Tower designer chosen


A development group headed by the Rouse Co. has selected the Stubbins Associates Inc. to head the architectural and engineering team being assembled in the group's bid to build a $97 million federal office tower next to Camden Yards stadium in downtown Baltimore.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based firm, founded by Hugh A. Stubbins in 1949, is perhaps best known for its design of Manhattan's Citicorp Center, a 46-story office tower whose sharply sloping roofline made it an

instant landmark on the New York City skyline when it opened in 1977.

Stubbins has no buildings in Baltimore and has not previously worked for Rouse. Its selection is a sign that Rouse felt it needed a first-rate designer to compete against suburban developers vying for the project, a 664,000-square-feet headquarters for the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration.

Tom Brudzinski, associate director of design for Rouse, said his team finalized negotiations with a Stubbins representative yesterday after considering four finalists.

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