Funded Projects

Student Facilities Fund | Funded Projects

Spring 2019

Rennovation of the Reflection and Meditation Space in Cole Fieldhouse - $170,030

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion reports that over 2300 students indicate their engagement in the Muslim Faith. Students in this community have regularly sought locations on campus to engage in daily prayer and meditation. In 2001, the University identified space on campus that the Muslim Student Association could reserve that would allow for the five daily prayers of the Muslim faith. While other faith communities and groups might use the Memorial Chapel for these purposes, the unique nature of the five daily prayers required a unique and more dedicated space. In 2008, the Muslim Student Association began reserving a former locker room in Cole Fieldhouse to use as a gathering space for prayers and medititation. As our Muslim student community has grown, it has become apparent that we need to grow the size of space and capacity for this practice. In the spring of 2018, a student group called Project Tarmeem presented a proposal to the Student Facilities Fund Committee. This proposal is a follow up to that earlier proposal.

The Hammock Haven Project - $2,500

The Hammock Haven consists of ten hammock posts arranged in two rows of five designed to support up to five hammocks at a time. These posts will be installed within the Cambridge Community Quad and will serve to progress the goal of making the Cambridge Community a social hub for the Scholars community and North Campus as a whole. The Hammock Haven will also serve as a prototype for a campus-wide initiative to reduce hammock related tree damage. Two semesters worth of empathy research including detailed site visits and extensive surveys of the North Campus population helped refine the Hammock Haven into the sustainable, cost effective solution it is today.

Campus-wide Lighting Improvement Project - $700,000

The current campus exterior pedestrian lighting system is a mixture of pedestrian, street, area and parking lighting types and fixture styles. Light levels and energy efficiency of campus light fixtures provide varying degrees of lighting
performance and reliability. A large proportion of light fixtures, campus-wide, are over 40 years old, with corrosion of
many of the electrical feeder cables and light poles. Additionally, many are not compliant with current standards and technical performance advances for pedestrian and vehicular lighting levels, quality and safety needs. This project will provide upgrades to existing campus wide pedestrian lighting which will improve student and campus safety, light qualities and provide increased reliability and energy efficiency. The consistent use of materials and appropriate fixture styles will also increase the continuity of landscape elements and the overall campus environment will be more aesthetically pleasing to the landscape of.


Fall 2018 

Solar Paneled Bus Shelters - $3,880

The University of Maryland houses over 100 different buildings and has an approximate undergraduate population of 20,000. The department of transportation services works hard to create a safe and useful transportation system throughout the campus as evident by the many different bus routes that are able to reach each corner of campus during the day and night. Since a common concern voiced by undergraduate students is the safety of our campus especially at night, this proposal aims to use the very commonly used transportation system to improve the safety on our campus. This proposal asks for $3,880 to fund a pilot program of the installation of two solar panels at the bus shelters to power a self-sufficient lighting system. This will improve the safety around bus stops on our campus as well as the overall safety on our campus. The proposal is supported by DOTS administrators and may be expanded in the future if it is determined that these are truly beneficial to our community.

Expanded Recreation Opportunities at Ritchie Coliseum and Eppley Recreation Center Project - $128,500

Due to the continued increase in the student population over the last several years, the need for more fitness related excercising opportunities is becoming more urgent. These increases are putting more demand on the existing facilities resulting in extended wait times and crowding of these facilities, especially at times of peak usage. We are looking to implement a two part approach that will: 1) Provide an immediate increase in cardio/functional training opportunities by expanding the function of the mezzanine area at Ritchie Coliseum with the addition of cardio equipment and repurposing an existing space space at the Eppley Recreation Center to include more varied functional training opportunities. 2) Provide the potential of more extensive increases of recreation opportunities in the near future by having structural engineering analysis performed to determine the feasibility of expanding existing spaces and/or adding new space within current RecWell facilities. 


Spring 2018

South Campus Diner Accessibility Project - $117,500

Dining Services recognizes that the restrooms on the West side of the South Campus Dining Hall are not acceptable - they are not ADA accessible, do not offer gender inclusive restrooms, and they are in desperate need of a renovation. These restrooms are the ones most frequently used by students dining at this location. This proposal is a request for the Facilities Fund to provide $235,000 to help Dining Services create new restroom spaces that are both accessible and attractive for our entire campus community.

The committee is granting half of the requested total, $117,500. This funding is contingent on a commitment to having the remainder of the project funded within 6 months. The committee is in favor the project, because of its clear benefit to students; however, the committee also feels that compliance should be the responsibility of the University, not the student body.

