GMU Art & Design Building

  • Size: 88,000 SF

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Higher Education

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Independence Construction
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George Mason University
Ayers Saint Gross

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The new home of the university’s School of Art, this facility houses all audio and visual technology (AVT) studio instructional areas – Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Interdisciplinary Arts (InterArts), Graphic Design, Photography, and Digital Arts – and doubles the space for the school’s studios, shops, and classrooms.

Features of the new building include expanded technology in large format lecture halls, specially designed spaces for student critiques and discussions, a new student print bureau, expanded gallery space and exhibition preparation facilities, expanded foundation program studios, and an exterior sculpture courtyard that neatly dovetails into outdoor working areas.

Although not a LEED-targeted project, sustainable materials and construction methods were incorporated into the project, including heating and cooling from the central plant; a reflective roof; low-e, gas insulated double paned with high shading coefficient operable windows; and occupancy sensor lighting controls.

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