Project DescriptionThe new Engineering, Aviation, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Building (EACMS) for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is under construction and scheduled to complete in Fall 2015. The $65 million, 163,350 gsf building will include spaces for engineering including a nano technology lab featuring a clean room, aviation sciences, mathematics, computer sciences, and telecommunications departments, a TV broadcast studio and practice studios, a student radio station and editing rooms, and two Dean’s office suites. The building incorporates an architectural expression reflective of the mission, heritage, and architectural traditions of this growing teaching, research, and doctoral institution. Hord Coplan Macht formed a joint venture with The Freelon Group to execute this project. Hord Coplan Macht is also the landscape architect.
UMES has experienced regular and significant growth in recent years, particularly in graduate programs, which has become a key component of their 10-year Master Plan. The new EACMS Building is the first building built in a new Research Quad and will set the design aesthetic for future development.
We presented the University with a range of design ideas that tested the master plan. The solution is a building with two bars, linked with a central atrium which includes informal gathering spaces supportive of collaborative dialogue between students from all of the departments housed in the building.
The EACMS Building will further the University’s commitment to sustainability, and is expected to obtain LEED Certification at the Gold level.