The Kinesiology Department has grown to be McDaniel College’s largest major. Previously sharing a classroom and office spaces within the athletics facilities of the Gill Physical Education Learning Center, the department was in desperate need of new and larger facilities. Without expanding the building footprint, the innovative team at Marshall Craft Associates was able to find new space within the building to house state-of-the-art facilities for the department. Through excavation and underpinning of the original 1930’s gymnasium building, an additional 9,000 square feet of space was created to house the faculty offices, three laboratories, and a seminar room. By enclosing an underutilized seating mezzanine, three large classrooms were developed with operable glass walls overlooking the existing competition athletic courts. Through careful planning, significant acoustic separations have been provided between the gymnasiums and new spaces, allowing greater flexibility of space use than was previously available. Finish upgrades to both gymnasiums complete the fresh update of the Gill Center complex. The highly collaborative relationship between Marshall Craft Associates and the Construction Management team allowed the project to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
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