From academic buildings and student unions to modules and parking garages, George Mason University occupies more than 160 structures spread over three campuses, a satellite site in Loudoun County, and a retreat and research center in Mason Neck. The university owns the vast majority of these structures, but it leases some. The oldest structure is the Buchanan House on the Fairfax Campus. The largest academic building is the Founders Hall/parking garage complex on the Arlington Campus. Meanwhile, the smallest structure is a 33-square-foot information booth on the Fairfax Campus.
Rogers Hall (2012)
This residence hall, along with nearby Whitetop residence hall, will add 600 beds to campus. Its name is a reference to one of the highest mountain peaks in Virginia, given that the location of the housing project is the highest point on the Fairfax Campus.
Whitetop Hall (2012)
This residence hall, along with nearby Rogers residence hall, will add 600 beds to campus. Its name is a reference to one of the highest mountain peaks in Virginia, given that the location of the housing project is the highest point on the Fairfax Campus.
University Hall (2011)
University Hall brings many of Mason’s administrative offices and institutional support services under one roof. The 143,869-square-foot building houses the offices of Human Resources and Payroll, University Relations, Development, Alumni Affairs, and Sponsored Programs, among others. Space on the first floor is dedicated to classrooms and commercial development.
Biomedical Research Laboratory (2010) (PW)
This 53,000-square-foot building provides secure space for Mason researchers to advance their work on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases and contribute to the national effort to fight bioterrorism. It’s one of 13 regional biocontainment laboratories that have been or are being built nationwide through competitive grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.
Founders Hall (2010) (ARL)
At 413,532 square feet, which includes a 160,000-square-foot garage, this is the largest structure in Mason’s inventory and is the most prominent building on the Arlington Campus. It houses the School of Public Policy, as well as offices and classrooms for various other academic and administrative units. Outside is the half-acre Virginia Square Plaza, which was designed as a community gathering place. The building was named in honor of the founders of Mason.
This temporary structure will be used until a permanent greenhouse planned for the roof of the Science and Tech annex can be built.
Hampton Roads (2010)
At 120,408 square feet, Hampton Roads accommodates approximately 400 residents in suite-style single and double occupancy rooms and features lounges and study spaces on each floor. The Pilot House dining facility is located on the ground level. It’s named after an area of Virginia.
Hylton Performing Arts Center (2010) (PW)
As its name implies, this 112,353-square-foot building hosts plays, concerts, and other performances. It’s home to the 1,123-seat Merchant Hall opera house, the 240-seat Gregory Family Theater, and the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. It was named after the late Cecil and Irene Hylton, whose foundation donated $5 million toward construction of the facility.
Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel (2010)
The Mason Inn is a 179,000-square-foot, 148-room hotel with a restaurant and lounge, 20,000 square feet of technologically advanced conference space that includes two ballrooms, and 10 other meeting rooms of varied sizes. Visit the Mason Inn site.
Art and Design Building (2009)
This 88,900-square-foot building has modular floor plans and varied light sources, allowing perimeter studio spaces for painting and drawing, digital arts, graphic design, sculpture, photography, print-making, and interdisciplinary arts to be reconfigured in the future. A 75-seat lecture hall and a gallery for displaying student work occupy spaces next to the main staircase and entrance for easy public access. Art education, general classrooms, and lounges are located throughout the building to encourage interaction among students. The building also incorporates separate graduate studios and administrative and faculty offices.
Eastern Shore (2009)
This 68,912-square-foot residence hall consists of suite-style accommodations for almost 200 students. Clusters of 16 residents share common living rooms, kitchens, and study spaces. It’s named after an area of Virginia.
Facilities Management Archives and Shops (2009)
The buildings and shops at this location provide support for Facilities Management as it tends to 4.5 million square feet of Mason facilities.
Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building (2009)
The building, named after benefactor Northern Virginia businessman Long Nguyen and his wife, Kimmy, is home to the Volgenau School of Engineering. With more than 180,000 square feet of classroom, research, and office space, it is the largest academic building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. It is also Mason’s first LEED-certified green building.
