Francis Scott Key Medical Center broke ground on a six-story hospital tower at Francis Scott Key Medical Center yesterday, marking the second phase of a redevelopment program that began with a new geriatrics center that opened in June.
The new $61 million tower will be built adjacent to the hospital's existing acute-care center, which was built in 1932. The new, L-shaped brick and glass structure will house a total of 190 beds and include new operating rooms, burn unit, trauma center, emergency department and imaging center.
Construction of the 275,000-square-foot facility is slated to be completed in late 1993.
Thomas F. Pokorny, the hospital's director of facilities, planning and redevelopment, said the project is being mounted in an effort to modernize the center.
"The existing acute-care hospital is old, it doesn't have the central systems that are in modern hospitals today," Pokorny said. "It's a matter of meeting the competition as much as anything else."
The $17.5 million geriatric center also was part of the hospital's modernization program. The center replaced the outdated Mason F. Lord building with a six-story, 130,000-square-foot building that has roomier accommodations, including 250 single-, double- and triple-occupancy rooms.
Lord accommodated six to a room.
The new medical center building will be connected to the existing hospital by underground tunnels, officials said.
While three existing buildings will be saved and renovated, a third building [B South] will be razed.
Adding 190 beds will bring the total number of beds at the center to 315.
The project is being financed through bonds issue by the Maryland Health and Higher Education Facilities Authority.
RTKL Associates Inc. of Baltimore is the architect and engineer on the project, and Whiting-Turner is the construction manager.
Hess Development Associates has opened the Woodsdale Senior Housing project in Harford County. Designed by D'Aleo Inc., a Baltimore architectural firm, the project consists of 129 bungalow-style, low-income elderly housing units and a community recreation center.
The following lease transactions were announced by CB
Commercial Real Estate Group Inc.;
* Leonard Movers has leased 18,448 square feet at 261 North Langley Road, with CB Commercial representing landlord and tenant in the transaction.
* Overhead Crane Service Inc. has leased 2,000 square feet at 806 Barkwood Court. CB Commercial represented the landlord and tenant.
The following lease transactions were announced by W.C. Pinkard & Co.;
* GSA, a health-care finance administration firm, has leased 13,000 square feet at 1849 Gwynn Oak Avenue in Woodlawn. W.C. Pinkard negotiated the transaction for the tenant and the landlord, Cohen/Flax Properties.
* Simplex Time Recorder Co., a manufacturer and retailer of monitoring devises, has leased 6,000 square feet at the Hunt Valley Business Center at 10946 Beaver Dam Road. KLNB represented the tenant and W.C. Pinkard represented the landlord, Hunt Valley Business Center Limited Partnership.
* Appointments By Design, an interior design firm, has leased 4,500 square feet at 10534 York Road in Baltimore. W.C. Pinkard represented the tenant.
* Publishers Circulation Fulfillment, a distributor of the New York Times, has leased 2,200 square feet at 1121 Greenwood Road in Pikesville. W.C. Pinkard represented the tenant.