The Core Campus Project includes the phased demolition of Robinson Hall’s A and B wings, a 2,000 SF addition to the Harris Theatre and the construction of Horizon Hall at the center of George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. Horizon Hall is a six-story, 218,000 SF academic and research facility. It is the university’s largest classroom building and home to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It includes:
- Collaboration and meeting spaces
- Informal learning areas
- Conference rooms
- 32 modern classrooms and 210 offices
Horizon Hall also features a five-story lightwell atrium, the Mason Innovation Exchange (MIX) and the Word Wall, a three-story, 12-screen digital wall that displays a random selection of quotations.
The outdoor spaces next to Horizon Hall include a meditation labyrinth, a terraced amphitheater for student gatherings and an expansion of Wilkins Plaza to include the Enslaved People of George Mason Memorial, which contains statues of the known enslaved children of George Mason. Horizon Hall supports the university’s strategic plan and goal to deliver a transformative learning experience that is experimental, global and technology rich.
The addition to the Harris Theatre includes an expanded lobby, an upgraded ticket office, a marquee to announce upcoming shows and the installation of air handling units.
The Core Campus Project also improved the utility infrastructure on the Fairfax Campus. 16,000 LF of chilled water piping was replaced within the thermal infrastructure loop system. The infrastructure scope includes the addition of 100 LF of tunnel and hot water piping to enable increased redundancy in the hot water system in the northeast section of the campus, as well as 700 LF of chilled water piping to serve and interconnect the northwest sector of the Fairfax Campus.