The University of Maryland broke ground in August of 2021 on the $116 million Chemistry Building in College Park. Designed by Ballinger, the flexible 105,000-sf structure will provide 34 modular research labs with robust climate controls and vibration mitigation technologies. Accelerating innovation in advanced materials, nanoscience, energy storage, quantum chemistry, and drug discovery and delivery, the project will include two core facilities, 12 meeting and huddle rooms, open office environments, and 13,000 sf of collaboration space. Lectures, conferences, and celebrations will take place in a 2,300-sf grand colloquia capable of seating 120 people. Whiting-Turner is the construction manager for the project, which is expected to attain a minimum of LEED Silver sustainable design certification. Occupancy is expected in 2023.