Masonvale is a community of apartments and townhouses for faculty, staff, and full-time graduate students located on university property. Its name, Masonvale, has historical roots. The appendage of vale is derived from university namesake George Mason IV’s great grandfather who was from the village of Pershore in an agricultural region known as the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire, England. Pershore and Evesham are street names in the community. Other street names are Bredon Hill, Cotswolds Hill, and Staffordshire, which are regions of Old Worcestershire where many of George Mason’s ancestors once resided.
Police and Safety Headquarters (2009)
This 16,615-square-foot building houses the University Police headquarters and the Safety Office.
Rappahannock River Parking Deck (2009)
This 789,000-square-foot structure at the north end of campus provides 2,650 parking spaces on five levels. The Rappahannock River, for which the parking deck is named, flows from its origin at Chester Gap, Virginia, approximately 184 miles to the Chesapeake Bay.
Softball Complex (2009)
Mason’s recently renovated Softball Complex is one of the finest softball facilities in the region. Improvements included a new Bermuda grass outfield, new warning track and infield dirt, a new irrigation and drainage system, and an extension of the outfield fence.
Child Development Center (2008)
This 82,000-square-foot facility has classrooms and play spaces for children ages 2 to 5. Features include two playgrounds, one for older children and the other for younger children, a multipurpose room, and a high-quality air conditioning and heating system. The center is open only to children of Mason faculty and staff.
Blue Ridge, Northern Neck, Piedmont Hall, and Tidewater (2007)
These four buildings make up the 500,000-square-foot Chesapeake residential community. Chesapeake consists of several different unit types, accommodating approximately 1,032 students. As a predominantly sophomore area, the student rooms in the Chesapeake Area consist of mainly single and double bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Generous living rooms and lounges are located throughout the residential buildings. One Stop Patriot Shop, a convenience store, is located in Blue Ridge Hall, which also has classroom space.
Northeast Module (2007)
This 7,000-square-foot module houses College of Health and Human Services units, including the Department of Health Administration and Policy.
Research Hall (2007)
Formerly Research 1, this four-story, 100,000 square-foot building houses faculty, researchers and grad students from the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, Computational and Data Sciences, and Geography and Geospatial Sciences Departments, along with the College and University Research Computing Center, and computer lab space for a number of research centers. Located on the roof is an observatory built in 2007 that houses Mason’s custom-built, high-power telescope, which allows students to enjoy the night sky from a better vantage point above the fourth story roof.
Skyline Fitness Center (2007)
Skyline Fitness Center features a range of cardio equipment—ellipticals, treadmills, and recumbent and indoor cycling bikes—and selectorized and free weight strength training equipment. The center boasts a 5,597-square-foot basketball/volleyball gymnasium. It’s named after Skyline Drive in western Virginia.
Southside Dining (2007)
Named after the southeastern region of the commonwealth, Southside is Mason’s ecofriendly euromarket-style dining venue. Within its 36,523 square feet, Southside has six restaurants on the main dining floor and a grab-and-go deli on the ground floor. It’s named after an area of Virginia.
West PE Module (2007)
The 7,000-square-foot West PE Module houses Athletic Academic Services.
George Mason University Foundation Building (2006) (ARL)
This building/parking garage has 670 parking spots, 192,000 square feet of leased office space, and 13,000 square feet of retail space. It’s named for a 501(c)(3) nonprivate foundation and a private corporation organized and operated exclusively for the benefit of George Mason University.
Northeast Module I (2006)
This 7,232-square-foot structure is home to the College of Health and Human Services units, including the Department of Global and Community Health and the Office of Academic Outreach.
Shenandoah Parking Deck (2005)
Formerly Sandy Creek Parking Deck, this 2,500-square-foot structure is five levels, with 200 visitor spots on the lower level and 1,000 permit-required spaces filling the rest of the building. Parking Services for the Fairfax Campus is located at Sandy Creek Shuttle Building.
