Community College of Baltimore County Mathematics & Science Hall

Catonsville, MD

Lecture halls, planetarium, study rooms, student lounge, offices, conference rooms
Biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics laboratories
LEED Silver Certified
Managing Firm: GWWO Architects; Design Architect: Ellenzweig
Community College of Baltimore County
Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration, Building Information Modeling

The new Mathematics and Science Hall at CCBC celebrates the sciences and provides a striking transition between the adjacent campus loop road and parking and the campus interior and academic quad. Serving as a central gathering and circulation space, a two-story glass atrium connects both spaces and students, unifying the renovated former library and new addition.  

Massing of the new complex is broken down into three components: atrium, planetarium, and laboratories. Field stone, brick, and zinc—materials found throughout campus—are expressed in horizontal lines and clad the laboratory volume, further breaking down its mass, while playing against the vertical drum form of the planetarium to create a dynamic asymmetrical composition. Field stone was chosen as a nod to the historicity of the campus, while the zinc is a modern interpretation of traditional zinc cladding on farm buildings, such as tin roofs. 

The new facility, which is physically a gateway to the quad, also serves as a metaphorical gateway to workforce and career success. CCBC is providing the opportunity for students who may otherwise not go to, or go back to, school to learn in the highest quality collegiate space with advanced technology they would find at four year, specialized institutions. 

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—Sam Beeghley, Project Manager, Community College of Baltimore County