Arlington Campus: Location, Location, Location—and a Lot More

Posted: September 6, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Laura Jeffrey

Arlington Campus

With its proximity to the nation’s capital, George Mason’s Arlington Campus has always been able to tout its prized “location, location, location.” The campus is only four Metro stops from Washington, D.C., and less than five miles from the White House. With several building projects well under way or scheduled to begin in the next year or so, the campus can boast of even more.

When redevelopment plans for the Arlington Campus are completed, the 5.2 acre site will have 750,000 square feet of space and many new facilities to accommodate a projected 7,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

“The Arlington Campus is a continually growing urban campus,” says Stanley Taylor, vice president of the Arlington Campus. “Its courses are primarily in law, public policy, conflict resolution, economics, social work, global studies, education transformation and management.”

Construction is about halfway completed on the George Mason University Foundation Building, a five-story office and retail complex. The 205,000-square-foot building, which includes a parking deck, should be finished by next summer.

Another new building, Arlington II, will rise from the site of the current parking lot after the Foundation Building is completed. Underground spaces of the Foundation Building will be used for faculty, staff and student parking while Arlington II is being built, says Benn Crandall, Mason’s senior facilities project officer.

Arlington II is expected to be completed in the fall of 2008. This $50 million building will provide space for faculty offices, classrooms, a library, computer labs and a television studio. Other features will be a 350-seat auditorium, a multipurpose room and a public plaza. Some expected occupants are the School of Public Policy, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Information Technology and Engineering, the School of Management and the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

The Arlington Campus was established in 1979, when the Virginia General Assembly authorized Mason to open a law school. The law school took up residence in the former Kann’s department store. It remained there until 1998, when Arlington I, now called John T. Hazel Jr. Hall, opened. Hazel Hall, the first newly constructed building on the Arlington Campus, houses the School of Law as well as the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies. Some renovation work on the building was completed this summer.

The former Kann’s building is now called the Original Building. Renovations to the third floor are scheduled to begin next summer, but two new buildings will eventually replace the Original Building. When programming begins for this third and final phase of campus construction, Crandall says a master plan will be developed for nonacademic services and programs on the Arlington Campus. These will include student housing, dining services, academic support services, university life services, parking and transportation. The design process for this phase is expected to begin sometime in 2008, Crandall says.

For more information about this and other construction projects at Mason, go to the Facilities web site.

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