David Mayhew has been the Director of Architecture and Engineering at Towson University for 12 years. As construction across campus ramps up for summer, we caught up with David to see how the projects are progressing and what future projects are in store for TU.
What construction projects are currently underway?
While everyone sees the major projects on campus, there are usually more than 50 active projects underway at any given time. Many are smaller interior renovation projects that most of the campus community is not aware of. The most visible projects currently underway on campus include:
College of Liberal Arts Building – opening summer 2011
West Village Commons Building – opening summer 2011
West Village Garage – opening summer 2011
West Village Housing: Phase 2, Barton and Douglas Houses – opening summer 2011
Campus Utilities Expansion – completed fall 2011
New Campus Entrance – completed spring 2012
Tiger Arena – opening summer 2013
How are these projects progressing? Are they up to schedule? Ahead of schedule?
All of our projects are currently on schedule. We have allowed time over the summer for move-in and commissioning, so we have some flexibility, but all of our new buildings will be ready for the fall semester.
What features will enable these projects to achieve LEED certification?
All of our major new construction projects will receive a minimum of LEED silver certification. Features that contribute to this certification include energy-efficient air conditioning and heating systems, energy-efficient lighting, and the use of recycled materials, green roofs, environmentally friendly landscaping and storm water control.
What are the next major projects planned for the university? How will they affect vehicular and pedestrian traffic on campus?
While many of our projects are finishing up this summer, the utilities expansion and new entrance project will continue to affect vehicular and pedestrian traffic for the rest of this year. This summer we will begin construction on the Tiger Arena and a major renovation to Richmond and Newell Halls. Later this year we will begin construction on a new Public Safety Building located next to General Services. These projects will all require fenced-off construction areas, but fortunately they are each located on the edge of campus and will not affect traffic and circulation as much as other major projects like CLA.
How will these projects benefit the TU community (including faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members)?
The major benefit and purpose of most of our projects is to provide the additional space and resources necessary for our growth. Our campus population has grown by 25% over the last several years and we need the additional academic space, housing, dining, and parking to accommodate it. We are also advancing the campus master plan to create a more beautiful, efficient, and pedestrian-oriented campus. We are creating state-of-the-art buildings in which our faculty, staff and students can work, live, and learn. We recognize how disruptive construction can be to campus life, but hopefully the results are well worth it.