Bull Run Hall (2004) (PW)
At 96,982 square feet, this is the largest academic building on the Prince William Campus and is named after a tributary of the Potomac River. The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism is one of its many tenants. Another is the Mason Enterprise Center at Prince William Campus, which is located on the first floor and offers business support services and a telework facility for the community.
Potomac Heights (2004)
This 200,000-square-foot residence hall houses approximately 500 upperclassmen in 128 fully furnished apartments that can accommodate two, four, or six students in single and double bedrooms. Each apartment is fully furnished, and contains a kitchen and living/dining area. It’s named after an area of Virginia.
Liberty Square Park A-E (2003)
These apartment-style residence halls occupy 200,000-square-feet and house approximately 500 upperclassmen in 144 fully furnished apartments. Located between Presidents Park and the Aquatic and Fitness Center, Liberty Square features two- and four-person apartments, each with single bedrooms and one bathroom for every two students. Each apartment contains a kitchen and living/dining area. Kitchen amenities include a refrigerator, electric stove and oven, garbage disposal, and dishwasher.
Innovation Hall (2002)
This four-story, 104,000-square-foot building was designed to allow full integration of Internet technology into course curriculum, facilitate distance learning, and offer advanced telecommunication and networking capabilities. The building does not house a particular school or academic unit, but rather hosts courses from across the curriculum in a collaborative atmosphere tailored to students’ needs throughout all disciplines. Innovation Hall is the home for DoIT, GMU-TV, the ITU Support Center, and the Mason Media Lab.
Loudoun Ridgetop II (2001) (Loudoun)
This 22,330-square-foot leased space houses classroom space for Mason’s satellite site in Sterling, Virginia. The building’s developer named the structure.
Rivanna Module (2000)
The Technology Systems Division of Technology Support Services is located in this 3,252-square-foot module. It’s named after a tributary of the James River.
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (1999) (PW)
This 160,494-square-feet facility is an epicenter of health and fitness education and activity not only for Mason students, faculty, and staff, but also for members of the surrounding community. Freedom hosts dozens of fitness classes throughout the year and is a popular site for children’s camps during the summer. It has a fitness area, gymnasium, and indoor track, as well as a 50-meter competition pool, leisure pool, and whirlpool spa.
Discovery Hall (1998) (PW)
The name of this 79,966-square-foot building reflects its mission as a place for scientific discovery. It houses numerous labs, offices, and classrooms. It’s home to the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine and the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, among other research and academic units. Mason shares space in the building with the American Type Culture Collection.
Hazel Hall (1998) (ARL)
This 209,415-square-foot building is home to the School of Law, Institute for Humane Studies, and Mercatus Center. It’s named after prominent attorney and real estate developer John T. “Til” Hazel Jr., who was instrumental in helping Mason acquire a law school in 1979.
Aquatic and Fitness Center (1997)
As well as being home to a fitness center, this 90,736-square-foot facility also includes the Jim McKay Natatorium, named for the founder of Jim McKay Chevrolet Inc. McKay, along with his wife, Ruth, created a trust to fund scholarships for disadvantaged students and student-athletes, as well as to support aquatic programs throughout Fairfax County, Virginia.
Occoquan Building (1997) (PW)
Bearing the name of a tributary of the Potomac River, this is the main building for the Prince William Campus and was the campus’ first academic building. At 93,972 square feet, it contains a library, bookstore, Randall’s Café, and various offices and classrooms, as well as the 309-seat Verizon Auditorium, which opened in 1999.
Central Warehouse (1996)
As the name implies, this 23,624-square-foot building is a warehouse used by Facilities Maintenance.
Facilities Administration (1996)
This 11,758-square-foot building houses offices of Facilities Management.
Krasnow Institute for Advance Study (1996)
The 38,019-square-foot institute resulted from a generous bequest by Shelley Krasnow, an engineer and long-time Fairfax resident, who was committed to supporting basic biomedical research. Krasnow is home to the Department of Computational Social Science, the Department of Molecular Neuroscience, and numerous research centers. Their work is enhanced by the institute’s own Siemens Allegra 3 Tesla scanner.
