Hopkins planning buildings for nursing, cancer research Help needed: The two projects for the East Baltimore campus, totaling $67 million, await funding assistance from the General Assembly, and legislators are expected to act on the request Monday.

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April 04, 1996|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF

THE JOHNS HOPKINS Medical Institutions' East Baltimore campus is expected to add two large academic buildings, costing a total of $67 million, as part of an effort by administrators to upgrade teaching and research facilities.

The first project due to get under way is a $17 million School of Nursing building, planned for the east side of Wolfe Street between McElderry and Jefferson streets. Designed by Ayers Saint Gross of Baltimore, it will combine nursing programs now scattered over five sites on two campuses.

The second project is a $50 million, 190,000-square-foot cancer research building, planned for construction on Orleans Street west of Broadway. Rising six stories, it will replace facilities inside Hopkins' cancer treatment building and the former Brown's supermarket on Bond Street. The architects are Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership (ZGF) of Portland, Ore., and Henningson Durham and Richardson Inc. of Alexandria, Va.

Both projects are in addition to a $97 million Comprehensive Cancer Center under construction at the northeast corner of Orleans Street and Broadway.

Before either new project can move ahead, Hopkins needs funding assistance from Maryland's General Assembly. Administrators this year are seeking $3 million from the state for the six-level, 88,500-square-foot nursing school. To fund the cancer research building, Hopkins requested $20 million over five years, including $2 million in the year that begins July 1. Other funds for both projects would come from a variety of sources, including gifts and grants.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening has included the requested funds in the capital budget that is under consideration by the General Assembly. Legislators are expected to act on it by Monday. If funds are allocated, construction of the nursing school would begin in June and be complete by late 1997. Construction of the cancer research building would begin in 1997 and be complete by early 1999.

The cancer research building is needed to replace antiquated labs that "don't respond to the needs of today's researchers," said Robert Schuerholz, Hopkins' executive director of facilities and real estate.

The nursing facility is needed to accommodate the steady growth of the school, which was founded in 1889 as part of the hospital and re-established in 1984 as a university division. It has 91 faculty members and more than 500 students.

The and a garden featuring medicinal herbs.

"Since 1983, we have rented space from the hospital and the School of Medicine," explained Dr. Sue K. Donaldson, dean of the School of Nursing.

"When our numbers were smaller, that was sufficient. But we have grown to a point that the arrangement now hinders our progress. The new School of Nursing building will allow us to respond to the state's growing need for primary care providers and to enhance nursing research."

The school's design -- a sort of taut Classicism -- takes cues from some of the older and more cherished buildings on the Hopkins medical campus, including the Houck building, the domed Billings building and the Welch Medical Library.

The school will have buff-colored precast concrete on the upper floors, to match the limestone of the Welch library, and a red brick base with precast stone accents. Architect Adam Gross said university leaders envision the school as "an oasis" for budding nurses, "a safe haven but not a fortress."

Barton Malow is the construction manager. Mr. Gross is the design principal in charge, and Mark Demshak is the project architect.

Design work for the cancer research building is at a preliminary stage. It will be the first major building in Baltimore for ZGF, which recently won an international competition to design a $300 million addition for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

Architects leading city walking tours

The Baltimore Architectural Foundation is sponsoring monthly walking tours of the Mount Vernon and Federal Hill neighborhoods, including a two-hour tour of Mount Vernon that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the base of the Washington Monument on Charles Street.

Architects and historians lead tours of the Mount Vernon neighborhood on the first Saturday of each month (starting at the Washington Monument), and tours of the Federal Hill and Inner Harbor neighborhoods on the second Saturday of each month (starting in Federal Hill Park, off Warren Avenue).

Tours begin at 10 a.m. and are held rain or shine, with no reservations required. They cost $10 per person.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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