Newest academic building on campus covers 320,000 square feet
The Science Commons, a massive, multi-story atrium, is the heart of the new Science
new Science Complex opened earlier this year and is now the campus’s largest academic building–home to dozens of laboratories,
classrooms and other learning spaces.
The complex will bolster TU’s nationally recognized STEM programming and will enhance
TU’s ability to provide prepared leaders for Maryland’s workforce demands. The Science Complex,
which was made possible in part from generous state funding, supports TU’s rapidly
growing Fisher College of Science & Mathematics, which has grown by more than 2,000
students since 1997.
The project began in 2018 and will have its public grand opening on Friday, Oct. 1.
Classes have already been held inside the new building.
Check out the galleries below for views inside the Science Complex–and a look back
at the construction process.
Towson University celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Science Complex across
the street, from the top of the Glen Garage, back in 2018. (File photo)
A photo from early 2018 shows the very early stages of construction. (Photo: Kanji
This photo from the summer of 2018 shows cranes up and construction underway. (Photo:
A photo from early 2019 shows construction well underway. (Photo: Kanji Takeno)
Another early 2019 photo of the construction shows what the site looked like at night.
(Photo: Kanji Takeno)
Construction moved at a quick pace! This photo is from the summer of 2019. (Photo:
This photo from a bit earlier in the summer of 2019 shows windows and glass going
on the outside of the complex. A close look shows that the greenhouses have not been
installed yet, either! (Photo: Kanji Takeno)
This photo shows more glass installed on the complex, along with work progressing
on the east and west wings of the building, in late summer 2019. (Photo: Kanji Takeno)
This photo shows the Science Complex approaching completion, including the observatory
dome on top. (Photo: Alex Wright)
This photo from mid 2020 shows the west side of the Science Complex, including the
classroom space that leads outdoors to the Glen. (Photo: Alex Wright)
This external show shows the exterior of the completed Science Complex, complete with
the outdoor classroom that leads to the Glen. (Photo: Alex Wright)
Students in the fall 2021 term working in the Science Commons. (Photo: Alex Wright)
The planetarium in the new Science Complex is bigger than the one that was in Smith
Hall. (Photo: Alex Wright)
In addition to its classrooms and labs, the new Science Complex features collaborative
study and work areas for students. (Photo: Alex Wright)
Students working in the greenhouse on top of the new Science Complex. (Photo: Alex