FAST FACTS

 

Designed by world-renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen ’51, ’93
(Honorary Doctorate)

 

Thirteen event and meeting spaces, many with options to host activities outdoors

 

State-of-the-art technology—including LCD projectors, plasma screen TVs, video teleconferencing and high-speed wireless Internet access

 

Professional event staff at your service

 

Prime exhibit space

 

Sports bar fitted with fireplace and hardwood floors

 

Custom-designed boardroom table that seats 50

 

Signature details, including a stained-glass ocular, travertine marble floors, clerestory windows, a grand staircase and plenty of natural light

 

Options to host more than 1,000 guests

 

A lush garden surrounding a crystalline fountain

 

Ample garage and lot parking

 

To schedule your personal tour, contact 301.405.9756 / 800.336.8627 or riggsinfo@ur.umd.edu.

NAMESAKE AND ARCHITECT

 

Funded by private contributions, the effort to create the Riggs Alumni Center was led by the late SAMUEL RIGGS IV '50. A descendant of one of Maryland's most venerable families, Riggs possessed the traits of a philanthropist: a deep respect for history and tradition and an ability to identify promise. His leadership gift toward a new alumni center at the University of Maryland signaled his belief that it would create new opportunities for the university and its now nearly 350,000 graduates.

 

Securing HUGH NEWELL JACOBSEN '51, '93 (Honorary Doctorate) as architect for the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center assured that the university would meet its goal to have one of the finest alumni centers in the nation. Jacobsen is the winner of more than 110 national and international architectural awards. Not only is the Riggs Alumni Center a Hugh Newell Jacobsen signature design, it is also a project that Jacobsen considers one of his greatest.

 

“I was very honored to be selected as architect by my alma mater,” says Jacobsen, who was named one of the top 100 architects in the world by Architectural Digest in 2000. “I am more than proud.”

 

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, one of the university’s most loyal corporate partners, constructed the Riggs Alumni Center under the guidance of longtime friend Willard Hackerman and alumni Chuck Irish ’52 and Richard Vogel ’72, M.B.A. ’82. Their involvement adds to the feeling that building the center was a labor of love.

“The Riggs Alumni Center is a beautiful facility, and a welcome respite
from your traditional hotel-type conference center. Each meeting room
we used provided an intimate and unique environment...”

 

DIONNE WILLIAMS / CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY & PRIVATE ENTERPRISES

ROOMS

FIRST FLOOR (click on the room names below to learn more)

SECOND FLOOR

*Indicates outdoor space.

 

Room capacities are based on the square footage of the room and do not take into consideration additional items such as staging, audiovisual equipment, dance floors, food tables, etc.

 

The Rever Alumni Hall of Fame is included in bookings of Orem Alumni Hall. It must be booked in conjunction with another event space if booking on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If the event is within two months, booking of Rever individually is permitted.

 

Download a PDF of the floor plan. For more pricing information, visit the rates page.

DIRECTIONS

THE SAMUEL RIGGS IV ALUMNI CENTER is on the University of Maryland, College Park campus—conveniently located off of I-495 and close to the College Park Metro Station. The center is on the university’s northwest corner, next
to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Maryland Stadium.