As Cecil College celebrates 50 years of service to Cecil County and looking to the future, there have been many “master plans” that have molded the institution into what it is today. One of those master plans was unveiled to the college’s board of trustees on Tuesday, July 26, 1994.
A conceptual drawing of Cecil Community College, as it was known then, was created by Probst-Mason, Inc. of Baltimore. Present for the presentation were members of the board, college president, Dr. Robert L. Gell, and State Senator, William Amoss (D-Cecil), who was instrumental in assisting the college’s growth.
This master plan was commissioned due to the steady increase in enrollment, creating the need for additional classroom space and parking on the North East Campus. Taken into consideration was building concepts, the flow of traffic, site concepts and the campus layout. During the presentation, the architects addressed the entrance to the campus with a proposal of clearing roadway underbrush and better defining the roadway as the entrance to the school.
The plan addressed traffic flow and the reorienting of the central parking area to create an additional 70 spaces within the lot’s existing boundaries. A tree-lined drive through the center of the parking lot would add to the aesthetics of the campus and take some of the traffic stress away from the existing driveway which ran past the physical education and activities building before 1994.
The architects felt the college needed to expand the maintenance facility on the north side of the campus, stating that, within the larger maintenance facility, the college could house records and some technical programs which would be displaced by the next construction project. That proposed construction project was a 56,500 Sq. Ft. career building that would have sat where the Technology Center is today.
The building concept proposed in the master plan featured three diamond-shaped sections, fronting on the commons area with the wooded area and stream as a backdrop. It recommended a lot of windows to allow the building to take advantage of the site. The plan also included an addition to the physical education and activities building which would include a pool, an outdoor theater between the physical education and activities building and the proposed career building, and some additional parking areas which would eventually result in a total of nearly 750 parking spaces at the college.
Some of these proposals eventually made it into the final master plan, with many others modified to what exists on the North East Campus today. The previous master plan was in 1986.