The Architecture & Engineering and Construction Services groups in Facilities Management coordinate all projects involving new campus construction and renovation. Information and images of campus construction projects completed within the last five years are provided below.
The construction of the largest academic building in the history of TU's campus was completed in two phases. The first phase, completed in August 2009, included the design and construction of 100,000 square feet of the nearly 300,000 square foot building, as well as the expansion of the campus's Central Utility Plant to provide the necessary infrastructure to support campus growth. Phase two encompassed the construction of the additional 193,000 gross square feet which connected to phase one to complete the building.
Anchored by two large open atriums, the LEED Gold-certified building houses general purpose classrooms and computer labs for classes containing between 25 and 90 students. The building contains faculty and departmental offices, meeting rooms, study lounges and a small café. It also provides much-needed specialization space to support the Psychology Department, including an animal vivarium, research space, observation rooms, and a children’s clinic.
The first two phases of the nearly 1300 bed West Village Housing complex are complete, with additional phases outlined in the campus master plan. The first phase of the project opened in August 2008 and created two residential buildings in the area west of Osler Drive, near the Towson Run Apartments. The buildings, known as Paca House and Tubman House, were financed using a public-private partnership and contain nearly 160,000 square feet of space and approximately 650 beds for freshman and sophomore students. Phase two of the project created two additional residence halls, Douglass House and Barton House, which are mirror images of the phase one buildings but were constructed with system funding. All four buildings contain single and double-occupancy rooms as well as communal lounges, study space, meeting rooms and community centers. The buildings offer wireless internet and sound mitigation systems to reduce the transfer of noise between rooms.
The LEED-certified West Village Commons building is an 85,000 gross square foot mixed-use facility that supports the residential population of the campus's West Village precinct. The building features dining, retail, meeting, office and other student service spaces that enhance the area’s living and learning environment, contribute to the development of its community, and serve as a central gathering space for residential students. Construction on the project began in summer 2009 and was completed in August 2011.
The West Village Garage is a 489,000 square-foot parking facility located west of the Towson Run Apartments in the West Village precinct of campus. Construction on the six-story garage began in August 2010 and finished in August 2011, providing 1,500 parking spaces for TU students, faculty/staff and visitors. The garage also features LED lighting, which consumes 50% less electricity than standard garage fixtures.
Completed Winter 2012
This project includes the development of a new campus gateway off of Towsontown Boulevard near Burdick Hall. Marked by brick pillars and a large, open plaza, the gateway will serve as a major campus access route, giving Towson University's campus the main entrance that it's always lacked. The gateway is designed to give campus visitors a sense of arrival and serve as an entry point for the entire campus community.