Decker Student Center v2.0
After decades of solid service, the Decker Student Center at McDaniel College is in need of new looks, function and feel. Foodservice venues need to be modernized and upgraded, new student gathering and activity opportunities need to be provided, and more accessible student support space is required. Not to mention the typical infrastructure, code and energy efficiency upgrades necessary in the modernization of an aging facility.
MCA is working with College staff and students to redefine the student experience in this central campus activity hub. Following on tremendous success with MCA’s design for the renovation of the main Englar Dining Hall, our design team is creating a more integrated, relevant and modernized facility, working with the program ingredients of student activity, gaming, and meeting spaces, bookstore, a satellite dining venue, a convenience store and student support services. MCA is teamed with Colburn & Guyette, accomplished foodservice consultants out of Boston, noted nationally for their recent work at Boston University.
Newcomer Hall tops out
The exterior restoration and interior renovation of historic Newcomer Hall at the Maryland School for the Blind hit a milestone in September, 2018 with completion of much of the exterior envelope restoration. Following Department of the Interior Guidelines and as approved by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), the exterior facade of the c: 1910 masonry façade has undergone a complete restoration, now reaching completion as removal of the elaborate construction scaffolding, which encased the entire structure, begins.
Newcomer Hall is one of several buildings that MCA has been working on with Maryland School for the Blind for the past three years, as part of a major capital improvements initiative. The MCA designed Andrews Hall re-opened in 2017. Construction on Newcomer Hall and the adjacent Case and Campbell Halls is expected to last through July, 2020.
Crisis Stabilization Center
MCA is currently designing a new 28,000 SF Crisis Stabilization Center to be located in Elkton, Maryland. The vision of the center is to create a peer-driven recovery/resilience based crisis center for a brief stay of one to ten days that uses an integrated approach to address a person’s mental health crisis, substance use challenges, and physical health needs.
The design concept recognizes that peer support is one of the most significant tools that an individual can use on their journey to recovery, resilience, and wellness. The design will utilize a Living Room concept to serve adults seeking voluntary support. The Living Room will have a blended staff of peer support specialist, medical/psychiatric providers, nurses, and behavioral health specialists and will be licensed as a Crisis Residential Service Center.
The second floor of the building will house two outpatient behavioral health clinics to offer a continuum of care to those individuals who have progressed past crisis management.