Loyola University Maryland

Advancement

Fernandez Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning

This is more than a new building. It is a movement.

Loyola University Maryland is actively engaged in a movement focused innovation, entrepreneurship, and design thinking. The Miguel B. Fernandez Family Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning will strengthen this movement by creating a dynamic, state-of-the-art space where Loyola will advance its outcomes and reputation as a place for innovation. 

Beatty Hall will undergo an entire renovation, transforming the iconic building on Loyola's quad into a contemporary hub for the Evergreen Campus. Architects have designed a 35,000 square-foot addition to double the size of Beatty to create the Fernandez Center. Loyola has a tremendous need for this type of programmable space that can serve many purposes. This is the most important large-scale renovation on Loyola's main campus since 2011, and the first entirely new building since 2001.

Take a virtual tour of the new Fernandez Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning. 

Inside the Fernandez Center

The building is designed to be unlike any other on campus. The footprint prioritizes active learning spaces that can be reconfigured for different teaching styles. Workspaces will invite interdisciplinary collaboration. The layout intentionally connects the Forbes Idea Lab, the Rizzo Career Center, and the Commons to more fully engage the community in the discussion of ideas and promote innovative outcomes. As a result, the building will become the academic heart for the campus community.

  • Active Learning Classrooms: Students learn by doing rather than simply listening. These new classrooms will amplify the active learning spirit that is happening on campus.
  • Forbes Idea Lab: This space will be designed around unique needs of experiential learning, venture development, and engagement with the local business community.
  • Rizzo Career Center: The Career Center's footprint will expand and be positioned to frequently engage students during their time at Loyola and to connect with alumni for sustained career success.
  • Commons: A flexible common space will be used in a variety of ways for the Loyola community, supporting both the culture of innovation and the culture of engagement that is critical to the achievement of Loyola’s strategic plan.
  • Innovative Faculty Space: Faculty will have functional, shared workspaces designed to facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary work among colleagues.
  • Café: A full-service café will add to the synergy of the building, drawing students, faculty, and other members of the Loyola community to the Fernandez Center to participate in the active learning and conversation.

Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning

Why Loyola is taking this bold step forward—and why now

  1. Loyola must continue to enhance learning spaces on campus to recruit bright, talented students. The Fernandez Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning will eclipse the traditional lecture hall, creating a modern educational environment that prospective students and their families are seeking. 
  2. The active learning spaces of the building are designed to enhance collaborative learning. Students and faculty will enjoy an interdisciplinary hub, featuring open and transparent spaces that will invite members of the community to collaborate.
  3. Loyola’s career services are a distinctive and essential part of our student experience. The Rizzo Career Center will move into a central, convening space. This move will create greater networking opportunities and a more vibrant home for the exceptional services provided through career services.
  4. Innovation at Loyola is deeply connected to the University’s Jesuit mission and core values. Th enduring Jesuit tradition of adaptability positions the University to provide a “future-proof” education that strengthens the bonds of the liberal arts with innovation and entrepreneurship.
  5. This is an investment for Loyola’s future. The Fernandez Center will allow Loyola to ensure that a Jesuit, liberal arts education remains progressive and current in today’s world. Students graduating from Loyola will be more marketable to prospective employers, and will go on to apply the world-class education they receive to create a better world.