LEED Gold Certified
The University of Maryland knew it had a problem: Its president’s house, built in the 1950s to be just that and nothing more, hadn’t evolved to meet the flagship university’s modern needs as a venue for large events and fundraisers.
It faced away from campus, for one thing. It wasn’t accessible to the disabled, and it was filled with asbestos. The university also had to use a converted garage and erect tents out back to accommodate large functions of important donors and high-ranking state officials.
We helped the university start from scratch, razing the cramped Colonial and creating a new, 14,000 square-foot complex that includes a large events center and a separate, private residence for the president. The new center not only complements the university’s architectural style, but it now faces the main campus and is sited on its organizational axis, integrating it both literally and figuratively with campus life.
The Barnes Vanze team was commended for creating a beautiful building and meeting numerous critical deadlines throughout the project so the building was completed on time and on budget.