Stadium architect to speak at BMAJoseph Spear, one of the...


March 03, 1996

Stadium architect to speak at BMA

Joseph Spear, one of the lead architects for the $200 million football stadium proposed for Camden Yards in Baltimore, will discuss his firm's work in sports design during a lecture at the Baltimore Museum of Art March 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The talk will be Mr. Spear's first public appearance since the Maryland Stadium Authority negotiated an agreement to build a 70,000-seat stadium for the football team moving from Cleveland.

Mr. Spear, a partner of HOK Sports Facilities Group of Kansas City, was also the lead architect for Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Mr. Spear is the kickoff speaker in a spring lecture series on architecture sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Other lecturers will be: Jack Travis, a New York-based designer who has worked for celebrity clients such as Spike Lee and Wesley Snipes, on March 27; architect Andrea Leers, on April 10; and architect Samuel Mockbee, on April 24.

All lectures are held at the Baltimore Museum of Art beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person ($5 for seniors and students). Information: 625-2585.

Residential building contracts down 19%

Maryland residential construction contracts awarded in January dropped more than 19 percent below the same month in 1995, according to the F. W. Dodge Division of McGraw-Hill.

In January 1995, residential construction contracts totaled $169.5 million. The figure was $136.9 this year.

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