Despite the economic slump, the Baltimore-Washington International Airport area remains a hot building spot in the region. Westinghouse Electric Corp. is fueling the growth with a new office complex there.
Groundbreaking on West Quest Technology Park, off Nursery Road, is expected to take place early next month. The two five-story office towers are to be constructed at a cost of $20.4 million and are expected to be completed in mid-1992.
The new complex is to house administrative and engineering personnel from Westinghouse's Electronics Systems Group, who are now at other Westinghouse locations.
Richard A. Linder, president of the Electronic Systems Group, said the complex "reaffirms Westinghouse's commitment to maintain a significant business presence" near BWI in northern Anne Arundel County.
Building permits for the project were issued in October to Westinghouse and its development partner, West Group of McLean, Va.
The most recent report on building permit activity in the region showed Anne Arundel ahead of other jurisdictions in the number of non-residential permits issued.
The report, which is compiled by the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments, said that for 1990, through October, Anne Arundel approved building permits for projects with estimated construction costs totaling more than $101 million.
During the same period last year, permits for projects valued at $80.4 million were issued in Anne Arundel. Also, the county outpaced its nearest competitor, Baltimore County, by about $11 million during the same period this year.
A third office building and a retail complex is also planned for the West Quest site, with completion scheduled by late 1993 or early 1994, said Jack Martin, a spokesman for Westinghouse.
Westinghouse is the largest private employer in Maryland, with about 16,000 workers at operations near the BWI Airport, and in Hunt Valley, Annapolis, Columbia, Beltsville and Sykesville.
"The Baltimore-Washington corridor has one of the highest concentrations of engineering and scientific excellence in the nation," Linder said, who added that the West Quest complex will "further build Maryland's reputation as a major technology hub of America."