The new 256,000 sf Physical Education Complex, Facilities Management/Public Safety Building (PEC/FMPS) at Coppin State University is a major part of a long awaited and significant campus improvement program. The new PEC/FMPS continues an exciting era of growth for the University.
The new 4,100-seat arena is the most dramatic feature of the new complex. It also includes a 2-court gymnasium, group exercise rooms, a dance studio, weights, fitness, racquetball courts, classrooms, offices, trade shops, a soccer field, a 400-meter track, softball field and tennis courts. Classrooms, technology and engineering classrooms, faculty offices, meeting rooms and common areas for public use, athletic facilities, technology support rooms, and a TV/Radio studio are also provided. The Public Safety & Administration Building, houses all public safety operations. Associate Architect: Sasaki Associates.
As the University grows, it expands into the urban area surrounding the campus requiring a balance of creating a cohesive education campus while integrating with the neighboring community.
The building design and orientation purposefully anchors the northern edge of the university property, while providing views from the neighborhood into the campus. A ‘floating roof’ created with large windows along the sides of the arena facing the neighborhood create transparency to the neighborhood. The two wings of the building create a new academic zone and define the university’s edge with the neighboring community.