The State of Maryland established the MICUA Capital Grant Program in 1976 to create a formal process to prioritize State grants for capital construction and renovation projects at independent colleges and universities. Since that time, the State has provided matching capital grants to support 129 capital projects at MICUA member institutions. Projects funded through the Program have included new academic buildings, renovations and additions to existing academic buildings, and construction projects involving libraries, laboratories, classrooms, studios, recital halls, and makerspaces.
Each year, the MICUA Capital Projects Committee reviews all capital budget requests proposed by member institutions to determine project readiness, the institution’s ability to meet the State’s matching requirement, and overall compliance with State and MICUA rules. Following selection and endorsement by the Committee, the projects are submitted to the MICUA Board of Trustees for approval before they enter the State’s capital application process.
“State matching capital grants help MICUA institutions build and renovate academic facilities needed to increase enrollment, address workforce needs, attract research dollars, support a vibrant economy, and provide choice and opportunity for Maryland’s citizens,” said Tina Bjarekull, President of MICUA. “The State’s partnership with its independent colleges and universities has proven to be highly effective and efficient.”
During the 2018 Legislative Session, MICUA is requesting $12 million in State matching capital grants to support construction and renovation projects at Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, and Washington During the 2018 Legislative Session, MICUA is requesting $12 million in State matching capital grants to support over $77 million worth of construction and renovation projects at Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, and Washington College.
These fiscal 2019 projects address strategic academic initiatives on each campus including nursing education, teacher preparation, computer science, the behavioral sciences, and high enrollment growth programs. These facilities will be designed and constructed to maximize opportunities for student and faculty collaboration and to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and research. The State’s $12 million investment in fiscal 2019 will leverage over $65 million in private resources and support over 550 new jobs during the construction phase of these three projects.
Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is requesting a $4 million State capital matching grant to support a $45 million renovation and addition to the Anne M. Pinkard Building, which houses the JHU School of Nursing (JHUSON). The building no longer provides the capacity, functionality, or quality of space required now that the JHUSON's enrollment has expanded and the School has transitioned solely to a graduate-level nursing education model. Pinkard, located at 525 North Wolfe Street in East Baltimore, is situated in the heart of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions campus. Six floors of the existing building, spanning 25,000 square feet, will be renovated and seamlessly integrated into a five-floor, 41,000 square foot addition. This project will create the capacity, functionality, and quality of space required for JHUSON's new graduate-level nursing education model.
After the renovation and addition, the first floor of the Pinkard Building will feature a new entry, a double height collaboration hub, a public café, and a special event and conference space that will be available to the East Baltimore campus and community. The second floor will consolidate enrollment management and student services into one location and will be connected to the SON Simulation Lab. The third and fourth floors will visually and functionally connect collaborative student and faculty space, featuring flexible classrooms of various sizes, including smaller classrooms and small group rooms. Classrooms will be flat-floor, flexible, and adaptable to promote student and faculty engagement and interactivity. The fifth floor will be home to an inter-professional research hub that will house research faculty and staff focused on nursing and healthcare science.
In 2016, the JHUSON obtained its first time ever sole No. 1 position in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and in 2017, ranked second, while retaining its first place rankings for administration and the nurse practitioner program. In addition, the School rose to first place for adult, gerontology acute care, and family care. This reputation attracts world-class talent to the State as well as millions of dollars in annual research funding. In federal fiscal year 2016, the JHUSON led the nation in sponsored research funding against all other nursing schools, with $35 million awarded. The renovation of the Pinkard Building will continue to further JHU’s reputation and the State’s position as leaders in nursing education, research, scholarship, practice, and service.
