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  Cecil Community College Careers Building, Page 56Cecil Community College Careers Building
Architect 
Probst-Mason, Inc., Architects 
3200 Elm Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211


Location: 
North East, Maryland
Total Square Feet: 63,720
Construction Period: Jun 1997 to Apr 1999

Construction Team
General Contractor: ee Murry - 1899 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
Structural Engineer: LPJ/Qodesh, Inc. - 16 West 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates, Inc. - 300 The East Quandrangle Village of Cross Keys, Baltimore, MD 21210
Landscape Architect: Farrand & English, Inc. - 416 Lyman Ave., Baltimore, MD 21212
Cost Estimator: DMS International, Inc. - 10613 Concord St., Kensington, MD 20895


The Careers Building is the first new building designed by Probst-Mason on the campus of the Cecil Community College. Prior commissions included the complete renovation of the Arts & Sciences Building completed in 1995, and a master plan to provide for future expansion, one being the Careers Building.

Regulations of the State Board of Community Colleges require that all projects are selected through a qualifications evaluation and price negotiations. Qualifications were presented, along with a design team that included a civil engineering firm, a structural engineering firm, a mechanical/electrical engineering firm, a telecommunications firm, and an associate architect. 

Through the evaluation and interview process, Probst-Mason was selected from a group of eight submitting firms to design this 62,000-square-foot multi-media facility. Program requirements included spaces for a telecommunications center, video conferencing classrooms, amphitheater, computer/data processing center, allied health and other classrooms, bookstore and dining facility. The facility was to accommodate business and industry groups as well.

The solution for the master plan was developed along with the Arts & Sciences Building and included an elevated walkway that created a large circle tying together four buildings: Arts/Science Building, Library/Student Center, Performing Arts, and the Careers Center. The interior of the elevated circular walk created an outdoor amphitheater seating area that also contains trees and flowering plants bringing the complex into a single unit.

The site falls away from the Careers Building into a large wooded area permitting the opportunity to take advantage of the view both into the woods and into the circular walkway. A four-story facility scheme was developed to reflect the sloping terrain and relationships to other buildings on the site, also defining the"commons" open space central to the campus.

The building was designed and constructed with spaces and equipped to educate both the full-time students of the college, part-time students advancing their careers through instruction in technology, and part-time permit of training for specialties including nursing and electronic technologies. State-of-the-art telecommunications and audio/visual equipment was installed in the instructional spaces, conference center, and auditorium. Voice-data jacks and outlets are located in all spaces, being connected to a central telecommunications room on each floor. The audio/visual system includes suspended video projectors, program audio, integrated digital central panels and speech reinforcement. This system provides the most commonly used audio-visual equipment as a cohesive system, with the potential for integrating special devices on an as-needed basis in the future as instructional and technology requirements change.

The Careers Building also houses approximately 2,430 square feet of state-of-the-art electronic training systems, including 12 semi-trailer driveway simulators for truck driving instruction. The simulators are controlled from an instructor#s panel and interfaced with video projection and audio.

The exterior materials of the technologically developed building match those of the existing campus, except its design character is more monumental. The first level is precast concrete with brick and precast accents topping out the structure. A large glass, two-level entry foyer and student conversation areas overlook the wooded areas. The circular concrete bridge connects to one end of the building through a monumental two-story tower.

Most of the interior spaces including the 250 student stepped presentation/lecture hall are carpeted. The equipment includes state-of-the-art computers and teleconferencing equipment. Colors of the furnishings and finishes were selected by the architects to blend with and enrich the atmosphere.


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