Award-winning Project

Towson University Cook Library – 3rd Floor Renovation



A.R. Marani was selected through a bidding process to renovate the main floor of the Cook Library located on the Towson University campus. The renovation encompassed the entire 25,000 square feet area of the third floor of the building. The work required the demolition of all interior finishes, partitions, as well as mechanical and electrical systems.

The new work included a large amount of aluminum and glass partitions. These partitions were “stick built” on site from stock lengths of aluminum framing. This method saved months of waiting for factory fabricated partition sections.

Over 40% of the ceilings are a slatted wood system that required detailed layout to symmetrically install lighting, sprinkler systems, HVAC systems, and other mechanical and electrical equipment.

Programmable occupancy sensing LED lighting was installed in all areas. Electrically operated folding partitions were installed within the glass partition sections to provide large open spaces when needed. Hundreds of IT cables were run throughout the walls and ceilings to provide access points for students and faculty. 

The University chose vibrant colors for the finishes – paint, flooring, cabinets / solid surface counters. The initial color selections had to be revised multiple times due to the selections being unavailable to meet the project completion date.  

ARM worked directly with the University’s Project Managers to quickly make alternate selections so that the schedule was not impacted. The University also added multiple scope items throughout the project. ARM was able to add these items and maintain the project schedule by working ten hour days and on weekends.

Project Details:
ARCHITECT Ammon Heisler Sachs Architects
SIZE 24,824 sf
COST $2.97 Million
Award 2022 Diamond Excellence in Construction Award
General Contractors – Renovation