Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., has broken ground for a new entrepreneurship center and residence hall.
The Prince George's Sentinel reports that the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community is set to open in July 2021.
“We are just so thrilled to have this project getting underway,” says University President Aminta Breaux.
Built through a public-private partnership, the $42 million project is being funded partly by tax-exempt bonds through the Maryland Economic Development Corporation.
The new building will be home to the school’s Entrepreneurship Academy and the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC).
The Entrepreneurship Academy aims to help students create their own business opportunities. The Bowie BIC is a business accelerator and collaborative workspace for technology companies and government contractors within Prince George’s County.
The center also will contain space to house student businesses, a student maker space and technology-infused classrooms.
In addition, the facility will meet the growing demand for on-campus housing with living space for about 500 students.
The architect is Design Collective, and the contractors are Balfour Beatty Construction and Smoot Construction.