Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects was commissioned by the University of Maryland to design major renovations for the University of Maryland Baltimore County Fine Arts Building.

The project is a partial renovation of the late 1960s/early 1970s Fine Arts Building on the UMBC campus. The renovation reconfigures space for a relocated photography studio, various classrooms and seminar rooms, and faculty offices for visual arts, humanities, history, religious studies, modern language linguistics and intercultural communication, and other associated studies. A significant part of the project involves renovation and upgrades to the existing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and communications systems within the building.

Construction on the $12.8 million project began in May 2014 and Murphy & Dittenhafer expects construction to be completed in December 2015. The renovation encompasses approximately 50,000 square feet of the 100,000 square foot, 5-story building.

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Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects is an award-winning architectural firm that focuses on planning, interior, and architectural design projects involving new construction, renovation, restoration, and adaptive reuse for historic properties, churches, urban housing, nonprofit organizations, higher education, and libraries. The firm’s offices are located in York, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland. Visit their website at