University of Maryland, UMCPF Trustees dedicate Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center
On May 11, 2017, the University of Maryland community, alongside members of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees, dedicated the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center. The building is named for Edward St. John ’61, founder and chairman of St. John Properties, a Baltimore-based real estate development company. It houses 12 classrooms and nine teaching labs to accommodate 1,500 students, which are included in its 187,000 square feet of collaborative learning space. The Learning and Teaching center is expected to see 12,000 UMD students traverse its space daily.
“The St. John Center will hasten the transformation of our learning and teaching for generations of students,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “Its classrooms and teaching labs will give our faculty the flexibility and technology to perfect their art. Edward St. John and the state have made a magnificent contribution to campus excellence."
One part of the university’s Greater College Park initiative, a $2 billion public-private investment to revitalize Baltimore Avenue and the academic campus, the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center will begin holding classes on May 30, 2017, when UMD kicks off its summer session.
Ray Ferrara, Chair of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees, spoke at the dedication on behalf of board members, many of whom were present for the ceremony and building tours.