Construction of Towson University’s new state-of-the-art facility in Bel Air, Md., is on pace to open to students in the fall of 2014. That’s despite the challenge of a wet summer that could have pushed back completion.
Project manager Jonathan Lindhorst says as of today, his crews are working on waterproofing the exterior sheathing of the building, as well as installing the windows and the roof.
Towson University in Northeastern Maryland will house six programs for its first classes: Early Childhood/Special Education; Elementary/Special Education; Psychology; Business Administration with a Management concentration; Information Technology; and Sociology with a Criminal Justice concentration. When the doors open, director John Desmone expects between 140 and 200 students enrolled. He hopes to double that number for fall of 2015, and plans to add more programs as warranted.
“Our hope is that, over time, we’ll begin to have conversations with the community to find out what the workforce needs are, and then hopefully start to match up some of the baccalaureate degrees with those workforce needs,” he said at the groundbreaking in May.
The facility is going up in cooperation with Harford Community College across the street, as well as Cecil College in nearby Cecil County. The draw is for students who can’t commute to the main campus but still want to get a four-year degree. TU Northeastern Maryland’s 2+2 program will allow those students to get an associate’s degree at one of those community colleges and then attend the new facility to finish a bachelor’s degree.
Lindhorst says the building’s construction will be complete on time, in July 2014.
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