Monday marked the official opening of Marshall and Carroll Halls located north of Towson Run apartments in the campus’s West Village. The building openings were celebrated with an open house in Marshall Hall that included remarks by President Schatzel, refreshments and self-guided tours.
The new residence halls will serve as home to 700 sophomore, junior and senior students, bringing the West Village residential population to nearly 3,000. The buildings have a combined 325,500 gross square feet of apartment-style accommodations. Apartments are a mix of two and four bedroom units with private bedrooms featuring full beds, shared bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room all with ample natural light. Each floor has communal lounges as well as meeting rooms for studying. The buildings’ multipurpose rooms have wall-to-wall digital screens, a new feature on campus.
In addition to student accommodations, Marshall Hall contains office space for Housing & Residence Life, located directly across from the West Village parking garage. A large grass plaza was also created outside the buildings just off the main promenade, with space for recreation and seating walls for students to meet friends or study.
To prepare the buildings for move-in, more than 5,000 pieces of furniture were brought up just two elevators—one in each building. The university received special permission to stage 60 tractor trailers containing the furniture along Cross Campus drive this July—a massive planning effort that enabled the buildings to open on time.
Construction on the buildings began in fall 2014. Both residence halls were built in adherence with sustainable design and construction standards and are expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.
Written by Pamela Gorsuch. Image by Kanji Takeno.