Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc.
The upcoming ISSUE Issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News saw many firms submit their projects for feature consideration. This project was not chosen for a Feature in the issue, but we at LandscapeArchitect.com thought the project deserved to be showcased online . . .
The new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Sciences building (BSE) embodies the story of the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). The six-level, 220,000- square- foot facility and its four-acre site enhance the collaboration of nine sister institutions at USG to offer advanced degree programs in cutting-edge technology and medical science fields, as well as to share instructional facilities across disciplines. Programs in physical therapy, dentistry, mechanical engineering, biotechnology, biological sciences, electrical engineering, environmental science and technology, and associated fields are housed in the building. The project is LEED Platinum certified.
The landscape architect has been involved in the planning and implementation of The Universities at Shady Grove Masterplan since 2002. The most current building project is the BSE presented here. Sited on an existing surface parking lot on the edge of campus, the project effectively "re-centers" the campus through its generous public space and pedestrian connections between USG, the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), and parking facilities.