To make breakthroughs in addressing critical diseases, experts need a facility centered on trailblazing technology and workspace. That’s where Barton Malow comes into the picture. The Health Sciences Facility III (HSF III), currently being built for the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s medicine, dentistry and pharmacy schools, will measure 10 stories tall at 428,000+ square feet.

Located among the three schools’ existing facilities, the project is meant to maximize interaction and resource sharing, and will be the largest building on UMB’s campus. The cutting-edge facility will provide both the laboratories and new technology for the School of Medicine to continue to advance scientific discovery.

The forthcoming tower, which connects to a five-story dry lab tower through a multi-story collaboration space, will contain nearly 70,000 square feet of open wet and support labs to house collaborative research for 92 principal investigators. Meanwhile, the connected five-story dry lab tower supports 18 principal investigators. Moreover, flanking the perimeter labs are formal and informal meeting areas focused on creating a true communicating space.

To protect equipment from possible flooding due to Baltimore’s high water table, a 4.5-foot-thick mat slab creates a “bathtub” effect to protect the shared imaging center.

The project is scheduled for completion in December 2017, and occupancy in January of 2018. Though the building will be 10 stories, two of those levels – or 66,316 square feet – will be shell floors for build-out sometime in the future.

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