A new education facility designed by the renowned architectural firm Cooper Carry and partner Lake/Flato is set to become one of the most sustainably sourced and built laboratory buildings in America.
On October 20th, the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) broke ground on the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility in Rockville, MD. Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, Maryland State Senator Nancy King, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret were among those coming together to applaud the occasion. They were joined by 200 academic, business and community leaders and 100 students. Governor Larry Hogan stated: “With the ground breaking, Universities at Shady Grove is setting a new standard in high-quality higher education that directly meets Maryland’s unique workforce development needs.”
Planned for completion in 2019, the new design by Cooper Carry and Lake/Flato will provide state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, active learning classrooms, clinical training facilities, academic offices, and an expanded level of student services necessary to support enrollment growth. Co-designed laboratory space and equipment will be shared and serve the need of multiple academic programs, while innovation and product design laboratories will provide flexible space for inter-disciplinary student research projects. The new facility will be one of the most sustainably sourced and built laboratory buildings in the country.
According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Maryland leads the country in academic research and development and has the third highest concentration of high-tech businesses in the nation. However, the growth of highly skilled jobs in Montgomery County continues to outpace available candidates in the region. There is a projected demand for nearly 117,000 new workers by 2017 to fill new or vacated positions in Montgomery County, and an expected shortage of qualified workers to fill the region’s wide range of occupations. When the building opens, Maryland’s premier research universities, including University of Maryland, Baltimore, University of Maryland, College Park and UMBC will offer undergraduate and graduate degree opportunities in critical and rapidly growing industries, including healthcare, biosciences, engineering and computational sciences.
The design team has a wealth of experience in the provision of sustainable educational buildings. Located in Atlanta, GA, Alexandria VA, and New York, Cooper Carry has completed more than 4m sq ft of science, technology, engineering, math and medical sciences facilities. Lake/Flato of San Antonio, TX is an award winning firm integrating architectural design with sustainability. The firm’s success incorporating the demanding programmatic requirements of higher education facilities with the environmental and campus context is evident in many of Lake/Flato’s LEED certified projects, including eight national American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green” projects.
On the selection of the design team, USG Executive Director Dr. Stewart Edelstein previously stated: “Cooper Carry’s and Lake/Flato’s combined experience and leadership in building exceptional science facilities will help USG to continue to foster collaboration across scientific disciplines, increase the number of STEMM graduates, and help advance the regional and state economy.” Now, on the occasion of the breaking ground, he stated the new 220,000 sq ft facility would allow USG to nearly double the number of students it serves. He said: “This means providing even more businesses in Montgomery County and the surrounding region with a talent pool of qualified graduates in cutting edge, high-demand science, technology, engineering, math and medical sciences positions.”
Business Information Specialist