Work is ongoing on Cecil College's Engineering and Math Building.
Groundbreaking was April 17, and the 28,683 square feet building is expected to be completed in August, 2014.
It will feature eight labs – four for math, three for general purpose engineering and physics, one for specialized engineering instruction – and two lab prep rooms for engineering and physics.
Eleven faculty offices are being constructed as well as two offices for adjunct instructors.
There will also be a print room, math tutoring center, testing center, conference/distant learning room, faculty work room/kitchenette, group and quiet study areas, and an outdoor terrace.
The building will be monitored by closed circuit television; card access will be required for entrance to the building and classrooms.
The Engineering and Math Building will feature several green design elements:
• The building will be covered by a green vegetated roof.
• Reduced maintenance turf and plantings will be utilized on the grounds.
• Energy efficient lighting and HVAC equipment is being installed and there will be no use of CFC-based refrigerants in the HVAC and refrigerant systems.
• A cistern catchment will enable a portion of the storm water to be retained for non-potable use within the site.
• The project will benefit from an overall reduction of impervious surfaces, which repel rainwater and do not permit it to soak into the ground.
• An energy management dashboard system will allow for monitoring and control of energy usage.
• Natural daylight will be maximized throughout the building.
• Low-flow lavatories and urinals are being installed to reduce water usage.
Many of the project’s components will enhance the students’ academic experience, including a distant learning/teaching system, hi-tech smart boards in the classroom labs, learning dashboards on building operation systems, and wireless access throughout.
Wind turbines, solar panels and a weather station will benefit both the functioning of the building as well as the educational aspect.
Cecil College’s 2009 revised 10-year Campus Master Plan reinforced the need to construct a 28,000 gross square foot Engineering and Math Building to support the educational and training requirements of the high-tech industries, and their employees, located in Cecil County.
The building will provide space for expanding course offerings by Cecil in engineering, math and physics, which will enhance transfer opportunities for its students and greatly support the rapidly growing degree programs in engineering.
It will also help the college continue to promote the STEM initiative of beginning to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while they are in middle school.
The project features the construction of a new three-story building on the North East campus on space currently occupied by vacant grounds and parking lots. The exterior of the building will be comprised of block stone and glass walls with green roofing trays over an SBS-modified bituminous membrane roof. This project also entails considerable site work and the addition of 262 parking spaces.
As required by Maryland state law, the building is being constructed to attain LEED silver certification. This would be the first building in Cecil County to receive such a designation.
The architect was Marshall Craft Associates, Baltimore, and the construction manager is Riparius Construction, Inc., Hunt Valley.
The total cost of the project is $23,492,000 which includes $1,723,000 for design, $19,722,000 for construction, and $2,047,000 for furniture and equipment.
A Maryland Community College Grant Program is funding 62.9 percent ($14,776,000) of the project with the remaining $8,716,000 coming from the Cecil County Capital Improvement Program.