Behavioral biology center added to Hopkins projects


The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions are expanding an old hospital building on the Hopkins Bayview Research Campus in East Baltimore to house a new Behavioral Biology Research Center, which is scheduled to open in late summer.

Gould Architects P.A. is the designer for the 70,000-square-foot project, which involves a 30,000-square-foot addition to the former "G Building," one of the structures that make up the Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

The new center is a collaboration between Hopkins' Department of Psychiatry, the Key Medical Center and scientists at the federal government's Addiction Research Center. It is part of an estimated $450 million worth of construction projects either under construction or recently completed by Hopkins in East Baltimore, including the Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Center, which opens tomorrow at Bayview, and the $98 million Richard Starr Ross Research Building, which will be dedicated Friday at Rutland Avenue and Monument Street.

Hopkins is also breaking ground Tuesday for the Children's House, a facility that is designed to be a home away from home for families of patients who are being treated at Hopkins Children's Center. Children's House will be on McElderry Street between Wolfe and Washington streets. Gould Architects is the designer.


Construction recently began on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a $47 million headquarters and conference center on a 22.5-acre wooded site in Chevy Chase.

The institute is one of the nation's largest philanthropic organizations, with assets of about $6 billion. Employees will administer the institute's growing program of support for scientific research and education from the new headquarters.

The institute has research laboratories in 51 universities and concentrates its research in five areas: cell biology and regulation, genetics, immunology, neuroscience and structural biology. No research will be conducted at the headquarters.

The Hillier Group of Princeton, N.J., the architect for the project, designed it to reflect the residential character of surrounding neighborhoods. The George Hyman Construction Co. is the builder.


Sheldon Good & Co., the Chicago-based auctioneer that is selling 45 Colonnade condominiums Saturday, has developed a "quick close" incentive for prospective buyers. Under Good's plan, purchasers will have an option to close on their purchase within 10 days of the auction and save up to 3 percent of the amount they bid.

"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time Maryland home buyers have had the option to purchase and close on a new condominium within 10 days and receive an additional discount from the seller," said Good President Steven L. Good.

The auction will be held at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel starting at noon. The condominiums are at 4 W. University Parkway near the Johns Hopkins University.


Around the region:

* Walter Sondheim Jr., senior adviser to the Greater Baltimore Committee and chairman of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's Strategy Management Committee, will discuss the newly released report, "The Renaissance Continues: A 20-Year Strategy for Downtown Baltimore," at a meeting of the Downtown Partnership on June 13. It will be held in the John Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Saratoga streets, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The breakfast is free to Downtown Partnership members and $5 for non-members. Reservations can be made through the partnership at 244-1030.

* The 38-room Inn at Henderson's Wharf, 1000 Fell St., will have its grand opening Tuesday. The inn is on the lower level of the waterfront apartment building, which opened earlier this year.

* The Executive Plaza Gallery, featuring the work of local artists, opened last month inside the Executive Plazas complex, 11350 McCormick Road, in Hunt Valley.

* Beverly Schwink has been named property manager for Winmark Center I and Academy Junction Plaza in Odenton, two properties containing retail and office space. She also is manager of Historic Savage Mill in Savage.

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