A reimagined research park combining dynamic academic spaces, new amenities, and public-private partnerships

Discovery District

greater college park


The Hotel at the University of Maryland

The region’s premier venue for meetings and events.


The employees of research agencies, start-ups, and the university community will have access to four restaurants. UMD will have leasable space in the Hotel for private-sector companies that seek to partner with and serve UMD faculty and students.

Federal Research Partners

Leading research organizations in environmental and earth sciences, to food safety, agriculture policy, language and national security

Rivertech Court

111,000 sq. ft. of flex/research & development space across two buildings.


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“Through public and private partnership, the university is expanding its footprint for innovation and entrepreneurship, and we are proud of the role that The Hotel at the University of Maryland will play in serving and contributing to the Discovery District.”

David H. Hillman, CEO, Southern Management Corporation

The Art Walk

With food trucks, creative seating areas, games, trails and art installations

College Park Academy

A public charter school


Nearby will be UMD alumnus Scott Plank’s concept for dining, arts, entertainment, teaching kitchen and performance space to further support the area’s start-up culture.

The Hall CP


The Discovery District is a public-private partnership between Corporate Office Properties Trust, the University of Maryland (UMD) and St. John Properties. UMD works with all tenants to provide synergistic and collaborative opportunities. The Discovery District offers flexible space locations from incubator space for start up companies to build to suit options for larger technology clients in Maryland’s largest research park.


Maryland’s largest research park encompasses two million square feet and employs an estimated 6,500 people. Its location next to a world-class university has obvious advantages. Discovery District tenants and neighbors avail themselves of access to libraries, research support, faculty expertise, student employees, conference and recreation facilities, world-class performing arts and NCAA Division I athletic events.


The location of the Discovery District—adjacent to the College Park-UMD Metro station and College Park MARC Commuter Rail station—links it not just to the University, but to the network of advantages unique to Washington, including federal laboratories, government agencies, international embassies, policy institutes and international media outlets. Metro and MARC  connect travelers to Baltimore/Washington International Airport, the busiest of three airports in the Washington-Baltimore Metro area. The park also boasts among its neighbors the oldest continually operating airport in the U.S., College Park Airport.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Discovery District, and honored to continue our successful partnership with the University of Maryland. With world-class academics and research, as well as the new amenities that the Discovery District has to offer, we are well positioned to attract the area's top businesses and organizations to College Park.”

Stephen E. Budorick, President & CEO, COPT


Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX)

A gigapop organization founded by the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech. Dedicated to developing programs that provide advanced networks and information services to Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., MAX is a leader in facilitating education and research and solving technical and management issues related to high-performance networks.


These advanced networks include:

  • Internet II
  • Cogent
  • Qwest
  • Abilene
  • DREN
  • NREN
  • NISN


The Discovery District is an environment that provides access to leading technology and resources in order to help foster public and private sector advances in research. Such connectivity is considered crucial in enhancing the collaboration, innovation and creativity which underlie success. In support of tenant research within the Discovery District, the University of Maryland Office of Information Technology manages 8,000 feet of concrete-encased duct bank providing connectivity to several main fiber arteries, including the main campus, and full network redundancy throughout the park.


Phone and Internet services available at below market costs to our Affiliates include:

  • Enterprise VoIP (telephone service)
  • One (1) gig desktop network service per work station
  • Fully redundant 10gig uplinks to the University’s Network including Internet II
  • Space in the University’s  Co-Location Facilities is available for expansion of current and/or  new Service providers
  • Current connectivity to ISP providers via fiber backbone that can be provided:
    • AT&T
    • Verizon
    • Qwest
    • Comcast
    • Allied
    • Reliance Globalcom
    • FiberGate
    • NASA
    • NOAA
    • University of Maryland Systems
  • Available connectivity to ISP Member Organizations.


National Lambdarail (NLR)

The Network for Advanced Research and Innovation owned by the U.S. research and education community, NLR is the ultra high-performance, 12,000-mile innovation platform for a wide range of academic disciplines and public-private partnerships. NLR provides the testbed for advanced research at over 280 universities and private and U.S. government laboratories and advanced programs across the country.


Additional information can be found at: www.oit.umd.edu/nts

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