A new campus construction project, which began in the summer of 2019, will build
two new Residence Halls, Pyon-Chen and Johnson-Whittle, and a Dining Facility.

We are excited to officially open and welcome residents to our newest residence hall, Pyon-Chen Hall, opening this August.

Pyon-Chen Hall,  University of Maryland

Heritage Community

This new construction project aligns with the Department of Resident Life and Residential Facilities’ On-Campus Housing Strategic Plan and is set to begin in summer 2019 with an anticipated opening of fall 2021.

The project will include two new residence halls, Pyon-Chen and Johnson-Whittle, that will house 902 first- and second-year students in single and double rooms. The new halls were designed to maximize natural light and offer high-quality common areas, study spaces, and lounges.

This new facility is the third residence hall construction project since 2011. Oakland Hall, featuring semi-suite living for 710 students unaffiliated with living and learning programs, opened in 2011. Prince Frederick Hall, which opened in fall 2014, houses 462 students in a combination of singles, doubles and four-person semi-suites with both non-program and program students residing in the building.

The Department of Dining Services is also thrilled to announce the construction of its first dining hall since the South Campus Dining Hall opened in 1974. The new facility will seat approximately 1,000 and feature a variety of seating styles, such as high tables, couches and lounge areas. It will also include 10 to 12 culinary stations.

The new facilities will be constructed on the field adjacent to Ellicott Hall and across Farm Drive, directly above LaPlata Beach.

Residence Hall Features

Bed, Rooms and Staff

There are 902 beds in both single and double occupancy rooms, a student to Resident Assistant (RA) ratio of 40:1 and live-in, full-time Resident Director staff.

Meeting and Study Space

The buildings will feature one multipurpose space, two study lounges and two general lounges are on each floor.

Other Features

Laundry rooms, waste sorting rooms, bike storage and study space are available to residents.

Dining Facility Features

Basic Stats and Features

There are 1,055 seats, which includes high tops, booths, banquettes, and 50 outdoor, covered balcony seats.

12 Culinary Stations

Featuring Vegan, Comfort Food, Latin American with freshly made tortillas, Asian Wok with build your own rice, Chef’s Feature and more. There will also be a separate allergen-free station, Salad Bar and Production Bakery.

Other Features

LEED silver certification.
Gender neutral restrooms.


Video Overview

Take a peek at the future buildings on campus.

Department of Resident Life Website Department of Dining Services Website Residential Facilities Website

New Residence Hall & Dining Project