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Morgan State University on April 30 launched construction on its new $79.4 million cutting edge academic and research facility, which is slated for completion in summer 2017.

The Martin D. Jenkins Behavioral and Social Sciences Center, the result of a partnership with the state of Maryland, is part of theuniversity’s Phase II West Campus Expansion initiative. The more than 148,000-square-foot building replaces the now-obsolete Jenkins building located on Morgan’s main academic quad.

“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,” University President David Wilson said in a statement. “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.”

Located near the east end of the Northwood Shopping Center on Hillen Road and Argonne Drive, when completed the five-story building will feature classrooms, laboratories, research space, testing rooms, conference rooms, offices, study hall, and computer labs. In addition, the building will house the university’s largest school, the College of Liberal Arts, which comprises the departments of psychology, sociology and anthropology, political science, economics, history and geography.

The Martin D. Jenkins Behavioral and Social Sciences Center is named for educator Martin D. Jenkins who served as Morgan’s president from 1948 to 1970. Jenkins, who died in 1978, was noted for his pioneering work in the field of education.

The design of the new facility was completed by HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Construction of the project was awarded to the Barton Malow Co.