Ground preparation is scheduled to begin this week for a new headquarters for the Ryland Group, one of the nation's largest homebuilders.
The 167,000-square-foot, nine-story office building will be located at the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Little Patuxent Parkway in downtown Columbia. The Rouse Co., currently Ryland's neighbor in Columbia, is the developer of the project.
The cost of the project is not being disclosed.
The building, designed by architects Cooper Carry and Associates Inc. of Washington, D.C., is scheduled to be completed in April 1992. Omni Construction Inc. of Bethesda is the general contractor for the project.
About two-thirds of the building is expected to be occupied by Ryland employees. The rest will be leased to other tenants.
The Rouse Co. operates 80 retail properties, 119 office buildings and four hotels. The company also is the developer of Columbia.
Loews Annapolis Hotel has reopened its 124-seat Corinthian Restaurant after being closed earlier this month for renovations.
Index Design of Houston, Texas, working with the architects Reithlingsholfer, Smith and Associates of Annapolis, redesigned the restaurant to be reminiscent of the formal dining rooms found in historic Maryland homes.
The new decorations include plush-patterned carpeting and cool gray wall coverings to compliment the rose-colored highlights in the window treatments and chair fabrics.