Press Releases 10.20.2022

Perkins&Will Selected to Design Howard University’s New STEM Center

At a preeminent historically Black college and university (HBCU), the STEM Center will bring together science and tech disciplines to advance innovation and discovery.
image courtesy of Howard University

Washington, D.C. – Global architecture firm Perkins&Will, in collaboration with K. Dixon Architecture (KDA) and R. McGhee & Associates (RMc), has been selected to design the new interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Center at Howard University, one of the nation’s preeminent historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The STEM Center, which will house programs within the College of Engineering and Architecture and the College of Arts & Sciences, will position the university as a national leader in academic research.


“The STEM Center is a critical part of a five-year plan for new and revitalized facilities that serves the University community, advances academic excellence, and creates exciting opportunities for learning and research. We are proud to partner with Howard alumni-owned firms KDA and RMc on this transformative project.”

— Floyd Cline, associate principal, higher education practice leader

“Our partnership with KDA and RMc is emblematic of our commitment to advance diversity, equity, and economic parity in the design and construction profession,” said Renee Rodriguez, associate principal and operations director in Perkins&Will’s Washington, D.C. studio. “We are excited to collaborate with them on such an important project—and for such a visionary client.”

The proposed design for the seven-story STEM Center puts science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs under one roof, providing one-stop access to specialized training and research labs. The co-location will also support a fundamental campus connection to the Health Sciences Center and, through the renovation of the historically significant C.B. Powell Building, provide new administrative, classroom, and meeting spaces. One of the first new construction projects on campus since 1984, the future STEM Center represents a “watershed moment” in the university’s history, said Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS.

“The STEM Center promises exciting new possibilities for students, demonstrates Howard’s commitment to community service and impact, and furthers the university’s goal to become a leading research center,” said Tom Butcavage, principal at Perkins&Will. “Our vision will provide a seamless integration of programmatic, architectural, and infrastructure components while representing Howard’s legacy and future.”

Program definition and concept design for the project are now underway.

Design charrette with project team Perkins&Will, K.Dixon Architecture, and R.McGhee & Associates