Project Description


Baltimore, Maryland


Founded in 1797, the Maryland Science Center is one of the oldest scientific institutions in the country dedicated to educating the public about science. With over half a million visitors a year and located on the Inner Harbor, it is one of Baltimore’s main attractions with multiple spaces for interactive permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions, a planetarium, an IMAX theatre, restaurant and gift shop.

This project involved a major expansion and renovation of the entire facility, doubling it in size to 82,000 square feet, while remaining in continuous public use. The new addition houses a new entrance lobby, a permanent hall showcasing dinosaurs and earth sciences and a dedicated gallery for temporary exhibitions. All three floors of the existing building were renovated to add new exhibits including an extension of the second and third floors into a space above the restaurant. Upgrades to the IMAX theatre involved installation of 3D film technology. Classrooms, offices, support and visitor amenities were all upgraded.

Improvements were made to all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural systems along with the addition of a fire suppression system and emergency generator.

Design Collective, Inc.
Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Total Cost

Complex Funding
Public-Private Partnership
Occupied Buildings
Phased Construction
Significant Site Constraints
Specialized Equipment

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