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On June 22, 1991 GW broke ground for the first building, now called Exploration Hall, on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Loudon County. The 71,000 square foot, $26 million building was designed by Philip Esocoff of the Washington architectural firm Keyes Condon Florance Eichbaum Esocoff and King. Read more...
See photographs of the construction of Exploration Hall on Flickr.

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