Design for new Social Security campus unveiled

$200 million project to be built in Northwest Baltimore

  • Jon Miller, managing director for AECOM Engineering, presents the design for the new Social Security Administration building along the Reisterstown Road corridor in Northwest Baltimore.
Jon Miller, managing director for AECOM Engineering, presents… (Baltimore Sun photo by Barbara…)
December 09, 2010|By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun

The winner of a national competition to build an office campus for the Social Security Administration unveiled a preliminary design for the project Thursday at a meeting of Baltimore's Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel.

The $200 million office campus, which will house 1,600 SSA employees in Northwest Baltimore, will be anchored by two office buildings — one five stories, the other seven stories — connected by a large glass atrium.

One of the largest and most costly projects planned for Baltimore, the campus will also include a six-story garage, cafeteria, fitness center, day care center and parking spaces for 80 bicycles. Each office building will have a "green" roof, and most employee workstations will be less than 50 feet from a window.

Planned for 11.3 acres near the Reisterstown Road Plaza Metro Station, the 538,000-square-foot project will replace the 30-year-old Metro West complex on Greene Street near downtown Baltimore. It will be the first phase of a 36-acre "transit-oriented development" that eventually could include housing, shops and more office space. Construction is expected to begin next year and be complete in 2014.

Panel members indicated they were generally pleased with the preliminary design, which calls for two entrances, one facing the Metro station and the other the garage. For security purposes, the buildings will be surrounded by a 50-foot buffer zone of parks and plazas.

The development team is led by The JBG Companies of Chevy Chase and its architect, AECOM of Arlington, Va.

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