May 10th was an exciting day for the Bowie State community, and a milestone for the Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Arts & Humanities building as we gathered to celebrate the project’s groundbreaking! This new 184,000 SF academic building will welcome and connect students across various fields of study and is designed to inspire collaboration and interaction. The building will house the Department of Communications, Language, Literature & Cultural Studies; the Department of History and Government; and the new headquarters for the University’s ROTC program.
Remembrance through Design: The culmination of a lengthy collaboration with Bowie State, the design seeks to communicate “the road to the future begins with you.” A prominent feature is a façade in which the exterior materials create a pattern which evokes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice and his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech calling for “courage to face the uncertainties of the future.”
The DC studio collaborated with the Atlanta studio on the design, landscape architecture, and branded environments, as well as with Whiting-Turner on this design-build project. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification.