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Learning Beyond the Walls UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND PHYSICAL SCIENCES Best Viewed Horizontally Best Viewed Horizontally
  • University of Maryland Physical Sciences Complex

    College Park, Maryland

    The new Physical Science Complex is one of the most high-tech buildings on the university grounds. The complex, which consists of one new building that connects two existing buildings, is a significant investment for the academic community as it incorporates the study of physics at the macro and micro levels, a concept that focuses on the vastness of the universe and the world under a microscope.

    Working closely with the design team, Mahan Rykiel Associates (MRA) developed a site plan
    that includes:

    • The first vegetated roof on the College Park
    campus
    • Harvesting rain water for irrigation purposes
    • Outdoor gathering/ learning spaces
    • Intensive coordination with design team to allow hardscape and plantings over sensitive laboratories two stories below.

    In addition, an outdoor amphitheater was designed for teaching opportunities and to preserve a decades old tradition of physics professors having afternoon tea. Located between the student housing sector and the academic core, a breezeway through the building encourages students and visitors to engage in the fascinating world of physics.

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