College making room for science classes Expansion: The College of Notre Dame of Maryland is building an addition to its science center and renovating many other buildings on campus.

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September 10, 1998|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF

SEEKING TO expand its facilities for science education, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland this month will begin construction of a $7 million addition to its Knott Science Center.

The college will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the 40,000-square-foot addition at 2 p.m. Sept. 26.

When complete in mid-1999, the building will provide additional classrooms and laboratories for the college's biology and chemistry departments. It will be linked to the original science center, which was dedicated in 1967.

The college is expanding its facilities because science is a field that more students want to pursue.

"More women are taking science courses," said Rick Staisloff, vice president for financial affairs. For many students, "the sciences are their No. 1 interest."

The brick-clad addition will give the College of Notre Dame the "state of the art laboratories" and other "high quality space" for studies in the life sciences, he said.

This also will be the first building in Baltimore designed by a noted New York firm, Robert A. M. Stern Architects. Stern designed the science center addition in conjunction with George Vaeth Associates of Columbia and has prepared a master plan for long-range development.

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. is the construction manager for the building. "It's a lovely campus," Stern said. "As we enter the new century, or millennium, I think they are doing a lot of thinking about creating an appropriate environment for educating women."

Founded in 1896, the college has more than 3,000 students in a variety of programs.

The science addition is the largest of several capital improvements under way at the college's 56-acre campus at 4701 N. Charles St.

Others include renovation of 88-year-old Meletia Hall, a residence for up to 190 students; construction of a "loop road," improvements to campus infrastructure and wiring of campus buildings to link them with the Internet.

Future projects in the master plan include a new campus center with a pool and other amenities, a classroom facility, residences and renovation of historic LeClerc Hall.

"We have a lot going on on this campus," Staisloff said. "We think it says a lot about the health of the institution."

Downtown group hires Housing Initiative director

Tracy Ward Durkin, administrator of the Charles Village Community Benefits District for the past 3 1/2 years, has been hired by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore as director of its Downtown Housing Initiative.

In that capacity, she will work to increase the number of residents in downtown Baltimore through the creation of additional housing. She will be a liaison between the city's Downtown Housing Council and property owners, developers and lenders working on residential projects.

Durkin's responsibilities will include coordinating downtown housing projects now under way, soliciting funding for new developments, monitoring the progress and impact of residential development and coordinating requests for tax relief programs, especially for conversion of older downtown office buildings to residential use.

Formed last year, the housing council works closely with the Downtown Partnership, the Baltimore Development Corp. and Baltimore's Department of Housing and Community Development. Durkin, 32, of Bolton Hill will begin her job Sept. 21 and will work out of the Downtown Partnership offices at 217 N. Charles St.

The Charles Village benefits district has launched a national search to find a new administrator.

Pub Date: 9/10/98

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