Towson Builds, Finally, And Builds It Green

Towson University in Maryland doesn’t appear to be too fond of change, as it has only constructed one new academic building in 30 years. That new College of Liberal Arts building, however, shows the school is keeping up with the times while staying in touch with its past, as it’s on track to take LEED Gold certification.

The building is efficiently powered by Towson’s central utility plan and features a high-performance HVAC system with automated central controls. Vegetation covers more than half of the roof, and the building itself was constructed in part with recycled materials from the campus’s old Lida Lee Tall building, which was recently demolished.

LEED building, Towson University

image via Towson University

The new College of Liberal Arts building features two large atriums, general purpose classrooms, computer labs, faculty and departmental offices, meeting rooms, study lounges and a small cafe. The Department of Psychology has also acquired a small zoo-style animal enclosure, observation rooms and a children’s clinic.

Bike racks, showers and locker facilities were incorporated to promote walking or riding a bike to class.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.