Cecil College Physical Education Complex Renovation and Expansion

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Cecil College Physical Education Complex Renovation and Expansion

North East, Md. 2012

Project Description

Now the largest gathering space on campus, the multipurpose Physical Education Complex far exceeds the limited scope of its predecessor. The addition adds functional and programmatic dimension and seamless interconnectivity with the existing building, so that at no time does a visitor detect an "old building/new building" dichotomy. The building functionally links the uphill and downhill campus landforms, as well as the college and the community at large.

Designed for optimal flexibility and functionality, the complex offers a variety of multiuse spaces, including a new exterior amphitheater for formal and informal activities; multiple venues for intercollegiate athletics events, and fitness and wellness-related classes; and collaborative gathering spaces for student clubs, summer camps, luncheons, receptions, commencements and community events.

Throughout the building, materials were selected to balance visual impact, functional relevance and performance, environmental responsibility and economic viability. New masonry features provide a contextual link to neighboring structures, while elements of the previous red brick structure are preserved. In the gymnasium, chair-backed bleachers provide comfortable spectator seating during sporting events, academic programs and graduation ceremonies.

Modest edits to the hilly topography created natural outdoor learning spaces, sloping amphitheater seating and new lighting and landscaping standards for the campus.

Project Details

Architect: Marshall Craft Associates Inc.; Baltimore, Md.
PROGRAMMING CONSULTANT: Sports Plan Studio; Kansas City, Mo.
Construction Cost: $19.8 million
Square Feet: 50,070
Occupancy: September 2010