Morgan State University, a historically black university and Maryland’s Preeminent Urban Public Research University, has recently undertaken a strategic plan with a primary goal of increasing recruitment and improving retention of students on campus. A critical component of this plan’s progress is the creation of a new, world-class student residence hall and dining facility. Thurgood Marshall Hall provides a mix of semi-suite and apartment-style housing including more than 660 beds for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a 40,000 SF dining facility. Both the University and the design team are focused on enhancing student success with the creation of a vibrant new live/learn community that will “bring Morgan students home,” while enhancing the University’s south campus presence with graphics and branding elements.
The building will form a new campus hub for student activity and strives to enliven the culture of community by creating a vibrant and robust space for gathering. The residence hall, inclusive of 24-hour dining and carefully cultivated individual and group study areas, forms a “live, dine, learn” nexus for students.
Additionally, the project will honor and pay tribute to Baltimore-native, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall, through exhibits to his legacy that will be woven into the design of the building.