Phase 1 of University Union expansion adds 85,000 square feet
With Towson University students returned to campus, an expanding University Union is providing programs and experiences right away.
A two-phase project, the “Brand New U” is nearing completion of Phase 1, which is an 85,000-square-foot addition offering expanded event and dining space and a new main entrance that connects to a spacious plaza.
The University Union, built in 1972 when there were 9,000 students, is used by most—if not all —of TU’s 20,000-plus students and situated in the heart of the student district at the core of campus. It houses student activities, student organizations and meeting rooms, as well as retail and dining options used by the entire community.
One key addition is the Career Center on the union’s second floor. Originally located in the 7800 York Road building, it is now better positioned to serve students.
“The move means greater visibility to students and the opportunity for increased impact,” says Lorie Logan-Bennett, assistant vice president of career services. “We’re excited to see TU’s commitment to a lifelong career center reflected in an amazing new space and the importance of TU student career readiness reflected in the centrality of our new location.”
Other changes students can see when walking through the University Union expansion include:
These offices and locations are open now. Other locations will come online during the fall term—including a new, seven-venue food market and a 300-seat auditorium and movie theatre.
“The ‘Brand New U’s’ state-of-the-art Career Center and expanded event and student group space have created a vibrant, new hub of campus life—one that will only get better as dining venues open in the weeks to come,” says Vernon Hurte, vice president of student affairs. “I look forward to seeing our students enjoy the services and amenities in this dynamic space.”
Phase 2 is underway and on track for completion in fall 2022. It is comprised of renovations to the existing building and will provide a new, permanent space for the Office of Student Life, Art Services, Paws, Office of Civic Engagement and Enrollment Marketing.
The Union Garage will remain open. The main entrances on the first and second floors of the union are open for use, while the south side is closed for construction.