Renovation of Conference Room Electronic Equipment at Technology Advancement Program (TAP) Building - $11,766.43

The Technology Advancement Program (TAP) building is the home to Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), which is the technology entrepreneurship hub for UMD students. Facilities and equipment at Mtech are available to all tstudents who want to work and gain experiences in entrepreneurship and innovation, or are launching their own start-up companies. The Conference Room at the TAP building is available for, and is frequently used by, students. It has been at least 10 years since the equipment in this room was refreshed and replaced. Some of the equipment are no longer compatible with the new electronic devices in the market. This proposal seeks funding for refreshing and replacing the electronics in the conference room to facilitate and encourage more students to use the conference room for their needs.

Martin Hall Lounge Renovations -  $24,711

Glenn Martin Hall is the home to four different engineering programs, namely, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Reliability Engineering. These four programs are home for more than 3,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students. There are several conference rooms and student lounges in the Glenn L. Martin building, and these areas are primarily used by students. In this proposal, the focus is on renovation of three conference rooms and one student lounge. Despite the frequent use of all the aforementioned rooms, there has not been a renovation or upgrade to these facilities for nearly 7 to 10 years. This proposal seeks funding for renovations of these four spaces, purchase of new electronic equipment for conference rooms, installation of a kitchen sink in the lounge, and providing swipe access to the lounge to improve the security. All these together will enhance the learning experience of students, whose major programs are housed within this building, and contribute to the goals of community development.

Reflection Space and Family Study Room in McKeldin Library -  $10,340

Creating a reflection space and a family study room within McKeldin Library supports the study needs of a variety of student populations on campus. Currently, McKeldin Library lacks a space for quiet reflection, meditation, or prayer, and the creation of a designated reflection space will allow students to mentally recharge while spending long hours in the library studying. Additionally, students with children need a space in the library where they can study without worrying about their children disturbing other students. The family study room with provide a reservable room for students to study in with their children. The creation of both of these spaces within McKeldin Library will support the holistic student, recognizing that along with managing coursework, students practice their spiritual beliefs, have family responsibilities, and sometimes need to take time for quiet reflection. These spaces will allow the library to meet the diverse needs of students on campus.

Stamp Student Union Interior Vertical Garden - $22,500

With a daily visitor count of approximately 17,000, the Stamp Student Union endeavors to provide the highest quality services and amenities to enrich the lives of our student population and University community at Maryland. We keep sustainability at the forefront of our new initiatives and are currently planning to install a living or 'green' wall in a glassed in patio, one of the first on campus. The location offers high visibility into our building fron the SE entrance and is clearly visible to both pedestrial and motor traffic from Campus Drive. A Stamp green wall will have a positive impact on indoor air quality but mainly increase the usefulness of this space by providing stuents a tranquil green space in which to study and interact. It will also raise awareness for urban agriculture by serving as a vertical gaden wth harvestable herbs that will be used in our catering kitchen.

Renovation of McKeldin 5109 into a Graduate Student Meeting Room - $40,000

I propose that a room currently used for storage in McKeldin Library (5109) be renovated into a meeting and workshop space for (primarily) graduate student use. Currently, there is no dedicated space to accommodate events by the Graduate School Writing Center or the Graduate School Office of Professional Development--events such as thesis and dissertation retreats, peer writing groups, and presentations on professional development. There also are no graduate-specific study rooms. Converting this space would centralize graduate professional development opportunities on the 5th Floor of McKeldin, thereby freeing space on other floors of the library, such as the TLC spaces on the 2nd floor and 4123 McKeldin, for greater use by undergraduates.


Fall 2017

Benches in LeFrak Hall- $3,400

I have found that students have been in uncomfortable seating arrangements in academic buildings. Whether they are waiting to speak to a professor outside of his/her office or lingering the halls before their next class begins because they arrived early, most students have been in a position where they are either sitting on the floor or are in other difficult positions while trying to obtain their education. This proposal will identify locations on campus that are able to include better accommodations for students.

Improvement of Lactation/Nursing Rooms on Campus- $42,500

The current facilities for nursing parents on campus are insufficient to support all of our community members. The benefits of breastfeeding are well documented, and advocates for women's, children’s, and familial health have been vocal about the needs of working parents (Ryan, Zhou, & Arensberg, 2006; Ip et al., 2009; American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP], 2012; Ystrom, 2012; Tsai, 2013). This proposal seeks to assess and improve current resources as well as increase awareness of these facilities on our campus. The potential impact of this proposal is high as it will support individual’s rights, increase access and use of these resources, and meet the expectation of being a “First Class Campus for a World Class University” as outlined in the Facilities Master Plan 2011-2030.

Comments: The total request was for $100,000. The breakdown of budget items are as follows: Physical Signage, $1000. Improvement of current rooms, $20,000. Development of new rooms, $11,500. Survey of Community Members, $10,000. Seminar Series, $0.

