UMBC Retriever Athletic Center

Originally built in 1969, the UMBC Retriever Athletic Center recently received an extensive renovation to modernize and increase the flexibility of program spaces.  The RAC, which serves as an athletic and wellness hub for students on campus, had become inefficient, with aging infrastructure and systems.  Completed in 2021, the renovation accommodates a wider array of recreational programs, upgraded security and surveillance systems, improved building circulation, and increased accessibility and code compliance.  The project also incorporated a variety of green principles to increase energy efficiency.  CEI provided full civil and structural designs for this project, which included utility and systemic upgrades, interior space reconfigurations, and site circulation improvements.


  • Building structural designs included roof replacement, support for systemic upgrades, and modifications to provide new spaces for weight training, cardiovascular exercise, and locker rooms
  • Civil designs included extensive utility upgrades for electrical, water, and sanitary services, as well as a new ADA-accessible ramp and new service courtyard
  • Phased construction allowed for continued use of the building to maintain a regular schedule of campus recreation activities