College of Liberal Arts Building makes its debut

Towson's first new academic building in over 30 years on track for LEED-Gold certification

College of Liberal Arts BuildingTOWSON, Md. (Aug. 30, 2011)—Four years in the making and just in time for the fall term, the College of Liberal Arts Building is officially complete and its doors open to students, faculty and staff. The structure is the first new academic building constructed on campus in more than 30 years and expected to achieve gold certification by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for its sustainable features.

Anchored by two large open atriums, the the new building comprises general purpose classrooms and computer labs, faculty and departmental offices, meeting rooms, study lounges and a small café. The Department of Psychology has also acquired an animal vivarium, observation rooms and a children’s clinic.

Efficiently powered by TU's central utility plant, the building boasts a high-performance HVAC system with automated central controls. Plant material covers more than half the roof, and bike racks, showers and locker facilities promote students and faculty to walk or bike to class. The building itself was constructed in part with recycled materials from the Lida Lee Tall demolition.

"The College of Liberal Arts has graduated to a dramatic new building that provides facilities to match its size, its program offerings and its progressive uses of technology," says Dr. Terry Cooney, interim provost and dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Pictured at the College of Liberal Arts Building ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 30: (From left) Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot; TU Interim President Marcia Welsh; Chair of the USM Board of Regents Orlan Johnson; Associate Judge Catherine Curran O'Malley '85; and TU student Kelly Mitchell, recipient of the Catherine Curran O'Malley Endowed Scholarship.

"With solid sound-suppressing walls, higher ceilings and a clean design, there is little sense of interference of one activity with another and an easy capacity to accommodate the approximate 12,000 students who will take courses there every day. The building both acknowledges and enhances in palpable ways the volume, variety and quality of the work done by the people who make up the College of Liberal Arts."

Construction began February 2007. The first phase was completed in August of 2009, and included the design and construction of the building’s first 100,000 square feet. The second phase, completed earlier this month, encompassed the construction of a 193,000-square-foot addition to complete the project.






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