M Square, the University of Maryland Research Park, is a public-private partnership between Corporate Office Properties Trust and the University of Maryland (UMD).
Corporate Office Properties Trust (Finance and Asset Management)
Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) (NYSE: OFC) is a specialty office real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on strategic customer relationships and specialized tenant requirements in the U.S. Government, Defense Information Technology and Data sectors. The Company acquires, develops, manages and leases office and data center properties which are typically concentrated in large office parks primarily located adjacent to government demand drivers and/or in growth corridors. The Company’s portfolio primarily consists of technically sophisticated buildings in visually appealing settings that are environmentally sensitive, sustainable and meet unique customer requirements. COPT is an S&P MidCap 400 company.
University of Maryland, College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship university in a state which is among the most affluent, wired and highly educated in the United States. Established in 1856, the University is one of the Top 20 public research universities in the nation, and 47th in the world. UMD is one of only 11 institutions—public or private—with Top 20 programs in Math, Physics, Computer Science and Engineering. UMD attracts highly talented students and world-renowned faculty, enjoys thriving partnerships with federal agencies, and provides many services for businesses. Located inside the Capital Beltway, only 8 miles from the Nation’s Capital on a beautiful suburban campus, UMD’s diverse population of 46,690 includes: 24,000 undergraduates and nearly 10,000 graduate students; 9,820 employees; and approximately 1,500 visitors daily.
The University of Maryland, College Park plays a leadership role in Maryland’s growth as one of the premier centers for research and technology in the nation. In fiscal year 2009, UMD received approximately $518 million in direct research funding, a 30% increase from the previous year. The University’s proximity to Washington, DC provides a unique opportunity to work closely with government researchers and the policy-makers who initiate and guide research initiatives at all of the science-based Federal agencies. This strong collaboration between the University and the federal government has enabled UMD to participate in a variety of cutting edge scientific and technological areas, including food safety, secure wireless communications, nanotechnology, biotechnology, language and linguistic research, homeland security, and transportation safety. Private funding is also central to our research programs, and many large corporations use the University’s broad expertise in science, engineering, business and policy to design and build better models and products for consumers and industry and better strategies for economic and social development. By virtually every measure of quality, the University of Maryland has gained national recognition as one of the fastest rising comprehensive research institutions in the country, and in a very real way is helping to define the research university of the 21st century.