Towson University (TU) has broken ground on a construction project along York Road in Maryland, US that will transform both the university campus and one of TU’s growing colleges.
The $180m science complex is expected to be completed in 2020.
The 320,000ft² academic and research space will be the largest academic area on TU’s campus, consisting of more than 50 teaching laboratories, 30 research laboratories, and 50 classrooms supporting mentor-based teaching and modern scientific research.
The modern facility will prepare TU students to become well-educated, highly-skilled graduates ready to take their places in workforce and leadership positions.
Although one in five TU students elects a major inside Fisher College, most TU students will also take classes in the new complex to fulfil core requirements.
It will be constructed to meet TU’s green building standards and is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.
The science complex is part of renovation and new construction projects that will transform the TU campus. Earlier in 2018, a 94,000ft² expansion to Burdick Hall was opened, and renovation of Residence Tower is ongoing.
The TU administration has also announced a major renovation to the University Union.
In addition, the university officials are working to secure funding and approvals for a College of Health Professions (CHP) building.
TU president Kim Schatzel said: “Our new science complex will house STEM faculty who are the architects of opportunity. We are producing Maryland’s next generation of science and health care professionals, and we are proud to provide the fuel for Maryland’s economies in those in-demand fields.
“This complex will not only support excellent faculty and students but also the achievements of the degree programmes in the College of Health Professions.
“Fisher and CHP have grown 120% over the last 10 years and together they produce 40% of our graduates. We are the No 1 producer of health care professionals and STEM graduates, more than any other public or private institution in the state.”