Hopkins' researchers to get new home New building has 22 labs, will dedicated June 7

Commerical real estate

May 29, 1991|By Kevin Thomas | Kevin Thomas,Evening Sun Staff

A story and caption that ran last Wednesday in Money Plus incorrectly identified the new Richard Starr Ross Research Building.

The building is part of the School of Medicine of Johns Hopkins University, though it is next to the hospital. The Evening Sun regrets the error.

Johns Hopkins Hospital is preparing to dedicate its Richard Starr Ross Research Building, a $98 million facility aimed at eliminating a space shortage that was threatening scientific inquiry at the institution, Hopkins officials said.

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The new research building has 22 laboratories on each of its 10 floors. The additional laboratories expand Hopkin's research capability by more than a third, officials said. They also increase Hopkin's ability to compete for federal research grants.

A dedication ceremony will be held June 7 at 2:15 p.m. in Turner Auditorium at Monument Street and Rutland Avenue. The building is named after Dr. Richard S. Ross, who served for 15 years, until 1990, as dean of the School of Medicine of Johns Hopkins University.

"We are the victims of our success," said Ross, who is now dean emeritus. "We have expanded our research enterprise to the point where we have run out of space, and we are having to turn away grants because we cannot house the research operation."

From fiscal 1980 to fiscal 1990, public and private research grants and contracts to the school of medicine nearly tripled, going from approximately $60 million to $177 million, officials said. During the same period, the school's research space grew by only 10 percent.

School officials were unable to predict how many more dollars the school could have received if there had been additional laboratory space available during that period.

The Ross Building was designed by the Chicago-based architectural firm of Hansen, Lind, Meyer and contains 350,000 square feet of space. The contractor was Whiting-Turner. Construction began in November 1988 and has taken nearly 2 1/2 years to complete.

The construction was funded through a federal investment program under the Student Loan Marketing Association, or Sallie Mae, and through the issuance of tax-exempt bonds.

The Ross Building and the adjacent Traylor Research Building arejoined directly. In addition, the new building is connected to the Blalock Building of Hopkins Hospital by three bridges that span Monument Street. The bridges will give researchers quick access to laboratories and clinical areas.

"This really exemplifies Hopkins' tradition of moving research from the lab bench to the bedside," said DR. Michael M.E. Johns,the current dean of medicine .

The Ross Building is to house labs for 13 depatments: medicine ,pathology,gynecology and obstetrics,dermatology,anesthesiology,biomedical / engineering,comparative medicine, orthopedics,pediatrics,psychiatry,radiol ogy,Otolaryngology and surgery

*The Savage Mill Learning Center has leased 6,000 square feet of space at the Savage Mill in Howard County.

The learning center, which combines day care with a children's resource museum, is run by Joyce Bloom, director of Maryland Child Services, a non-profit organization that runs 12 day-care centers in Montgomery County.

At full capacity, the day-care center is expected to care for a maximum of 105 children.

The historic Savage Mill, which was converted into a shopping area, proved an ideal site for the day-care center, which will teach children 19th century chores such as butter churning and sheep sheering as part of its museum.

The children will also learn about the history of the mill and be able to avail themselves of the more than 40 resident artists who work there.

The leasing transaction was handled by A-J Properties Inc. of Odenton.

*Dr. Lawrence Schieken, of the Comprehensive Asthma & Allergy Center, renewed his lease at the Owings Court Professional Center on Franklin Boulevard in Owings Mills. Barbara Goldberg, of Hicks & Rotner Associates, represented the landlord and tenant during the transaction.

* Capital Fiber Inc. a paper-recycling company, has leased 43,500 square feet of space in the 8000 block of Stansbury Road in Baltimore. Capital plans to use the space for the recycling and warehousing of paper products.

Bill Miller and Chuck Franklin of Kayne/Levin/Neilson/Bavar Realtors represented the landlord, Edgemere Terminals Inc., in leasing negotiations. Capital Fiber was represented by its own agent.

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