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An intellectual crossroads

George Mason University,
Fenwick Library Addition
Fairfax, VA

Fenwick Library unites the best of George Mason’s research resources under one roof and positions the school as a world-renowned leader in public research.
The Fenwick Library expansion continues our relationship with the University, which began in 1994 with the design of the Johnson Center.
Home to the majority of the University’s 1.5 million research volumes, the open layout and ample window space of Fenwick summons students to study and collaborate. The Research Commons—a focal point of the Fenwick Library expansion—acts as the central hub of inquiry and exploration.
The first floor’s multi-use spaces can be reconfigured to accommodate a variety of activities. Exhibition and gallery spaces showcase student and faculty art, as well as items from the University’s Special Collections Research Center.
The Main Reading Room on the second floor provides a quiet study space for up to 75 students. An additional study zone three floors up gives graduate students a place to pursue research.
The fourth floor offers access to innovative learning technologies and data services. High-density, space-efficient compact shelving creates more room for students.
LEED Silver features include external shading devices and a naturally irrigated rain garden. Shepley Bulfinch is Design Architect, in association with RRMM Architects, Architect of Record.