Photo by Dan Schwalm


University of Maryland, Physical Sciences Complex

College Park, MD




2014 Merit Award, Built Open Category, AIA New Jersey
2014 Award of Merit, Higher Education/Research, ENR MidAtlantic

Photo by Dan Schwalm

The University of Maryland wanted to expand their science facilities and provide space to promote collaboration amongst university researchers and students and nearby federal agencies with a new Physical Sciences Complex.  The new building connects to the existing Computer and Space Science (CSS) building, which required partial demolition of the CSS building.  The 160,000 sq ft facility houses offices, classrooms, lounges, and laboratories, some of which required specific temperature and humidity conditions.  SGH consulted on the building enclosure systems, including metal panel and brick masonry cladding, storefront windows, and featuring a tapered, elliptical curtain wall that dramatically cuts through the center of the building.

Scope | Solutions

SGH worked closely with the contractor to peer review the design and assist with detail coordination of the building enclosure systems, including below-grade and plaza waterproofing, cladding, curtain wall, and roofing with vegetative overburden.

Highlights of our work included the following:

  • Recommended solutions for transitioning the roofing membrane to the curtain wall parapet

  • Observed the building enclosure construction for comparison with the established design intent and performance criteria

  • Helped contractor resolve fabrication and field installation issues associated with the curtain wall

  • Observed field quality assurance testing of the curtain wall to validate remedial glazing work

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