Whiting-Turner makes $3M gift to UMB

Whiting-Turner makes $3M gift to UMB for interdisciplinary medical center

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. is donating $3 million to the University of Maryland, Baltimore to establish an interdisciplinary medical center on its west side campus.

The Interprofessional Education Center is expected to be based in the currently empty H.C. Walterhoefer Building, located at 121 N. Greene St., UMB announced Wednesday. Plans to establish the center have been in the works for several years, as university leaders have made interdisciplinary education a priority.

"The future of health care is reliant upon effective interdisciplinary teamwork, and our IPE Center was founded in order to ensure that students from each of our seven schools are trained with this in mind," UMB President Jay A. Perman said in a statement. "Whiting-Turner's generosity will provide the infrastructure to enable that vision to take shape."

The facility will house simulated exam rooms and other practice environments to allow collaboration between faculty and students in all its schools, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, social work and pharmacy. It also would include the President's Clinic, which brings students from across the university's schools to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of patients treated by Perman, a pediatric gastroenterologist, and others.

Renovation of the building also is expected to strengthen the area, located just west of downtown, where city leaders and others have been pushing for revitalization.

UMB spokesman Alex Likowski said the university is still working on designs and a timeline for opening the center. While the renovation is expected to cost more than $3 million, the gift represents a "significant step" toward its completion, he said.

Headquartered in Towson, Whiting Turner has offices in more than 15 states. Among its projects, it counts the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Maryland Zoo, and the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

nsherman@baltsun.com

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