The construction is substantially funded with tax-exempt bonds through the Maryland Economic Development Corporation. The contractors are:
- Balfour Beatty Construction, an industry leader for 85+ years
- Smoot Construction, a minority-owned general contractor
- Design Collective, Inc., an award-winning design firm
Cultivating Next-Generation Innovators
Opening in fall 2021, the Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community will become the new gateway to the Bowie State University campus and help to spur the expansion of entrepreneurship education. Designed to visually connect the university to the community, the multi-focused facility will attract the public with dedicated retail space and support resources for local entrepreneurs. Housing 500+ students, it will become the university’s real-world hub for student innovation in an environment that encourages creative collaboration and entrepreneurial thinking.
Here are the key features of the Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community:
Modern residence for 500+ students
Students from all disciplines will enjoy double- and single-occupancy suites with kitchenettes, as well as technology-infused classrooms, a fitness center, lounges and study spaces.
Student businesses and makerspaces
Students will have the opportunity to develop their business aspirations and explore their ideas for new invention in specialized spaces infused with the latest technology.
Home to innovation centers
The Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community will become the new home for the BSU Entrepreneurship Academy and the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC), the first business accelerator located at a Maryland historically black college or university (HBCU). The Entrepreneurship Academy offers programs and activities to give students the tools to launch their own businesses and think innovatively in the workplace.
Public retail space
As a campus anchor designed to welcome the community to the campus, retail space will be available for the public to enjoy.
Envision What's to Come