Celebrating Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall

Peterson Hall at George Mason

George Mason University officials joined members of the Peterson Family, state and local representatives and other members of the community on Thursday to celebrate a transformative new building that will further spur multidisciplinary research.

Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall is the home for the College of Health and Human Services, bringing nearly 2,700 students and 100 faculty and staff from six health academic units and three research centers together under the same roof for the first time. Academic units now calling the spacious new building home include the Departments of Social Work, Rehabilitation Sciences, Health Administration and Policy, and Global and Community Health, and the School of Nursing.

“The research that happens every day and the professionals that are trained every day in this facility will have a very direct impact in the quality of all our lives,” Mason President Ángel Cabrera said.

The 165,000-square-foot facility, which opened to student use in January, is the second-biggest building on any of Mason’s four campuses. The building cost $71 million, with the state covering $62 million. Private donations accounted for $9 million, including an $8 million gift from the Fairfax-based Peterson family.


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