Marymount University Celebrates New Ballston Campus

Published June 2, 2017

Marymount University’s Ballston campus, formerly known as “the Blue Goose,” recently celebrated the near-completed project with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Marmount University board of trustees chairman Joseph Maurelli and current Marymount president Matthew Shank cut the ribbon on May 24, 2017. Photo courtesy of Clark Construction

A few years ago, Marymount University selected the Shooshan Company to re-develop this Ballston campus, which included a full demolition of the existing building. Now, after only two years of operating out of a swing-space just down the road, Marymount University will return to the site in a brand new building designed by world renowned architect, Gensler.

As reported by INSIDE NOVA, “The university will occupy six of the nine floors of the 165,000-square-foot academic building, whose construction was a partnership between the university and the Shooshan Co. It will include classrooms, administrative offices, a library, cybersecurity lab, 200-seat auditorium, chapel and both a dining hall and Starbucks that will be open to the public…In the end, it was a team that included the university, Shooshan, Clark Construction, Hitt Construction and a slew of bankers and bond houses – plus a good amount of prayer – that made it possible.”

Inside Nova also described the process prior to Marymount choosing a partner: “Everybody wanted a piece of this particular site. One of the prospective partners even brought in football superstar-turned-development mogul Roger Staubach to make a pitch. In the end, Shooshan, which has developed a host of projects in Arlington, won out. John Shooshan, the firm’s founder, said it was the ‘common vision [and] common faith’ of the leadership of both organizations that meshed well.”

The Shooshan Company is proud to be a part of such a historic landmark and looks forward to seeing everyone enjoying the new building. The new Ballston campus is expected to officially open in August.



New Ballston Building Wins Accolades From Marymount Community. (2017). Inside Nova. Source: