Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
(Programming, Concept Design, Design Development Phases)
Interior Design & Planning
Architect of Record: Perkins + Will (Formerly The Freelon Group)
Project Designer – Peter Provost (Project Completed While an Associate at The Freelon Group)
The Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) for Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland brings together the disciplines of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Transportation Studies in one facility focused on exploring integrated solutions within the urban environment .
The design team was charged with the task of formulating a new type of school that would inspire collaboration among the disciplines while maintaining the unique identity of each program. Multiple departments are accommodated on the four levels of the building. In the spirit of collaborative engagement, two horizontal bars bound a sky-lit atrium that runs the length of the building creates as an internal street where programs mix, student vitality is expressed and social spaces meet learning environments. The “street” features a café, lounges, information kiosk, departmental “store fronts”, visual connections to academic studio spaces and a gallery-like space for the interactivity of people and display of their work.
The program consists of design studios, research and teaching labs, jury rooms, student lounges, faculty and graduate offices, library organized around a central atrium/gallery space.