Newest Residence Halls Near Completion

Posted: April 16, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

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Mason will take another significant step this fall in its quest to satisfy students’ housing needs as two new residence halls near completion.

The buildings (formerly known as project Housing VII-C) will be finished in two installments. Eastern Shore, the smaller of the two, will add 200 beds to the Fairfax Campus by mid-October. Hampton Roads will add another 400 beds by summer 2010.

Eastern Shore will be primarily suite-style living, with groups of four to six students sharing a small living area and one or two bathrooms. Hampton Roads will have a similar design, with the addition of a number of efficiency rooms.

Eastern Shore under construction
Eastern Shore under construction, above, and a model of the completed building, below.

Eastern Shore model

Both buildings will not only have plenty of space for students to live comfortably, but they also feature several designated rooms for studying and multiple common areas for socializing. In addition to the ample space inside, the buildings’ location provides most of the rooms with scenic views of the campus.

Once the projects are complete, Mason will boast a total of approximately 5,400 beds on campus, or housing for close to 18 percent of the total student body. In recent years, Mason has made enormous strides in adding on-campus beds. With the completion of these two housing units, Mason will have nearly doubled its numbers in just the last seven years.

But the construction of student housing won’t stop there. Developers are continually scouting out portions of campus that would be ideal for the next plot of on-campus units.

Hampton Roads under construction
Hampton Roads under construction, above, and a model of the completed building, below.

Drawing of Hampton Roads

A project similar in size to Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore is expected to be completed by 2012, though no official decisions have been made as to its location. The chosen area will likely be near existing on-campus housing communities.

It’s probable that a number of parking spaces would be consumed in such a project. But having more students live on campus would mean less incoming traffic and a decrease in the demand for parking spaces.

For more information about all of the new expansion projects at Mason, go to the Building Patriot Pride web site.

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