Morgan State University Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Academic and Research Facility
Community leaders and politicians joined Morgan State University staff and faculty to break ground on the HOK-designed Martin D. Jenkins Behavioral and Social Sciences Center (BSSC) in Baltimore.
The 148,000-sq.-ft. facility is part of MSU’s West Campus Expansion Initiative and is scheduled for summer 2017 completion.
“The construction of this upgraded and multifunctional facility will increase Morgan’s ability to attract a diverse body of students, qualified faculty and additional research dollars, which in turn further enhances our status as a doctoral research institution,” said MSU President David Wilson. “The instruction and access to resources made available in this type of experiential learning environment will be critical to giving our students the necessary skills to compete and excel in an ever competitive workforce.”
When completed, the five-story building will feature classrooms, laboratories, research space, testing rooms, conference rooms, offices, a study hall, and computer labs. In addition, the building will house the university’s College of Liberal Arts. A commemorative plaque in the atrium will pay homage to the site’s rich history of involvement in the US civil rights movement.
In 1953, students of then-Morgan State College led sit-ins and picketing for desegregation. Joined by students from neighboring colleges, the efforts of the peaceful protestors resulted in desegregation of various businesses in the community, including the Northwood Theatre. The new BSSC facility site was previously home to Northwood Shopping Center, location of the theatre.