Retriever Activities Center Renovation | University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Baltimore, Maryland
Construction Cost: $24 million
Area / Square Feet: 133,643 SF
Occupancy Date: August 2021

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County sought to renovate and enhance its outdated Retriever Activities Center (RAC) in an effort to revitalize and accommodate immediate demands for recreation and wellness activities, while planning for the future inclusion of health services and counseling.

By simplifying and reimagining a new lobby and check-in experience for students and staff, the new facility exhibits a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. The project adds approximately 10,000 square feet of cardio and weight training space, including a new functional fitness area overlooking the main arena court. A new track at the mezzanine balcony level of the main arena gym serves daily rec use, in addition to providing practice space for the track team in the winter months.

Refurbished retractable bleachers give the RAC the ability to host events in the main gym, while the rest of the facility remains open for simultaneous rec use. The integration of program elements such as relaxation and cardio adjacent to or within circulation areas leads to higher spatial efficiencies. Flexible, multipurpose spaces designed with many functions and users in mind allow for the overlap of programs and utilization for building users and club sports teams. The RAC engages students, faculty and staff, providing more programs and activities with a focus on fitness and wellness.


Marshall Craft Associates Inc.

Baltimore, Md.



Watertown, Mass.


Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball

Beynon Sports

Locker/Shower - Lockers

Columbia Lockers

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics

Connor Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems


Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment

Ecore Athletic

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose

Ecore Athletic

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center

Ecore Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains

Jakob Rope Webnet

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting

Litecontrol Mod

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment


Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track


Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment


Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding

PSS Performance Gared

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions

Scranton Products

Locker/Shower - Flooring


Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors

SUITMATE by Extractor Corp.

Locker/Shower - Lockers

Longhorn Lockers

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose