Groundbreaking for Harry J. Parrish Hall
June 3, 2009 10:00 AM
On June 3 at 10 a.m., officials at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will break ground for a new academic building to be named in honor of Harry J. Parrish, former delegate to the Virginia General Assembly and Manassas mayor. The ceremony will take place behind Howsmon Hall.
The three-level building will contain 14 lecture rooms, 12 computer-based laboratories, four biology labs, an engineering lab, an art studio and offices in 55,000 square feet of space. A new Barnes & Noble bookstore will occupy another 2,500 square feet.
Designed according to environmentally sound standards, the building will incorporate many sustainable construction elements such as efficient heating and cooling, low-flow plumbing fixtures, recycled and regionally manufactured materials, and rain gardens for storm water management. Moseley Architects designed the building and Hess Construction and Engineering Services will manage the project. The building should be ready for the fall 2011 semester.
Parrish Hall will be the third academic building at the Manassas Campus. The original building, dating to 1974, was dedicated to the first campus provost, Dr. Wilfred B. Howsmon Jr., after his retirement in 1990. A second building named for Sen. Charles J. Colgan opened in 1996.