Administrators at the University of Maryland at Baltimore will break ground at 9:30 this morning for a $50 million Health Sciences Facility, a key component of the campaign to make the downtown campus a center for the life sciences.
The site at Pine and Redwood streets will house 86,000 square feet of research and medical education space, primarily for the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
"The Health Sciences Facility is yet another visible manifestation of the UniversityCenter neighborhood we are building and the life sciences vision we are pursuing," said Errol L. Reese, president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Dr. Donald E. Wilson, dean of the medical school, said the building "will also help us recruit and retain outstanding faculty and attract top undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate ,X students."
The Health Sciences Facility is one of the three largest building projects at the Baltimore complex over the next several years.
The others are an $85 million addition to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Homer Gudelsky Patient Tower being built at the northwest corner of Lombard and Greene streets, and a $38 million conversion of the old Hutzler Bros. warehouse in the 700 block of W. Lombard St. to a medical biotechnology center.
The Health Sciences Facility is slated for completion in 1995.