CCBC Essex breaks ground on major renovation of its Wellness and Athletics Center

Jun 09, 2022 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.610.3246 (cell)

Community College of Baltimore County, Essex is kicking off major renovations of its Wellness and Athletics Center with a groundbreaking ceremony, 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 7210 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore, Md. Construction begins early summer.

Built in 1972, the CCBC Essex Wellness and Athletics Center currently houses programs in the Schools of Wellness, Education, Behavioral and Social Science, Arts and Communication, and Continuing Education and Economic Development. An 8,000-square-foot addition will be added to the building for a new fitness center, along with plans to renovate approximately 6,500 square feet on the existing mezzanine level to create two large dance studios with changing space, faculty offices and a restroom. In addition, renovations of approximately 7,000 square feet on the main level will re-organize the Athletics program support spaces, corridors and lobbies to integrate the new fitness center.

The $16.8M project, which was funded by the state of Maryland and Baltimore County government, will provide a state-of-the-art facility for CCBC dance students, a vastly improved and expanded fitness center for the entire campus community as well as reorganized and efficient training and equipment storage/distribution spaces that support educational, recreational and competitive athletics programs. The project is slated for completion and occupancy during the 2023 fall semester.

“We are thankful to our partners on the state and county level who made funding available to begin construction on this 50-year-old building,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “The planned renovations for the Wellness and Athletic Center will truly enhance the overall experience for anyone who steps into this facility. Not only will the building be more aesthetically pleasing, it will also be a more functional learning space for students.”


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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, nearly 50,000 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. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2021 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

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