Update: October 7, 2015

  • The New Addition punch list is 80% complete. Interior and exterior detail/finishing work continues.
  • The Book Move is still projected to start early November and continue through December.
  • The Argo Tea Company will begin fitting out the café at the end of October.
  • Furniture installation continues through the end of October.
  • Telecom and IT work is progressing throughout the Addition.
  • Testing/programming of the Fire Alarm system continues.


Update: August 31, 2015

At the most recent visit of the state inspection office, BCOM, it was reported that the building received a good report overall.
  • Floor 2, 3, & 4 are largely complete.
  • Floor 1 is moderately complete.
  • Work continues on Floor 5.
  • Compact shelving is being installed on all designated floors; expected completion 9/30.
  • Furniture installation will begin once Mason receives the occupancy permit.
  • The majority of the landscaping work is complete.
  • Substantial building completion is expected mid- to end of September.
  • Substantial IT work is currently being done.

Sneak Peeps: July 23, 2015

Partial View: 2nd Floor, Research Commons
Partial View: 2nd Floor, Research Commons

Construction Update

  • Floors 2,3,& 4 are 95% complete.
  • Floor 5 is 50% complete due to challenges related to fire protection on the roof.
  • Floor 1 is 80% complete. 3M security gates have been installed.
  •  Work on the fire protection system to integrate the new and the existing building will be ongoing from July 20 thru July 30.
  • Landscaping continues around the facility.
  • Bike racks and benches are being installed.

Sneak Peeps: June 22, 2015

Event/Reading Room – 2nd Floor, New Fenwick Addition


Special Collections & Archives Exhibit Area – 2nd Floor, New Fenwick Addition


Special Collections & Archives Reading Room – 2nd Floor, New Fenwick Addition

Sneak Peeps: June 10, 2015

Interior photos of New Fenwick Library Addition: The Atrium.

George Mason and his Peeps on the Atrium stairs, April 2015.

Atrium Stairs and flooring installation. May 2015.

Update: June 10, 2015

  • Floors 2, 3 and 4 are complete for the most part: carpet, painting, lighting, etc.
  • Floor 5 is still being worked on.
  • Furniture installation will begin in September.
  • The Café vendor is still being negotiated.
  • Waiting for high density shelving to be installed.
  • Starting to finalize plans for renovation of existing Floor 2, Wings B + C
  • Installation of IT has started.
  • Work on stone retaining wall continues.

#MasonDay2015 #FenwickSneakPeeps are Here!

It’s Mason Day – and look who’s here! Heading to the big celebration, George Mason and his Mason Peeps dropped by to see how the new Fenwick Library Addition is coming along. First things first for the Mason Peeps: George is showing them floor plans and renderings to get ready to tour the new space. Stay tuned for more adventures! #FenwickSneakPeeps #GetReady2Move

Update: April 8, 2015

  • Final site grading and preparation to build the south side retaining wall underway
  • Brick paver installation continues on east and west side
  • Metal panels on exterior Installation continues
  • 5th Floor and Atrium roofing work continues
  • Terrazzo flooring in Lobby – first pour
  • 2nd, 3rd & 4th floors: installation of ceiling tile; window sill, wood base, and casework, and flooring
  • Passenger elevator installation underway; Service elevator installation is complete
  • Preparation for Fiber and Network installation
  • BCOM is inspecting the building weekly

Update: March 19, 2015

  • The sidewalk leading to Southside dining is going to be rerouted.
  • Skylight installation continues.
  • 1st  and 2nd floor above ceiling work being completed and inspected.
  • Casework being installed on 2nd and 3rd floor.
  • 3rd floor prime painting is being done.
  • 4th floor light fixtures installation ongoing.
  • 5th floor drywall finishing and piping insulation.
  • Service elevator installed pending inspection.
  • Fire Marshal visited the site on March 18.

Update: March 17, 2015

  • Exterior work continues on the west side; trying to finish this side so that they can lay the final pavers; almost finished with the brick on the exterior.
  • Paneling installation for the new interior staircase started on 3/9.
  • Plan to start east side road work next week. Project should take about 1 month.
  • Roof work has been intermittent because of weather.
  • Ceiling work continues hroughout building. Lights being hung on 4th floor.
  • Sprinkler testing with the fire marshal was scheduled.
  • There is a planned power outage in B & C wings for about 20 minutes at 6am on Friday, March 20th. This will not impact A wing.