TU's new home of scientific research and discovery opens in fall 2020.
Towson University broke ground on the New Science Complex during the fall 2017 term.
The complex will be located along York Road, south of the historic Stephens Hall and
north of the 7800 building.
Features of the New Science Complex
When it opens in fall 2020, the New Science Complex will be the largest academic building
on TU's campus. It will contain:
50 teaching laboratories
30 research laboratories
10 collaborative student spaces
8 lecture halls
1 outdoor classroom leading into the Glen Arboretum
The complex will also include a rain garden for storm water control, planetarium,
observatory, rooftop greenhouse, museum and vivarium.
Why do we need a New Science Complex?
Following decades of continuous growth, enrollment in the Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics surged by 132 percent from 1997 to 2017. The Fisher College now boasts more than 4,000
students. Yet it is housed in a building constructed more than 50 years ago when the
entire university had just 3,537 students.
The existing 1960s-era science building has dated exhaust and heating and cooling
systems that cannot support the demands of 21stcentury research and instruction. Its insufficient classroom and lab space mean students
are often waitlisted for classes necessary to meet core requirements, potentially
delaying their graduation time.
The new complex will have the infrastructure to support modern teaching and research,
plus space for all TU students, who will take at least one course there to fulfill
Traffic and Pedestrian Information
Pedestrians traveling between the Glen Garage and the academic core are being routed
along the 7800 building to the new pedestrian pathway adjacent to York Road and then
up Stephens Avenue. Vehicular traffic is now one-way going westbound from York Road
to the Glen Garage. Lot 1 is closed, and parking for Bateman’s customers and faculty,
staff and students are available in the Glen Garage. Drivers have also been requested
to access the Glen Garage and Lot 26 through Cross Campus Drive. Please allow extra
time when walking or driving in the area as we adapt to these changes.
New science complex faqs
When will the new Science Complex be complete?
The building complex will be complete by August 2020. Construction is expected to
take approximately 33 months. This is a fairly typical timeline for a project of this
How is construction affecting trees in the Glen?
In consultation with the Glen Arboretum Board of Directors, established in 2012 by Towson University to oversee development of the Glen, it
was determined that approximately 89 trees needed to be removed from the Glen to accommodate
the Science Complex site and adjacent stormwater management facilities. Those 89 trees
will be replaced with 98 trees that will be planted when construction is completed.
In addition, TU and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have committed to
protect other forested areas throughout our campus to further mitigate any potential
environmental impact. In total, Towson University has allocated 27 acres of forested
area for perpetual easement, which restricts future development and ensures forest
Is the lawn in front of Stephens Hall part of the footprint for the new Science Complex?
The staging area in front of Stephens Hall is merely a temporary space for contractors
to use during construction. The big lawn in front of Stephens Hall will be restored
to its pre-construction condition when the new Science Complex is complete.
What is happening with the feral cats (i.e., tiny tigers) in the Glen?
Members of the Tiny Tigers student organization, along with retired faculty member
Dr. Meg Algren, relocated two cat shelters that were in the construction area to another
part of the Glen. Three cats lived in the affected area, but they have found a new
part of the Glen to claim as their territory. Approximately 30 cats call the Glen
their home. This population is fairly stable because of our trap/neuter/return program.
All shelters in the Glen have been re-hayed for the winter; student, faculty and staff
volunteers feed the cats daily.
How long will Glen Drive be restricted to outbound (eastbound) traffic only?
Until the complex opens in fall 2020.
Where will the walkways be located once the building is complete?
Exterior walkways will be built on both the east and west sides of the building.
How will I be able to walk from the 7800 Building or Glen Garage to Stephens Hall
and other academic buildings?
Pedestrians will able to use outdoor walkways, or walk through the new Science Complex,
to go to Stephens Hall or other academic buildings. In addition, the new Science Complex
design includes ADA compliant routes from Glen Garage to the campus core (Stephens
Hall and points north).
Where is parking for Bill Bateman’s Bistro now?
Bateman’s customer parking is available on the lower level of the Glen Garage in clearly
designated spaces. Please read signs in the area to ensure you are in the correct
spaces, and see the booth attendant for a parking pass and instructions regarding
the use of the pass.
What are the parking changes in the Glen Garage?
To meet parking needs for this project, some spaces in the Glen Garage were converted
from Commuter to Faculty/Staff spaces. Commuter and visitor spaces are typically full
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; during these times, students will
find ample parking available in the lots near Unitas Stadium. On the rare occasion
when faculty/staff parking in the Glen may be full, additional faculty/staff parking
is available in the back area (lot 24) behind the Administration building.
Will traffic flow on York Road be interrupted?
We do not expect any significant traffic issues on York Road as part of this project.
All construction-related personnel have been instructed not to block lanes on York
Road with their vehicles. Any equipment staging will take place on university-owned
Is it true there will be an outdoor classroom?
The west lower level of the building will open to the Glen woods, allowing for outdoor
access. This outdoor area adjacent to the building will provide opportunities for
student learning and engagement in a beautiful outdoor setting.
If I want to see more trees on campus how can I get involved?
The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics offers undergraduate
and graduate programs in the physical, mathematical, computational and life sciences,
with an emphasis on student success through improving student retention, persistence
and time-to-graduation. The Fisher College promotes a wide range of opportunities
for authentic research experiences for all undergraduates. The college is the home
of numerous STEM education and outreach programs including Towson UTeach-Towson’s
path to becoming a high school science or mathematics teachers.