By Brian Conlin, firstname.lastname@example.org
8:36 PM EDT, June 20, 2012
After breaking ground on a Kaiser Permanente medical center in spring 2011, construction crews have worked ahead of schedule and the Lansdowne facility is expected to open several months early.
Original estimates projected the 130,00-square-foot facility to open in summer 2013. But the facility will start servicing patients by spring 2013, according to Geb Buchness, Kaiser Permanente's vice president of strategic business development for Baltimore.
Whiting-Turner, the contractor for the project, has completed installing the structural elements and 90 percent of the shell, including the masonry, roof and windows, Buchness wrote in an email.
Work to the interior of the structure, including plumbing and electrical work, painting and installation of dry wall, remains, Buchness wrote.
A representative from Whiting-Turner said the company's policy is not to comment on projects to the media.
Once completed, the facility at 1701 Twin Springs Road, located near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Lansdowne Road, will have 35 offices, 70 exam rooms and two operating rooms, Buchness wrote.
The facility will have a 24-hour pharmacy, a laboratory, observation units and an imaging center and the capability to provide primary care and 24-hour urgent care.
Kaiser Permanente has 500,000 members in the mid-Atlantic region and 64,000 members in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Howard counties.
Buchness declined to identify how much the project cost, writing that the company does not disclose the cost of projects.
Kaiser Permanente, a 67-year-old nonprofit, is a health care provider and medical insurer based in California.
In November 2010, Lori Rogers, a business development representative for the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development ,said Kaiser Permanente estimated the construction would cost $110 million.
A majority of the 200 physicians, clinicians and staff members who will work at the new facility will be new hires, Buchness wrote.
Councilman Tom Quirk, who represents the 1st District, which includes Lansdowne, said the facility should be a boon to Lansdowne.
Quirk pointed to the improvements to Lansdowne Station, a popular shopping center on Washington Boulevard anchored by aWal-Martstore, and the arrival of Kaiser Permanente as signs of growth for the area.
"It's yet one more positive thing helping Lansdowne continue to positively redevelop and revitalize," Quirk said.
"There are so many companies that are doing well in Lansdowne," he said. "It's a very good indicator of strong success for Lansdowne in the years to come."