The phased renovation and major addition to create the new Mathematics and Science Hall includes over 34,000-SF of state-of-the-art laboratory and adjacent support spaces, as well as a planetarium, classrooms and lecture halls. Housing the mathematics, biological sciences, and physical sciences departments, the design capitalizes on the use of shared spaces, while also including specialized laboratories and support spaces for each department.
Serving as a key connector between the College's Main Quad, the Center for the Arts, and a parking lot to the north, the building is sited in a prominent location on the College's Catonsville campus. Built to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, the massing for the new construction is broken down into three components: atrium, planetarium and laboratories. The two-story glazed atrium provides a visually light separator between the sculptural, three-story planetarium and laboratory volumes. Field stone, masonry and glazed aluminum curtainwall—expressed in horizontal lines—clad the laboratory volume and further break down its mass, while playing against the vertical drum form of the planetarium to create a dynamic asymmetrical composition.
GWWO served as Architect-of-Record with Ellenzweig as Design Architect.