BUILDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

This project involved the construction of a new academic building for Health and Human Services at Coppin State University. The building is 150,000 gross square feet on a site bordered on the North by North Avenue, the CSX railroad to the West, on the South by Baker Avenue and on the East by a 20’ Alley between Whitmore and Thomas Avenues. Demolition of existing site improvements, row homes and the closure of some roads were necessary.

The new academic building consists of a child-care center demonstration suite, lecture halls, meeting rooms and an outpatient health clinic on the ground floor, additional outreach offices, classrooms and labs on the second floor and classrooms, labs, graduate student and faculty offices on the third, fourth and fifth floors. Air-handling units accessible by a stair tower. Chillers and boilers are located in the basement along with electrical equipment, a future South campus telecommunications hub and water service. An overhead connector for pedestrians joins the second floor of the new academic building with a future parking garage. The garage will be constructed on the North side of North Avenue with a link to the Grace Hill Jacobs Building. Additionally, a service road was constructed along the West and South edges of the site connecting North Avenue with Presbury Street.

The building program provides classroom, research, meeting and office space for the Divisions of Graduate Studies, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Applied Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling, and facilities shared by all of these areas of study. Space for various community outreach and clinical programs that are an integral part of the College and of these programs is provided.

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