On May 8, faculty, staff, students and guests gathered to officially open Harry J. Parrish Hall at the Manassas Campus. The building is named after the longtime Virginia delegate and former Manassas mayor, Harry J. Parrish.
Interim Provost Christine Holt got the celebration started with a warm welcome before NOVA Board Chair David Miller introduced special guests, including Parrish family members, Senators Charles J. Colgan and Richard H. Black, Delegates L. Scott Lingamfelter and Jackson H. Miller, and other local dignitaries.
Former Provost Hortense Hinton thanked a long list of people who helped make the building possible, saying “It took the whole Commonwealth to get this building.”
President Robert G. Templin, Jr. decided the name of the building should be “STEaMboat” Parrish Hall because of the STEM and art programs housed there, and Manassas Mayor Harry J. Parrish II discussed the opportunities available for the community.
After a large ribbon was cut with supersized scissors to symbolize the formal opening, student ambassadors led tours around Parrish Hall. The festivities continued with a reception featuring entertainment by Assistant Professor of Music Herb Smith and his Confirmation Quartet.
The event was organized by Leif Corbett, Amanda Corrigan, Nancy Green, Carol Lemmon, Essala Lowe and Carlene Mackereth.
Parrish Hall contains lecture rooms, computer laboratories, biology labs, engineering lab, art studio and offices in 55,000 square feet of space. In addition, a large Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Café will provide expanded services and merchandise. The building capacity is approximately 1,700 people.
Designed to meet LEED silver rating, the three-story structure incorporates many sustainable construction elements such as efficient heating and cooling, low-flow plumbing fixtures, recycled and regionally manufactured materials, and rain gardens for stormwater management. Moseley Architects designed the building, and Hess Construction and Engineering Services managed the construction project.