George Mason University’s Arlington Campus has been renamed Mason Square, an urban destination of study, cooperation, and economic growth, to reflect its status as the new focus of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.
Fuse at Mason Square, the new technology-forward building at the center of Mason’s mission to strengthening Northern Virginia’s next-generation workforce, is also being announced. On Wednesday, April 6, a groundbreaking ceremony for Fuse at Mason Square will take place.
“As Virginia’s leading provider of computer graduates, George Mason University is establishing a new model for the role of education in economic development,” Mason President Gregory Washington stated. “Mason Square brings together researchers, students, industry, and the region in a one-of-a-kind location that accelerates the commercialization of ideas and research, and propels policy and technology solutions ahead for decades to come.”
Fuse at Mason Square is a one-of-a-kind facility that brings the public and private sectors together in a creative partnership to address major challenges. Faculty and students affiliated with the Institute for Digital Innovation (IDIA) and its partners, as well as graduate programs from Mason’s new School of Computing, will be housed in Fuse. The new space, which offers nearly 350,000 square feet to support digital innovation, active learning, cutting-edge research, business entrepreneurs, and tech incubators alongside education and policymakers, is designed to meet the needs of the next generation of Northern Virginia’s technology workforce.
Fuse at Mason Square will be a LEED Platinum, smart, net-zero-ready building with Fitwel 2-star and RELi resiliency certifications, developed in collaboration with Mason Innovation Partners and led by Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate. It will have a green roof for energy-efficient heating and cooling, a flexible floor design for quick team or project expansion, and specialized labs for robotics, virtual reality (VR), simulation, security, and data visualization.
In addition to community sitting in a double-height atrium, retail, a public plaza, and a below-grade parking garage, Fuse at Mason Square includes a 750-seat theater-style multipurpose room, a 750-seat theater-style multipurpose room, and a 750-seat theater-style multipurpose room. The structure is expected to be completed in the summer of 2025.
“Fuse at Mason Square brings together Mason’s best-in-class programs and the Institute for Digital Innovation with the Arlington Campus’ expansion of connected industry relationships and research activities,” said Jamie Martin, vice president of Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate. “Fuse will ignite Mason Square as a destination for tech talent development and industry-directed research, and it will become the epicenter of digital innovation in Virginia and the larger Washington, D.C., region.”
Mason Square, in Arlington’s Virginia Square district, will house a multidisciplinary ecosystem that will allow new ideas and products to be incubated and scaled quickly. The Antonin Scalia Law School, the Schar School of Policy and Government, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, programs in Arts Management and the School of Business, Mason Enterprise, and Continuing and Professional Education, as well as state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities, are all housed in Mason Square. A new strategy for serving the digital economy is an onsite blend of education, research, company incubation, and urban amenities.
“We’re excited to see how this new building and program, Fuse at Mason Square, will bring start-ups, investors, and community organizations to Arlington to collaborate with Mason innovators,” said Katie Cristol, chair of the Arlington County Board. “This proximity will create new alliances and spur innovation, and the research, programs, and talent that will thrive here will be a cutting-edge asset for the regional economy for decades to come.”
The Mason Square extension in Arlington is part of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Tech Talent Investment Program (TTIP), a 20-year initiative aimed at producing 25,000 more graduates in computer science, computer engineering, and software engineering.