University of Maryland, College Park

College Park,

Student Union Feasibility Analysis

B&D was retained by the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002 to examine the needs and preferences for a newly renovated student center on campus and to determine the extent to which it could fit within an expanded version of the existing building’s envelope, while understanding the impact on the university’s administrative and staffing efforts. Our scope of work included the review of university materials and documents, focus groups, interviews with university administrators and constituent groups, a site capacity analysis, and the refinement of program elements. An important aspect of the study was a series of focus groups with a variety of building users. This study included a comprehensive assessment of the facility program document that had been prepared by the architects, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott (EYP). We met with building administrators, vendors, and students. Results of those meetings were then compared to the EYP document to see if they were in accord so the design efforts could proceed most efficiently. We recommended the university focus on the opportunities posed by implementation of the refined facility program document. The university agreed and proceeded with the $57.5 million Stamp Student Union project, which consisted of the renovation of 256,000 SF and the addition 30,000 SF. The project was completed in 2005.