member, Prince William Board of County Supervisors
  • Robert Gilbane, president of development for Gilbane Inc., a construction and real estate development company


From left, Peter Stearns, Dan Clemente, Robert Gilbane, Alan Merten, Vikas Chandhoke, Howard Federoff, Charles Colgan, Wally Covington, and Maureen Caddigan at the Prince William Campus groundbreaking. Photo by Evan Cantwell

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