Center for Allied Health and Athletics

Program Statement Summary


In accordance with the Chesapeake College 10 Year Facilities Master Plan, approved by the Board of Trustees and the Maryland Higher Education Commission in 2007, the college is moving forward with an entire renovation of the Physical Education/Gymnasium/Pool Building. The building, including the gymnasium and pool sections, has 25,894 Net Square Feet (NSF), including 24,987 NSF in athletic space and 907 NSF of office space. The entire building is 37,611 Gross Square Feet (GSF). The Physical Education/Gymnasium section of the building was constructed in 1968 and the Pool section was added in 1976. The facility is the last of the original five buildings on campus to be completely renovated.

The project was included in the master plan as the Number 1 priority along with the renovation of the humanities classroom building which was completed in Summer 2010. An evaluation of the building in addition to the other pressing current needs of the college reveal the following four major factors supporting this proposal:

  • The Physical Education/ Gymnasium section of the building is 41 years old. It has never had a major renovation or update. The building's systems are well past their useful life and continue to be a drain on the financial and personal resources of the college to keep them operational.
  • The pool is 31 years old. It is currently operating through an agreement with Queen Anne's County. This space should be reallocated to other higher priorities consistent with the mission of the college.
  • It is imperative that the college find replacement space on campus for the allied health programs currently housed at Shore Health System's Memorial Hospital at Easton. For the past 12 years, the hospital has provided space for the allied health programs at the hospital site. At this time Shore Health System is finalizing plans for construction of a new and larger hospital in Talbot County. The availability of adequate space for the allied health programs to grow and meet the demands of the community is out of the control of the college.
  • The current space at the hospital is undersized and has limited the growth in high-demand programs and the expansion of credit and non-credit programs in the health care area of study. Additionally, all the allied health programs (credit and non-credit) should be centralized in order to most effectively and efficiently use faculty, staff, equipment, instructional laboratories, instructional equipment, and other resources of the college. Bringing these programs to the main campus by providing space in a new Center for Allied Health and Athletics will also provide an opportunity to meet some continuing shortfalls in classroom, conferencing, and office space desperately needed on the main campus.

The Project

In addition to renovating the physical education/gymnasium section of the building and replacing the pool with usable multipurpose activity space, the project proposal includes a 45,872 GSF addition to the building to bring all of the allied health credit and non-credit programs to the main campus. These programs are currently housed primarily at Shore Health System's Memorial Hospital at Easton. The hospital has provided in-kind space for these programs for over 12 years. The hospital is in the planning stages to construct a new and larger hospital to better meet the needs of this growing and aging community. Shore Health System will not be able to provide space in the new setting without a significant capital investment by the college. It is expected that this mutually beneficial relationship between Shore Health System and Chesapeake College will continue. Bringing these programs on campus will result in an additional 20 employees, over 250 credit students, and over 150 non-credit students being on the main campus every semester.

In an attempt to bring all allied health education courses and programs to one location and take advantage of dedicated laboratory and teaching spaces to support multiple courses and programs, the new facility would also house the Massage Therapy credit program and the Certified Nursing Assistant non-credit program, both currently offered in Cambridge. The space would also be used to provide general education credit courses in wellness, stress management, nutrition, and other health and wellness topics. Centralizing these programs provides for the most effective and efficient use of very specific instructional equipment, lab and teaching space, faculty and instructional staff.

Providing space for all of the health and wellness programs in the reallocated and renovated pool area and the new construction space, and renovating the gymnasium and other athletic space are the primary objectives in the proposal but this space will also help meet the overall college shortfall in classroom space, conference space, and office space. Additionally, by bringing together all allied health opportunities into one location, the college will make the best use of its personnel, educational, financial and other resources while minimizing administrative and operational costs and providing a more comprehensive college experience for allied health students.

This project brings together general education courses in physical education (primarily wellness, stress management, and nutrition), credit allied health associate, certificate and letters of recognition degrees, non-credit programs and courses, as well as one of the highest quality athletics programs in the state, in one facility aptly named The Center for Allied Health and Athletics.

The college athletics program will continue to be housed in the renovated gymnasium section of the building. The college recognizes the importance of modernizing the athletics facilities in order to continue to attract and retain students through their desire to be involved in a collegiate athletic program. This type of student engagement has not only brought a significant number of under-represented students to campus but has also had a positive impact on their ability to succeed at the community college level and beyond. The college is committed to continuing to provide a strong athletic program in support of its educational mission.

Project Cost Detail

Chesapeake College, as one of the state's regional community colleges, receives 75 percent of the capital costs for an approved building project from the state, leaving only 25 percent for the local support counties to fund. This is vastly different from the majority of Maryland community colleges which only have one county supporting them for those institutions, it is a 50-50 split between state and county. Ultimately, this is a great benefit to Chesapeake College's five support counties. The funding breakdown over the next three fiscal years is as follows:

Year Project College Share County Share State Share Total Cost
2012 Design $686,559 $0 $2,059,676 $2,746,235
2013 Construction $0 $8,001,551 $24,004,654 $32,006,205
2014 Furniture & Equipment $0 $537,500 $1,312,500 $1,850,000
  Total $686,559 $8,539,051 $27,376,830 $36,602,440