In 2014, the Departments of Resident Life, Residential Facilities, and the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs released the On-Campus Housing Strategic Plan, a fifteen-year roadmap for the construction of new residence halls and the renovation and modernization of other halls to enhance the Maryland Residential Experience. Since 2014, we have completed renovations to Cambridge Hall and Dorchester Hall. The construction of two new residence halls and a dining facility begins this summer.
Concurrent with building improvements, the plan described a vision of the Maryland Residential Experience focused on serving the needs of undergraduate students in their freshman and sophomore years and offering those students a housing experience that is engaging, diverse, and an indispensable component of their academic success.
This 2019 update accounts for evolving student needs, current market conditions, and the latest university priorities. The update focuses on the construction of two new residence halls that will serve as replacement housing for some of our older facilities and proposes a revised timeline for sequencing renovation schedules for modernization of our other facilities.
The two new dorms will be named in honor of former students who broke racial barriers at the university.
Whittle-Johnson Hall will honor Hiram Whittle, the first African American man to be admitted to the university, and Elaine Johnson Coates, the first African American woman to graduate with an undergraduate degree. The second dorm, Pyon-Chen Hall, will honor Pyon Su and Chunjen Constant Chen. In 1891, Pyon became the first Korean student to receive a degree from any American college or university. Chen was the first Chinese student to enroll at the Maryland Agricultural College.