Towson University has broken ground on two new residential facilities that will add 700 student beds to campus upon opening in summer 2016.
The buildings comprise phases 3 and 4 of the West Village Housing project. Combined, they will contain 325,500 gross square feet of apartment-style accommodations for upper level students. The phases are being constructed simultaneously to address the high demand for on-campus housing and achieve economies of scale in the construction process.
“Affordable and convenient housing is at a premium on our growing campus,” said Towson University Vice President for Administration and Finance Joe Oster. “With 700 beds in two state-of-the-art facilities, this project is a win for our students, for the surrounding community, and for the campus as a whole—it marks the completion of construction in the western portion of West Village per the Campus Master Plan.”
The nine- and 11-story residence halls will have a mix of two- and four-bedroom units. Each bedroom is single-occupancy, with shared bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room. Each floor will have communal lounges as well as meeting rooms for studying. They will be located on Emerson Drive west of the university’s Towson Run Apartments and Douglass House in the burgeoning West Village precinct of campus, which already contains six residence halls with more than 2,100 student beds; a Commons facility with dining areas, student service space and meeting rooms; and a 1,500-space parking garage.
The project is being constructed with $85 million in auxiliary bonds. Like all new buildings on TU’s campus, it will be built in adherence with sustainable design and construction standards and is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.
By Pamela Gorsuch