Construction will begin in June on the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, designed to be a national model of collaborative learning. Its 13 classrooms, along with other small-group spaces, will feature technology including video projection and capture for Web streaming, distance learning and audiovisual recording. In the ultra-modern lecture halls, wheeled chairs will allow students to seamlessly work together, while moving lecterns will allow faculty to teach from multiple locations.
The 186,415-square-foot building will also include nine labs in a new chemistry wing. Named for the Baltimore developer, philanthropist and 1961 alumnus who donated $10 million to the project, the center will be centrally located on McKeldin Mall with a face on Campus Drive. When it opens in 2017, it will also house the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Teaching & Learning Transformation Center.