Goucher is moving three dorms to make room for new buildings

Goucher College will relocate and repurpose three, 1,300-ton residence halls, making room for two brand new buildings on its Towson campus.
Morgan Eichensehr, Reporter
Baltimore Business Journal

The Froelicher Hall residence buildings, which were built in the 1950s as part of the college’s move to Towson, will be preserved and transported to new foundations 500 feet across the campus. The date of the move has not yet been confirmed.

Goucher College in Towson is moving and “recycling” three of its residence halls and building two more.

Beyond saving the college money on replacing the structures, the move will also allow the buildings to be “recycled” and used again, as part of the college’s commitment to environmental sustainability, said Goucher President José Antonio Bowen.

The move will make way for the expansion of the school’s first-year student village, with two additional residence halls planned for the space. The buildings will be 87,770 square feet, with 266 beds. Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. is heading up the $23.5 million construction project.

The first-year village will include the recently-completed Pagliaro Selz Hall as well as the two new buildings. The community will house 450 first-year students and is designed to promote interaction and collaboration, to help incoming Goucher students acclimate to their new environment. Faculty can live among the students in the community, a feature that Bowen hopes will strengthen out-of-classroom learning opportunities on campus.

Froelicher Hall consists of three buildings and is about 37 feet wide,102 feet long and 35 feet tall. The three-week relocation will cost Goucher about $7.6 million, to be paid for through a combination of debt proceeds and donor contributions, a Goucher spokesperson said. Whiting-Turner is also the construction manager for this project, but the actual move is being subcontracted to Wolfe House & Building Movers LLC.

“It would have been hugely wasteful from an environmental, preservation, and financial prospective to demolish these buildings,” Bowen said. “Our philosophy is always to be open to new ideas and to work with one another to find creative solutions. We collaborated with a range of professionals to develop a new plan for the Froelicher residence halls – one that would preserve the past, while providing a shared history with future generations of students.”

The new Froelicher location will create a quad area on campus for students near another renovated residence Hall, Mary Fisher Hall, which is set to house a new central dining facility in 2018.