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Campus Master Plan

Towson University
A campus master plan sets forth a long-term framework for sustainable development to connect and support the campus and its community.
Towson University proposed campus in 2030
Towson, MD
329 acres

After completing a new strategic plan, Leadership for the Public Good, Towson University engaged Ayers Saint Gross to develop a campus master plan that establishes a long-term vision for the campus in support of its mission and in alignment with its strategic plan. The master plan translates the six guiding principles laid out in the strategic plan — educate, innovate, engage, include, support, sustain — to the built environment through the following conceptual framework goals:

1. Renew and Activate Campus Districts
2. Support Growth to R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity
3. Create a North-South Campus Pedestrian Greenway
4. Be an Outward-Oriented Campus

The final plan defines a series of campus improvements that directly tie strategic plan goals to this conceptual framework to guide decision making and capital investment. The resulting vision for Towson University addresses both University System of Maryland requirements and community needs. It sets forth a long-term framework for sustainable development of academic, research, and student life buildings, as well as landscapes and infrastructure to connect and support these buildings.

Despite being completed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the campus master plan process boasted robust engagement through virtual engagement sessions with faculty, students, staff, and off-campus constituents throughout the Towson community. To supplement virtual sessions, the design team planned socially distanced, outdoor listening and poster sessions on campus to further engage students and the campus community. The result was a comprehensive plan with significant levels of campus and community buy-in.

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