Two big construction projects in the city will be getting under way shortly. After a long crane shortage, two will be on the skyline shortly. The University of Baltimore School of Law building and the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus grad housing will have their official groundbreakings next month. Currently, site work and preparations are ongoing at both locations. The new UB Law building will rise 12 stores at the corner of Mount Royal and Charles Street. In addition to adding 190,000 square feet of academic space, the new building will serve as a link between the campus and Penn Station. It will be a welcome addition to a rebuilding and growing neighborhood in Midtown.
In East Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins grad housing will rise 20 stories and add 542 beds to the medical campus. In an already expanding medical campus with the Wilmer Eye Institute and Armstrong buildings finished last year, and the twin medical towers expected to be finished in early 2012, the grad housing will be a major addition to the East Baltimore skyline. Hopkins Hospital already stands on a literal and figurative hill, and the grad tower will be quite visible from a lot of the city. Most importantly, this project adds student residents to the campus and will no doubt be a catalyst for commercial and retail expansion around the hospital.
Both the UB Law Building and Hopkins grad housing are slated to be finished in 2012. As soon as construction begins we'll be sure to snap some photographs to post here on the Skyline.
This is also our 200th post, so here's to one milestone and promises for more as the news rolls out in Charm City.