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Hopkins Engineering students tour SNF Agora project site

Site visit introduces students enrolled in civil and systems engineering course to opportunities available in the field

Students from Johns Hopkins University's "Civil and Systems Engineers Careers I," which introduces students to the breadth of professional opportunities available to graduates in Civil and Systems Engineering, had the opportunity to get some real-world experience when they visited the SNF Agora building construction site last month.

Members of the SNF Agora design and construction team—including representatives of the world-renowned architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Ayers Saint Gross (architect of record), Silman (structural engineer), Whitman, Requardt and Associates (civil engineer), and Consigli (construction manager)—as well as Johns Hopkins Facilities and Real Estate project managers presented to the students about the design and architectural and engineering elements of the project.

The building will be located on Wyman Park Drive, adjacent to the university's Homewood campus. Students were able to see first-hand how the design of the project relates to construction activities on site, ask questions, and make connections to what they've been learning in their engineering courses.

"Of course our students learn important engineering fundamentals in the classroom, but there is really no substitute for seeing those fundamentals put into practice in a real project," said associate teaching professor Rachel Sangree, who leads the class.

The glass-wrapped, LEED-certified building will include faculty offices, labs, classrooms, flexible meeting spaces, and a multifunctional conference and event room.

The SNF Agora Institute, founded in 2017 with a $150 million gift from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, is an academic and public forum dedicated to strengthening global democracy through powerful civic engagement and informed, inclusive dialogue.