aerial cda

Have a Question or Comment?

Send an e-mail to the CDA.


The Capital Design Advisory (CDA) is created by St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City to provide an interface for community input to their capital development planning. The CDA is charged to seek public comment in its review of master plan and design proposals for major capital improvement and landscape projects on the St. Mary’s College campus and the grounds of Historic St. Mary’s City. Upon completion of their review, the CDA will provide comments for the adoption, modification, or rejection of proposals to the College Board of Trustees Committee on Buildings and Grounds and/or the HSMC Commission Executive Board. The final review and approval of proposals remains the purview of the College Board of Trustees and the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission, as appropriate.

In its review and formulation of comments, the CDA will focus on the following issues:

  • Quality of design
  • Visual Impact
  • Stewardship of significant historical resources
  • Stewardship of environmental resources
  • Sensitivity to community interests