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Camille Kendall Academic Center, University System of Maryland, Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD

Project Innovations 2008


Submitting Company:
Cannon Design, Grand Island, NY

Project Team:(not all-inclusive)
Cannon Design, architect; University of Maryland, Universities at Shady Grove, owner; FON Architects, associate architect; Columbia Engineering Inc., structural engineer; Skanska USA Building Inc., general contractor; Mahan Rykiel Associates Inc., landscape architect; Froehling & Robertson Inc., geotechnical engineer; A. Morton Thomas & Associates Inc., civil engineer; Sustainable Design Consulting LLC, LEED consultant; DMS Intl. Inc., cost estimator; Culinary Advisors, food services; Shen Milsom Wilke, acoustics

Project Specifics:
Building type/use: education
Square footage: 195,000 square feet
Project cost: $55.7 million
Project completion: August 2007

Product Suppliers: (not all-inclusive)
Allegheny Wood Works Inc. | Armstrong | CBO Glass | Crossville Inc. | DuPont Corian | Duron Paints & Wallcoverings | ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring | Expanko Inc. | Flow Wright | Forbo Flooring | J&J Industries | Johns Manville | Lees Carpets | Maharam | Southland Concrete | Wausau Tile | Won-Door Corp. | Zurn


Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is a collaboration sponsored by the University System of Maryland (USM) that consolidates programs formerly hosted by various Maryland public institutions in one suburban facility. USM created the Camille Kendall Academic Center (formerly known as Shady Grove Educational Facility III) to satisfy workforce needs and provide educational opportunities for those associated with the local biomedical industry, housing these programs in a high-performance, flexible building that will accommodate future changes in technology and curriculum. Although Cannon Design was commissioned to create a building that would achieve a LEED Silver rating, the resulting multitude of sustainable features ultimately qualified the center for LEED Gold.

Special Design Features
Now the largest green higher-ed building in the state of Maryland, and the first in the university system to achieve a LEED Gold rating, the Camille Kendall Academic Center features a vegetated roofing system that reduces heating and cooling costs, and stormwater runoff by 25 percent; abundant natural light; and advanced water-efficient technologies that improve water savings to 44-percent below LEED baselines.

Each floor of the classroom wing is conceived as a neighborhood (or "Street"), with a variety of learning spaces served by an efficient, double-loaded corridor system running east to west. Each "Street" is defined by a collection of movement paths and gathering nodes to promote social interaction; breakout rooms in each neighborhood supplement the learning environment.















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