Enterprise Hall (1995)
Some of the academic units that call this 99,533-square-foot building home include the School of Management, the Honors College, and New Century College. Each has a rigorous and unique curriculum, as well as students with can-do attitudes, making them fitting tenants for a building named Enterprise.
Johnson Center (1995)
Named after the university’s president from 1978 to 1996, George W. Johnson, this 320,000-square-foot building is the first of its kind on an American campus. The Johnson Center houses a state-of-the-art, technologically advanced library, a movie theater, a ballroom, a full-service restaurant, a food court, retail outlets, student organizations, offices, group meeting rooms, and three computer labs.
Finley Information Kiosk (1992)
A service of University Information, this 33-square-foot drive-up kiosk helps university visitors by providing directions around campus and parking and general university information.
Science and Tech II (1991)
As does its sister building, this 100,169-square-foot academic building houses classrooms, labs, and offices. In 2012, the name of the building will be changed to Exploratory Hall. Currently, a 50,000-square-foot addition is being built that will connect Science and Tech I and II. It will be called Laboratory Annex to Exploratory Hall.
Concert Hall (1990)
The Center for the Arts includes a 2,000-seat Concert Hall built in 1990. The concert hall can be converted into a more intimate 800-seat theater. Most Center for the Arts events take place here, including operas, orchestras, ballets, and musical and theatrical performances.
Truland Building (1990) (ARL)
This building is leased from a private company. It gets its name from a former tenant and is now home solely to Mason offices and classrooms. Its current tenants include the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Center for Global Studies, among others.
Adams, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lincoln, Madison, Monroe, Roosevelt, Truman, Washington, and Wilson (1989)
These 12 freshman residence halls, which range in size from 17,000 to 18,000 square feet, are all named after a U.S. president and make up Presidents Park. All told, they are home to approximately 1,100 students. All rooms are fully furnished, and residents reside in double, triple, or quad rooms and share common bathrooms.
College Hall (1989)
At 12,397 square feet, College Hall houses the administrative offices of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Donald and Nancy de Laski Performing Arts Building (1989)
The expansion of this 161,000-square-foot building was completed in 2010, increasing teaching and performing space for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The building is named for Donald and Nancy de Laski, long-time supporters of Mason, whose gifts to the university have totaled more than $4 million over the years.
Eisenhower Hall (1989)
In the center of the President’s Park freshman housing complex is Eisenhower Hall, an 18,000-square-foot building, which supports the community with a study lounge, TV lounge with vending machines for snacks and DVDs, 24-hour service desk, and professional staff offices. Eisenhower Hall also includes Ike’s (a diner), individual study rooms, and a tiered seminar room.
Fine Arts Building (1989)
This 33,000-square-foot building, adjacent to College Hall, houses classrooms and practice rooms for the School of Music, the Computer Game Design Program, and other programs. There is also gallery space on the ground floor.
Mason Hall (1989)
The 60,000-square-foot Mason Hall holds the president’s office, senior vice president, provost’s and other vice president’s offices. It also houses the administrative offices of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the University Foundation and Development Office, and the Office of University Counsel.
Nottoway Annex (1989)
This 5,457-square-foot building found in the middle of parking lot C is the former headquarters for the Mason University Police Department. Named after a Native Indian tribe with roots in Virginia, the building now houses the Administrative Office of Parking and Transportation.
Cross Cottage (1988)
Located along the banks of Mason Pond, this 400-square-foot structure was constructed by Cross Builders and other builders, and donated to Mason as an auction item during an arts gala in 1988. The structure, which is among Mason’s most photographed, represents the local building industry’s contributions to the arts at Mason.
Sally Mathy Lodge (1987)
This 6,758-square-foot residence and property surrounding the university president’s official home, Mathy House, were donated in 2005 by Joseph J. Mathy a retired businessman, and his wife, Liliana, in memory of Mathy’s late first wife, Sarah “Sally” Garland Mathy.
