George Mason University, Fenwick Library Expansion

Fairfax, VA | 2016

The Fenwick Library expansion redefines the central library as the intellectual crossroads for George Mason?s distributed campus and promotes the University?s aspirations for growth as a major research institution.

The focal point of the expansion is a new research commons, which supports student scholarship with integrated resources, including ample access to technology, specialized librarians, special collections, writing tutors, and data services. Environmental stewardship is expressed in the use of LEED Silver standards in its design and the preservation of an existing grove of trees at the south of the site. Sustainable strategies include external shading devices, a roof garden, and a naturally irrigated rain garden. The design reinforces Fenwick?s connection to the undergraduate-oriented library in the adjacent Johnson Center, which was designed by the firm in 1994.

Shepley Bulfinch is the project's Design Architect in association with the Architect of Record The Lukmire Partnership of Arlington, Virginia.


  • Square Footage: 150,000 s.f.

Shepley Bulfinch Team

Alexander Howe
Elise Woodward
Jeanne Carey
Jonathan Baron
Franziska Garcia
Yael Getz-Schoen
Mary Hale
Patricia DeLauri
Julio Guevara
Dan Salive
Ellen Altman

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