College Park, Maryland
155,500 GSF, 14,450 M2
Architecture, Engineering, Lab Planning, Programming
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The University of Maryland saw its new engineering school as an opportunity to extend the campus plan and stimulate growth in an underutilized neighboring district. SmithGroupJJR's design approach shaped the Kim Building into a dramatic gateway, leading to an extended campus and - symbolically - to the school's future.
As a result, visitors know they've arrived at a showcase laboratory facility. A vaulting entry rotunda, flanked by the modern, well-proportioned wings of the L-shaped structure, greets students, faculty and visitors. The facade complements the school's mostly Georgian-style buildings, but the interior houses high-tech laboratories and cleanrooms in vibration-sensitive environments with integrated IT infrastructure for the support of nanotechnology and aerospace studies.
The research facilities meet at an exhibition area in the rotunda, providing informal meeting space. Additionally, the complex is designed with multiple entry points, strengthening its position as gateway to current and future campus buildings.