BALTIMORE-Work on the new Student Center at Morgan State University has reached completion. Development of the 135,000-sf student gathering locale included the simultaneous construction of a 185,000-sf parking facility designed to accommodate 500 vehicles. Hess Construction Co. served as the general contractor on the $34-million project.

Morgan State is located on 140 acres in a residential part of Northeast Baltimore, near the I-95/I-695 Interchange. The new Student Center sits on a parcel that had been home to the former 12,500-sf Soldier’s Armory building. Contained within the new three-level hub is a 300-seat auditorium, an 800-seat ballroom, a bookstore, a cyber café, a food court, meeting rooms/game rooms and a student lounge. The structure also has a partial basement. The five-level parking garage is situated behind the Student Center and is connected to it via an enclosed walkway. The architectural firm of Sasaki Associates Inc., in association with Cochran, Stephenson & Donkevoet Inc., designed both structures.

Gaithersburg, MD-based Hess, which specializes in educational and institutional projects, has also been charged with developing a new library at Morgan State. To be situated across from the Student Center, the five-story, 220,000-sf structure will also encompass classrooms, computer labs, lounges and meeting rooms. It will replace the university’s existing library, which is approximately 110,000 sf. Hess is on schedule to wrap up that project later this year.

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