Plan complete for development of UM campus

April 05, 1991|By Edward Gunts

Consultants hired by the University of Maryland at Baltimore have completed work on a master plan that was commissioned a year ago to guide more than $500 million worth of development and reconstruction work on the West Baltimore campus over the next decade.

John Beckman of Wallace, Roberts & Todd, the lead consultant on the project, told members of Baltimore's Architectural Review Board yesterday that the plan will guide construction of 1.3 million square feet of new space and renovation of another 400,000 square feet needed to accommodate growth of the university's six graduate schools and related facilities downtown.

A key objective, Mr. Beckman said, was to create "more of a sense of campus" for the thousands of students, faculty and others who are there every day. Other goals are to create more green space and pedestrian-friendly walks and to establish a stronger link between the campus and the central business district to the east, he said.

Although the next 10 years' worth of university growth can be accommodated on property already owned by the state, Mr. Beckman said, "beyond that there will be a need for expansion and the logical place is to the east. . . . I think both the city and the university are thinking the areas to the east and the north are the opportunity areas."

Mr. Beckman said the master plan still must be reviewed by several key state boards, but his firm's work is essentially complete.

Among the projects identified for completion in the next five years are: a 150,000-square-foot health sciences library near the southwest corner of Lombard and Greene streets; a 167,000-square-foot health sciences laboratory building at Baltimore and Pine streets; and an office and administrative building near Lombard and Penn streets.

In conjunction with the campus plan, the University of Maryland Medical System also has completed a master plan to guide growth. David Beard, an architect who is a principal for RTKL Associates Inc., said his firm's plan calls for completion of another $500 million worth of new and renovated facilities, including 500 patient beds that would replace facilities within the current complex.

The university's Maryland Medical Faculty Foundation presented plans to recycle a five-story, 60,000-square-foot loft building at 16 S. Eutaw St. for use as professional offices and clinics for physicians affiliated with the university and medical center. Brown Worrall & Johnson Inc. Architects is the designer of the $5 million project, which is slated for completion by the end of the year.

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