Fuse at Mason Square

Designed for innovation programming, partnerships, and community engagement — all 345,000 + square feet. Fuse at Mason Square is designed to be a lightning rod for new ideas.


What is Fuse?


Fuse is more than just a building project. It is an endeavor to create a space to foster learning, research, and entrepreneurship.

  • A one-of-a-kind experience for industry, researchers, faculty, and students to interact and thrive
  • A future-ready, high-tech, sustainable, resilient building that can respond to the accelerated pace of change
  • Large-scale meeting facilities, collaboration spaces, and activated outdoor terraces and public plazas
  • Access to specialized labs including robotics, AR/VR, simulation, network, data visualization, and secure facilities
  • Commercial spaces designed to meet a variety of needs, including labs, customer experience centers, and specialized operations suites


The following embedded content may cause issues for those using assistive technology. An accessible version is available. Skip this content.

Fuse Topping Out photo essay by Creative Services


On Nov. 3, university officials, regional economic leaders, government partners, media, and students gathered at Fuse at Mason Square to celebrate the building's "topping out."

Make a Place

Our 345,000-square-foot development project will transform the innovation landscape in Arlington. Fuse at Mason Square will offer students, researchers, commercial partners, and technical vanguard an opportunity to take part in an immersive atmosphere of ideation and innovation.

  • 225,000 square feet for Mason-led innovation programming and community engagement 

  • 120,000 for innovation labs, offices, and developer and partner programming 

  • 15,000 square feet of retail amenities

  • 146,000 square feet of underground parking

This is just the beginning. Plans for the building include a vertical solar array, a high-performance building envelope and HVAC system. It will feature an advanced DOAS system with sensible cooling terminal units coupled to advanced HVAC controllers. In addition to a 40% reduction (over code) in potable water use, it will also capture and treat stormwater via a green roof, and no potable water is planned for mechanical use. A robust platform of smart building controls, technology, and dashboards will enable operators, researchers, and even tenants to learn from and influence the sustainability performance of the building. This digital innovation headquarters will meet LEED Platinum, FitWel 2-star wellbeing, and RELi resilience standards.

A computer rendering of the interior lobby of the future FUSE building, occupied by people.

The Fuse building will be a center of innovation and research for all Mason students. Hear what a few of them think about the ongoing project.

Collaborate With Others

Fuse is designed with collaboration at it's core. Here, you are easily able to collaborate across the stakeholder universe with student, faculty, corporate partner, and community-based programming. Draw from diverse expertise with an open campus innovation ecosystem infrastructure that taps into Mason resources across campus.

Cover the Gaps

The lab-to-market process can be fraught with risk. Our innovation initiative incorporates the unique features of Fuse and Mason Square to build bridges between key research and development milestones to increase the survival rate of new technologies. With a purpose-built environment for this pipeline, Fuse at Mason Square will become a keystone of the Arlington innovation ecosystem.