FIRST, LOYOLA College in Maryland broke ground for a Tudoresque business school. Then, the University of Maryland, Baltimore began constructing a law school with Gothic overtones.
Now, the Johns Hopkins University has weighed in with another building in a period style -- a neo-Georgian structure that will house its Institute for Biomedical Engineering.
Baltimore's Design Advisory Panel recently approved preliminary plans for a four-story, 60,000-square-foot building called Clark Hall to be constructed on the west side of the Homewood campus by mid-2001.
Plans by HLM Design of Bethesda and Robert A. M. Stern Architects of New York call for a brick building with chimneys, dormer windows, a slate roof and other details that echo those of nearby older structures.
According to Graham Wyatt, an architect with Robert A. M. Stern, the building is intended to give the institute a strong presence on the Homewood campus while helping frame a potential new series of academic quadrangles near the administration building, Garland Hall. The roofline has been designed to make the structure look like two buildings joined by a common entrance, even though it's one.
"It's a long building, so our strategy was one of pavilion-ating it," he explained.
Wyatt said the designers worked in a Georgian style because they wanted to create a building that would fit with its surroundings. They also wanted to accommodate the laboratories and other teaching spaces needed by the institute. For example, the chimneys will be fume hoods for the labs inside, and the dormer windows will be vents.
"It's a Hopkins building, but it's a very workable building, too," he said.
The $18 million structure will be named after A. James Clark, the head of Clark Enterprises Inc. of Bethesda and a Hopkins trustee emeritus who gave $10 million for construction of the building and operation of the institute. The Whitaker Foundation of Rosslyn, Va., gave $17 million for the same purposes. The university has set a goal of raising $34 million to cover construction costs and operation of the institute through 2006.
Construction is due to begin by late February. The city's design review panelists recommended that the roof be steeper and the entrance be more "declarative," but generally they gave the building high praise.
"It's so much better than anything else we've seen on the campus," said panel member Phoebe Stanton, a former professor of art and architectural history at Hopkins. "All the other Georgian buildings are so prosaic."
Wyatt said the designers have tried hard to be inventive and not simply create a caricature of a Georgian building. "We don't want it to look jokey," he said. "We want it to be serious."
AIA announces winners of design awards
A parking garage near Baltimore's City Hall, a student center at Loyola College in Maryland, and a technology center in Canton are among the winners in the 1999 design awards competition sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Design awards in the "built" category went to the Baltimore City Garage in the 300 block of E. Baltimore St. and the College Center East at Loyola College, both by Cho, Wilks & Benn Architects; and Maryland's Emerging Technology Center in Canton, by Design Collective Inc. The third project, part of the Can Company complex on Boston Street, was chosen to receive the first annual Michael F. Trostel Award for Excellence in a Historic Preservation Project.
Design awards in the "unbuilt" category went to a redevelopment plan for Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., by RTKL Associates Inc., and a design for a regional meteorological center in North Carolina by Craig Carbrey.
Honorable mentions in the built category went to Beth El Chapel in Baltimore County, by Alexander Design Studio; the club level at PSINet Stadium, by Cho, Wilks and Benn; The Can Company, by Design Collective ; renovation of a master bedroom suite by Patrick Sutton Associates; Leith Symington Griswold Hall at the Peabody Institute, by Ziger/Snead Inc. & Charles Brickbauer; and Cherry Hill Town Center, by Cho, Wilks & Benn. For unbuilt work, an honorable mention went to a conference center for Christian Church in Bethany Beach, Del., by Cho, Wilks & Benn.
Residential design awards went to Mark McInturff of McInturff Architects; GOOD/Architecture, and Hammond Associates. The awards will be presented in a ceremony starting at 6: 30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the University of Maryland's School of Nursing. A grand design award will be revealed at the awards ceremony.