BFI to launch $4 million recycling plant in Elkridge with grand opening today


Browning-Ferris Industries will hold a grand opening and dedication from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today to mark the completion of its newest Maryland investment, a $4 million regional recycling plant in Howard County.

The 42,000-square-foot Elkridge Recyclery, off U.S. 1 in Elkridge, will use technology developed by Aluminum Co. of America to process up to 300 tons of recyclable material a day. Its opening will result in the addition of 30 jobs to BFI's 115-person work force in Howard County.

William D. Ruckelshaus, former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and now chief executive officer of BFI, said recycling is one of the fastest-growing parts of the company's business.

"Five years ago, we served 40,000 homes in North America with recycling services. Today we serve over 3 million," he said.

J. Vinton Schafer and Sons Inc. was the contractor and builder of the Elkridge project, and DRBrasher Architects of Columbia was the architect.

Hopkins Elderhostel

The Johns Hopkins University has begun work on a $2.5 million conversion of four historic town houses on Mount Vernon Place to a 96-bed hostel.

Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse is the general contractor and development consultant, and Murphy and Dittenhafer is the architect for the project, at 601-607 N. Charles St.

Situated next to the Peabody Institute, the four-story buildings date from the 1850s. They are being converted to housing for visitors enrolled in the Elderhostel program, which enables senior citizens to travel nationwide and take college courses during one-week visits.

After completion in early 1993, the hostel is expected to be occupied 44 weeks a year.

Zeidler Roberts

The Zeidler Roberts Partnership of Toronto, the lead architect for two large projects in downtown Baltimore, is planning to buy an office building at 1025 St. Paul St. and to establish a permanent office in the city.

Martin Fiset, an architect with Zeidler Roberts, said the firm has been negotiating to purchase the office building from Edmunds & Hyde, an architectural firm that closed last month.

Manekin Corp. picked

United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co. has selected Manekin Corp. of Baltimore as the exclusive leasing agent for approximately 80,000 square feet of space in the 530,000-square-foot USF&G; tower at 100 Light St.

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