American Center for Physics plans headquarters at College Park


July 22, 1992|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

The American Center for Physics is moving from New York to College Park and will break ground July 29 for a 120,000-square-foot headquarters.

The center bought 24 acres for the project at RiverSide at College Park Metro, a 135-acre mixed-use campus off Kenilworth Avenue that is owned by the development firm Colton & Laskin. The five-story building will house the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society, both now in Manhattan, and the American Association of Physics Teachers in College Park.

Julien J. Studley Inc., a real estate company that advised the group on its relocation, said the College Park site was selected because of its proximity to the federal government and its access to the University of Maryland's research and educational facilities.

Kenneth W. Ford, executive director and chief executive officer of the American Institute of Physics, said a primary reason for the move is to "establish a common and highly visible home for physics in the United States."

Bernard Khoury, executive officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers, said consolidating the groups not only will provide economic benefits for the three organizations, but also will generate "intellectual energy."

"We believe this project will usher in an exciting new era of cooperation and accomplishment within the physics community," he said.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the building, and the Oliver Carr Co. has been project manager. Occupancy is scheduled for the fall of 1993, and an important feature will be the Niels Bohr Library of the history of physics. The center will be the first occupant of the Colton & Laskin development and can expand to 470,000 square feet.

Charles North renewal area

Although Triple C Real Estate Development Corp. has notified city Housing Commissioner Robert Hearn that it wants to back out of plans to build a $4.3 million retail center and office complex near the intersection of North Avenue and Howard Street, two other development groups are moving ahead with projects for city-owned land in the Charles North Urban Renewal Area.

The Baltimore Housing Partnership will meet with the city's Design Advisory Panel tomorrow to present plans for converting the old Royalton Apartments to 12 cooperative apartments designed by G & F Architects. Dankmeyer Orthotics and Prosthetics Center still is expected to enlarge its facility in the 2000 block of Maryland Avenue, city officials said.

Downtown Partnership

The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore will present its Member of the Year award to Piper & Marbury attorney Mark Pollak during its annual meeting today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Clipper City, a sailing vessel that will be docked for the event near the World Trade Center on Pratt Street.

Mr. Pollak has worked for the creation of a Downtown Management District where property owners would pay a special tax to finance increased security and maintenance services. The concept, approved by the legislature and the City Council, will take effect in the fall.

C. William Struever, president of Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, will receive the 10-Year Service Award.

Other awards will go to: Henry and Jeff's Restaurant and Kromah Gallery, for Outstanding Entrepreneurial Spirit; Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., for Outstanding Corporate Member; Building Owners and Managers Association, for Outstanding Contribution to the Public Environment; the Baltimore Police Department, for Outstanding City Agency; and La Provence Restaurant and the Baltimore Office of Promotion, for Outstanding Use of Public Space.

Around the region:

The Legal Aid Bureau, a non-profit group that provides legal service to low-income people, will begin operating on July 27 from its new headquarters at the northeast corner of Lexington and Gay streets. It will be the first permanent home for the organization, which has occupied leased space in the Candler Building on Market Place.

* Columbia Design Collective has replaced Swanke Hayden Connell of New York as architect for the interior of 100 HarborView Drive, the 254-unit first tower of the HarborView condominium complex off the 1200 block of Key Highway.

* Jonathan Melnick Auctioneers will hold an auction at 10:30 a.m. today to offer the master lease for the old St. Paul's Parish House, a four-story office building at 309 Cathedral St. The auction, at the Parish House, is a foreclosure sale on behalf of Home Federal Savings Bank of Hagerstown.

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