Prometric to move to Canton Crossing

Educational testing firm to fill 3 floors in new waterfront tower

November 04, 2005|By LORRAINE MIRABELLA | LORRAINE MIRABELLA,SUN REPORTER

Testing company Thomson Prometric plans to move its Baltimore headquarters and 400 employees next year to one of the city's newest developments on its eastern fringe, the company will announce today.

The subsidiary of The Thomson Corp., an information technology company based in Stamford, Conn., will move next November from Harbor East to the new 17-story tower at Canton Crossing in Canton. Prometric, which was owned by Baltimore-based Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. from 1997 to 2000, has been based at 1000 Lancaster St. at Harbor East since 1996, when the building opened.

Prometric will move into three floors of the Canton Crossing tower on Highland Avenue between Clinton and Baylis streets and occupy 85,000 square feet. The waterfront development in Canton is slated to encompass $1 billion worth of new offices, restaurants, luxury condominiums and a hotel.

The company currently leases just over 81,000 square feet on four floors of the Lancaster Street building, which is also home to Charleston restaurant and The Promenade, a 113-unit luxury apartment building.

Prometric had considered relocating offices outside Baltimore as well.

Michael Brannick, president of Thomson Prometric, was unavailable yesterday. But in an announcement to be released today, the company said it chose the Canton location for its ability to meet the needs of Prometric's growing business, offering "a more collaborative work environment" that will allow for an expansion of the company's data center.

Prometric works with Education Testing Service, the Princeton, N.J.-based administrator of standardized tests for higher education, and provides certification and training exams to more than 600 companies and associations through a network of testing centers and via the Internet. In July, Prometric announced a seven-year, $30 million deal with the Association of American Medical Colleges to administer a computerized version of the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, to prospective medical students.

The Canton Crossing tower is more than half-leased, with Prometric the largest tenant to date to sign on, said Edwin F. Hale Sr., the developer of Canton Crossing.

"This puts the exclamation point on the building," Hale said. "This means the acceptance of Canton Crossing is here, because of where we are at I-95 and the views."

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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