And was delighted to walk through our new research wing of the Institute and find the labs occupied. It was also excellent to hear George Mason University featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, over my Iphone in Bermuda. Hat tip to a loyal reader of Advanced Studies.
Well, Krasnow’s Phase II is now done. We’ll move in on June 1. In the photos below, the perspective is on the juncture of the research wing (left) with the 1997 original facility (right). There’s wonderful landscaped patio beneath a curtain wall at the juncture and in a few weeks, there will be picnic tables, so that our faculty and students can enjoy the nice weather.
We’ll have a formal grand opening of the new wing in the early Fall. In the meantime, we’ll be moving labs, welcoming new Institute faculty and, in general getting used to the new digs.
The research will will enable a number of lines of research in the neuroscience areas, among them, our translational neuroscience collaboration with the Department of Neuroscience at Inova’s Fairfax Hospital.
Here are some photos that I just took from Krasnow’s new Phase II wing, which as you can see, is nearing completion. The top image is one of our new wet labs, the bottom is looking out from one of the break-out areas towards the legacy building and our Associate Director’s office on the corner.
A special thanks to our design team including George Mason lead, Mike Herman, and the Whiting Turner construction company.
Finally, thanks go to our PI’s for putting up with all the noise and dust over the past year.
We are nearly there!
Here’s a photo from within the new expansion project looking south. In the foreground is Phase I and the new chillers. In the background you can make out the signature two story windows of the Great Room. Our trees are still bare. They’ll be greening up when we take delivery in the Spring.
Phase I and Phase II together make up a larger massing than the original Krasnow Institute facility. Together, they’ll have approximately 30,000 square feet of wet-labs and associated support lab/shared instrumentation space on three floors.
In total, the Institute will encompass nearly 55,000 square feet with over 100 associated scientists, trainees and staff. We still have a center and one of our academic departments in a satellite facility on the Mason campus. Eventually, we’ll bring those folks in also, with a Phase III addition on the south side of the original building.
Krasnow’s mission continues to center on the intersection of neuroscience, cognitive psychology and computer sciences. We conduct convergent research and we train new scientists to do the same.
Yes, the first bricks are going up on Phase II. These bricks are the common architectural feature of just about all the buildings at George Mason University. When you see them being attached to the building, it’s a good sign–delivery isn’t so far off. Today Institute staff got a hard-hat tour of the new wing. I know they were as excited as I am.