BOV Approves Bond for Additional Parking Deck

Posted: September 25, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

At its first formal meeting of the academic year, the Board of Visitors (BOV) yesterday approved a bond resolution for an additional parking deck. The $13 million bond, issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia, will fund the 1,200-car parking garage that will sit on what is currently Lot B. Scheduled to open in December 2004, the 2,500-square-foot structure will be five levels, with 200 visitor spots on the lower level and 1,000 permit-required spaces filling the rest of the building.

In his report to the BOV, President Alan Merten said this year’s student enrollment of 28,000 could make George Mason the largest academic institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Merten, who recently hosted 150 student leaders at Mathy House, told the board he was impressed with the quality of the current student body. “Their pride in themselves and in each other came through,” he said.

Merten praised Mason’s building and grounds staff, as well as the university police and food service personnel in responding to Hurricane Isabel. He also thanked the ITU staff for responding to computer worms and viruses that recently hit the university computing system. These problems hit “at a critical time just when students were arriving on campus and Innovation Hall was opening,” he said.

In other business, the Faculty and Academic Standards Committee agreed to have a member of the faculty sit on the committee. The Faculty Senate will designate a representative for the next committee meeting in November.

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