University of MD, College Park – Knight Hall College of Journalism

The scope of this project includes complete design services for Knight Hall, the new home for the College of Journalism on the College Park campus. Convergent Technologies provided building programming review and verification, cost estimating, project management and complete design services for telecommunications cabling systems (voice/data/RF video) with associated supporting infrastructure, audiovisual systems infrastructure and acoustics, noise & vibration control. Knight Hall will replace the original journalism building, and be located on a new mall planned for University expansion to the West. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism has outgrown the current building with various programs spread across more than ten (10) buildings on campus. The new three-story building will be the first green building owned and operated by the University of Maryland, College Park. Knight Hall will bring all of the journalism academic and professional programs together in one building. Space plans include: a two-story Great Hall; the Richard Eaton Broadcast Theater; the Edith Kinney Gaylord Journalism Library & Resource Center; a multi-media news bubble lab; the Baltimore Sun News Lab; four (4) 18-seat news/media teaching labs; three (3) seminar rooms; two (2) 30-seat classrooms; an Executive Board Room; formal and informal meeting spaces; faculty offices; and student services spaces including a Dean’s suite and the academic advising office. The third floor of the building will be dedicated to professional training centers including the J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism; the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism; National Association of Black Journalists; American Journalism Review; Journalism Center on Children and Families; and the American Association for Sunday and Feature Editors. This project was a three-year design and construction effort and was successfully completed in November 2009.

Architect: Grimm + Parker Architects

Location: College Park, Maryland

Construction Cost: $28.5 Million

Gross Square Footage: 59,700 square feet

LEED NC 2.2 Gold


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