Parking and traffic changes to begin with campus road construction

Parking at George Mason University will be more difficult between October 11 and 18 as the Virginia Department of Transportation mills and repaves University Drive from the Rappahannock River Deck to the baseball stadium near the Field House. There will be no parking allowed between Ox Road and Rapidan River Road, located near the West Campus lot.

Forum held to discuss university construction projects with community members

At a forum on Oct. 3, George Mason University officials spoke with community members to answer questions about ongoing projects and issues.  

The forum was held a week after the Fairfax Campus Advisory Board meeting, where elected officials from the City of Fairfax and Fairfax County met with Mason to discuss collaboration across the campus perimeter.

President Angel Cabrera was in attendance at the forum to introduce himself to the community and to listen to the concerns they had with the university.

Prince William campus constructing new student apartments and laboratory

While George Mason University’s Fairfax campus has been the focus of most of the school’s expansion and construction, development is well underway at the Prince William Campus on two new projects.

Fenwick Library to double in size with new addition

Beginning this fall, construction will begin on an addition to Fenwick Library that doubles the size of the existing facility.

“We’re hoping to start late fall on the site-work itself,” said Brian Snyder, project manager for the addition.

Fenwick Library, originally built in 1967, is currently over 140,000 square feet. The addition will add another 150,000 square feet to what is already in place.

Panda Express construction begins in University Hall

Construction began February 17 on a full-menu Panda Express, one of four new retail spaces to be located in University Hall and the first quick-service on-campus dining option not managed by Sodexo.

Auntie Anne's, Red Mango to open after Labor Day

Mason Dining held taste-testing of Auntie Anne's and Red Mango this week. The Tidewater location opens Tuesday. (Jake McLernon)

Following a free taste testing, Mason Dining's newest location is set for a grand opening next week. The two-in-one Auntie Anne's pretzel bakery and Red Mango frozen yogurt shop location officially opens Tuesday, Sept. 6. 

Route-123 overpass funding secured

Mason’s Fairfax campus is one step closer to construction of a congestion-easing overpass to connect the east and west sides of the university after an announcement last week that part of the funds for the $15 million project will come from Gov. McDonnell’s “Six-Year Improvement Program.”

Science and Technology addition to be completed by 2013

The Science and Technology I & II addition will be completed by Spring 2013. The 50,000-square-foot addition will add laboratory space for increased research opportunities for students, and the consolidated building will be the home of the new School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Sciences.

Discussion of potential overpass continues

A March 28 meeting is scheduled to further discuss a potentially congestion-relieving overpass that would connect the east and west sides of Mason’s Fairfax campus, according to

University Hall to open doors on May 15

University Hall, the near-completed building next to Rappahannock River Parking Deck, will officially open its doors on May 15. Some administrators and offices will, however, have moved in earlier.