The St. John Center
Construction is under way on the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, designed to be a national model of collaborative learning.
Its 13 classrooms, along with other small-group spaces, will feature technology including video projection and capture for Web streaming, distance learning and audiovisual recording.
In some of the ultra-modern lecture halls, wheeled chairs will allow students to seamlessly work together, while moving lecterns will allow faculty to teach from multiple locations.
The 186,415-square-foot building will also include nine labs in a new chemistry wing. Named for the Baltimore developer, philanthropist and 1961 alumnus who donated $10 million to the project, the center will be centrally located on McKeldin Mall and face Campus Drive.
When it opens in 2017, it will also house the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Teaching & Learning Transformation Center. More than 14,000 students are expected to use the building every day.