Hundreds at groundbreaking for 9-story Gudelsky Tower

November 17, 1992|By Staff Report

Hundreds of University of Maryland Medical Center employees and students gathered yesterday to witness groundbreaking ceremonies for the newest addition to the downtown Baltimore medical complex, the $89 million Homer Gudelsky Tower.

When complete by late 1994 at the northwest corner of Lombard and Greene streets, the nine-story building will provide 185 beds for patients receiving cancer, neurological care and cardiac care. It also will be an anchor for UniversityCenter, a west-side neighborhood that has become a focus for activities related to the life sciences.

The tower was named after a former medical center cancer patient whose family donated $5 million toward construction. It is the largest donation ever made to the medical system and one of the largest ever made to any state hospital.

The Zeidler Roberts Partnership is the lead architect for the tower, which will feature a 12-story atrium reminiscent of the landscaped public spaces found inside some upscale hotels.

"We are truly building a clinical tower of the future, one that we believe will make the hospital stay more pleasant and comfortable for our patients and their families," said Morton I. Rapoport, president and chief executive officer for the medical system.

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