Breaking new ground in Northeastern Maryland

Progress is already underway on Towson University in Northeastern Maryland as campus and county officials prepare for the official groundbreaking ceremony on May 30.

TU in Northeastern Maryland is a new facility, slated to welcome its first students in the fall of 2014 with state-of-the-art classrooms, lab and seminar rooms, and computer labs. Plans also include offices, a library and book store, conference rooms, a café and even a lactation room for nursing mothers.

The 60,000-square-foot, three-story building on the grounds of Harford Community College in Bel Air will be the culmination of a $28 million project that’s been in the works for years.

When it opens its doors, Director John Desmone expects between 140 and 200 students to take advantage of six Towson programs: Business AdministrationInformation TechnologyIntegrated Early Childhood Education/Special Education; Integrated Elementary Education/Special EducationPsychology; and Sociology

Desmone hopes to double that enrollment by the following year.

Towson University in Northeastern Maryland will be administrated entirely by TU. Applicants will apply to TU and pay tuition to the university. Admissions requirements for TU in Northeastern Maryland will be the same as those for students who study in Towson.

But the Bel Air facility will serve students in Harford and Cecil counties who otherwise might not be able to commute to Towson right away. It’s a 2+2 program, allowing them to spend two years at a community college and then two at  TU in Northeastern Maryland to finish their degree.

The current state of the site at 510 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air:

Looking south towards the parking lot.  The building will be just to the right of this photo.  The white truck in the background to the right is sitting on the parking lot area.

Looking south towards the parking lot—the building will be just to the right of this photo.

Looking northwest from the driveway into the parking lot. You can see the north wall in progress.

Looking northwest from the driveway—the 17-foot north wall is already in progress.

Parking lot area

The future site of the parking lot.

Parking lot area.  The foreground to the right is the driveway into the parking lot.

To the right is the driveway into the parking lot.