It’s the end of an era…or perhaps just the beginning. This week, TU welcomed students into four new campus buildings and a parking garage which represent the culmination of nearly a decade of planning, design and construction. Below, we take a look at each project and how far we’ve come.
College of Liberal Arts – Then
In April 2007, the university was tearing down the more than 70 year old Lida Lee Tall building to make way for CLA, which was then just a blip on the horizon.
College of Liberal Arts – Now
The ribbon cutting for the university’s first academic building in more than 30 years was held with much fanfare this Wednesday. A range of faculty, staff, students, administrators and local and statewide governmental officials attended the ceremony, which was held in the west gallery of the more than 300,000 square foot, 80-plus classroom building. Speeches were given by interim Provost Terry Cooney, Interim President Marcia Welsh, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, USM Regent Orlan Johnson, First Lady (and TU alumna) Katie O’Malley and current CLA student Kelly Mitchell.
West Village Commons – Then
In October 2007, work was underway on phase I of West Village Housing but the future site of the Commons building remained untouched.
West Village Commons – Now
Watch out, Union—there’s a new guy in town. With Einstein’s Bagels, Jamba Juice, Coyote Jacks, Outtakes and an all-you-can-eat dining facility, the West Village Commons is quickly becoming a hub of campus activity. The 85,000 square foot building opened this week and has already become home to a variety of events and activities. An official ribbon cutting will be held next Wednesday, but in the meantime, don’t hesitate to stop by for a meal or just to check out the new “Union of the West.”
West Village Housing – Then
At the groundbreaking for phase one of the West Village Housing project, the only structure standing west of Enrollment Services was Towson Run Apartments.
West Village Housing – Now
First there were two, now there are four…residence halls, that is. Residents of phase two of the West Village Housing project moved into Barton and Douglass Houses this week. The two new buildings contain more than 600 beds and serve as mirror images of the Paca and Tubman Houses constructed during phase one of the project. These four houses, combined with Towson Run and Millennium, are giving the Towers a run for their money when it comes to the biggest residential area on campus. Enjoy a great view of the buildings from the second or third levels of West Village Commons.
West Village Garage – Then
In September 2010, the grounds of the future garage were being cleared to make way for construction.
West Village Garage – Now
A new 1,500 space parking garage is now open in the West Village area of campus to accommodate events, staff, resident students and commuter students accessing the campus via Charles Street/Towsontown Boulevard. The six-story garage boasts nearly 500,000 square feet of parking space, and features LED lighting, which consumes 50% less electricity than standard garage fixtures.
For more information about campus construction projects, go to www.towson.edu/construction.