(Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

As the official integration of Maryland and Rutgers into its ranks continues and the welcome date draws near, the Big Ten took one more step toward accommodating the East Coast schools on Thursday, announcing the construction of a second league office in New York City, which will open on June 1, exactly one month before the Terrapins and Scarlet Knights officially join the league.

The office, located in Midtown Manhattan at 900 Third Ave., will be manned by three staff members, according to a news release, which also promised that commissioner Jim Delany and senior staff “will maintain a presence in both the New York City office and the conference’s current headquarters located in Rosemont, Ill.” Member schools can meet there when East Coast business demands it, the release said.

The Big Ten will also have access to a satellite office in Washington.

“We are excited to be on the East Coast and to open a second office in New York City,” Delany said in a statement. “With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, we have become a conference with a significant presence in two regions of the country. While the space will be utilized full time by Big Ten staff, it will also be open to our member institutions conducting business in the city. New York is one of the world’s greatest cities, and this provides an opportunity for connecting with our many conference partners, media and alumni in that area.”

Said Maryland President Wallace Loh: “The Big Ten has been a terrific partner as we have prepared to join the conference. The establishment of offices on the East Coast is just another example of their ongoing outreach efforts. The University of Maryland draws students from across the country and the world, but the region between College Park and New York City is especially important to us. We’re glad that the Big Ten will have an expanded presence on the East Coast.”