CCBC hosts ribbon-cutting for restored Hilton Center

Jan 16, 2018 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

CCBC treasure gets new life with $6.5 million renovation

Baltimore County, MD – Community College of Baltimore County will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 – 11:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 22 at CCBC Catonsville to mark the reopening of the Hilton Center. Formerly the Hilton Mansion, this historic building received a much needed renovation at a cost of approximately $6.5 million which restored the building‘s original elegance and increased its functionality. Tours of the building will immediately follow the ribbon-cutting.

Built in the early 17th century, the Hilton Center is one of the college’s most treasured buildings. Its renovation was at the center of CCBC’s New Beginnings campaign, the college’s first comprehensive public/private campaign which raised $57 million to support not only the Hilton Center’s renovation, but also academic programs, student scholarships and faculty professional development.

Previously used as administrative offices, the newly restored Hilton Center is now better suited to be utilized by students and the community. CCBC’s Center for Global Education and the college’s Honors Program will now be housed in the Hilton Center. Eventually, the Center will also serve as a meeting, special events and reception venue that can be used by both internal and external communities.

“Having seen the renovation from start to finish has been remarkable,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “Maintaining the historical charm while also ensuring the design was functional for students as well as the community was a challenge; but, I think we accomplished that in the end. I am confident our students will enjoy learning in this space and we look forward to making the Hilton Center more accessible to the community.”

Students also had a hand in the renovation project. Nine CCBC interior design students lent their creative talents to the décor of the Hilton Center’s second floor. Led by former CCBC Interior Design Program Coordinator Linda Kimball, the students were tasked with selecting and recommending wall, ceiling and floor finishes along with window treatments and decorative finishes for the Hilton Center’s second floor. The students also collaborated with CCBC Facilities in the planning and construction stages which gave them valuable experience in seeing a design project from concept to completion.

A new special feature leading up to the Hilton Center’s entryway is an engraved brick walkway. The walkway, a fundraising initiative sponsored by the New Beginning Campaign, allowed donors to personalize a message on a brick which would give them a unique and commemorative way of being a part of the Hilton Center renovation. The college will continue to install commemorative bricks in the New Beginnings walkway until completed.

Additionally, CCBC is forging a partnership with the Catonsville Historical Society. Plans are in the works to host a rotating display within the building filled with local artifacts. Just one more way of highlighting the history of the building, the town of Catonsville and serving as a resource to the community.

“Completing the Hilton Center renovations as we closed out 2017 was the perfect way to end our New Beginnings Campaign and our 60th anniversary celebrations,” said President Kurtinitis. “This restoration has given the Hilton Center new life and created a welcoming and inspiring environment for the college and the greater local community.”

For more information, or to purchase a commemorative brick for the New Beginnings walkway email athornton2@ccbcmd.edu.

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About the Community College of Baltimore County (www.ccbcmd.edu)
Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, more than 63,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction and transportation. CCBC is nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies, among the nation’s top associate degree producers, and designated as a Military Times Best College 2018.

CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.