SEEKING STRONG coordination of their many building projects, administrators of the Johns Hopkins University will soon hire an architectural consultant to prepare a master plan for the Homewood campus.
University representatives this month have been interviewing prospective designers with the goal of commissioning a comprehensive plan that will help guide growth of the 128-acre campus in North Baltimore. A decision is expected soon.
Representatives say they want design experts to take a fresh look at the campus because the master plan was last updated in 1986 and many projects have been proposed for the Homewood campus.
Hopkins recently renovated apartment buildings on the east side of Charles Street and completed other university-related developments that have altered the way students and others move to and from campus, the representatives say, and the master plan needs to reflect that.
Also, a master plan recently was completed for Greater Charles Village, and Baltimore's planning department is working on a comprehensive plan for the entire city.
"This is a good time to do it," said Dennis O'Shea, a university spokesman. "There has not been a master plan in some time, and the campus has grown considerably. The center of gravity has shifted toward Charles Street, because so much is happening on the east side of Charles Street."
The Homewood campus is bounded roughly by Charles Street on the east, University Parkway on the north, San Martin Drive on the west and the Baltimore Museum of Art on the south.
Projects in the works for the Homewood campus and vicinity include: An $18 million, 60,000-square-foot biomedical engineering building that will be named Clark Hall, after trustee A. James Clark, who pledged $10 million toward its construction. Tentatively planned to go up west of Garland Hall, the university's main administration building, Clark Hall would contain 13 faculty laboratories, 10 labs for visiting scientists, four undergraduate teaching labs, classrooms and computer facilities. Its construction is the first step in the planned creation of the Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Institute. Work is expected to begin late next year, with completion in March 2001. The university is selecting an architect for that commission.
A $17 million student arts center on the west side of Charles Street near 33rd Street. Tod Williams Billie Tsien & Associates of New York is the designer.
A bookstore on the northeast corner of Charles and 33rd streets. The university is seeking a developer for that project.
A $9 million student recreation center planned for land south of Newton White Athletic Center on the north end of campus. Sasaki Sports Inc. of Watertown, Mass., has been hired to design the building. Construction is expected to start next fall and be completed in fall 2000.
An interfaith center that will open early next year inside the former Wilson Memorial United Methodist Church at Charles Street and University Parkway. J. A. Ammon + Associates is the architect.
University officials say the planning will not hold up design work or construction of projects under way, but it will help them coordinate the projects and develop a strategy for identifying additional construction sites.
Another objective is to ensure that what happens on campus is consistent with redevelopment efforts for the surrounding areas, said trustee Connie Caplan.
The selected planners will be asked to suggest ways to identify the area as a campus and address issues ranging from signs and lighting to transportation and parking, she explained.
"It's not just a land plan," she said. "There's a need to look at the Hopkins campus and its relationship to the community around ** it."
Many people don't know they're passing Hopkins when they drive along Charles Street, she said. "There's nothing that indicates this is a great university campus. We have to figure out a way to do it. There has to be a sense of place."
Once a design team is hired, O'Shea said, work is expected to begin early next year and be completed by January 2000.
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Pub Date: 12/24/98