At the October 20 Board of Public Works meeting, Governor Larry Hogan announced that $25.3 million in grant funding was awarded to four Maryland institutions of higher learning.
The recipients — Mount St. Mary’s University, Carroll Community College, Cecil College, and Howard Community College — were approved to receive four individual capital grant agreements, totaling $25.3 million, to support capital projects.
The grants will be administered through the Maryland Department of General Services’ (DGS) Capital Grants division and the Public Schools & Community Colleges Construction Program.
Each of the four schools are using their awards to support critical capital projects, such as replacing, designing, or upgrading building systems and equipment. According to a press release from the Office of the Governor:
Mount St. Mary’s University’s grant totaling $2,900,000 will assist in the design, construction, and equipping of the renovations and new addition to the Knott Academic Center.
Carroll Community College is using their $227,000 grant to replace building systems and a building envelope on the main campus. These systems include the heating and cooling equipment, fire alarm system, as well as the administration building, classrooms, and the great hall. These repairs will result in increased life-safety protection, additional expansion capability, uniform communication and alarms, improved maintenance, troubleshooting, and more reliable systems.
The Cecil College grant totaling $3,776,000 will help provide funds to construct a second, multi-lane entrance and a roadway to connect the campus core, opening the northern acres of campus for emergency service access. The grant will also assist with the demolition of the existing facilities management building and the construction of the new facilities management building.
Through their $18,458,000 grant, Howard Community College plans to replace the existing athletic and fitness center and construct two new buildings that will house the Mathematics and Athletic departments. The new building complex will achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification or other certification programs allowed by the state and Howard County.