The Brendan Iribe Center at University of Maryland’s College Park campus is a unifying force at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Campus Drive. It brings together under one roof the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the more than 2,300 constituent students whose classes were scattered amongst four buildings.
Named for major donor Brendan Iribe of Oculus VR, the six-story, 215,600-square-foot building designed by HDR, Inc. is a technology hub at the heart of a new innovation district that connects high-tech companies, government agencies and institutional colleagues. It houses specialized labs which support groundbreaking research in virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, computer vision, algorithms and programming languages and systems.
SEDC was initially charged with determining geotechnical characteristics of the site and providing recommendations for foundations and related earthwork. The ensuing subsurface exploration encompassed soil borings, laboratory testing and a report. As design progressed, our scope expanded to include a geophysical investigation to determine shear wave velocities; additional borings for design of an associated parking lot, fire lane, and new mechanical systems for the center. Infiltration testing was also conducted to aid in stormwater management design.
Our services have continued through construction, during which we are providing observation and materials testing for sheeting and shoring, foundations, and earthwork. The building is slated for substantial completion in time for the fall 2018 semester.
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