Fairfax County formally announced their 2019 James M. Scott Exceptional Design Award Recipients with George Mason University’s Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall receiving the Honor Award for Institutional.
Designed by architect, Perkins Eastman, McMullan collaborated to provide the complementing structural engineering services for this new state-of-the-art facility.
The Design Jury’s comments for the award stated, “Considered a flagship for George Mason University, the Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall was designed with an understanding of the impact of this facility on the image of the campus, expressing GMU’s commitment to sustainability, student accommodations, community outreach and visual design. The building integrates the language of the campus, blends in well, and successfully combines the master plan guidelines. The strong indoor/outdoor connection provides for intentional social connections, knitting site and pedestrian access to the campus. This environmentally responsible building incorporates green building practices well, accomplishing the University’s mission to promote sustainability and healthy living. The jury would like to encourage this quality of building and awarded it an Honor Award.”
Today was a big day for Williamsport, Maryland as it hosted both a ribbon-cutting for the newly-restored Conococheague Aqueduct and the ground-breaking for the new Park headquarters.
In attendance for this historic ribbon cutting, was Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan; U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both D-Md.; state Sen. George Edwards, R-Washington/Allegany/Garrett; Del. Mike McKay, R-Washington/Allegany; U.S. Rep. David Trone, D-Md.; National Park Service acting Deputy Director for Operations David Vela; Williamsport Mayor Bill Green; Washington County Board of Commissioners President Jeff Cline; and C&O Canal Superintendent Kevin Brandt.
The aqueduct, a McMullan project with Peck, Peck & Associates, underwent a a two-and-a-half-year restoration with the National Park Service-National Capital Region. The Conococheague Aqueduct is not just the only aqueduct along the C&O Canal to carry water, but also the only place anywhere in North America where visitors can ride a boat across an historic aqueduct and through a working lock.
Previously, the aqueduct was part of the C&O Canal’s shipping channel that once operated across 184.5 miles from Washington, DC, to Cumberland. The aqueduct, which allowed cargo boats to pass over Conococheague Creek, had not been operational since 1924. The National Park Service said the watering of the canal — along with other features along the Williamsport section of the park — makes the segment like no other place in North America.
This morning, the McMullan team officially joined the #WASHFMatWork Team thanks to our colleague, Andrea S.!
Chilli Amar of the station’s Toby + Chilli Mornings show surprised our office with delicious donuts and coffee from Dunkin'® along with a WASH-FM swag bag filled with concert tickets and other cool prizes.
Thanks again for stopping by, Chilli, and helping us satisfy our morning cravings with fun gifts.