University of Maryland – UM Ventures: The GRID (Graduate Research Innovation District)



November 2017


University of Maryland - UM Ventures

CSP Role

General Contractor, Property Management


Nick Bankert


Cho Benn Holback + Associates, a Quinn Evans Company.

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University of Maryland Ventures / The Grid, a vibrant education and co-working space offering students, entrepreneurs, faculty, and staff a place to connect to take on health and social challenges, selected Cross Street Partner as the general contractor to build out their space within the historic Lion Brothers Building. The Grid also features a coffee bar and café, operated by a local food startup, Culinary Architecture Café.

The Lion Brothers building is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and the redevelopment of the landmark building will help bring new life and investment to the Hollins Market neighborhood in West Baltimore. The three-story building, with its rich manufacturing history, will provide a new home to Baltimore’s growing companies and institutions with room to grow as it continues to expand its impressive portfolio.

Featured in their space are: 8 private offices, 2 conference rooms, 1 classroom/conference center, 2 private phone rooms, 2 banquette nooks, 1 collaboration bar, large open space with seating, open-area work tables, kitchenette/copy/print area, secure lockers, AV system designed by Technology Design Resources LLC and installed by Leading Edge Design

Additional work for the renovation included: install distribution fan power mixing box, terminal units, spiral duct work, power and light are on occupancy sensors, install sprinkler system, exposed ceiling, paint walls and polish concrete floors.

Cross Street Partners took care to preserve the building’s historic fabric and story and to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s standards, while incorporating modern building systems and amenities.

The build out was completed on time and on budget.

2101 E.Biddle Street, Suite 1201 Baltimore, MD 21213