Hopkins unveils designs for 3 buildings Medical units to add clinical, teaching, research space

July 19, 1996|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF

As part of a campaign to build more teaching, research and clinical space, representatives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions yesterday unveiled designs for three buildings that would dramatically alter their East Baltimore campus.

Construction is to begin first on the Cancer Research Building, a $50 million complex at the northeast corner of Orleans and Bond streets. With 10 levels, it would provide teaching and research space for about 400 people. Construction is scheduled to start early next year and be completed by early 1999.

The other structures are a General Services Building that would rise by late 1998 at the northwest corner of Orleans and Bond streets, and a 550-car garage planned for the northeast corner of Orleans and Caroline streets. No completion date for the garage has been determined.

All three buildings are contingent on Hopkins' ability to raise sufficient funds and obtain necessary city permits.

During a presentation to Baltimore's Design Advisory Panel, architect Benjamin Rook, a partner of Odell Associates, which designed the General Services Building, said the buildings are consistent with a plan to make Orleans Street the main gateway to Hopkins' medical campus, where nearly $1 billion worth of construction is under way or planned for completion in the next 10 years.

Already under construction is a $99 million Comprehensive Cancer Center at the northeast corner of Orleans Street and Broadway.

The Cancer Research Building is one of the first in Maryland by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, a Oregon-based architectural firm working with Henningson Durham and Richardson of Alexandria, Va. Architect Robert Frasca said the design takes some cues from the Outpatient Building on Broadway. It will have large windows, cast stone sills and modified Flemish bond brick.

The building will not have the sort of ornamentation found on Hopkins' most historic structures. "We're dealing with details in very, very careful ways," Frasca said. The General Services Building has been designed to be compatible with the Cancer Research Building, Rook said.

In addition to office space, General Services Building will include a large chilled-water plant that will be used to cool campus buildings at a substantial savings to Hopkins. The two buildings will frame a new entrance to the medical complex from Orleans Street, Rook added.

Members of the design panel, which reviews building designs for the city Housing Department, praised the preliminary proposal for the Cancer Research Building. But they raised questions about the ice-storage tanks on the General Services Building. "It's very important what you do because it will set a precedent," said panel member Phoebe Stanton.

Pub Date: 7/19/96

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