Towson University broke ground Tuesday on a new $180 million science facility expected to modernize the school’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning.
The Science Complex will be the largest building on the campus and take a prominent position along York Road.
The university expects the building to be completed by August 2020, when it will replace Smith Hall as the primary science building. Smith Hall opened in 1965.
The Science Complex will include 50 teaching labs, 30 research labs, 50 classrooms, 10 collaborative student spaces, eight lecture halls and an outdoor classroom.
Towson’s Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics has grown significantly since Smith Hall opened. At that time, the university’s total enrollment was less than 4,000 students.
The Fisher College now has more than 4,000 students on its own.
The Fisher College includes undergraduate and graduate programs in physical, mathematical, computational and life sciences. It also includes STEM education and outreach programs for students looking to become math or science teachers.