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On the Horizon

The innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem at the University of Maryland continues to grow with investments in new facilities, greater resources, and strategic initiatives.

The revitalization of the Baltimore Avenue corridor, a $2 billion public-private partnership launched in 2015, continues in earnest. Anchored by the Hotel at the University of Maryland and tied together by the coming 16-mile light-rail Purple Line, the Greater College Park effort has lured federal agencies, growing startups and established tech firms to the Discovery District, along with amenities such as the College Park Academy charter school, Target Express and Vigilante Coffee.

Another $500 million in development is in the offing, according to the Terrapin Development Company, the economic development entity of UMD, and the University of Maryland College Park Foundation. This includes new office and housing complexes with retailers and restaurants, attractive outdoor spaces, and other perks for residents, employees and the full university community

Brandywine Development of the Discovery District


In partnership with Terrapin Development Company, Brandywine is realizing the University of Maryland's vision for a world-class, mixed-use neighborhood spanning five acres within the Discovery District—the epicenter of academic, research and economic catalysts in Greater College Park. The $300+ million development project will feature 550,000 square feet of class-A, innovative spaces encompassing research, office, collaboration and retail, plus 200-250 multifamily residential units. With seamless connections to mass transit and major roadways, and the University’s esteemed talent base, this project is designed to accelerate ventures of all kinds—from startups to Fortune 500 Company headquarters—and will serve as a natural extension of the University’s renowned research enterprise.

Maryland Basketball Performance Center


The new performance center will be a catalyst for positive growth of the Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs at the University of Maryland. Located adjacent to the XFINITY Center, the new basketball performance center will offer new and exciting amenities to the student-athletes, coaches and friends of Maryland Basketball while creating a new landmark on the northern edge of the University of Maryland campus.

Adding much needed practice and programming space will alleviate the scheduling challenges that currently occur on the XFINITY and Pavilion courts. With the new center in place, coaches will have more flexibility to schedule practice sessions earlier in the day, giving student-athletes more time for their studies and extracurricular activities.

This training facility will keep both our basketball programs ahead of the curve and at the top of their games. We always strive to be the best and this facility will represent that. In my 17 years at Maryland, the support we've received is incredible and I know our fans will love seeing our programs work out of the best facility in the country

Brenda Freese
Brenda Freese

New School of Public Policy Building

Rendering of SPP

The four-story building brings together the School’s more than 90 faculty members and over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students and serves as the headquarters for the Do Good Institute, a campus-wide hub for social innovation, philanthropy, and nonprofit leadership. As the hub of the nation’s first Do Good campus, the building will house the new Do Good Hall of Fame and Do Good Plaza.

Located just steps from the forthcoming Purple Line light-rail station on Baltimore Avenue, the School of Public Policy building will feature a range of uniquely designed spaces for collaboration, an innovative assembly chamber, and an atrium that will serve as a center of activity and meeting place.

This building will be a new home for deliberation and discussion on campus. It will allow us to continue developing leaders trained in the art of policy and governance, who will go out into the world to do good.

Rober Orr
Robert Orr, Dean of School of Public Policy

The IDEA Factory will be drastically different from any other building on campus. Its unique spaces and labs will enable students, faculty, and staff to address 21st century challenges while also serving as venues to translate basic research into invention and invention into product.

Its design will spark innovation, encouraging a collision of ideas across engineering as well as the arts, business and science. Its movable walls and shared spaces will promote dialogue between students, entrepreneurs and faculty who are working in diverse fields such as multimedia, robotics, transportation, rotorcraft, and quantum engineering. Among the programs that will be housed in the IDEA Factory include the Quantum Technology Center, the Robotics Realization Laboratory, and Startup Shell.


Groundbreaking for the 60,000-square-foot addition to the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building took place in fall 2018.

New Cole Field House

CFH Overview

The renovated and expanded Cole Field House will be a world-class facility for student-athletes and innovators alike. When completed in 2021, it will include the Terrapin Performance Center; the Center for Sports Medicine, Health, and Human Performance; and dedicated space for innovation and entrepreneurship programs and resources.

The New Cole Field House will be more than a building. It will be a revolution, allowing the University of Maryland to stand proudly as a championship program on the field and as a national leader for the relentless pursuit of science, innovation and sport.