Annapolis, MD — The St. Mary’s County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly is pleased to announce what it says is welcome news to the Southern Maryland communities. The Maryland Department of Budget and Management has approved building a new $79 million research facility, the University of Maryland’s UAS Research Center.

This project would create the state’s first and only campus of this kind. Not only will this bring the presence and reputation of the University of Maryland into St. Mary’s County, but it will also give us a resource for developing cutting edge technologies with both defense and commercial applications. 

“Historically our region has been under-served by higher education institutions. Now this facility puts in place a University of Maryland investment in Southern Maryland’s future economic growth.  The entire county delegation worked very hard to make this new research center a reality.  Senator Waugh, Delegate Morgan and Delegate Rey supported this important project very strongly and the result of their hard work is reflected in this recommendation for approval.” said St. Mary’s Delegation Chairman Tony O’Donnell.

An architectural firm will be selected during the next few months to design and engineer the 77,000-square-foot classroom and research facility located next to the airport in Hollywood. It will be the third building on the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center complex.