Design team is selected for medical biotech center

December 11, 1991|By Edward Gunts

The University of Maryland has selected an architectural team to design a $45 million Medical Biotechnology Center downtown.

Davis, Brody & Associates, a nationally known design firm based in New York City, was selected last week to be the lead architect for the facility, to be constructed in the shell of the former Hutzler's department store warehouse on Lombard Street just east of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Davis, Brody will be working on the 200,000-square-foot project in a joint venture with Edmunds & Hyde Architects of Baltimore and the Boston-based engineering firm of BR+A, among others.

The state acquired the massive Hutzler's building more than a year ago to house the Medical Biotechnology Center, a key component of the university's plan to expand its research activities in the life sciences field.

The new research facility will replace a much smaller one on the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus.

The Medical Biotechnology Center is a division of the Maryland Biotechnology Institute, an umbrella organization of the university that oversees the work of six scientific centers around the state.

The state legislature approved design funds for the center this year. State planners say they hope to develop a design and obtain construction funding in time to complete the facility by the mid-1990s.

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