Construction begins

Albin O. Kuhn, Homer Schamp, and Guy Chisholm On-Site
Albin O. Kuhn, Homer Schamp, and Guy Chisholm On-Site, 1965. University Photographs, UARC Photos-09-01-0137. View larger.

Dr. Kuhn’s brainstorming took physical shape in 1965 when he hired Guy Chisholm from UM College Park to serve as the director of the physical plant and supervise the construction of UMBC. A native Texan, Chisholm had earned a degree in landscape architecture and later became a partner in a Texas construction company before taking a position with UM. Kuhn especially relied on Chisholm to figure out the best design of the first campus dormitories. Another person vital to the founding of the campus was Homer W. Schamp, Jr., who was the second full time UMBC person hired. Schamp was a professor in UM College Park’s legendary Department of Physics and served as director of the Institute for Molecular Physics. He was hired by Kuhn to be UMBC’s Dean of Faculty and to recruit the founding faculty of the new school. The photograph shows Kuhn, Schamp, and Chisholm, holding rolled architectural plans, conferring about the construction then underway.