Linthicum to meet end after Smith Hall renovations
With the grand opening of the new College of Liberal Arts building, the use of the former liberal arts building, Linthicum Hall, has been severely limited, according to Director of Facilities Management, Architecture and Engineering David Mayhew.
No classes are being held in the building, but it currently serves as the base for Towson’s janitorial services, ABM. Their future offices in Burdick Hall will be finished later this year.
Smith Hall is the next academic building due for renovation, according to Mayhew. Courses that were previously held in Smith Hall could be moved to Linthicum while construction takes place.
In March 2009’s Capital Budget Testimony to the Maryland General Assembly, Former University President Robert L. Caret said Smith Hall needed to be renovated while he was still president.
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Interim Provost Terry Cooney confirmed that Linthicum will be used as needed until Smith Hall’s renovation is completed.
“The intention at present is that Linthicum will be used as temporary space for some science faculty and courses if the expansion and renovation of Smith Hall a year or two from now is approved at the state level as anticipated,” Cooney said.
Once there is no further use for Linthicum Hall, the building will be demolished, according to Mayhew. But Cooney said that adjustments and circumstances might change how long the building stays open.
“Linthicum could be torn down earlier or that step could be delayed somewhat longer. The direction of the University’s Master Plan is clear, but there must be ongoing assessment of specific steps and timing,” he said.