Kennedy Krieger Institute slates $4 million headquarters expansion

October 09, 1992|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

The Kennedy Krieger Institute, which annually serves more than 8,000 children with developmental disabilities, is planning a $4 million expansion of its headquarters at 707 N. Broadway in East Baltimore.

The plans were unveiled one day before today's dedication ceremonies for the institute's $8.5 million school in Washington Hill for children with physical and learning disabilities.

Representatives for the institute yesterday showed Baltimore's Design Advisory Panel plans that call for a seven-story addition containing office and conference space for the organization's growing staff.

Designed by Gaudreau Inc., the addition would rise just west of the current five-story building and would free space for patient care and research laboratories, according to Brian Porter, director of facilities.

Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, the institute serves children who suffer from cerebral palsy, mental retardation, genetic disorders or severe behavioral problems.

It also provides post-trauma rehabilitation care for children and adolescents disabled by severe brain or spinal cord injuries.

Mr. Porter said that the staff has grown in recent years from 300 to more than 900, and that the rapid growth and need for more research space led to efforts to enlarge the Broadway facility.

He said administrators would like to have the design approved in time to seek construction bids this fall and that actual construction would take about 18 months to complete.

Today, institute employees and patients will join with city and state officials to dedicate the Kennedy Krieger School, created within the shell of the old Fairmount Hill School at 100 N. Ann St.

The Schmoke administration chose the institute to recycle the surplus city school after reviewing half a dozen proposals for the 135,000-square-foot building.

Hord Coplan Macht was the architect, and Lawrence Construction Co. was the general contractor.

The same team is now planning a second phase of renovations inside the oldest portion of the former school.

That portion includes areas for neuro-psychiatry, the Kennedy Krieger Learning Center and other programs.

The second phase project, which includes a 270-car garage, is expected to cost an additional $4 million, bringing to $12.5 million the total investment on the Fairmount Hill property.

All work is slated for completion by spring 1993.

In keeping the requirements of the city's Commission for Historic and Architectural Preservation, the school's exterior facade has been left close to its original condition. Inside, the institute created new classrooms, science laboratories, offices, vocational rooms, a library and other spaces.

Founded in 1969 and previously located at 707 N. Broadway, the state-accredited school serves students from Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel, Harford and Montgomery counties.

In addition to its learning disabilities center, it offers a full-day program for pre-school children with multiple disabilities, a specialized program for elementary students recovering from traumatic brain injury and a program for elementary school students with multiple learning and behavior difficulties resulting from neurological problems.

Because of the additional space available at the new location, the school this year began offering a program for middle-school students.

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