Campus construction

$30M renovation of JHU's Macaulay Hall gets under way

Project will transform largely vacated building into four floors of research facilities

Four story brick building

Image caption: Macaulay Hall on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus.

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

A major renovation of Macaulay Hall is expected to turn the outdated, largely vacated building on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus into four floors of state-of-the-art research facilities for the university's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Black and white image of crane towering over brick campus building

Image caption: The original construction of Macaulay Hall in 1964

Image credit: Sheridan Libraries

Construction is slated to begin in early November with demolition work inside the building. The building core and shell and a portion of the laboratory and support space will then undergo a complete renovation and will be ready for use in the summer of 2018. A future second phase of laboratory fit-outs will configure the remaining shell space to meet the needs of specific KSAS research teams, which will be identified over the next two years.

"This project will support a critical nexus for our natural sciences, enabling the co-location of interdisciplinary faculty and their teams adjacent to existing labs dedicated to biology, biophysics, chemistry, and the psychological and brain sciences," said Beverly Wendland, dean of the Krieger School. "New Bloomberg Distinguished Professors will also be a part of this exciting environment that will stimulate innovative work."

Macaulay Hall was originally built in 1964. The majority of the $30 million project will be inside the building, including demolition of interior walls, relocation of the stairways, and installation of a new elevator to improve the efficiency and flexibility of the laboratories. Outside, the project team will replace and add windows, and clean and repair the roof and fa├žade. The east entrance will be rebuilt to meet ADA requirements.

All pathways around Macaulay Hall will remain open during the project, although there may be occasional disruptions to pedestrians as equipment and materials are moved into the construction site. Laboratory support functions currently housed in the basement of Macaulay Hall, including the Homewood chemical handling facility, will remain operational during construction.

Project updates and a pedestrian plan are available on the Facilities and Real Estate website.

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