5:53 PM EDT, August 30, 2011
Towson University was scheduled to host the grand opening of its new College of Liberal Arts Building with a ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Officials said the $148 million structure is Towson University's first entirely new academic building in more than 30 years, and occupies the former site of the Lida Lee Tall building.
The building is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certified, a designation that denotes environmentally friendly aspects in construction and energy efficiency.
The building includes a "green" roof, with plant material covering more than 50 percent of the roof area, and uses recycled materials from the Lida Lee Tall demolition. In fact, campus officials said nearly 93 percent of the Lida Lee Tall building was recycled.
The new building also includes bike racks and shower and locker facilities to promote students and faculty members walking and biking to work.
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