Kennedy Krieger to begin construction on expansion

January 10, 1994|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

The Kennedy Krieger Institute, which annually serves more than 8,000 children who have developmental disabilities, is about to construct a $5 million expansion of its headquarters in East Baltimore.

As designed by Gaudreau Inc. of Baltimore, the 35,000-square-foot addition will rise just west of the current five-story building at 707 N. Broadway. The seven-story building will provide additional office and conference space for the growing staff of the institute, which conducts research and provides specialized rehabilitation care for disabled children.

The addition will free space for patient care and research laboratories, said Brian Porter, director of facilities.

Work also will include alterations to the Monument Street side of the building, which faces the Johns Hopkins medical campus.

Founded in 1969, Kennedy Krieger serves children with cerebral palsy, mental retardation, genetic disorders or severe behavioral problems. It also provides post-trauma rehabilitative care for children and adolescents disabled by severe brain or spinal cord injuries.

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

The addition is the first major construction project for Kennedy Krieger since the institute spent $8.5 million to convert the former Fairmount Hill School at 100 N. Ann St. to a school for mentally and physically challenged children.

Open since October 1992, the Kennedy Krieger School serves preschool, elementary and middle-school students from Baltimore and five surrounding counties.

Kennedy Krieger has selected Oak Contracting Corp. of Baltimore as general contractor for its Broadway Street building. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of the month and be completed by spring 1995.

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