UMUC to Retrofit Acquired Largo Property into LEED-Certified “Green” Center of Academic Operations

University will begin the transition process to the new building in Spring 2009

By Kerry O'Neill ( |   August 7, 2008

ADELPHI, MD. (August 7, 2008) – UMUC announced today that it has purchased the former Hechinger headquarters—most recently occupied by Raytheon Co.—at 1616 McCormick Ave. in Largo, Maryland. The building will be retrofitted to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as a “green” building. The $38 million purchase was approved last month by the Board of Public Works and will house UMUC’s academic operations.

The transition to the new location is scheduled to begin in spring 2009. Earlier, in 2005, the university made headlines when a 100,000-square-foot addition to its Inn and Conference Center was certified by LEED as the first “green” hotel and conference center in the United States.

"This purchase is exciting for UMUC on a number of levels," said President Susan C. Aldridge. "First and foremost, it resolves the many challenges that space limitations have presented as this university has grown through the years. Second, we are very pleased to establish a presence in one of Prince George’s County’s most dynamic and upwardly mobile growth areas. Finally, we are proud to continue our leadership in and commitment to environmentally responsible development and design."

The new location will ultimately consolidate UMUC’s academic and academic support operations, housing the Graduate School of Management and Technology, School of Undergraduate Studies, Student Affairs, Information and Library Services, Career Services, Enrollment Management, Faculty Affairs, Instructional Services and Support, Security Studies, Department of Defense Relations and the Center for Intellectual Property. UMUC’s administrative headquarters will remain in Adelphi, but the president and provost will maintain satellite offices at the new facility.

The 236,000-square-foot building, situated on approximately 20 acres of land, boasts ample parking, convenient access to the Beltway and public transportation, and abundant meeting and classroom space to better accommodate staff, students, and faculty.