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Gilbane Development starts work on major expansion on GMU’s Prince William campus

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Gilbane Development Co. has broken ground on a student housing project and a life sciences laboratory at George Mason University’s Prince William Campus in Manassas. The two projects are being done under Virginia’s Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act (PPEA).

The graduate student housing project, scheduled to be completed next August, is a five-story, 105,000-square-foot, mixed-use development that will provide 152 beds for students enrolled in Mason’s Medical Education program. In addition, there will be 15,000 square feet of retail space and 10,000 square feet of university program space on the ground floor.  Privately-leased retail space will provide a variety of casual dining and convenience amenities to the campus community. 

The life sciences lab building, which should be ready by January 2013, will be a three-story, 75,000-square-foot facility. It will house the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, other programs and 7,000 square feet of privately-leased incubator space. 

Gilbane Development, based in Providence, Rhode Island, is serving as the developer on both projects. Other team members include Gilbane Building Co.  as the builder and Boston-based Cannon as the architect/engineer. New York based M&T Securities is providing the financing while Potomac Development Group will handle retail leasing.

In another campus expansion project,  Virginia State University in Petersburg recently upgraded one a laboratory facility.  While Hunter-McDaniel Hall is undergoing a complete renovation, phase one of the 106,000 square-foot project, which included the upgraded lab, opened in September. Commonwealth Architects in Richmond teamed with The S/L/A/M Collaborative on the project. Newport News-based W. M. Jordan is the general contractor. 


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