The Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center is the first new academic building on the University of Maryland’s McKeldin Mall in 50 years, and will be a centerpiece of the campus. At its peak, up to 14,000 people are expected to use the building each day. There will be 1,830 seats of instructional space throughout its 22 classrooms and labs. It will also be home to the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the new Teaching and Learning Transformation Center. Space for student interaction will include a number of group study rooms, informal study space, and three cafés.
TCT developed schematic design, design development and 50% construction documents estimates for the project, which entailed demolition, renovation and new construction. The scope includes the demolition of the 30,000 GSF Shriver Laboratory and a 6,200 GSF portion of Holzapfel Hall; the renovation of the remaining 28,000 GSF of Holzapfel Hall; and construction of an addition. The project also includes related site and utility improvements, storm water management, pedestrian circulation, landscaping, service access and a 5,000 GSF Satellite Central Utility Building (SCUB).