University of Maryland College Park Capital Projects

Project Name

John S. and James L. Knight Hall


College Park, Maryland

Project Description

J. Vinton Schafer and Sons provided construction management at-risk services for the new John S. and James L. Knight Hall on the University of Maryland College Park Campus. The 53,444 square foot project included classrooms, computer labs, a teaching theater/audio broadcast studio with TV production capability, as well as, offices for faculty, staff, graduate students and a professional outreach center. The project also included related site improvements and has received LEED Gold certification.

Midway through construction a decision was made to reconfigure the third floor to accommodate Studio “C”, a flexible, multimedia lab that combines audio, broadcast, and web story telling applications in one space.

Toward the end of the project a decision was made to incorporate adjacent  property, which formerly contained portable classrooms, into a cohesive green space, the East Lawn.


Square Footage

53,444 square feet

Facility Type

Higher Education

Owner’s Name

University of Maryland College Park Capital Projects


Grimm and Parker Architects

Faculty and staff are immensely happy with their new surroundings and with the responsiveness of Schafer to their concerns. The University is happy with a building that some facilities folks proudly call the best on campus. It is largely due to Schafer's remarkable diligence and attention to detail, and their hard work that made my job a thousand times easier.
Steve Crane, Director of Washington Operations Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (former Assistant Dean for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at UMCP)