A commitment to stay in the city, Organization: The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has broken ground for a $2 million addition and headquarters renovation.

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April 15, 1999|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF

ONE OF BALTIMORE'S leading nonprofit organizations has made a strong commitment to stay in the city, breaking ground for a $2 million addition and renovation that will nearly double the size of its current headquarters.

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore will soon begin construction of a two-story addition on the west side of the Associated Krieger Building at 101 W. Mount Royal Ave.

When complete early next year, it will provide 13,500 square feet of additional space for the 19-year-old headquarters building, including administrative offices, meeting rooms and a two-story-high boardroom.

"By staying here, we have affirmed our commitment to the city of Baltimore, to its viability and its future," said Barbara L. Himmelrich, board chairwoman for the Associated.

Zanvyl Krieger, a Baltimore businessman who donated money to construct the original building, is the benefactor of the addition.

"Zanvyl Krieger has a strong and long-standing commitment to the Associated and the city of Baltimore," said Bob Hiller, a former Associated executive and president of the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund.

"His financing of the original building was actually the first step in the creation of the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund. We urged the Associated to undertake the current expansion project so that the organization might better serve the community."

Founded in 1921 as The Associated Jewish Charities, the organization "saves and serves" Jewish people in Baltimore, Israel and 58 other countries through a network of 17 local agencies and others. It has 78 employees at its Baltimore headquarters and a staff of more than 450 throughout its network of local social services agencies.

Clad in limestone and glass, the addition takes its cues from the design of the existing building and the recent expansion of Lyric Theatre. It provides a new entry on the west side of the property, away from Maryland and Mount Royal avenues, but gives the Associated a stronger presence on Mount Royal Avenue.

Hord Coplan Macht of Baltimore is the architect for the project, with Lee E. Coplan as principal-in-charge, Rolf H. Haarstad as designer and Kathleen Lechleiter as project architect.

In conjunction with the addition, the original building will be renovated and upgraded. On the fourth floor, the Associated is creating a conference facility and research center for private foundations, support foundations and philanthropic funds, said Howard K. Cohen, vice chairman of administration. "This can be their home away from home," Cohen said.

Architectural historian to speak at art museum

Architectural historian Beatriz Colomina will present the final talk in the spring lecture series sponsored by the American Institute of Architects at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The theme of the lecture series is "Threshold" -- approaching the start of a new millennium and reflecting on the century. Tickets cost $12 ($8 for seniors and students with identification).

Barbara E. Wilks elected to AIA College of Fellows

Baltimore architect Barbara E. Wilks, a founder of the firm of Cho, Wilks & Benn, is one of 97 architects nationally who have been elevated to the American Institute of Architects' prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to architects who have made contributions of national significance to the profession.

The new fellows will be invested at the AIA's 1999 national convention in Dallas next month.

Pub Date: 4/15/99

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