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Back to Portfolio Earl S. Richardson Library

Morgan State University

Location Baltimore, Maryland

Partners Sasaki (Design Architect) and FON Architects (Associate Architect)

Morgan's New Library replaces the existing Soper Library with state-of-the-art, technology based study spaces, learning environments and meeting facilities.

The 220,000 GSF facility furnishes access to all of the Library's holdings, showcases the University's valuable special collection of African American manuscripts and memorabilia, and supports the quality of life for students, faculty and staff.

The site strategically places the library along Morgan Commons, the main pedestrian spine for the campus, at the mid-point between the academic quadrangle to the north and the adjacent campus to the south.

The site required a conceptual strategy that allowed all four elevations of the building to address specific conditions. To the north, the Library visually connects to the academic campus, with a specific visual link to Holmes Hall, the most iconic building on campus. To the east, the building serves to strengthen and animate a new pedestrian mall designed as part of this project. Along the south, the building establishes an edge to a lawn that visually links the campus to Hillen Road, while the west elevation of the Library establishes an edge between the campus and the community, as well as opens up views into the Library that conveys to the community the vibrant nature of the new facility.

Project Details

Project Cost $44,000,000
Square Footage 220,000

Awards & Recognition

  • IIDA, New England Chapter - Best Education Design, 2009
  • AIA, Potomac Valley Chapter - Honor Award, 2008
  • AIA, Maryland Chapter - Merit Award, 2008
  • AIA, Baltimore Chapter - Honorable Mention, 2008
  • Mid-Atlantic Construction - Institutional Project of the Year, 2008
  • Masonry Institute of Maryland, Inc. - Masonry Craftsman Award, 2008
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