University of Maryland Baltimore, SMC Campus Center

HENRY ADAMS provided the MEP engineering design for the new student center.HENRY ADAMS provided the MEP engineering design for the new student center.HENRY ADAMS provided the MEP engineering design for the new student center.
  • HENRY ADAMS provided the MEP engineering design for the new student center.
  • HENRY ADAMS provided the MEP engineering design for the new student center.
  • HENRY ADAMS provided the MEP engineering design for the new student center.

Henry Adams provided the MEP engineering design for the new SMC Campus Center at UMB. The new $58M, 5-story building totals 114,000 GSF and was constructed on the site of the former Baltimore Student Union on Lombard Street. This project approximately aligns with the fronts of Health Sciences and Human Services Library and the School of Nursing.

The new Campus Center at UMB significantly enhances student life through expanded programming and enhancement of its urban campus environment. Henry Adams provided the MEP engineering design for the new building, which was designed to meet student needs holistically by attending to recreational, leisure, wellness, social and intellectual needs by enhancing interdisciplinary and interprofessional interaction at UMB by creating space specifically designed to meet this need.

The following services/programs are located in the Campus Center: offices and meeting spaces for student government organizations; offices and meeting spaces for student services, student life, housing, and auxiliary services; athletic center; wellness facilities; 5-lane, 25-yard swimming pool; food court; credit union; retail space; renovated gymnasium on roof of Pratt Garage (basketball, volleyball, elevated track); computer-use space with wireless access capabilities; student business center; 24-hour study space; ballroom, lounges and meeting rooms; and game room.

Mechanical work included providing analysis for expansion of the School of Nursing chilled water plant; which included building interconnections, ice building mode, optimal chiller sizing, etc. The demolition included removal of site utilities, building a new steam tunnel, and protection of outdoor air intake for adjacent structures.

The design provided new gas, fire and domestic water services, sanitary, storm water, interconnected with campus chilled water and district steam. The design also included a high pressure and street pressure domestic water service and a booster system was required for the upper three floors. The design provided hookups for food service, swimming pool, laundry, locker room, and toilet facilities. A sub slab drainage system was provided to handle ground water.

As part of the State's MBE program, Henry Adams mentored a woman-owned firm that provided VAV air conditioning design to serve food court, bookstore, athletic facilities, swimming pool, ballroom, and general office spaces. 13.2kV electrical service was extended from the campus electrical system to a new indoor substation. The electrical distribution was routed through a combination of bus ducts and feeders. The architectural lighting and control schemes were developed in conjunction with the architect by our in-house lighting designer.

The fire alarm system, which included a high-rise fire command center and associated systems, was integrated with the central campus fire alarm and security system several blocks away.

Additional Information:

LocationBaltimore, MD
Completion Date
Construction Value $58,500,000
OwnerUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore
ArchitectWTW Architects
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