The project vision for Towson University was to transform its outdated 1970’s student union into a ‘next generation’ Student Life Center while maintaining on-going operations. The renovated Union is the new campus 'living room' where students gather consistently to utilize the aspects of the upgraded facility.
The design team was focused on creating an open, student-centric facility that enhances the campus and utilizes flexible spaces that address the University’s current and future needs. Central to this goal was creating a multi-story space that anchors the daily user experience, enabling students, faculty, visitors and alumni to better understand the spectrum of services and programs housed within the facility. The exterior was fully transformed to present a bold new landmark for the campus with increased transparency, vibrancy, and inviting architectural form.
Phasing was one of the keys to the success of this project. The first phase of expansion was designed to provide flexible new dining and meeting spaces that would come on-line well before the existing operations were shut down for extensive renovations in phase two. The entire facility now totals at 250,000 gsf and include new dining and retail operations, expanded meeting facilities, a new ballroom, a 300 person theater, and expanded offices for organizations, Student Activities and Student Affairs.
This project was designed in collaboration with Design Collective.