Coming soon to Remington: A new innovation hub
When Johns Hopkins students return next fall, they’ll find a new space in Remington devoted to turning the seeds of their creative ideas—their inventions, startups, crafts, and robotics—into reality.
Across the street from the popular eatery R. House, a brand new innovation hub called FastForward U Homewood will feature a high-tech makerspace with tools for 3-D printing, laser-cutting, metalsmithing, and woodworking, in addition to various spaces for events and co-working.
Construction will wrap up up this summer to transform the former factory building at the corner of W. 29th Street and Remington Avenue, once known as “The Grey Ghost,” into a 10,000-square-foot work and play space for Johns Hopkins. The hub is scheduled to open at the start of fall semester, offering 24/7 secure access to all JHU students.
“This will be an extracurricular space for all levels of exploration, from casual experimenters to seasoned entrepreneurs and inventors,” says Brian Stansky, senior director of the FastForward program at Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures, which manages the new facility.
In addition to the dedicated 2,000-square-foot makerspace, run by the Whiting School of Engineering, the floor plan carves out spaces large and small for conferences, group meet-ups, and independent work. One open area has room for more than 100 movable seats, along with a large projector wall for video screenings and presentations. Another space will function as a café and lounge.