The Governor’s fiscal 2020 capital budget released on January 18 provides $9.6 million for four capital projects at MICUA member institutions. MICUA is requesting an additional $1 million for each project from the General Assembly to enable each project to move forward on schedule.
- Hood College requests a $3.4 million State matching grant to design and renovate the 65,870 GSF Beneficial-Hodson Library and Technology Center into a modern Learning Commons. The renovated facility will combine the physical and digital environments to create flexible spaces that accommodate multiple learning activities for students. Hood’s Josephine Steiner Center for Academic Achievement and Retention, Center for Teaching Excellence, and Information Technology Department will also be relocated to the Learning Commons from other buildings on campus to better serve students and faculty in one central location. The estimated total cost of this project is $7 million.
- Johns Hopkins University requests a $3.4 million State matching grant to design and construct the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute on the Homewood Campus. The Institute will engage University faculty, visiting faculty, and graduate and undergraduate student teams in conducting cutting-edge research and scholarship to identify, design, and test new mechanisms for strengthening civic engagement and inclusive dialogue worldwide. The 57,000 GSF building will be organized to support three distinct yet interdependent program typologies—academic spaces, laboratory spaces, and conversation/ community spaces. The estimated total cost of this project is $97 million.
- Mount St. Mary’s University requests a $3.4 million State matching grant to design, renovate, and construct an addition to the 49,074 GSF Knott Academic Center, one of the primary instructional buildings on the University’s Emmitsburg campus. Renovations to the existing facility will upgrade poorly configured classroom and faculty office space. The proposed addition will add approximately 12,140 GSF to the existing building, including new classrooms, labs, faculty offices, and meeting rooms. The estimated total cost of this project is $7.5 million.
- Stevenson University requests a $3.4 million State matching grant to design and construct a new 50,000 GSF academic building on its Owings Mills Campus. The new facility will house the University’s library, a black box theater, and offices for faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and education. The University’s current library and theater are still located at the Greenspring campus, which poses significant challenges since the majority of students now live and/or study at the Owings Mills campus, located seven miles away. The estimated total cost of this project is $8.4 million.