Hospital expansion groundbreaking set

COMMERCIAL REALTY NOTES

September 04, 1991|By Edward Gunts

Baltimore County General Hospital will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 17 to mark the start of construction on a $13.1 million expansion that is being launched to improve patient service.

The project includes construction of a four-story Outpatient Treatment and Diagnostic Center, the installation of a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for the detection of heart disease and expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department.

A new medical records facility will be constructed and the hospital's inpatient pharmacy will be expanded as part of the project, which will be finished in the spring of 1993. The outpatient treatment center, which will open in the fall of 1992, will be the first phase completed.

Founded 26 years ago and located at 5401 Old Court Road in Randallstown, the hospital is licensed to have 240 inpatient beds but has 226 available. Another 14 will reopen as part of the expansion.

"Our last major expansion was in 1978," said Robert W. Fischer, the hospital president. "Since that time, not only has our service area experienced tremendous growth, but our facility has gained increasing popularity. . . . Today our facilities are being stretched to the limit, and our high level of utilization is expected to continue."

The work is part of a trend in which many local hospitals have added separate outpatient facilities in recent years.

"Because outpatient treatment was not as clearly defined or developed in the late 1970s, our existing physical plant was . . . designed to cater to an inpatient population," Mr. Fischer pTC explained. Today, "the success of the outpatient program is straining traditional hospital resources."

The Washington office of Ellerbe/Becket is the architect for the project, and the Whiting Turner Contracting Co. is the builder.

Funding came from a mixture of hospital reserves, donations and loans.

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Knorr Brake Corp., a German-owned company that produces braking systems for the mass transit industry, is moving ahead with plans to purchase and renovate an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Westminster and move its U.S. offices and manufacturing operation there from Rockville.

Total Construction Services, the contractor for the project, recently began renovating the facility on Baltimore Boulevard, which was previously owned by Telemecanique Inc. The $12 million project is slated for completion by October.

Telemecanique, a designer and manufacturer of control devices for industrial equipment, moved its U.S. headquarters last spring to a new facility in Owings Mills. It has its manufacturing operations on Bethel Road in Westminster.

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Around the region:

* The architectural firms of Cho, Wilks and Benn Inc. and Morris Architects are among the consultants working with Stubbins Associates of Cambridge, Mass., to design a $97 million office building near Camden Yards for the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration.

A group headed by the Rouse Co., Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Daniel P. Henson III is competing with half a dozen Baltimore County teams to build the headquarters, which would house up to 3,300 employees. Another subcontractor on the design team is Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, which would be the civil engineer.

* John Patrick Chalk is the architect of a 25,000-square-foot office building that a group headed by Larry Boltansky is considering building in place of the surface parking lot near the northeast corner of Lombard and Charles Streets.

Baltimore's Architectural Review Board is expected to see preliminary plans for the project this month.

* CB Commercial Real Estate Group named Harry "Mac" Ford an associate in its Baltimore office. Formerly with Manekin Corp., Mr. Ford will specialize in industrial sales and leasing.

* Fountainhead Title, a regional title company, purchased a two-story, 13,000-square-foot office building at 6310 Stevens Forest Road in Columbia's Hillcroft Office Park for use as its corporate headquarters.

Richard E. Fields of Casey & Associates represented the buyer and Carey Winston represented the seller, Hillcroft Joint Venture.

* Laurin McCracken, a principal in the firm of RTKL Associates Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of the International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (NACORE).

* Walker & Dunlop has arranged permanent financing for the 18-story Parklawn Building at 5600 Fishers Lane in Rockville. Confederation Life Insurance Co. of Atlanta provided $70 million in permanent financing to LNT & Associates, the owner.

* Walker & Dunlop also arranged permanent financing for 1820 Portal Street, a 171,000-square-foot warehouse in the Holabird Industrial Park.

Confederation Life Insurance Co. of Atlanta provided $2.7 million in permanent financing to the owner, Holabird Partnership I, whose managing general partner is P. F. Obrecht Management Co.

* Frederick Contractors has been hired to build a 15,000-square-foot facility in Gaithersburg for Oncor Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of DNA probes for the detection of cancer and genetic diseases.

The project is part of an ongoing expansion of the company.

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