Science and Tech I (1987)
As the name suggests, this 100,324-square-foot academic building is home to classrooms, labs, and offices. It houses the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy. In 2012, the name of the building will be changed to Planetary Hall. Currently, a 50,000-square-foot addition is being built that will connect Science and Tech I and II. It will be called Laboratory Annex to Exploratory Hall.
Amherst, Brunswick, Carroll, Dickenson, Essex, Franklin, and Grayson (1986)
These eight halls, which range in size from 10,000 to 16,000 square feet, are student residences. Each is named for a Virginia county. Collectively, they make up the Commons residential area, which is home to about 500 freshmen. Each floor in each building has a community bathroom and houses approximately 26 to 30 residents living in double and triple rooms. The Commons is home to many of Mason’s Living Learning Communities.
Hanover Hall (1986)
This central community building is for the Commons residential community. At 9,727 square feet, it features a study lounge, TV lounge, laundry facilities, common kitchen area, vending area, and professional staff offices. It’s named after a Virginia county.
Patriot Center (1985)
One of the most prominent structures on the Fairfax Campus, the Patriot Center is Mason’s largest events venue. It hosts more than 120 events each year, including concerts, circuses, sporting events, high school commencements, and Mason’s commencement. At 188,842 square feet in size, it has a capacity of approximately 10,000 people.
Point of View Main House (1983) (Mason Neck)
This building is home to a research and retreat center for the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. According to the school, it’s a place for transformative conversations, dialogue, reflection, and reconciliation. The building and its surrounding property were once the home to Edwin and Helen Lynch, who donated the property to Mason in 2000. The 8,165-square-foot house overlooks the 2,200-acre Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, making its name fitting. The site also has a guest house, machinery shed, tool shed, and pool house. More buildings planned for the site.
Field House (1982)
Also known as the Recreational Sports Complex, this 121,425-square-foot building is one of four fitness centers located on the Fairfax Campus. Inside, it has a circular track and exercise equipment. There is also a track outside. The facility is available for use by students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. It’s also the primary training facility for Mason’s varsity athletic teams.
David King Jr. Hall (1982)
The building is named after Mason’s vice president for academic affairs from 1982 to 1987, who helped establish the School of Information Technology and Engineering and a new doctoral program in information technology. The 85,823-square-foot building is home to classrooms and academic units, including the Department of Psychology and several departments from the College of Science.
Student Union II–The Hub (1982)
Upgraded in 2011, this 100,857-square-foot building is filled with offices, student lounges, dining facilities, and meeting spaces. Students’ mailboxes are also located here. Students can often be found socializing or studying in the building, creating a center of activity—hence the name, the Hub.
Commonwealth Hall (1981)
This 52,230-square-foot building is a residence hall. The name reflects Mason being a Virginia university.
Dominion Hall (1981)
This 52,411-square-foot building is a residence hall. The name reflects Mason being a Virginia university.
Student Apartment Buildings (1977)
These nine buildings make up Mason’s first student residence halls. They range in size from 11,512 square feet to 14,475 square feet and are home to a total of about 500 upperclass students. Each apartment has one, two, or three bedrooms, as well as a furnished living/dining area and kitchen.
Harris Theatre (1975)
This performance space is named for Holbert Harris, a Virginia businessman and philanthropist whose foundation contributes heavily to the arts. It’s attached to Robinson Hall, and at about 25,000 square feet, it seats 460 people.
Robinson Hall (1975)
Named for Northern Virginia businessman Clarence J. Robinson who gave a $5 million bequest to Mason to start the Robinson Professors program, this academic building is actually two buildings (Robinson I and II) joined together. Among its many tenants include the College of Education and Human Development and numerous departments within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Central Heating and Cooling Plant (1974)
At 23,596 square feet, this building is home to maintenance facilities for the Fairfax Campus. Adjacent to the plant is a 17,171-square-foot maintenance building.
Student Union I (1974)
Renovated and expanded since its opening, this 157,771-square-foot building is home to numerous administrative and student organization offices, as well as several eateries on its bottom level, including a popular sports bar called the Rathskellar. The Patriots Lounge on the main level is a popular place for students to socialize or study.
