Loyola University Maryland in the US has opened a new academic building for innovation and collaborative learning for students.
The new 35,000ft² building, named the Miguel B Fernandez Family Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning, marks the large-scale academic renovation on Loyola’s Evergreen campus in ten years.
Shepley Bullfinch offered architectural and interior design services for the project while Mueller Associates provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering.
Hord Coplan Macht served as the landscape architect for the Fernandez Center, which was constructed and managed by Whiting-Turner.
Construction on the building, which is located adjacent to a completely reimagined and renovated Beatty Hall, started in February last year.
The new Fernandez Center, which doubles the size of Beatty Hall, preserves the architectural beauty of the historic building and is expected to receive LEED gold certification.
Loyola interim president Amanda Thomas said: “The opening of the Fernandez Center for Innovation and Collaboration marks a new chapter in Loyola University Maryland’s nearly 170-year history as we transform our Academic Quadrangle into a contemporary hub for the Evergreen campus.
“The launch of the new Fernandez Center strengthens Loyola’s active engagement in a movement to focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, and design thinking.”
Expected to serve as the academic heart of the campus community, the Fernandez Center features active learning classrooms, Forbes Idea Lab, Rizzo Career Center, Academic Loft on the top floor of the Fernandez Center, and Graduate Commons space to improve productivity and collaboration for students.
The building also features innovative faculty space, Green and Grey Café and outdoor spaces with efficient lighting, stormwater management and water conservation.