Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall

George Mason University • Fairfax, Virginia

A Flagship Setting for the College of Health and Human Services

George Mason University’s new Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall is a 165,000-square-foot building designed to accommodate all six departments within the College of Health and Human Services: Social Work, Nutrition & Food Studies, Nursing, Global & Community Health, Health Administration & Policy, and Rehabilitation Sciences. The five-story building is the second-largest building on any of GMU’s four campuses. The hall features academic classrooms, learning and performance labs, clinical practice space, medical simulation suites, a demonstration kitchen, an amphitheater, and a community health institute.

The plumbing and ventilation systems for the wet lab spaces located on three of the floors allow for hands-on scientific research. Natural gas, vacuumed air, compressed air, and reverse osmosis-treated water descend from the ceiling to the bench tops for easy access. The building’s direct digital control system ties into the campus system and supports energy-saving measures with adjustable pressure and temperature resets and demand-controlled ventilation with space carbon dioxide sensors. The design also incorporates energy recovery equipment including enthalpy wheels in the typical units and heat pipes in the lab unit, to pretreat the outside air.

Architect

Perkins Eastman

Client History

2018: Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall; Perkins Eastman
2010: Art and Design Building; Ayers Saint Gross

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  • The building is an investment in people—those who will work and learn in it, as well as the many people who will be helped by the college’s faculty and graduates. This building signifies innovative thinking, discovery, service and ensuring students have lifelong skills to advance health for all people.

    Germaine Lewis
    Dean, GMU College of Health and Human Services
  • The building is an investment in people—those who will work and learn in it, as well as the many people who will be helped by the college’s faculty and graduates. This building signifies innovative thinking, discovery, service and ensuring students have lifelong skills to advance health for all people.

    Germaine Lewis
    Dean, GMU College of Health and Human Services