E. A. Fernandez IDEA Factory

University of Maryland

College Park, MD


The IDEA Factory Building will enhance the ability of the A. James Clark School of Engineering to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship among its students and enable world class research. Its mission is to bring together students, faculty, and staff to conceive ideas, develop designs, build prototypes, enact business plans, and provide products to help spur economic development.

The building design features state-of-the-art laboratories, workshops, and collaboration spaces including: 

  • Machine Learning Lab
  • Robotics Realization Lab
  • ALEx Garage (IDEA Factory Design Studio)
  • Quantum Technology Center Lab
  • Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center

The IDEA Factory will be connected to the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building via a pedestrian bridge, and its site is located within the Northeast District of the University’s College Park campus. This area features a dense urban grid, bounded by natural and picturesque landscapes, with ample pedestrian circulation. 

Building Facts

  • Design-Build
  • 60,000 SF