Loyola University Maryland is requesting a $4 million State capital matching grant to construct a new 30,000 square foot academic building adjacent to Beatty Hall on Loyola’s historic academic quadrangle. Loyola will also renovate Beatty Hall, which was built in 1922. This new building, the “Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning,” will house several academic departments in the social sciences including Psychology, Speech Language Hearing Sciences, Sociology, and the School of Education. The project will address space deficits due to enrollment growth and will create flexible and efficient spaces for innovative teaching and learning in these departments, including new classrooms, labs, study and meeting rooms, and faculty offices. Additionally, Loyola will relocate Career Services to the new Center. The total cost of the new building is $21.6 million.
The University completed a comprehensive space utilization study in 2012, which identified a large deficit in classrooms with fewer than 25 seats. Since the space utilization study was completed, the University’s student enrollment has continued to grow, creating further demands on academic space. As a result, the University has had to rearrange and displace existing offices and classrooms to try to support the needs of growing academic programs. When complete, Loyola’s Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning will help alleviate classroom shortages and enable the University to be more efficient in its use of space. Classrooms will be configured to current class sizes and more appropriately designed for pedagogy that includes interactive, inquiry-based teaching and learning.
The new building will allow for the co-location of several academic departments. As Loyola’s School of Education has grown and continues to evolve to meet the needs of both current and future teachers, the University needs more space to support its needs. The Department of School Counseling in the School of Education will move to the Baltimore campus, which furthers the integration of the social sciences into one location and encourages interdisciplinary exchange among faculty and students. The project will enable the Department of Psychology to consolidate space from three buildings across campus and move faculty from the University’s Columbia campus to Baltimore. With the Department of Speech Language Hearing Sciences moving to the new building from its current space in a student residence hall, the residence hall space can be converted to its intended use as a student living space.
The State’s support of this new Center will help make it possible for Loyola to continue its significant contributions to these social sciences fields to benefit the lives of individuals and communities in Baltimore City, the State of Maryland, and beyond. More than 35,000 Loyola alumni make Maryland their home, and significant portions of each graduating class—including students originally from other states—continue to live and work in Maryland after graduation.
Washington College is requesting a $4 million State capital matching grant to construct a new 21,317 square foot academic building that will house the Departments of Education and Mathematics & Computer Science. The new building will incorporate a variety of teaching and learning spaces, including classrooms, labs, offices, a makerspace, and student and faculty meeting spaces. The project will complete the second phase an academic complex at the site of the former Kent County Board of Education Building on Route 213/Washington Avenue Scenic Byway, the main artery through Chestertown and Kent County. The first phase of the complex, The Barbara and George Cromwell Hall, houses the College’s Departments of Anthropology and Environmental Studies and was also supported by a State capital grant. The total cost of the second phase of the project is $10.7 million.
This new academic building will enable the College to keep pace with increased demand for academic space presented by student and faculty growth. Over the past nine years, the student population has grown by 21%, to almost 1,500 students. Over this same time period, the number of faculty has grown by 18%. The existing space for the Departments of Education and Mathematics & Computer Science is insufficient and does not promote interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
The new building will allow the College to design space to meet specific academic needs for the Departments of Education and Mathematics & Computer Science, freeing up oversubscribed and repurposed spaces in other buildings for more efficient use. While the new building will include general seminar and classroom spaces that are flexible for multidisciplinary use, it will also include dedicated labs for Education, including a full experimental classroom for teacher candidates, as well as multiple lab spaces for Mathematics & Computer Science, including robotics, computer modeling, and hardware/cyber-security. The new building will also include a makerspace, where students can engage in self-directed learning and access tools and resources that spark creativity, innovation, and collaboration.
Integrative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary learning are the hallmark features of a Washington College education, and this new academic building reflects and strengthens these commitments. When fully constructed, the academic complex will enable the College to promote robust learning within the academic disciplines that will call it home, foster strong connections across disciplinary boundaries, expand its enrollment in the Departments of Education and Mathematics & Computer Science, and support new faculty and staff. These academic programs are critical in helping to meet the State’s goal of increasing the numbers of college degrees conferred and increasing the numbers of STEM graduates and high quality teacher candidates prepared to work in Maryland’s elementary and secondary schools.