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George Mason University breaks ground on 25,000 sq. ft. Activities Community Wellness Building

Washington Construction News staff writer

Hoar Construction says it has started work on the Activities Community Wellness Building at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The $11 million, 25,000-sq. ft. structure will serve as the new home for the school’s pep band, “The Green Machine,” as well as student programming and events. The building will be open to students by Spring 2025.

Additional project partners include Powers Brown Architecture as the architect and IMEG Corp. as the civil engineer.

The Activities Community Wellness Building will house intramural and recreational basketball games and will be the first dedicated facility for the university’s pep band to practice. It will include a full-sized NCAA basketball court, additional courts for basketball and volleyball games, space for yoga and exercise classes, conference rooms, storage rooms and space for office suites.

“We are looking forward to beginning our first project with George Mason and kicking off construction on this exciting, innovative project,” Hoar project executive Tom Amossaid in a June 20 statement.

“This endeavor will provide a much-needed, dedicated space for George Mason’s intramural athletic clubs, pep band and student wellness, celebrating the university’s rebrand and new era of growth. We are proud to add this facility to our track record of higher education initiatives across the country and will remain dedicated to quality and safety for students, faculty and staff throughout the construction process.”

The project encompasses the construction of a concrete tilt-up building flanked by two tent structures made from steel support systems and fabric coverings. This design will give George Mason the flexibility to remove the tents later and build a more permanent facility, while saving the school money and shortening the overall construction timeline.

Hoar will oversee the pouring of the concrete slab for the entire site and the construction of twelve 50-foot panels for the central building, which will be lifted into place by crane. Hoar will then manage the construction of the tent structures, complete with mezzanines, which will be placed over the basketball courts and part of the central building.

To ensure proper drainage of the new facility, which will sit on an open grass area next to existing basketball courts and modular classroom buildings, Hoar will also spearhead the construction of a stormwater retention system. These efforts reflect Hoar’s commitment to navigating complex construction projects while enhancing the ability of the university to serve its student population better with functional and flexible infrastructure.

Mark Buckshon
Mark Buckshonhttps://washingtonconstructionnews.com
Mark Buckshon is the publisher and interim editor of Washington Construction News. He is also president of the Construction News and Report Group of Companies. He combines a journalism and business background, and has published construction trade publications for more than 30 years, after an earlier career in journalism, which culminated when he lived through the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1978-80 as a sub-editor for the Bulawayo Chronicle and a correspondent for a Canadian news service.

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