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New Campus Space Gives MRED Students Place to Relax, Recharge, Collaborate

FoundersLocation. Location. Location. It’s a real estate cliché. But the location doesn’t get much better than the new home of the MS in Real Estate Development (MRED) program on the Mason Arlington campus, right in the heart of millennials’ favorite neighborhood–Clarendon.

And since January, recently renovated space on the fourth floor of Founders Hall has provided students with a contemporary new suite to relax, recharge and collaborate before and between classes.

Designed exclusively for School of Business graduate students, the new space offers:

• Seven high-tech breakout rooms for small group collaboration and team work
• An attractive lounge area furnished for on-campus study, quick meals or a comfortable spot to relax (and to recharge mobile devices)
• A 16-person conference room with an adjoining patio overlooking the Clarendon scene
• Faculty offices
• Tiered, technology-enhanced classrooms

“Our students increasingly come to us directly from home and work locations in the Arlington/DC core. With our Metro-accessible Arlington campus and the opening of our new graduate suite, we’ve made getting to class and spending time on campus as convenient, collaborative, and comfortable as possible,” said Program Director Bob Wulff.

And the new breakout rooms have already demonstrated their value, serving as the much appreciated home-away-from-home for George Mason’s winning NAIOP Capital Challenge team.

“Our team utilized the Graduate Suite on a regular basis over eight weeks as we prepared for the 2015 NAIOP Challenge. The new workspace is quiet, well-furnished and convenient. It cultivated a very productive environment,” said student and Challenge team member Samantha Steketee. “The flat-screen connectivity and projecting capabilities in each of the breakout spaces also proved a huge benefit!”

MRED studedns at work in breakout room

“We love, love, love the new space,” says student Christine Rathbone (back) at work with classmates in one of seven new breakout rooms.

MRED students Jason McDonough, Roger Lin and Mark Latsios at the grand opening celebration.

Students Jason McDonough, Roger Lin and Mark Latsios at the grand opening celebration.

New Graduate and Executive student lounge provides a comfortable place "away from the hustle and bustle."

New Graduate and Executive student lounge provides a comfortable place “away from the hustle and bustle.”

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Janet Palmisano

Janet Palmisano is a member of the Recruiting and Admissions team at the George Mason University School of Business.

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