University of Maryland Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

University of Maryland Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Owner:  University of Maryland
Client:  Ayers Saint Gross
Location:  College Park, MD

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland includes a 300,000 SF facility with classrooms, offices, rehearsal and practice areas, dance studios, performance spaces, and a parking garage. This project required siting and engineering a large building onto an existing campus while being sensitive to the need to cause minimal disruption to students, faculty, and staff.

To successfully add the performing arts building within the constraints of the campus, Soltesz was able to strategically design and implement alternative pedestrian travel path solutions. These functional paths connected to existing routes so that to students, faculty, and staff did not incur additional travel time between venues. Soltesz provided placement and design of the Lot One Road, which provides a connection between Stadium Drive and Campus Drive allowing vehicular access to the building and parking garage. The firm also provided designs for road improvements that included traffic control plans to not disturb the flow of the campus. Water and sewer lines were designed to extend to the project site along with a newly designed water loop to enhance the campus distribution system. Soltesz provided sensitive design solutions to solve the environmental constraint issues and no major cost implications or time delays were experienced due to any environmental permit requirements.