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Towson University marks opening of West Village

Towson University last week celebrated the opening of 734,000 square feet of housing, gathering and parking space in its West Village project.

The latest facilities to open in the West Village include two additional residence halls, Douglass House and Barton House, as well as a commons building and a 1,500-parking-space garage. The combined cost of the new structures in the West Village is $106 million, and the three buildings are LEED Silver certified.

A Sept. 7 ceremony included tours of West Village Commons and Douglass House, as well as the campus' Student Involvement Fair, showcasing student organizations on campus.

The commons building is a multi-use facility with dining, retail, meeting, office and other student service space.

The West Village housing project includes two residence halls containing nearly 160,000 square feet of space and 651 beds for freshman and sophomore students. This six-story, 489,000 square foot parking facility includes 1,500 parking spaces.

Construction on the project began in summer 2009. The firm of GWWO served as architects.

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