Smith Hall Renovation

Smith Hall is being transformed into the new home for communications, media arts and teaching excellence.

A renovation and addition is breathing new life into TU’s former science building, Smith Hall. The project will renovate the building’s west wing and reconstruct the east wing to create a modern, 200,000 gross square foot learning facility. Once complete, it will house TU’s mass communication, communication studies and electronic media and film departments, bringing College of Fine Arts and Communications programs together to expand interdisciplinary opportunities for students. The building will also be the new home of the Faculty Academic Center of Excellence at Towson (FACET).


  • a 250-seat screening theatre 
  • a news room  
  • TV, recording and audio production studios
  • a media art gallery
  • collaborative classrooms and student work areas  
  • an innovation lab for hands-on learning

Project Updates and News

Traffic and Pedestrian Impacts 

Glen Drive will be closed at Van Bokkelen Hall to allow for construction vehicle access. The parking lot adjacent to Van Bokkelen will also be closed to enable construction vehicles to turn around. Accessible parking and short-term loading/unloading spaces are available behind Stephens Hall and along Glen Drive.

The sidewalk directly adjacent to Smith Hall will be closed for the duration of the project. Students can detour on the lower walkway toward Hawkins Hall. See the project map for details and accessible pathways.

If you have limited mobility and are having difficulty getting around the project, call 410-704-RIDE (7433). A TU paratransit will help get you where you need to go.


Pedestrian detour notification: CHP construction - 9/5/23

What's new on campus for fall - 8/21/23

Smith Hall Construction Fence - 7/24/23

Project Timeline

The project has two major phases. The first phase will remove and replace the east wing of the building (also known as “Old Smith Hall”) with a more functional space that accommodates the unique needs of communications and media arts programs. The newly constructed wing will have a slightly different footprint, extending toward the Lecture Hall and opening up the quad in the center of campus.

The second phase will renovate the west wing of the building nearest the Glen Towers. Key project milestones are provided in the timeline below.

Dates Milestones
Fall 2023 – Summer 2024 East Smith deconstruction
Summer 2024 – Fall 2026 East Smith construction; west Smith renovation
December 2026 Completion 

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