Morgan State University Calvin and Tina Tyler Hall

A Modern Space to Welcome New and Potential Students

Baltimore, MD

Client

Morgan State University

Team

GWWO Architects, Teeple Architects, Carroll Engineering Inc., Barton Malow

Cost

$88 Million

Services

Green Infrastructure Planting Design, Post Construction Administration, Urban Design, Rooftop/Design on Structure Amenities, Wayfinding/Educational Signage Design, LEED Certification Documentation, Social Distance Design, Operations and Maintenance Manual

Certifications

LEED Gold Certified


Morgan State University, located on 185-acres in northwest Baltimore, has been a pioneer of the higher education system for over 150 years. Recognized as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation it is Maryland’s largest Historically Black College and University. Opened in 2021, the Calvin and Tina Tyler Hall houses a variety of student services and creates a welcoming gateway to this iconic University.

SSB Concept A Concept C Concept B Calvin and Tina Tyler Hall Site Plan

Approach

The building site occupies a prominent campus gateway. Floura Teeter designed a spacious arrival court to welcome prospective students, provide meeting pods for campus tours, and facilitate connectivity to the building, campus, and adjacent neighborhood. Through thoughtful plantings that provide seasonal interest, biodiversity, and embrace Morgan’s brand (blue and orange) the storm water management facilities blend seamlessly with the site design. Other important design elements include a second-floor event terrace with intensive roof plantings, integration of the stone ‘Morgan’ wall, an accessible ramp navigating a 16’ elevation change between the arrival court and academic quad, and a robust palette of site furniture.

Coordination

Floura Teeter maintained an active dialog with the design team and University for the duration of the project. This allowed our project mangers to respond quickly to design changes and the flexibility to coordinate with the appropriate consultants. Collaboration with University Facility and Maintenance staff identified a preferred plant palette, hardscape materials, and irrigation system—ensuring long-term success.

Stormwater Plantings in the Entry Forecourt
Planting Detail on the Green Roof

Awards

MD ASLA Honor Award, 2021

AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Public Building of the Year, 2021

AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Honor Award, 2021

SCUP Excellence in Architecture Honor Award, 2021

Architizer A+ Awards, Higher Education & Research Facilities Popular Choice Award, 2021

The Plan Award Finalist

USGBC Maryland Community Leader Project Award Finalist

Floura Teeter was a great partner on this project. They did a fantastic job collaborating with the team to beautifully blend the landscape with the building and create a new gateway for Morgan State University.

H. Robert Mock III, AIA, Associate, GWWO Architects

Project Team