Towson University has started construction of two new apartment-style residential facilities that are scheduled to open in summer 2016.
The two buildings, which will add 700 student beds, are part of the West Village housing area, which already contains six resident halls, a parking garage and other student facilities.
Ayers Saint Gross is the architect for the $85 million project. One building has nine stories; the other has 11. Each will contain apartments that have either two or four bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room.
The two residence halls are designed for upperclassmen. Towson officials said there is a continued demand for on-campus housing, and that building both facilities simultaneously will also help achieve economies of scale in the construction process.
“These new buildings will be conveniently located and will offer the same amenities as many off-campus apartments,” Jerry Dieringer, assistant vice president for student affairs, said in a statement. “The project will increase the total percentage of undergraduate students staying on-campus and help ease some of the demand for off-campus housing.”
The residence halls will be located on Emerson Drive, west of the university’s Towson Run Apartments and Douglass House. Like all new buildings on Towson’s campus, the halls are expected to achieve the LEED silver designation.