Journalism Home Base

Journalism Home Base

The University of Maryland College Park is celebrating its first green building on campus, John S. and James L. Knight Hall. The facility, which has a goal of LEED gold certification, acts as a home base for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Once spread throughout multiple centers, the journalism program now rests under one roof.

The new 53,444-square-foot facility includes a two-story Great Hall; classrooms; computer labs; a teaching theater/audio broadcast studio with TV-production capability; four 18-seat news labs; three seminar rooms; offices for faculty, staff and graduate students; a professional-outreach center; an executive boardroom; and multiple meeting spaces. After the initial construction was complete, a decision was made to add Studio C for a flexible, multimedia lab that combines audio, broadcast and Web storytelling applications in one space.

Green elements of the project include a rainwater-harvesting cistern, energy-efficient mechanical systems and a high percentage of recycled content material. More than 75 percent of the construction waste was diverted from a landfill.

Architect for the project was Grimm and Parker Architects (Calverton, Md.). Construction manager for the project was J. Vinton Schafer and Sons (Abingdon, Md.).

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