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Goucher College will move dorms to make room for new buildings

The Baltimore Sun

June 19, 2017


Later this week, a nearly 1,200-ton, stone-and-concrete building should roll 800 feet across the campus of Goucher College in Towson.

It's the first of three 1950s-era dormitories Goucher is relocating to preserve and to make room for new residence halls.

Workers have spent recent weeks separating the buildings that now make up Froelicher Residence Hall — comprising Alcock, Gallagher and Tuttle houses — from their foundations and jacking them up to place wheels underneath them for the big move.

Moving the buildings rather than tearing them down reflects the college's commitment to sustainability, and it will save money too, said José Bowen, president of the private liberal arts college. Once relocated, the three-story buildings can be preserved and reused for general student housing, which is cheaper than building new dorms.

"Recycling is a plus, saving money is a plus and preservation is a plus," Bowen said. "Decades of alums have lived in these buildings, and given the choice, we'd always rather preserve history."