Recreation and Athletic Complex, or the RAC (1972)
Known as the RAC, this 125,178-square-foot sport and health facility was recently renovated and is constantly abuzz with people exercising and sports teams practicing. Mason’s wrestling, volleyball, and tennis teams play their games here. Its offerings include fitness equipment, racquetball courts, basketball courts, classrooms, and a smoothie/yogurt stand called Freshens. Mason’s ROTC program is based here.
Thompson Hall (1971)
While built in 1971, this building was given its current name two years later after the retirement of Lorin Thompson as Mason’s first president. The 72,571-square-foot academic building is being renovated and will house the College of Education and Human Development. When first opened, it was Mason’s Arts and Sciences building.
The Tallwood property is home to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, which offers daytime courses, lectures, special events, and other activities to members of the community. The name Tallwood carries over from when the building was used as a private school of the same name from 1961 to 1968.
Fenwick Library (1967)
Charles Rogers Fenwick was a state senator from Arlington, Virginia, who was instrumental in establishing Mason as a branch of the University of Virginia. In 1963, he took part in the groundbreaking of the Fairfax Campus. At 146,727-square-feet, Fenwick Library is Mason’s main library. It is slated to be renovated and expanded.
Lecture Hall (1967)
As its name implies, this 8,148-square-foot building is home to general classroom space to accommodate large numbers of students.
East Building (1964)
This 13,079-square-foot building houses academic classrooms, as well as Robinson Professors and the Early Identification Program. Its name was derived from its placement as the eastern-most building among Mason’s original structures on the Fairfax Campus. It once housed Mason’s library and a student lounge.
Finley Building (1964)
One of the original buildings on the Fairfax Campus, Finley was named after John Norville Gibson Finley, the first director of the University of Virginia School of Continuing Education, which was a precursor to Mason. This 19,270-square-foot building was home to the School of Public Policy before it moved to the Arlington Campus.
Krug Hall (1964)
Robert Charles Krug served as Mason’s president from 1977 to 1978. He was also a former dean, provost, and vice president for academic affairs. Another of Mason’s original buildings, the 31,941-square-foot Krug Hall is an academic building. It counts the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities among its tenants.
Mathy House (1964)
The 13,914-square-foot Mathy House is the official residence of the university president. It was acquired by the George Mason University Foundation in 1983 through a generous agreement with the Mathys, a prominent Washington, D.C., family. Subsequent to that transaction, the contents of the house, including furnishings, antiques, and art collections, were donated by the Mathys.
Sunny’s Manor (1964)
Originally built by Joseph J. “Sunny” Mathy for his daughter Garland and her husband, the almost 6,000-square-foot house was purchased by the George Mason University Instructional Foundation. Although now vacant, it has been used as a guest house in the past.
West Building (1964)
This 21,845-square-foot building houses academic classrooms. Its named was derived from its placement as the western-most building among Mason’s four original buildings on the Fairfax Campus.
Kelley II (1961)
Kelley II houses the Capital Connection, a wireless cable instructional television system providing C-SPAN, CSPAN2, CNN, CNBC, local Washington, D.C., TV stations; meetings of the FCC, FERC, and NTSB; and Mason courses for credit to various agencies and corporations.
Carow Hall (1960)
Named for the family that donated the building to Mason in 1960, Carow Hall was once St. George’s United Methodist Church. The name was later changed to George’s Hall before being rededicated as Carow Hall in 1998. Today, the 6,790-square-foot building is home to the Center for Study of Public Choice.
Carty House (1959)
This 3,709-square-foot home turned office building is tucked in a small residential area not far from the Field House. Its tenant is the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, which fosters literary talent and achievement.
Buchanan House (1925)
Mason’s oldest structure is found near Presidents Park and is named for 1986 Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize winner of Economic Sciences, James M. Buchanan. It was formerly the president’s house on campus. Former Mason President George W. Johnson was the last president to live there. Today, this nearly 5,000-square-foot building contains offices for the Center for Study of Public Choice. A garage and stable are on the site as well.