Cecil College, Physical Education Center Complex

North East, Maryland

Now the largest gathering space on campus, the multipurpose Physical Education Complex far exceeds the limited scope of its predecessor. Objectives of the expansion project, which increased the building area by 71 percent, included promoting long-term health and wellness; incorporating new academic programs; and encouraging commuter student participation ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$395.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities campus.

The complex offers a variety of flexible spaces, including a new exterior amphitheater for formal and informal activities. It also accommodates intercollegiate athletic events and fitness programs, wellness-related classes, group study and collaborative learning, student clubs, summer camps, luncheons and receptions, commencement and community events, and just hanging out with friends. The additional space also accommodates new academic programs in more traditional lab/classroom settings.

The building’s location at the junction of the existing campus and an area planned for expansion make it a focal point and a vertical transition on the hillside campus. An extensive glass facade wraps around the building to promote the see-and-be-seen social component important to campus life. The glass walls are designed carefully to provide daylighting and enhance safety by promoting visibility while minimizing energy loss.