Facilities News


December 2023 Facilities Employee of the Month – Chris Dotson

Celebrating Christopher Dotson as the December 2023 Employee of the Month Congratulations to Christopher Dotson, Shift Supervisor - CHCP, Facilities Management (FM), for being recognized […]

University Day Service Awards 2023

Mason Facilities celebrates years of service. The below Mason Patriots are completing milestone work anniversaries.   Congratulations! Celebrating 5 Years of Service: Julian Kidd (6 years of service) […]

November 2023 Facilities Employee of the Month – Jayjay Castillo

Celebrating Jayjay Castillo as the November 2023 Employee of the Month Congratulations to Jayjay Castillo, General Maintenance II, Zone 3, Facilities Management (FM), for being […]

2023 Patriot Packout (PPO) – a Success!

Patriot Packout (PPO) 2023, George Mason University's annual end-of-the-year donation initiative, collected and redistributed 5,700 pounds of donations valued at up to $29,614. 4,113 pounds […]

Tour the Fairfax Facilities Complex

Join us on a tour of the Mason Facilities complex on the Fairfax Campus. You’ll see the Customer Service Center in action and walk through […]

October 2023 Facilities Employee of the Month – Tan Nguyen

  Celebrating Tan Nguyen as the October 2023 Employee of the Month Congratulations to Tan Nguyen, Recycling and Waste Worker, Facilities Management (FM), for being […]

Greenhouse & Gardens Partners with Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)

The Greenhouse and Gardens Program – part of the University Sustainability unit in Mason Facilities – finished hosting 7 high school and undergraduate students for […]

Facilities Fall Prep 2023

During the summer months, in preparation for the start of the fall semester, Mason Facilities runs through an extensive checklist to get all campuses ready.  […]

Adding New Aunt Flow Dispensers to Mason

This Summer 2023, Mason Facilities installed Aunt Flow Dispensers on the Fairfax, Mason Square, and Sci-Tech Campuses. This was done in partnership with The Patriot […]

Launching Custodial Pilot Program

Mason Facilities is excited to announce the Custodial Pilot Program launching this fall on the SciTech campus and in Merten Hall on the Fairfax campus. […]

Elevating Mason’s Green Studio with the PGF

Jennifer Ashworth, manager of the Green Studio, received Patriot Green Fund support to revamp the garden in preparation for the new academic year.     […]

Mason’s Ready for Pickleball

In Summer 2023, Mason Facilities and Mason Recreation completed new pickleball courts next to the Recreation Athletic Complex (RAC) field on the Fairfax campus! As […]

Revamping Recycling at the Center for the Arts

  The Center for the Arts at Mason (CFA) on the Fairfax campus is proud to announce the successful revamp of its zero waste infrastructure, […]

August 2023 Facilities Employee of the Month – Colleen Regan

  Celebrating Colleen Regan as the August 2023 Employee of the Month Colleen did an outstanding job organizing and executing the Patriot Pack-Out (PPO) event […]

OLLI & Greenhouse and Gardens Program Summer Partnership

    In Summer 2023, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) partnered with University Sustainability to participate in the Greenhouse and Gardens program via a […]

Giving Surplus Furniture a New Life at Another State University

Mason Facilities and Housing & Residence Life (HRL) have recently partnered with HBCU school Virginia State University to transfer surplus furniture from Mason Housing buildings. […]

Mason’s new Fuse building will be like Main Street, architect says

By Damian Cristodero The Fuse building being constructed on George Mason University’s Mason Square in Arlington, Virginia, is to be a melting pot, of sorts, […]

July 2023 Facilities Employee of the Month – Jeromy Boler

  Celebrating Jeromy Boler as the July 2023 Employee of the Month Congratulations to Jeromy Boler, Sr. General Services Worker, Facilities Management (FM), for being […]

June 2023 Facilities Employee of the Month – Abu Monjer

  Celebrating Abu Monjer as the June 2023 Employee of the Month Congratulations to Abu Monjer, Mgr. Projects, Construction, Infrastructure, for being recognized as the […]

2023 Campus Race to Zero Waste Competition  

George Mason University Sustainability Competes in National Wildlife Federation’s 2023 Campus Race to Zero Waste Competition via Green Game 2023. George Mason University Sustainability joined […]
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Mason Custodial Pilot Program Launches at Mason Square Campus

Mason Facilities is excited to announce the expansion of the Mason Custodial Pilot Program to the Mason Square campus. In Fall 2022, Facilities launched the […]

Earth Month 2023 Recap

In April 2023, Mason Facilities, University Sustainability, and their university partners celebrated Earth Month! Here are a few highlights from the events that took place […]

Facilities Spring Campus Cleanup 2023

On Thursday, May 4, 2023, our Facilities Management (FM) team members hosted its annual Campus Cleanup at the Fairfax, Mason Square and SciTech campuses. Mason’s […]

May 2023 Facilities Employee of the Month – Arnell Burke

  Celebrating Arnell Burke as the May 2023 Employee of the Month Arnell Burke, General Maintenance Technician III, was recognized as the May 2023 Facilities […]

Outstanding Achievement Awards 2023 Recipients

Mason Human Resources is excited to announce the recipients of the 2023 Outstanding Achievement Awards! In a year where we received a record number of […]

Susie Mueller is Mason’s 2023 Sustainability Hero!

 Congratulations to Susie Mueller, Mason's 2023 Sustainability Hero!My Mason working career started as a work study student for the School of Art (2008); while I […]

Arboretum Tree Planting

  In celebration of Earth Week, Mason’s Arboretum Board hosted a community tree planting event at Peterson Hall on Thursday, April 20, 2023. Student volunteers […]

Patriot Pathbreaker Awards

The following Mason Square employees were nominated and selected for the Patriot Pathbreaker Award in recognition of their collaborative work to activate and promote the […]

The Shape of Water: A Collaborative Sustainable Art Installation

Multiple waste audits and a campus clean-up conducted at George Mason University by Mason Facilities, Student Government, and University Sustainability contributed an estimated 1,555 single-use […]

April 2023 Facilities Employee of the Month – Stewart D. Tolentino

  Celebrating Stewart D. Tolentino as the April 2023 Employee of the Month Stewart Tolentino, a Structural Trades Technician for Facilities Management, was recognized as […]

Mason’s Iconic Cherry Blossoms and Arboretum

The George Mason University Arboretum was established in 2015, earned ArbNet Level II accreditation in 2021, and is distributed across 900+ acres of the university’s […]

Earth Month 2023: Volunteering Opportunities

Calling the Mason Community – April is Earth Month!  University Sustainability hosts events, activities, and initiatives all month long.  These activities are not just available […]

Budding Scientist Monitors Mason’s Iconic Cherry Blossoms

Mason graduate student’s Cherry Blossom Monitoring research uses Mason as a living lab to assess how climate change affects the bloom date of cherry blossom […]

Enhancing Food Security through Aquaponics

On Thursday, April 6, 2023 Mason celebrates Mason Vision Day – an opportunity for the Mason community to come together each year to identify and […]

Waste & Recycling Impact Awards

Mason Facilities' Waste & Recycle Management team was recently recognized by Emily Ross, Deputy Chief of Mason Police for the exceptional work during Homecoming celebrations […]

New Landscaping for Point of View Retreat

  The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School’s Point of View (POV) retreat facility is kicking off the spring semester with new, pollinator-friendly, landscaping. Its exterior […]

Green Game Waste Diversion Audit 2023

  The 2023 Green Game was held on January 25, 2023, during the George Mason Patriots Women’s Basketball team vs. University of Rhode Island game. […]

New Art Supply Sharing Initiative

Photo Credit: Yassmin Salem Story by: Sarah D’Alexander   Yassmin Salem, Murals at Mason Program Manager with Mason Exhibitions, helps divert waste while supporting students […]

January 2023 Facilities Employee of the Month – Geoffrey Lopez

Celebrating Geoffrey Lopez as the January 2023 Employee of the MonthGeoffrey Lopez, HVAC Technician, was selected as January’s GMU Facilities Employee of the Month. In addition […]

Mason Welcomes New Fleet of Vehicles

Mason Facilities has a new fleet of flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs) on the Fairfax Campus. Nine new vehicles were added this winter to the Facilities inventory! […]

New LED Lighting at the Rappahannock River Parking Deck

Mason Facilities transitioned to LED lighting at the Fairfax Campus’s Rappahannock River parking deck – replacing over six hundred fluorescent light fixtures. Mason’s new LED […]


End of Year Facilities Appreciation Event

What a year! 2022 has flown by and Mason Facilities has achieved great things all thanks to you and the teams within this division. We […]

Amber Saxton Co-Hosts Session at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

During the fall semester, Amber Saxton a Program Manager in Facilities’ University Sustainability office co-hosted a session with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) at the 2022 Global Conference on […]

President Washington’s Donut Drop-off!

Before the winter break, President Washington stopped by with donuts as a thank you to our Facilities Management team. Thank you for your hard work […]

Recycling Through the Years

  Mason Facilities' waste management and recycling operational processes have undergone significant changes over the last two decades. During this time, Mason Facilities identified several […]

“Earthsgiving” Event

  On Thursday, November 17, 2022, Mason’s Greenhouse and Garden’s program hosted its first “Earthsgiving” sustainable, cooking event. Students, volunteers, staff and community members learned […]

November 2022 Facilities Employee of the Month – Rebecca “Becky” Mirenzi

  During her routine check of a campus building’s mechanical equipment, Rebecca "Becky" Mirenzi, a Facilities Management team member, identified and reported a gas leak […]

Mason featured in The Princeton Review’s 2023 ‘Guide to Green Colleges’     

  On October 25, 2022, The Princeton Review released its 13th annual  Guide to Green Colleges – a resource, published for college applicants, to showcase colleges and […]

Campus Sustainability Tour

    On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, University Sustainability hosted its first Campus Sustainability Tour, showcasing Patriot Green Fund (PGF) projects that have reduced Mason’s […]

Stream Restoration Update

Work continues on the “Necklace Phase One and Stream Restoration” project on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus.  This project includes the restoration of the main […]

