The Robinson A and B buildings are coming down soon, and a brand new modern facility and landscape courtyard will be constructed on the same site of the existing buildings. The structure will house university classrooms, workplace, the Mason Innovation Exchange, and community spaces.
The vision for the project is a vibrant, globally connected hub for intellectual exploration, through rich, transformational learning and research experiences that draw on both tradition and innovation to prepare students, faculty and staff for a bright future.
Utility infrastructure improvements
At the same time of the Robinson Hall replacement, the boulevard cutting through Wilkins Plaza (formerly known as North Plaza) will be completely revamped from the George Mason Statue to Southside dining hall. Much of the underground piping in the Fairfax campus core has been there since the university’s central plant was constructed in 1974, so the primary purpose of this project is to replace this aging infrastructure.
Although it is a big project and will require many months to complete (and much pedestrian rerouting, dust and noise), the new plaza will provide spaces for events, informal seating with wifi coverage and power hook ups, spots where student organizations can promote their events, and safe access for fire vehicles to access the center of campus.
Existing Wilkins Plaza landmarks, such as the George Mason Statue and Clock Tower, will remain in modified locations, and there will be a new water feature designed to honor Roger Wilkins’ important influence on Mason.
To keep up with the project, visit robinson.gmu.edu follow @Redo_Robinson on Twitter for photos and videos of the planned facilities. The video is courtesy of the architectural firm of Perkins + Will.
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