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Introducing Ballston Center

When Marymount University envisioned its new Center at the corner of N. Glebe Rd. and Fairfax Dr. in the heart of Ballston, the goal was to create an intersection of commerce and imagination for 21st century learners.

Welcome to Ballston Center.  Opened in August 2017 with the launch of the new academic year, the complex includes a nine-story academic/office building and twelve-story residential/retail building, each with underground parking.  The complex is anchored by a public plaza and green space courtyard.

The academic building houses Marymount’s School of Business Administration as well as select programs of the School of Education & Human Services, and the office of Graduate Enrollment Services. Marymount occupies the first six floors of the academic building while floors seven through nine will be leased to area businesses, creating a revenue stream that defrays expenses.  Next door, The Rixey offers retail space as well as residential apartments, including Marymount graduate student housing and dedicated affordable housing units.

Ballston Center Fast Facts

  • Project cost:  $75 million
  • Site at the corner of N. Glebe Rd. and Fairfax Dr.:  2 acres
  • LEED Gold Certified
  • Public Plaza:  7,600 sq. ft.
  • Courtyard:  3,000 sq. ft.
  • Historic panels commemorate the original Ballston Center building
  • Developer:
    • The Shooshan Company
  • Architects:
    • Gensler (Office Building)
    • SK&I (Residential Building)
  • Landscape Architect:
    • Studio39
  • Contractors:
    • Clark Construction (General Contractor)
    • HITT Contracting (Floors 1-6 interior build-out, academic building)
  • Leasing Agent: 
    • Avison Young

Academic/Office Building

  • Stories:  9
  • Total Sq. Ft.:  165,000
  • Office space:  56,000+ sq. ft.
  • Ground floor retail space:  5,000 sq. ft.
  • Underground parking levels:  3
  • Auditorium capacity:  208


  • Forensic Research Lab
  • Cybersecurity Lab
  • Digital Learning Labs
  • Finance Trading Room
  • Conference Center - available for public use
  • Art Gallery - open to the public
  • Seminar/Training Rooms - available for public use
  • Auditorium - available for public use
  • Starbucks
  • eat> Café
  • Chapel

The Rixey

  • Stories:  12
  • Total Sq. Ft.:  256,000
  • Residential units:  265
  • Ground floor retail space:  3,000 sq. ft.
  • Underground parking levels:  3
  • Named for Admiral Presley M. Rixey, personal physician to Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.  Rixey once owned the historic Main House on Marymount’s main campus.
  • A ground lease with The Shooshan Company provides a revenue stream to Marymount and brings housing and retail options to the Ballston Corridor.

Former Ballston Center

  • Modern Movement-style office building opened in 1963
  • Affectionately dubbed the “Blue Goose” because of its distinctive blue exterior panels
  • Purchased by Marymount University in 1992 and converted to academic use
  • Stories:  8 (two floors were never built out for Marymount’s use)
  • Total sq. ft.:  116,000