Morgan State University, Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS)

Baltimore, Maryland

Project Info
Morgan State University, Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS)
Baltimore, Maryland
Completion Date: 2012
Square Footage: 124,800

Awards:
2013 AIA MD Public Building of the Year, Award for Excellence in Design
2012 AIA North Carolina Merit Award
2012 AIA Baltimore Design Award, Sustainable Design

The Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) is conceived as an exchange of people, ideas, departments, and building methodology. By housing multiple design and engineering disciplines under one roof, CBEIS promotes interactivity among constituent students and faculty from the School of Architecture and Planning, Department of Civil Engineering, and Institute of Transportation. As a gateway site on the campus periphery, CBEIS also mediates between the developed edge of Perring Parkway on one side and the bucolic setting of Herring Run on the other.

Multiple departments are accommodated on the 124,800 square foot (11,594 square meter) four levels of the building. In the spirit of collaborative engagement, two horizontal bars bound by a sky-lit atrium that runs the length of the building create an internal street where programs mix, student vitality is expressed, and social spaces meet learning environments. The “street” features a café, lounges, information kiosk, departmental “storefronts,” visual connections to academic studio spaces, and a gallery-like space for the interactivity of people and display of their work.

CBEIS also serves as a laboratory for sustainability in design and engineering. The building’s daylighting strategies, resource conservation, multiple forms of daylight harvesting, two green roof systems, and traditional rooftop photo voltaic (PV) panels combined with curtain wall-integrated PV collectors serve as pedagogical reference points. To further illustrate the dynamic and integrated nature of the building systems, atrium displays graphically monitor performance relative to climatic and occupancy variances.