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University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences Facility III

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

“The Health Sciences Facility III further strengthens our footprint in west Baltimore and, as a result, our economic impact on the city and the state. We’re privileged to be able to help revitalize our critically important Baltimore neighborhoods and the state of Maryland as a whole, and at the same time, enable biomedical research and education that has the potential to save lives.”

Jay A. Perman, MD
President, University of Maryland

This central research facility for the University of Maryland’s medicine, dentistry and pharmacy schools is located among the three schools’ existing facilities to maximize interaction and resource-sharing.

Expected to advance UMB’s position as academic research leaders, the facility will be a critical tool in recruiting and retaining the best faculty, students and staff.

The 10-story wet lab tower connects to a five-story dry lab tower through a multistory collaboration space. Nearly 70,000 square feet of open wet labs and support labs will house collaborative research for 92 principal investigators, providing flexible lab design and systems. Perimeter labs are flanked by formal and informal meeting spaces focused on the central multi-storied communicating space. The connected five-story dry lab tower supports 18 principal investigators.

A 4.5-foot-thick mat slab creates a “bathtub” effect to protect the shared imaging center’s equipment from possible flooding due to Baltimore’s high water table. The three schools also share a nanomedicine center.

HOK designed the facility in association with Design Collective. Jacobs collaborated on laboratory planning and programming.


LEED-NC Gold anticipated


428,970 sq. ft. / 39,853 sq. m.


Interior Design
Laboratory Planning
Laboratory Programming


Number of principal investigators who can collaborate in this facility