The construction industry may take a hit nationwide? due to the most recent economic slowdown, however, Baltimore seems poised to weather the recession better than most areas.? This is largely thanks to? a significant amount of government projects but also thanks? to? some of Baltimore’s most venerable institutions -? Universities and Hospitals.? Every major hospital in the? Baltimore area is undergoing some kind of major expansion or renovation.? This post will focus on the surge of healthcare and bioscience projects underway in Baltimore City.? Here’s just to name a few:
The Johns Hopkins Science and Technology Park:? The 31 acre life science research park will house 2 million square feet of space designed to meet the challenging demands of the biotech research industry. With an appeal to cutting-edge companies around the world, the project will generate over 6000 new jobs and stimulate business opportunity in East Baltimore and beyond. Along with 850 new or renovated homes attractive to mixed income home-owners and renters, plans call for parks, schools, landscapes and streetscapes that extend evidence of the exciting urban renaissance underway throughout Baltimore.
The University of Maryland Biotech Park: Leading Baltimore’s Westside redevelopment and expansion of the University of Maryland, Building One of the University of Maryland Biotech Park is a 120,000 square foot, six-story office and laboratory complex, featuring two parking garages. Building 2 is scheduled to open soon.
Mercy Hospital: Mercy Hospital in Downtown Baltimore is undergoing a $400 million dollar expansion which includes the construction of a new 18 story Clinical Patient Tower.? Construction has started with completion scheduled in 2010.
St. Agnes Hospital:? Components of the St. Agnes? Campus Revitalization include:
- A new patient tower with 120 private rooms
- Expansion of the main entrance with excess space for future development of ambulatory services and outpatient operating rooms.
- Renovation and expansion of the current St. Agnes Cancer Center to increase the available treatment space by 40 percent
- Renovation of three floors of the current patient tower to create private rooms
- A new medical office building
- Two parking garages that will accommodate up to 1,400 vehicles
- Updated exterior roadways, way finding, and signage
Union Memorial: The helipad? is being? constructed with safety as the top priority and has been designed to meet the most stringent safety requirements available today. It will consist of a 60 feet by 60 feet concrete area and bridge for transporting patients leading to the rear of the main hospital building. The entire project is expected to be complete this summer.? Adding an onsite helipad will allow Union Memorial to ensure ease of access to its facility and provide an expanded scope of care for critical care heart patients and those suffering traumatic hand injuries.
Maryland General? Hospital has broken ground? on a $57 million addition to its Baltimore campus. The new 96,534-square-foot building will attach to the existing hospital and house eight new operating rooms, including four specialty rooms. It will also hold an 18-bed intensive care unit, a cystoscopy room, a post-anesthesia care unit and pre-operative room and two GI suites. Plans also call for a pharmacy, laboratory and future expansion space. The project, designed by Hord Coplan Macht, could be open by spring 2010.? ?
Hopkins Hospital:Cardiovascular and Critical Care Tower: The cardiovascular and critical care tower will contain an estimated 913,000 gross square feet and the children’s hospital 560,000 gross square feet, for a combined gross square footage of 1,473,000.? Construction of a new 2,600-space garage on Orleans Street is complete and a new energy plant and loading dock are nearing completion.? ? The cardiovascular and critical care tower will be designed to support current and future technologies and techniques for surgical, interventional and emergency procedures as well as critical and acute patient care. It also will house the new Johns Hopkins Heart Institute.? A second tower to follow will house the Johns Hopkins Children Center.? When all is said and done, the project will cost over 1.2 billion dollars.
Johns Hopkins Patient & Family Pavilion (no picture available) -? A new residence for oncology patients undergoing prolonged treatment, and their families, will be built at the corner of Broadway and Orleans, just across the street from the Weinberg Building.
The four-story residence will replace the existing Hackerman-Patz and Joanne Rockwell Memorial houses, doubling their combined capacity with 40 guest suites, each with a bedroom, bath, lounge and kitchenette. “We want a homelike, welcoming environment, one that provides respite and doesn’t feel like a clinic,” says Sarah Littleton, director of residential living. “This is an entire psychosocial program that addresses needs of those undergoing cancer treatment while far away from home.”
Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine, S. Anne and C. Michael Armstrong Medical Education Building
Budget: $45 million.
| Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine, S. Anne and C. Michael Armstrong Medical Education Building, East Baltimore, Md. Design: Ballinger.Click to enlarge.
Size: 100,000 ft2.
Completion date: 2009.
Description: Four-story facility, the first to be built by the Hopkins med school in more than 25 years, will include classroom, lab, and administrative space. Features include lecture halls, computational labs, and anatomy labs. Genomics, molecular biology, and genetic biology will be strong focuses. Classrooms will be equipped with digital communication technology. A virtual microscopy capability will allow projection of high-resolution images for instruction and analysis. Anatomy labs will be equipped with large screens for easy access to digital reference tools. Facility is intended to create a new ?front door? for the entire School of Medicine.
Maryland State Forensic Medicine Center, Baltimore.
- Budget: $37 million.
| Maryland State Forensic Medicine Center, Baltimore. Design: Gaudreau Inc./McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie.Click to enlarge.
- Size: 120,000 ft2
- Completion date: 1Q2010.
- Description: New building on the campus of the Univ. of Maryland BioPark in west Baltimore will support the relocated operations of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene. The five-story building will include offices, specialized forensic labs; specialized autopsy space; and support spaces for the Chief Medical Examiner, including BSL-3 areas. The facility is intended to accommodate growth in the office of the medical examiner for the next 30 years.