WMUC-FM 88.1 Radio Station Soundproofing Replacement- $45,850

WMUC Radio is a fully functioning, FCC licensed radio station operated by the University of Marland and serving the entire University community. The station is licensed to the Board of Regents, but the oversight of the student run station is delegated to the Vice President of Student Affairs and daily operations are funded through the Student Government Association. The Stamp has the responsibility of maintaining the public spaces of South Campus Dining Hall third floor (ie. restrooms, hallways) where WMUC is located. The WMUC studios were built as part of the South Campus Dining Hall construction in 1973-74 and have not been renovated since. WMUC serves as a part of the FCC's broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the WMUC transmitter serves as a host of the campus Alertus System. Additional funding is needed to replace the deteriorated and exposed fiberglass sound-proof materials on the studio walls that were installed as part of the original construction which has become an aesthetic eyesore and a potential health risk.

ROTC Challenge Course- $109,750

The Army, Naval, and Air Force ROTC programs at the University of Maryland propose funding for a new Challenge Course outdoor exercise area on campus. During the academic year, ROTC cadets and midshipmen begin their day (Monday through Friday, from 0530 to 0800) with a strenuous workout regimen comprising calisthenics, running, and strength-training. Currently, they lack the necessary outdoor exercise equipment to facilitate this daily exercise routine. This proposal would replace and expand the outdoor exercise area that was lost due to the new Cole Fieldhouse project and the ROTC programs’ subsequent move to the Reckord Armory. There are approximately 350 cadets and midshipmen currently enrolled in the ROTC programs, and University of Maryland is unique for having all three programs located on our campus. This proposal would support the installation of an outdoor exercise area that would not only benefit these 350 enrolled ROTC students, but also the entire campus community. The exercise equipment and site would be open and available for use by other students, athletic teams, and fitness clubs after the ROTC priority times (Monday through Friday, from 0530 to 0800).

Comments: The committee will fund the Installation ($74,750) and Equipment ($35,000) of the Challenge course, but not the ongoing maintanence costs ($40,000) will not be funded by the committee. The committee also will fund on the stipulation on that there will be no fence around the course, and it will be free to use by all student groups when not in use by ROTC. The committee also recommends that the use of the equipment be regulated by RecWell.

University Health Center CARE to Stop Violence Facilities Improvements- $50,500

Our request includes several parts that are inter-related. CARE to Stop Violence is an essential office within the University Health Center whose mission is to assist and advocate for survivors of interpersonal and gender based violence and to spearhead the prevention efforts around gender based violence on our campus. 
The Student Health Advisory Committee or SHAC is a group of undergraduate and graduate students, a recognized student organization, who work to advise the UHC on the service that we provide to students and who work through committees to improve the care that we provide. The current SHAC office is on the ground floor of the UHC adjacent to CARE and to our Health Promotion and Wellness Services area.

The UHC hosts multiple interns every year in CARE and Health Promotion and Wellness. Currently, the interns share the SHAC office as a work space.

In 2015, CARE was physically moved to what had been a dental clinic within the UHC. There are significant limitations around privacy in this location. As a temporary solution, we were donated furniture from IKEA to create some separation in the part of the suite that was once a series of dental operatories. This is not an adequate longer term solution.
Currently, the UHC is searching for an Assistant Director for the UHC to help this University to actualize the recommendations from the Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force. We currently do not have an adequately configured space in which to house this new employee and a support person also assigned to CARE.

Memorial Bench in the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance- $3,750

The University of Maryland is a diverse community with a wide range of undergraduates, graduates, staff, professors, faculty, and administrators. Unfortunately, our large campus has experienced the loss of members of our community but no recognition for their lives can be found on campus. Students, faculty and staff would benefit from a specific and tangible element to honor the memory of those that have passed. Stone pavers and an inscription around a memorial bench placed in The Garden of Remembrance and Reflection on campus, would provide the campus community with a place to mourn, reflect, and remember the lives that have passed.

Napping Pods in McKeldin Library- $21,818.20

As a student at Maryland, my aim is to help eliminate the problem of sleep deprivation on campus by requesting funding for napping pods which would be located in McKeldin Library. With a large off- campus student population, and lack of adequate rest thought out the night, sleep deprivation is a large concern. Napping pods would allow students to have a resting location in McKeldin Library, and would work tremendously to lower stress and fatigue. Furthermore, these pods will be easily available to students 24/7 during the week due to the library hours, and would be especially beneficial during midterms and finals. If the two pods are successful, we have a plan to make sure we gather more resources in the future to implement pods at other location across campus.

Comments: The committee will fund the napping pods as a pilot program for McKeldin Library. During this pilot, we recommend that all students have access to the pods. If the pilot program is successful, we further recommend that more napping pods are purchased through the University Libraries.