George Mason University Faculty Housing includes 157 townhomes for GMU faculty and staff across 37 buildings on campus for first-time client Mason Housing, Inc. The townhomes are wood-framed on grade-level concrete slabs with brick, stone, and cement board siding. The townhomes feature five unit types ranging from one- to three-bedrooms and include finishes such as granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile flooring, and attached or detached garages. The site consists of two tot lots, two pre-fabricated concrete bridges over existing streams, rain gardens, and porous asphalt paving in alleys. CBG also improved nearby Roberts Road with acceleration lanes, deceleration lanes, and asphalt walking trails.
Building Green at George Mason University Faculty Housing
The project team used a number of green construction techniques to minimize impact to the surrounding area. The team built a large stormwater management pond to retain sediment and improve the quality of water entering adjacent creeks and incorporated porous asphalt alleys to increase stormwater retention. The project also features rain gardens to reduce the need for irrigation and a number of H-piles to save existing trees. In addition, the team recycled construction waste from a local site and used excess soil from the project to level an adjacent soccer field.