Four well-known architectural firms are vying for the chance to build a 664,000-square-foot headquarters for the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration.
The designers are: a group headed by Stubbins Associates, which is working with a group that includes the Rouse Co., Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Daniel P. Henson III; RTKL Associates, which is working with a joint venture of James F. Knott Development Co. and Boston Properties; Washington architect Vlastimil Koubek, who is working with a joint venture of Questar Properties and Manekin Corp., with Omni Construction Co. as the general manager; and the Hillier Group, which is affiliated with Perini Corp. of Boston and Linpro Cos. of Washington and Philadelphia, with Perini as the general contractor.
Stubbins has designed a building for a downtown Baltimore site, RTKL and Koubek are working with sites off Rolling Road, and Hillier's site is in Owings Mills. One team will be selected by the middle of next year.
Baltimore's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation has indicated it would support a plan by the owners of a parking lot at 925 N. Charles St. to screen the property for continued use as a parking lot -- but not permanently.
At a meeting earlier this month, panelists asked the property owners to have the language of a pending City Council bill changed so there would be a limit on the period that the lot can be used for parking.
The site was cleared to make way for a five-story office building that was never built.
After that meeting, the language was changed to allow the owners to operate the parking lot for up to two years before seeking additional approval from the city. The council is expected to vote on the bill by early next month.
Around the region:
* Command Technology, a high-tolerance machine shop operation, purchased 2 acres at Brandon Woods Business Park and plans to construct a 15,000-square-foot building. John Wilhide of Casey & Associates represented the buyer, and Dwight Taylor of the KMS Group represented the owner.
* Northeast Beverage, distributor of Coors beer for Harford and Cecil counties, purchased a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in the Peninsula Industrial Park, Route 272 and Interstate 95 in Northeast.
Andy Georgelakos and Steve Martel of Kayne Levin Neilson Bavar Realtors represented the buyer and seller.
* Atlantic Graphics Systems has purchased a 3,000-square-foot office and warehouse unit at Broken Lane Business Center, 9687 Gerwig Lane in Columbia. Richard Fields of Casey and Associates represented the landlord, Guilford Limited Partnership, and the Carey Winston Co. represented the buyer.
* Casey & Associates Inc., a commercial and industrial real estate firm active in the Baltimore-Washington area, has moved its Columbia office to the Parkside Building at 10500 Little Patuxent Parkway.
* Greenmount Moving & Storage recently broke ground for a 60,000-square-foot office and warehouse building on Trade Zone Avenue in Collington for use as its corporate headquarters. John Wilhide and Richard Fields of Casey & Associates represented the tenant and developer, William H. Knott. The firm will continue to use its facility on Hollins Ferry Road in Linthicum for file storage.