George Mason University – Research One

Fairfax, Virginia

Quick Facts: 

Client: George Mason University

Market: Academic

Size: 115,000 gsf

Services: Architecture

Photographer: Jessica Marcotte

Project Team: Michael Winstanley – Design Architect, Leo A Daly – Architect of Record

Michael Winstanley AIA AICP was responsible for the architectural design of a new 100,000-SF science and research center including a 1,200-car parking garage. This facility houses laboratories from the biology, chemistry and information technology departments. The building includes an observatory that necessitated isolation from vibration, which was achieved by using an architectural element that then became a signpost of the building.

“It was a great experience to work with Michael on our campus” says Christopher Hill, Vice Provost for research at George Mason University, who is responsible for Research One.

“We explained what we hoped to accomplish with the design of the building and how it should reflect the advanced scientific work research we expect to take place in it. Michael created a building design that is more exciting and even better than we had imagined. His work has set a new direction for our campus.”

Michael Winstanley AIA AICP was the Design Principal for the project during his tenure as Design Director at Leo A Daly. Hargreaves Associates was the landscape architect on the project.