Funding for new Towson University complex OK'd

Board of Public Works approves $38.4 million contract for liberal arts building

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December 15, 2004|By Ben Pillow | Ben Pillow,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM

The state Board of Public Works today approved a $38.4 million contract for the construction of a College of Liberal Arts building at Towson University.

The College of Liberal Arts complex will bring together programs currently scattered among several campus buildings, including the Lida Lee Tall building, which will be razed to make way for the 253,000-square-foot complex, according to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s office.

The Board of Public Works is comprised of Ehrlich, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.

The Towson project will consolidate liberal arts, humanities and social sciences into one facility, the governor's office said. In his March testimony regarding the project, Towson University President Robert L. Caret noted it would address current and future needs for academic and support service space.

He also said it would support the needs of Towson students in other colleges while they complete their general education requirements, many of which are based in the College of Liberal Arts.

"This phase one project serves an important role in the growth of Towson University," said Calvin W. Burnett, the state secretary of higher education. "The consolidation of liberal arts, humanities and social sciences into one facility significantly helps the campus in continuing to address the needs of our students."

Ehrlich called the project "significant" and said approval of the contract signaled his commitment "to improving and upgrading facilities at our state's higher education institutions."

Originally published December 15, 2004, 1:37 PM EST

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