University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Performing Arts and Humanities Building



Performing Arts and Humanities Building


University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Baltimore, MD




160,000 GSF




The Arts, Campus Innovations

Partner Firm

Grimm + Parker Architects (AOR)

This project brings together the Performing Arts and Humanities Faculty in a state-of-the-art teaching and performance facility. The building balances creating learning environments that are unique to each discipline and department, while maintaining an overall unity in design and encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration. A two-phase project, this facility includes a 275-seat Proscenium Theatre with a flytower and flexible forestage, a 350-seat Concert Hall, a Black Box Theatre, Dance Studio Theatres, a recital hall, recording studio, rehearsal studios, music technology labs, numerous classrooms, offices and informal gathering spaces.

[This project] takes us to a new level of teaching and performance opportunities, where students and faculty alike can teach, learn, and work collaboratively in a state-of-the-art environment

Scott Casper, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, UMBC

Awards + Recognition

2016 AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Honor Award for Institutional Architecture

2015 Brick Industry Association Silver Award

2014 AIA Baltimore Award for Excellence in Higher Education

2014 AIA Potomac Valley Design Honor Award

2014 Urban Land Institute Baltimore WaveMaker Award

2013 American Concrete Institute Maryland Chapter Excellence in Concrete Award

2012 Building Congress & Exchange Craftmanship Award

Baltimore Business Journal, “UMBC’s new arts building creates community,” 2014

The Baltimore Sun, “Built For Show,” Aug 31, 2014.

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer (Design) | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.

Structural Engineer (Record) | ReStle Designers, Inc.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | Mueller Associates, Inc.

Electrical Sub-Consultant | Paulco Engineering, Inc.

Civil Engineer | Site Resources, Inc.

Landscape Architects | Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc.

Lighting Consultants | Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Theater Consultant | Theatre Projects Consultants, Inc.

Acoustical Engineer | Kirkegaard Associates

AV Consultant | Kirkegaard + Convergent Technologies Design Group

Photographer | Robert Benson

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