Thurgood Marshall School of Public Policy
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
This vibrant new four-story facility consolidated the School of Public Policy’s operations into a single location and houses full time and part-time faculty and staff as well as graduate/ teaching/research assistants. The 69,700 gsf building is also home to the headquarters of the Do Good Institute, a campus-wide hub for social innovation, philanthropy and nonprofit leadership. Five state-of-the-art instructional rooms feature a tiered collaborative classroom, a specialty “Egg” shaped classroom, a “6Round” classroom, and an “Eye2Eye” classroom ranging in size from 25 to 150 seats. A large, communal atrium encourages interdepartmental collaboration and informal study. Academic areas are tied together visually and programmatically, creating a series of adaptable, flexible learning environments. Other spaces include conventional seminar rooms, computer labs, a library, faculty offices, instructional rooms, and lounges. Do Good Plaza is a shared outdoor event space on the building’s east side providing a welcoming new campus gateway. WFT provided plumbing, fire protection, and fire alarm design, code consulting, and construction administration services.