Baltimore Life breaking ground for new HQ

March 27, 1991|By Kevin Thomas | Kevin Thomas,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore Life Insurance Company has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony today on a new, five-story corporate headquarters building in Owings Mills.

The $12.5 million project is expected to be completed by December 1992, at which time Baltimore Life will relocate 250 employees from its current headquarters at 901 N. Howard St. in Baltimore.

The new building will be on 7.1 acres in the Owings Mills Corporate Campus off Red Run Boulevard in Baltimore County.

The architectural firm of Ayers/Saint/Gross of Baltimore is designing the 103,000-square-foot building, which will have a brick and glass exterior overlooking what company officials are calling "an urban wildlife refuge."

Steve Clark and Associates of Brentwood, Tenn., has been hired for the project as a consultant in urban forestry, specializing in tree conservation related to construction in forested areas, officials said.

In addition, officials said, the company is departing from traditional interior design by placing general staff offices in the outer core of the building, facing the building's southern glass facade. Management offices will be along the inner core facing sides of the building that will be mostly brick with recessed windows.

This configuration is designed to produce the "best work environment" for general staff, whose offices will overlook trees and a pond.

While the life insurance company will occupy the first four floors of the new building, the 20,000-square-foot fifth floor will be leased. The lease arrangement is expected to replace Baltimore Life's parking lot on North Howard as a revenue generator for the company.

Baltimore Life was founded in 1882 and will be celebrating its 109th anniversary the day of the groundbreaking.

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The following are recent commercial real estate transactions:

* Minneapolis-based Cargill Inc. has broken ground on a $4 million expansion of its salt processing and food product distribution facility on Philadelphia Road in White Marsh.

The new construction, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year, will add 5,000 square feet to the company's salt processing facility and 25,000 square feet to the company's food grade products warehouse.

Design and construction are being done by J. Vinton Schafer & Sons Inc. of White Marsh.

* Gann Corp., a subsidiary of Nixon Uniform Service Inc. of Wilmington, Del., has leased 28,000 square feet of space at Wicomico Industrial Center in the 1600 block of Wicomico St. in Baltimore.

Approximately 60 employees at Gann, which is now on Light Street, will be relocating to the new building in July.

Gann is a manufacturer of gloves, hard-hat liners and safety vests for industrial and construction workers.

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