Towson University, 2+2 Academic Building

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project at a glance

Towson University’s three-story, 55,000 square foot 2+2 Academic Building is located on the grounds of Harford Community College.

 

The lower level of the building consists of wet labs, a nursing lab, classrooms, a servery with service kitchen, a café space, and a large auditorium. The second floor includes more classroom space, a bookstore, library, computer labs, office space. Also on the second floor, a vast common and alternate learning space opens to the both the floor above and the floor below in the center wedge, with glass and views throughout. The third floor includes more classrooms and office space, along with a collaborative learning space, a bridge, and a roof terrace with the same impressive views.

The 112-acre site for for the project underwent a massive transformation from a corn field with select wooded areas to the distinctly campus environment that it provides today. Portions of the site were excavated over sixteen feet while other areas were filled over eighteen feet as the grades and elevations of the landscape were reinvented. 

Additionally, the site is largely self-sufficient: water is sourced from a well and is treated and stored in below ground tanks. The site has its own waste water treatment plant and storm water is collected in a number of ponds, bioretention facilities, and forebay facilities. This means that only power, natural gas, and tele-data services are brought on the project site.

The project was designed to achieve LEED Silver designation.

 

 

 

 

 

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