George Mason University – Horizon Hall

Location: Fairfax, VA
Architect: Perkins + Will
Products: EM2 & EM2 Tandem Series Actuators and RS Control Panel
Glazing Co: Zephyr Aluminum

About the Project
The new 218,000 GSF building, replaces Robinson Hall, and is a state-of-the-art six story structure.  This showcase building at the crossroads of the campus core houses classrooms, conference rooms, community spaces, a Mason Innovation Exchange (MIX) as well as many of the College of Humanities and Social Science’s (CHSS) departments and interdisciplinary programs.

Positioned next to the grand staircase that connects the lobby to the upper levels of the Atrium, another eye-catching feature is the “World Wall,” a map rendered in LED-illuminated acrylic bars that celebrates the power of the written word. The map is turned upside down to challenge perceptions of received truths. GMU’s motto “Freedom and Learning” is etched into acrylic bars in more than a hundred languages, with individual letters cast as shadows on the wall’s surface. The dappling of light and message embody perspective, change, and transformation to invite new and different ways to think about the world. The atrium features casement style windows with EM2 Series motors for natural ventilation.