University Announces Names for Buildings, Parking Decks

Posted: January 20, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

George Mason’s Building Naming Committee has announced new names for four buildings, a library, and parking decks on the Fairfax and Prince William Campuses.

The new building names are:

Housing VI–Potomac Heights

Prince William I–Occoquan Building

Prince William II (research building)–Discovery Hall

Prince William III–Bull Run Hall

Prince William Library–Mercer Library (for John Mercer, who was a mentor to George Mason and a resident of Prince William County)

In addition, with the new parking deck under construction on the Fairfax Campus, the committee decided that names were needed to distinguish the decks from each other, and that naming them after the roads they are on would be appropriate. Therefore, the new names are:

Existing parking deck–Mason Pond Parking Deck

Deck under construction–Sandy Creek Parking Deck

The Building Naming Committee, headed by Helen Ackerman, vice president for University Relations, is charged with recommending names for campus buildings with generic names, such as SUB I and Lecture Hall. The new names are considered interim until a donor comes forth with a contribution to have a building named after himself or herself. The Executive Council approves the suggested names.

“It’s an interesting exercise because people feel very strongly about names,” says Ackerman. “Names convey very strong messages. So identifying what kinds of names would be appropriate for George Mason and what kinds of names would be appropriate for each campus is quite challenging. Those that seem to work best are those associated with George Mason the man, and historical and geographical names related to Northern Virginia or Virginia.”

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