Last week, the first group of Montgomery College staff transitioned to the College’s new Central Services Building (CT), located at 9221 Corporate Boulevard in Rockville. The 115,000 square-foot, four-story building will provide modern and efficient space for 440 employees in Information Technology, Advancement and Community Engagement, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and other administrative functions.

By consolidating these services into one location, the College eliminates costly leases at 40 West Gude Drive and 15400 Calhoun Drive. This consolidation is projected to save the College approximately $40 million over 20 years. The move will also allow the Mannakee Building, located on the corner of Hungerford Drive and Mannakee Street just steps from the Rockville Campus entrance, to be repurposed to serve students with instructional and counseling space. The Mannakee Building formerly housed Central Services.

“With our educational mission in mind, Gensler designed an attractive, functional, and cost-efficient workspace that met our programmatic and operational needs in a new working environment,” said Dr. Janet Wormack, senior vice president for Administrative and Fiscal Services. “The move reduces operational redundancies, supports Montgomery College’s growth initiatives, saves costs, and enhances efficiency.”

Features of the CT Building include:

cost-saving interior office design that aligns with the designs of MC’s campus instructional buildings
spacious, naturally lit, innovative workspaces
collaborative spaces for meetings, trainings, and conferences that have a touch-screen reservation system
areas showcasing Montgomery College student artwork
enhanced building security features with a proximity card entry system
direct campus connection via the Montgomery College shuttle system
technology as a focus with secure Wi-Fi access, digital messaging boards, and modern conference rooms
ample parking, including an outdoor Montgomery College lot and a shared garage
direct access to major roadways (I-270, I-370, and the ICC)

The building was purchased with support of the Montgomery College Foundation and is in line with the County’s request for the College to continue to find ways to reduce costs and increase savings.

“Through the support of our county and state partners, and the generous contributions from local businesses, foundations, community leaders, and alumni, the Montgomery College Foundation is thrilled to have been able to play a role in directly affecting student, staff and faculty success at MC,” said Kenneth H. Becker, chair of the Montgomery College Foundation.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 115 areas of study.

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