Key Medical Center gets a new name and building


April 07, 1994|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Sun Staff Writer

Seeking a new identity to go along with a new building, administrators of the Francis Scott Key Medical Center are changing the institution's name to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The change will occur April 26, when a $60 million hospital tower opens on the Bayview campus off the 4900 block of Eastern Ave. The six-story structure, containing 221 beds, will be called the Francis Scott Key Pavilion. It will begin accepting patients this summer, but the staff will start moving in the spring.

Characterized by a curving roofline visible from blocks away, the new building will feature operating rooms, an emergency department and trauma center, an imaging center, a 31-bed neurosciences unit, an acute geriatrics unit and the Baltimore Regional Burn Center.

Patients will have greater privacy because the private and semi-private rooms will replace older quarters that housed four patients in a room.

"Renaming the facility was the obvious next step in our evolution," said Ronald Peterson, president and CEO of the medical center. "It clearly conveys to our various constituencies that Hopkins medicine is practiced here by a medical staff that is largely full-time faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine."

No changes are planned in hospital management or operational procedures, officials said.

Hopkins acquired the Eastern Avenue complex, then known as Baltimore City Hospitals, in 1984 from Baltimore. Officials say the latest name change is intended to emphasize that the Bayview campus is a prominent part of the Hopkins system.

In all, the Bayview campus has 618 beds.

RTKL Associates was the lead architect for the pavilion, and RTKL and Ellerbe Becket collaborated on the interior planning and design. Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. was the construction manager.

Key Highway

Renovations have begun on a four-story building in the 1400 block of Key Highway that will be part of the expanded Baltimore Museum of Industry. Allied Contractors is donating its renovation services in exchange for permission to maintain temporary offices inside the building, formerly owned by the Bethlehem Steel Corp., for the next two years.

Allied is occupying part of the space because it has been selected as lead contractor for the $8 million reconstruction of Key Highway, from Lawrence Street to Covington Street, and needed a base from which to oversee the work.

Dennis Zembala, the museum's executive director, said the arrangement is beneficial to the museum because it enables the renovation work to proceed while keeping costs down. The brick building also will be used temporarily by other contractors and supervisors working on Key Highway before becoming office space for the museum, he added.

The reconstruction of Key Highway began recently and will continue for 18 to 22 months. The project involves widening Key Highway to allow for two lanes of traffic in each direction -- one of which will be "bicycle friendly" -- and adding a landscaped median strip. Each side of the street will also have a parking lane. While work is under way, at least one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction.


The Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Evergreen House of the Johns Hopkins University will sponsor a two-part program on the architecture of Edward Palmer and William Lamdin, design partners who were active in Baltimore during the first half of the 20th century.

Architect Michael Trostel will give a slide presentation at 7:30 p.m. April 20 about the two men at the Evergreen Theater, 4545 N. Charles St. On April 23, six Palmer & Lamdin houses in Guilford will be open for tours, by reservation only. For information, call Evergreen at 516-0341.

* Ralph Appelbaum, lead exhibit designer for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, will discuss his work at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets are $10.

* Baltimore architects Walter Schamu, Lauren B. Askew, Anthony Johns and Gary Bowden have been named to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. They will be invested at the AIA convention next month in Los Angeles.

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