University of Maryland Eastern Shore – Space Assessment & Utilization Study

Princess Anne, Maryland

Eight of the neoclassical and Colonial Revival buildings surrounding The Academic Oval are listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Princess Anne, Maryland

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Completion Date

745 acres, 31 buildings surveyed

Project Type
Master Plan Research, Space Utilization, Conditions Survey

Professional Credits
Photography courtesy of UMES

Towards a Campus Master Plan

To support an upcoming master plan for the 745-acre campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, we prepared a space assessment and utilization study of 31 of its primary academic, administrative, sports, and recreational buildings. Visual surveys documented the use and general condition of all spaces within the selected buildings, including updating existing floor plans, and noting accessibility, code-related issues, and overall conditions.

Challenges and Opportunities

Based on classroom enrollment data provided by the Registrar, the planning team analyzed classroom utilization and created dashboards that visually depict assignment and use of each space and the building as a whole. Using the dashboards, we interviewed key stakeholders to identify current space challenges, opportunities for improvement, and future needs. In addition to considering how a master plan could better support the curriculum, we identified the need for a comprehensive capital improvements program addressing more immediate maintenance and repairs.

Karen Nichols, FAIA

Principal, Design Practice Leader
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Christa Kerrigan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Principal, Education & Community Practice Leader
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