Renovated Residence Tower ready to reopen

By Henry Basta and Kyle Hobstetter on August 8, 2018

Two-year renovation completely reconstructed the 100,000-square foot building from the inside out.

After almost a two-year facelift, the Towson University Residence Tower is ready to reopen.

The $32.5 million renovation saw the complete reconstruction of the 100,000-square foot building from the inside out. The 44-year-old Residence Tower has been home to more than 20,000 students since opening in 1972. This project is the residence hall's first significant renovation.

The two lower levels were transformed into community space, with a large kitchen, a game room and common areas in a loft-like setting overlooking the building’s main entrance. The area will also boast study lounges, a conference room and a laundry room. The building’s first-floor deck is also enclosed to provide additional space for the area.

The upper floors were fully renovated with new bathrooms and room layouts, as well as enclosed study spaces and open community lounges on every floor. New windows and glass will make the rooms brighter and the building more interactive with the campus landscape. Student rooms will be a mix of double and single occupancy in a quad format.

The exterior of the building also got a facelift — replacing the old concrete facade with large architectural panels in various brick tones consistent with the College of Liberal Arts building and the overall campus aesthetic. New elevators and stairwells will be installed, including a larger elevator that will better accommodate student move-in.

The Residence Tower will reopen for students for the fall semester, and will be at capacity when the academic term begins. Get more information about the Residence Tower renovation, as well as updates on campus construction.

This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel's priorities for Towson University: Strategic Plan Alignment.