Montgomery College Science and Applied Studies Building

Location: Germantown, MD
Client: Hess Construction
Architect: Ziger/Snead

The Science and Applied Studies building on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College was designed to adapt to the growing need for open class labs, classroom, and office space for STEM programs. The project consists of a total of 93,345 square feet of addition and renovations to the existing Student Services building which was constructed in 1978. Portions of the existing building remained occupied and in use throughout the duration of the work
Manganaro was brought on to perform the metal framing, drywall, acoustical ceiling, and custom wood wall panel package on the project at a later stage than is normal, replacing the original subcontractor for the scope. The design called for several specialty products for ceilings and wood panels, which required quick action to make sure that all materials were delivered on time to meet schedule demands.
Coordination on the project was critical, as the lab spaces included many critical MEP systems that had priority, requiring careful management of penetrations and locations of adjacent structural features. The exterior light gauge framing package was challenging due to bypass conditions at the slab edges and complicated exterior soffits and header supports. The linear metal ceiling on the exterior soffit also proved to be difficult. Manganaro team members assisted the architect in adjusting the details and design for constructability.
The completed project forms the heart of the College’s focus on the vital skills that its students are seeking. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are critical to meet the growing needs of our economy in these fields and this new facility brings Montgomery College into the present and prepares it for the future.

Photos by Sam Kittner

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