Launching New Composting Pilot

  Zero Waste & Plastics Free Mason: Next Up, Industrial Composting Pilot  Mason Facilities is excited to announce the launch of a new zero waste […]

October 2022 Facilities Employee of the Month – Ravy Pho

  Celebrating Ravy Pho as the October 2022 Employee of the Month October’s Employee of the Month, Ravy Pho, is a Waste Management and Recycling […]

100 Trees Added to Mason

 On Saturday, October 1, 2022 Mason Exhibitions, with the support of Mason Facilities, the Patriot Green Fund (PGF), the Office of Sustainability, and community volunteers, planted 100 […]

University Day Service Awards 2022

  Mason is celebrating years of service on November 8 and 9, 2022 at the Fairfax Campus. Thank you for your service, Mason Patriots! Below, […]

Facilities Fall Prep 2022

 “Walking around campus ahead of the first day of school, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful the campus looked!  Imagining all the parents who […]

September 2022 Facilities Employee of the Month – Jerome Wallis

Celebrating Jerome Wallis as the September 2022 Employee of the Month Jerome, a Power Plant Shift Supervisor, specializes in overnight central heating and cooling. His proactive […]

20+ Years of JDI Partnership

 Mason Facilities has partnered with Job Discovery Inc. (JDI) for over 20 years and together we have positively impacted the George Mason University community.   JDI is a […]

Organic Land Care Beta Testing

  Mason Facilities is excited to announce the launch of a new pilot program centering around organic land care in a 7-acre area surrounding Merten […]

GMU SWaM Conference

  George Mason University GMU SWaM Conference Offices of Contracts & Finance and Purchasing September 21, 2022   Come join us on September 21, 2022, […]

August 2022 Facilities Employee of the Month – Daniel Chappell

    Celebrating Daniel Chappell as the August 2022 Employee of the Month Daniel, a Zone 3 team member, is a valued employee who solely […]

Stream Restoration on Fairfax Campus Will Create Scenic Pathway

 Work has begun on the “Necklace Phase One and Stream Restoration” project on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, Mason Facilities announced.The project includes the restoration […]

July 2022 Facilities Employee of the Month – Keith “Wally” Wallace

  Celebrating Keith “Wally” Wallace as the July 2022 Employee of the Month Wally puts in a tremendous amount of work to both prepare and […]

June 2022 Facilities Employee of the Month – Joe Wilmer

  Celebrating Joe Wilmer as the June 2022 Employee of the Month Joe has come a long way from starting as an apprentice and upgrading […]

Mason Custodial Services

June 2022 The University has adopted a multi-contract approach for campus janitorial services, initiating new contracts with the Budd Group, Golden Gate Service and Evergreen […]

Commencement Kudos

  Shout out to all of the teams in Mason Facilities who went above and beyond to prepare the campus and EagleBank Arena for the […]

Facilities Spring Campus Cleanup

Check out our Instagram Post! Facilities Spring 2022 Campus Cleanup On Tuesday, May 5, 2022, our Facilities Management (FM) team members took charge for a […]

May 2022 Facilities Employee of the Month – Angel Washington

  Celebrating Angel Washington as the May  Employee of the Month Angel goes beyond the call of duty to make sure things are right and […]

Sustainable Print Studio

Cartoon Art Credit: Sylvia Rossi Check out the Instagram video!   The School of Art’s Print and Book Arts studio is repositioning its practices and […]

Arboretum Tree Planting

 In Spring 2022, a small team of students used the Patriot Green Fund to enhance the diversity of The Honeybee Pollinator Garden. This garden sits […]

Keith “Wally” Wallace: 2022 Goldie and Diane Hattery Award Winner

  Keith “Wally” Wallace has received the Goldie and Diane Hattery Award for Excellence. In his nomination, Wally is described as an employee who goes […]

April 2022 Facilities Employee of the Month – Ronnie Wells

  Celebrating Ronnie Wells on being Facilities’ April Employee of the month. He was nominated by Kristal Miller, Anastasia Triplett, and Susie Mueller. Ronnie is […]

50 Years in Buildings

Click Each Photo for More Information Blast from the Past Before and After

March 2022 Facilities Employee of the Month – Gordon Lansdowne

  Nominated by: Dwain Wise-Spain, Zone 3 Supervisor, Facilities Management Gordon has played a central role in conducting and maintaining the HVAC Preventive Maintenance program […]

January 2022 Facilities Employee of the Month – Joseph Illig

  Nominated by: Steve Vollmer, Director, Facilities Management Operations Joe Illig, our plumbing supervisor, took the initiative to monitor the Peterson kitchen and see if […]

Construction kick-off on Arlington Campus the ‘start of something big’

Story by Damian Cristodero The first steps of the construction project that will reshape and reimagine George Mason’s Arlington Campus are scheduled to begin this […]

New Volunteer Intern: Nakki Watanabe

Highlighting our a new volunteer intern: Nakki Watanabe – An Environmental Studies student. Nakki reached out to Supervisor of Recycling and Waste Management, Kevin Brim, […]

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