Design team chosen for UMAB library

December 07, 1992|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

After a flurry of construction in 1992, the University of Maryland at Baltimore is about to begin designing a $28 million health sciences library and information services complex.

The library will occupy one of the most prominent development sites on campus -- the west side of Greene Street between Pratt and Lombard streets, next to the Student Union.

The state Department of General Services recommended last week that the university hire a joint venture of the Columbia Design Collective of Columbia and Perry Dean Rogers & Partners of Boston to design the five-story, 166,000-square-foot library, which will be one of the largest in the state.

The team was selected over nearly 90 other firms that had expressed interest in the commission -- a sign of the increased competition for design work nationwide.

CDC/Perry Dean Rogers was selected over two runners-up, the joint venture of Shepley Bulfinch Abbott & Richardson and Cho, Wilks & Benn, and the joint venture of Davis Brody and Associates and Browne, Worrall & Johnson.

State officials now will attempt to negotiate a design contract with the top-ranked firms and, if successful, begin a 12-month design process. If they cannot strike a contract agreement with the top-ranked team, they will begin contract negotiations with the second-ranked team.

Initial planning money became available in July. University officials are seeking more money in time to finish the design and begin construction by September of 1994. Completion is expected by March 1997.

The health sciences library is one of several major capital improvement projects to get under way in recent years on the downtown campus, recently dubbed UniversityCenter.

University of Maryland Medical System administrators broke ground last month for the Homer Gudelsky Tower, an $89 million, 149-bed patient tower scheduled to open by early 1995 at the northwest corner of Lombard and Greene streets. The university also is planning to convert a former Hutzler Bros. warehouse on Lombard Street to a $45 million medical biotechnology center.

Three other buildings have been completed recently and will be dedicated Dec. 17: a six-story office and laboratory building at Penn and Lombard streets; an environmental health sciences building on Lombard Street; and a clinical building on Greene Street.

State officials plan to spend $500 million to $1 billion on capital projects in the UniversityCenter area over the next decade.

COMPONENTS OF NEW LIBRARY

The new University of Maryland at Baltimore library will replace a health sciences library that dates from 1960 and expand other facilities scattered over several older buildings.

Components of the completed project will include:

* Academic computing.

* Health information and administrative computing.

* Technically assisted learning centers.

* Stack space for circulating and noncirculating volumes.

* Staff offices.

* Support services.

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