University of Maryland launches new Class A office building

The Baltimore Sun  |  Sarah Gantz

COLLEGE PARK, MD (MAY 17, 2017 ) — The University of Maryland and Corporate Office Properties Trust launched a $18.5 million, three-story office building and unveiled an art walk Wednesday at its College Park campus.

The 75,000-square-foot office building, located at 5801 University Research Court, will be part of the university’s newly branded Discovery District, a 150-acre area that stretches from Baltimore Avenue to River Road, where university leaders envision a hub for research and economic development.

Construction has started, and the building is expected to open in 2019.

The Discovery District encompasses the university’s existing 130-acre research park, formerly called M Square.

The office building is among the new projects planned for the area. The building is designed for tenants focused on technology and research.

At an event Wednesday, university leaders, executives of project developer Corporate Office Properties Trust and elected officials also marked the opening of the Art Walk, a park with food trucks, seating areas, trails and art installations.

The Discovery District will also include a 45,000-square-foot building to house the College Park Academy, built in partnership with St. John Properties. The public charter school’s building is expected to open in the fall.

The Hotel at the University of Maryland, a 297-room structure on Baltimore Avenue at Campus Drive, will open this summer.