Achieving transformative potential

Loyola University Maryland
Miguel B. Fernandez Family Center for Innovation and Collaboration
Baltimore, MD

The Center serves as a physical gateway to campus, a link for students to the community and life after Loyola. The transformational renovation of historic Beatty Hall and expansion that doubles its size provides flexible, multi-use spaces and a new image at the campus’ entrance.

The addition, the Fernandez Center, is positioned left of newly renovated Beatty Hall. The new landscaped court connects the campus entrance to the historic quad.

The design of the expansion presents a refreshed, forward-looking image for campus, incorporating glass to provide visibility to the activity within, and the stone complements the materials palette of the surrounding campus. Transparency and reflectivity of the glass facades create a setting that frames and celebrates the character of 1920’s Beatty Hall. Beatty’s original south façade has been restored and is now a feature on the interior of the building. The interior palette relates to the exterior of the building landscape in tone, texture and warmth while providing plenty of glazing between connecting spaces to orient students to the landscape and campus beyond.

The Center’s interactive, versatile instructional and research spaces link student learning with the exploration and pursuit of future goals, unifying previously scattered academic departments with Loyola’s signature programs—the Forbes Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Rizzo Career Center—under one roof.

Responding to urban campus constraints, planning strategies provide space efficiencies that foster a culture of collaboration and exchange through flexible spaces.