Performing Arts & Humanities Building
The groundbreaking for the Performing Arts and Humanities Building (“the PAHB”) in 2010 represented on-going work to increase the support, advocacy, and exposure of the arts and humanities scholarship at UMBC. As the reputation of the school increasingly focused on the science and technology fields, there was a push to ensure that the administration was not neglecting the arts and humanities. Out of these discussions came the promise of a new building to replace the aging Fine Arts and Theatre facilities, two of the oldest on campus. After several delays in state funding, the groundbreaking was finally held on September 17, 2010, and attendees could collect small packets of dirt from the site as a souvenir. Phase I of the building opened in 2012, and Phase II opened in 2014.
The PAHB now houses a theatre, concert hall, Dance Cube, and black box theatre; classroom and department offices for the departments of Ancient Studies, Dance, English, Music, Philosophy, and Theatre; and offices and support space for the several academic programs and centers including the Linehan Artist Scholars and the Humanities Scholars, the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA), and the James T. and Virginia M. Dresher Center for the Humanities. In addition to being awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status, the building was honored by both the American Institute of Architects Baltimore Chapter and the Urban Land Institute in 2014.