Edward St. John General Questions

Who is Edward St. John?

EDWARD ST. JOHN, Chairman and Founder of St. John Properties, established the company in 1971. He has grown the corporation from a small, local developer into one of the largest and most successful privately held real estate firms in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

An ardent believer in the transformative power of education, St. John and the Edward St. John Foundation have a long history of giving back to the community, contributing more than $60 million to not-for-profit organizations with a focus on education. His generosity has had a pivotal impact, providing students with opportunities to place them on the path to success. Equally important, his benevolence has inspired others to give.

Long recognized for his outstanding accomplishments, St. John has received many honors and awards including 2012 Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year for the State of Maryland, Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year, along with various Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards. He has served on numerous boards including the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma Center, Maryland Academy of Science, Johns Hopkins Real Estate Institute, along with various economic development planning boards.

What are ESJ’s normal operating hours?

Monday - Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Saturday - Sunday
Those wishing to schedule weekend/off-hour events are required to utilize Conferences & Visitor Services. Please contact esj@umd.edu for more information.

How do I reserve space?

Information on reserving space is available here.

How can I see your facilities?

Anyone is welcome to walk through the building during normal operating hours. For a guided tour, please contact esj@umd.edu to make arrangements.

Where is the Lost and Found?

The lost and found is located in office 0118. Staff are typically in the office between 8am and 4pm Monday-Friday. If you have lost an item, please call 301.405.4702 or email esj@umd.edu to enquire/schedule a time to check the lost and found.

Am I allowed to have food in my room?

Food and catering setups are not allowed in the TERP Classrooms, Huddle Rooms or carpeted areas. Catering for grab-and-go items may be set up in hallways for attendees to utilize during breaks, at an additional rental fee. ESJ does not have space for sit-down catering functions. There are four cafés in the building that are open during posted hours.

What is your catering policy?

ESJ does not have an exclusive catering agreement with any company or restaurant. Only UMD Dining Services may serve alcohol in ESJ. The event organizer is solely responsible for procuring safe and certified catering services. All set-up, service, and clean-up must be completed within the event timeline outlined in the User Agreement.

There are no tables in ESJ available for catering set-up. All tables must be brought in by the event organizer. Catering tables may only be set up in designated locations agreed upon by the operations manager and outlined in the User Agreement.

Events that include catering will be required to pay a rental fee for use of the public space.

All deliveries/loading and unloading can occur at the delivery entrance on the east side of the building, facing Symon’s Hall.

What is your alcohol policy?

Any alcohol served in Edward St. John must be arranged through UMD Dining Services. An outside caterer may not serve alcohol in ESJ.

What is “maximum seating” for the venue?

Maximum seating is the number of people allowed in the space. While the venues are set-up for flexible teaching, their seating is not meant to be moved around.

What parking is available?

All parking is handled by the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS). Please review their website for parking rates and locations. ESJ is located near Regents Drive and Union Lane Garages.

May I hang signage in ESJ?

No signage may be taped to the walls or other surfaces. The event organizer is responsible for bringing tripods or sign holders for your event. Event organizers may advertise on the building monitors leading up to the event. Users can submit a single slide that will play on loop along with other content. Approved slides will be displayed approximately one week after submission. Only faculty and staff are permitted to submit content. ESJ cannot accommodate posting event schedules or any day-of specific content on the building’s monitors.

What equipment is available?

ESJ can only provide the equipment outlined in the space specifications for each room. The event organizer is responsible for bringing any additional equipment necessary for the event. ESJ does not have any equipment (amplification, lighting, catering tables, etc) in stock for the public spaces.

Is security provided?

If your event is on a weekend, Conferences & Visitor Services may require a security sweep of the building following your event. You may also need to arrange for security if you are employing a high-profile speaker or any event where security is deemed necessary. These services can be arranged through the University of Maryland Police Department.

What are other event venues on Campus?

UMD has many venues that support events not suited for General Purpose Classrooms. Alternative venues include the Stamp Student Union, Reckord Armory, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Milkboy Arthouse, and Riggs Alumni Center.

Is my event required to use C&VS staff?

If you are a non-campus user, your event falls outside normal operating hours, or is deemed large enough, you must utilize Conferences & Visitor Services to assist in the coordination of the event.

What marketing is included with my event?

ESJ does not facilitate marketing or ticket sales. If applicable, the organizer is responsible for any marketing, ticket sales, and day-of ticket coordination. Any event that charges participants to attend must pay full rental fees for the space(s).

What is your merchandise policy?

Merchandise may be sold at your event with prior approval. Rather than a commission rate on merchandise sales, a $25 fee is applied to the Final Invoice for each event during which merchandise is sold. The organizer is responsible for providing the cash box and staff to conduct sales. Note that all book sales must be conducted by the University Book Center. Please contact the operations manager with any questions.

How can I put a slide on the monitors?

Faculty and staff are invited to advertise student opportunities and resources by submitting a slide via go.umd.edu/esjscreens.

Slides may only

  1. Advertise events happening in ESJ.

  2. OR

  3. Promote content that is relevant to the general student population and is related to learning or teaching. Slides run for up to three weeks and can take up to a week to be posted after submission. Please use the templates when designing your slide.