Morgan State University officials broke ground Wednesday on a $72 million business school — the first step, they said, in a plan to expand the campus' western edge while improving a troubled shopping center.
The 140,000-square-foot Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management will include a lecture hall and classrooms, as well as hotel rooms and a large kitchen for hospitality classes. The building, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014, is the first of three planned for land where a vacant hardware store stood most recently.
Morgan President David Wilson said the project marked "the dawn of a new era at Morgan" as the campus edged westward. When the business school is complete, Wilson plans to begin work on an adjacent behavioral and social sciences building and a school of community health. The university also intends to build a bridge over Hillen Road to connect the two sides of the campus.
"Just as a new footbridge will connect this academic complex with the main campus to the east of Hillen Road, so too will this day bridge Morgan's history here … with its future," Wilson said.