Towson University will host a ceremony Tuesday to break ground on the college’s new $180 million Science Complex, which officials say will become the largest academic building on campus when it’s completed in 2020.

The new 320,000-square-foot center, being built along York Road south of the campus’ Stephens Hall, will house 50 teaching laboratories, 30 research laboratories, 50 classrooms, 10 collaborative student spaces and eight lecture halls. Work at the site actually began in the fall.

The center will also include an outdoor classroom leading into the university’s Glen Arboretum, as well as a rain garden for stormwater control, a planetarium, observatory, rooftop greenhouse, museum and vivarium.

The complex will replace Smith Hall — built in the 1960s — as the primary science building at the university.

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