Chain Bridge Road construction to heavily impact commutes in March

This spring, commuter students may notice condensed traffic around Chain Bridge Road. The City of Fairfax will begin the demolition and replacement of an existing 90-year-old bridge over Accotink Creek in late March or early April.

"The existing bridge is about 90 years old and it's functionally and structurally obsolete, it's had its useful life but the concrete is starting to weaken and we need to replace it so it can carry the present day vehicle loads," said Director of Public Works, David Summers.

Land cleared as Fenwick renovations continue

Fenwick Library, one of Mason’s oldest buildings, will be nearly unrecognizable after current renovations complete. It is estimated that the project will be finalized in the winter of 2015.

Currently, the construction of Fenwick is in its initial phase, with the land having been cleared so the building of the additions can begin.

Despite the appearance that this project has resulted in the loss of green space, the team has done as much as they can to preserve the surrounding trees.

Construction on new fields, pavilion continues on West Campus

As another school year begins, students and staff can expect to see orange construction cones lighting up Ox Road and Campus Drive, as efforts to reconstruct West Campus are finally taking shape. 

The construction is a part of the West Campus Connecter project, a community and statewide effort to reduce university traffic at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. 

Construction projects to finish for the fall

As members of a campus that is constantly changing, George Mason University students are anxiously wondering what their campus will look like in the fall.

Spring break construction to limit reserved parking

Students who park in the Rappahannock Neighborhood may need to move their car before the start of spring break.

Construction on George Mason University's new Shenandoah Residence Hall is expected to begin over spring break, forcing many students to relocate their cars from the northern part of Lot R by 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

Mason campuses experience growing pains with new construction

Faculty and staff hoping to move into the new Health and Human Services building next semester will have to wait a little longer.

While the building was one of Mason’s top priorities, the project has been put on hold for a year. The building, expected to house the Health and Human Services department, did not secure the necessary funding to complete the project.

Exploratory Hall renovation and addition finishing construction

Exploratory Hall, formerly Science and Tech Building II, is currently undergoing a complete renovation, including new additions to the building.

According to project manager Alex Iszard, the addition is 50,000 square feet and is located between Exploratory Hall and Planetary Hall. The addition will connect the two buildings and allow students and faculty to more easily navigate between them.

OPINION: Campus construction is a cause for frustration

As the semester begins, prospective students stroll along the sidewalks of campus with their parents. Some of these school-scouts have likely visited Virginia Tech or The University of Virginia, two schools which boast stately architecture and a beautiful symmetry. Though I was not able to visit any universities before I enrolled at Mason, my first impression of the school was that it seemed park-like. Winding concrete sidewalks took students on tiny adventures to undiscovered buildings with odd names.

Community updated on Mason transportation and construction projects

At the quarterly university community forum, nearby residents received updates on different construction and transportation projects around George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. The forum was held on Jan. 30 at Kings Park Library Burke.

Campus Drive

New global studies building to replace Lecture Hall

Say goodbye to the Lecture Hall. The 47-year-old building is being demolished to make way for the new Rappahannock Building, a multi-purpose facility centered on global studies.

The Rappahannock Building, opening fall of 2015, will be six stories tall, with the top four floors devoted to student housing.

 “Housing will be mostly for the globally themed [Learning Living Communities],” said Judith Green, executive director of the Office of International Programs and Services.