Mr. Penland is currently a registered landscape architect and a Principal at Rundell Ernstberger Associates, where he manages a variety of projects from the early stages of initial design throughout construction administration. Beginning his experience with REA as an intern, Cecil has been an integral part of several projects including streetscapes, parks, commercial and campus developments, and an array of master planning efforts. These projects have ranged from small, site specific projects to large, comprehensive planning studies, and have entailed the development of presentation graphics, 3D models, site designs, cost estimates, construction documents, and construction administration.
Cecil has been project manager on a variety of projects at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, including the site design for several residence halls, streetscapes, and the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. Additionally, Cecil has also managed a variety of projects for Indiana University including the regional campuses master land use plans, the IU Kokomo Commencement Pavilion, and most recently, a seventy foot tall gateway tower located at the prominent intersection of Dunn Street and SR 46 at IU’s Bloomington campus.
Having also been project manager on a variety of municipal projects, Mr. Penland has been heavily involved in several new park developments and existing park renovations. To note a few, Cecil managed the renovation of Tuhey Park, located in Muncie, Indiana, to refurbish an existing competitive size swimming pool and water slide and to construct a new zero depth pool, splash park, and bathhouse. This project required the coordination of multiple consultants including aquatic, structural, electrical, and mechancial engineers, as well as architects. Additionally, Mr. Penland managed the development of the City of Muncie’s Canan Commons, a downtown urban park containing a premier outdoor performance pavilion and showcasing green technologies including solar lights and panels, pervious pavements, and rain gardens. The park is now actively used during the summer months for a regular occurring concert series and for various festivals throughout the year.
Currently, Cecil is managing the development of a new park located on the east side of Muncie’s downtown. This facility will act as a gateway in to the downtown, and will showcase public art and serve as an extension of the adjacent Fireman’s Park, and as an outdoor classroom and performance area for the Cornerstone Center for the Arts, a prominent facility across the street from the park that supports and encourages various forms of art within the community. Additionally, Cecil recently completed construction drawings for a new urban park located in downtown Richmond, Indiana. A result of the Stellar Community Grant that the City was awarded and that Rundell Ernstberger Associates aided the City in applying for, this new downtown amenity will showcase elements including a performance pavilion, gathering lawn, spray plaza, restroom facility, farmer’s market and solar canopy, and multi-functional open space. This park will be a heavily programmed space that will encourage activity and reinvestment in downtown.
Mr. Penland has also been involved in, managed, or is currently managing several planning efforts throughout the State of Indiana. These include the development of a new shared use trail in the Town of Spencer, Indiana to connect the community’s YMCA to McCormick’s Creek State Park, and the development of a cultural trail in Muncie, Indiana to link the City’s four cultural districts. Additionally, Cecil has managed downtown revitalization plans for communities in Indiana including Alexandria, Daleville, and Rochester, and has assisted in the development of revitalization plans for the communities of Greenfield, Kewanna, and currently Spencer and Portland. As a result of the planning effort in Dalevile, Cecil is currently managing the development of a new town park that will aid in the redevelopment of downtown and attract new visitors and residents to the community.