Outdoor Tour

Recently, Montgomery County lifted most mask mandates for vaccinated residents. As such, I’m optimistic that (at least some) classes will be on campus in Fall. However, when we do return, many students will not know how to get around. So, I developed a guided tour to make the eventual adjustment period a bit easier.

Please note that the location of your classes depends on your home campus and major, so this is not an exhaustive list.

Let’s begin at Building 4, the Biomedical Science and Engineering building. This is the newest building on campus and has lots of outdoor seating. According to the USG map, the Biomedical Science and Engineering building is home to:

A gray stone building surrounded by a gray brick walkway, black chairs, and round, black tables. The entry reads, "Biomedical Sciences and Engineering."
Building 4, surrounded by bricks in varying grays and outdoor chairs and tables. Image Text: Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.

Let’s say you’re at the main entrance to Building 4, facing the parking lot. If you walk left for a few yards, there is more outdoor seating around the corner. If you walk to your right instead, you should walk directly to Building 3, the Clifford and Camille Kendall Academic Center. Almost everything is in this building, including:

A modern looking building with lots of windows and a striped concrete entryway. Image Text: "Clifford and Camille Kendall Academic Center."
The entrance to Building 3. The name is slightly cut off by trees, but the building is the Clifford and Camille Kendall Academic Center.

If you keep walking straight, you’ll reach Building 2, ideal for administrative needs:

Building 2 also hosts the Marriott Teaching Kitchen and programs from University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

A building entryway with a blue door and horizontal stripes made of brick. Image Text: "Shady Grove Center, University of Maryland System."
The main entrance to Building 2. Image Text: “Shady Grove Center, University of Maryland System.”

I find that the best way to get to Building 1 is to pass Building 2, cut through the campus relaxation area (recognizable by its rock sculpture and decorative arches), and follow the sidewalk. You’ll know you’re going the right way when you pass the outdoor amphitheater. The entrance to this building is yellow-ish and reads, “The Shady Grove Center, University of Maryland System.” It is across from a side door to Building 4, just past a collection of hexagonal picnic tables.

A yellowish stone entryway. The entry reads, "Shady Grove Center, University of Maryland System."
The entrance to Building 1. Image Text: “Shady Grove Center, University of Maryland System.”

From this point, if you cross to Building 4 and turn left, you should see a wooden bridge. Follow the wooden bridge past the campus pond and a red brick building. The red building is the UMD Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, also known as Building 5. At the end of the bridge, turn left, keep following the sidewalk, and the entrance to Building 5 will be on your left. Watch for geese!

That’s all I have today! Remember, if you lose your bearings on campus, look for the sundial in the center of campus and you should see most buildings. Plus, don’t be afraid to ask a security officer, staff member, or fellow student for help. Chances are, someone is going to the same place as you.

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3 Responses to Outdoor Tour

  1. Steve Simon says:

    How cool of you to write this one and to help folks in navigating the campus, Lauren! Look forward to seeing you there this fall!

    • Laura DeMarco says:

      Thanks, Steve! I hope it helps people. I get lost in JC Penney, so I know I’d need something like this. 🙂

  2. Laura DeMarco says:

    UPDATE: The bookstore is NOT in Building 3. It used to be, but it has since moved entirely online. USG will find a use for the space eventually.

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