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Updated: Mason celebrates 20 years in Prince William, to announce new research center, brewery, apartments

The Science and Technology Campus of George Mason University outside Manassas will turn 20 years old this month.

Formerly the George Mason University Prince William Campus, several new amenities are planned for the campus to include a new research center, a 350-unit apartment complex, and a brewery.

More in an announcement from the university:

George Mason University plans to mark the 20th anniversary of its Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on Wednesday, Sept. 20, with a celebration including university and community leaders.

George Mason President Ángel Cabrera and prominent leaders in business and research from SciTech’s past and present will participate in a tribute to 20 years of progress that helped Mason become ranked among the top research universities in the United States as determined by the Carnegie Classification System.

One of the day’s featured speakers will be Temple Douglas, who was a high school student in the Aspiring Scientist Summer Internship Program on the SciTech Campus when she first devised an early detection test for Lyme disease.

Douglas is now at Virginia Tech working on a Ph.D. after getting her bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton. She credited her time on Mason’s SciTech campus for changing her life.

Another speaker will include Mary Ellen O’Toole, the renowned former senior FBI profiler, and director of the Mason Forensic Science Program.

The SciTech Campus continues to grow, with plans underway to expand STEM instruction and research. Another 2,500 students and close to 100 new faculties are expected on the SciTech Campus within the next decade, with many of them coming for STEM-intensive programs.

Other plans for the SciTech Campus neighborhood include a research center, a brewery and a 350-unit apartment complex that will house graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Additional plans involving the SciTech Campus will be announced at the ceremony, which takes place at Verizon Auditorium in Colgan Hall from 2-3:30 p.m. 10900 University Blvd, Manassas VA 20110.

We asked George Mason University Science and Technolgy Campus Director of Campus Relations Molly Grove about the brewery, and new apartments coming to the campus, noted in the announcement above. 

She responded and told us those amenities are being built nearby the campus, but not necessarily on campus. 

From Grove: 

These two questions brewery and dorms are specific to “Other plans for the SciTech Campus neighborhood include a research center, a brewery and a 350-unit apartment complex that will house graduate students, faculty and staff.”

Neighborhood not referring to campus specifically but what is in and around Innovation Park. Brewery is Heritage Brewery [anchoring the nearby Landing at Canon Branch Development in Manassas] and Farm Brew Live on Rt. 28. [The] 3500unit apartment is complex Coleman Rector is building off Wellington Road.

The research center will be in the Volgenau School of Engineering to be held in leased space on Innovation Drive. I have not been informed on what type of research yet. This fall semester we are holding classes in mechanical engineering and bio-engineering on our campus for the first time.

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