Mount St. Mary’s University Visitors Center

Emmitsburg, MD

The project sitting atop the campus next to the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes is a single story 4,500 SF visitor center. The shrine itself is the nation’s oldest shrine and welcomes approximately half a million visitors per year. The Visitors Center was built to educate and enhance the visitor’s experience, the project consisted of mass grading, site utilities, asphalt and concrete paving, and monitoring of the National Shrine. The foundations and structure encompassed perimeter concrete footings, concrete spread footings, structural steel, steel and wood framing, and timber-framed roof. The façade contained a mixed veneer of cultured stone and fiber cement siding. The roof combined the EPDM membrane and simulated slate.


2014 ABC Cumberland Valley – 1st Place, F-1 Institutional

Mount St. Mary's visitor center

At a Glance

  • Sector:Higher Education
  • Client:Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Architect:MMArchitects
  • Contract Value:$2,000,000