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Old January 23rd, 2007, 01:36 PM   #181
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This version ^ looks like its trying to avoid the subway station.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 02:24 PM   #182
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University of Maryland, Baltimore, reshapes city’s economic status, intellectual landscape
Kelly Carson, The Examiner


An aerial photo of the University of Maryland Baltimore’s BioPark shows progress made on the 11-building project. The building to the right is already open. The building on the left is expected to be completed later this year and will house the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office. Printer Friendly | PDF |

BALTIMORE - It’s an awesome number to think about. Every $1 in state funding received by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, returns $16.54 in financial activity to the economy of the Baltimore region. “Over the past 10 years, we’ve had significant growth,” said Jim Hill, UMB’s vice president for administration and finance. “We’ve more than doubled our research efforts in the past 10 years and that’s brought in a heck of a lot of money that generates new jobs.”

UMB turns 200 this year, and its economic prowess is building steam to carry it well into the future. David S. Iannucci, Baltimore County’s director of economic development, said UMB helped put the region “on the map.” “A well-educated work force is the Baltimore region’s most important economic development tool,” Iannucci said. “The professional schools and research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore help put us on the map as a world-class center for discovery and intellectual capital.”

Statistics from a 2006 study conducted by the Jacob France Institute, the economic research center at the University of Baltimore, looked at UMB’s economic impact through purchases it makes from Maryland companies, and salaries and benefits paid to its faculty and staff. Just in income tax and sales tax, the university and its personnel contribute between $27.6 million and $32 million, according to the study.

UMB’s building program, particularly at the BioPark, adds millions of dollars to the economy through construction contracts and salaries paid to construction workers. “We receive the money from the state and have to go out on bids, and it’s the private sector we go to for those bids,” Hill said.

The 10-acre BioPark will offer 1.2 million square feet of lab and office space in 11 buildings and create 2,500 jobs and $300 million in capital investment, according to data. Jane Shaab, vice president of economic development at UMB, said Baltimore’s rich history in medical research, led for decades by neighboring Johns Hopkins University, leads demand from emerging life science businesses.

“The raw material that gets biotech going is research,” Shaab said. “We’ve got the raw material and will continue to have it.”

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Old January 23rd, 2007, 03:43 PM   #183
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I still dont know what the platforms(near the top) are on either of those renderings. Im assuming they are some kind of sky walk.
Could be some kind of an observation deck.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 03:48 PM   #184
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Could be some kind of an observation deck.
Naw, dude. The designers were thinking ahead to future spurs of the gondola project!

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Old January 23rd, 2007, 04:26 PM   #185
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There was a article in the BBJ yesterday I think about Mercy buildings but I couldn't rad the whole thing. Anyone else see it? Maybe it had something on the new hospital.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 07:00 PM   #186
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University of Maryland, Baltimore, reshapes city’s economic status, intellectual landscape
Kelly Carson, The Examiner


An aerial photo of the University of Maryland Baltimore’s BioPark shows progress made on the 11-building project. The building to the right is already open. The building on the left is expected to be completed later this year and will house the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office. Printer Friendly | PDF |
What blocks do these two builds and the remaining buildings to the biopark occupy? I was trying to figure it out on google earth but there picture is about 4 years old. Hard to imagine how much has changed in 4 years.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 07:04 PM   #187
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What blocks do these two builds and the remaining buildings to the biopark occupy? I was trying to figure it out on google earth but there picture is about 4 years old. Hard to imagine how much has changed in 4 years.
That's Baltimore Street running between the two buildings (bottom to top). It's West of MLK Blvd. which would be at the botom of the picture if it were a tad larger. The street on an angle in front of the two new buildings (left to right) is Fremont Street. The rest of the buildings will be on both sides of Baltimore Street up to the parking garage visible in the distance.

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Old January 23rd, 2007, 07:12 PM   #188
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There was a article in the BBJ yesterday I think about Mercy buildings but I couldn't rad the whole thing. Anyone else see it? Maybe it had something on the new hospital.
I bought the paper on Saturday and it says little about the new hospital. It is all about comparing the 1969 tower to the Weinberg building and how hospital design has changed over the years in terms of space, colors, amenities, etc.

Some examples are narrow halls vs. wide ones, wards vs. private rooms, water features in lobbies vs. nothing of interest, and natural light vs. florescent light.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 08:16 PM   #189
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"I was trying to figure it out on google earth but there picture is about 4 years old. Hard to imagine how much has changed in 4 years."

Tell me about it...check out this screenshot. No Harbor East, New Aquarium Wing, Best Buy, etc. It's getting kind of useless downtown.

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Old January 23rd, 2007, 08:41 PM   #190
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Figure this one out. The Examiner in the article I posted today said that the building under construction in the picture is the Medical Examiner's Building.

The BBJ today in the article below says they haven't even started construction on the Medical Examiner's Building yet. Who is right?

Gilbane to head construction for BioPark building
Baltimore Business Journal - 1:33 PM EST Tuesdayby Daniel J. SernovitzStaff

The state has picked a Laurel development firm as the lead builder of a $37 million Forensic Medical Center at the University of Maryland's biotechnology park on Baltimore's west side.

The Department of General Services selected Gilbane to serve as construction manager for the six-story, 120-square-foot building at the UMB BioPark, a biotechnology park under development at the corner of Baltimore and Poppleton streets next to the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. Construction is slated to be finished by early 2010.


The building will serve as the office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and according to a press release from Gilbane, will include four main sections:

a Medical Examiner Administration area;
a Main Autopsy area;
a Special Procedures Autopsy area;
and Laboratory area.
Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2008.

In July 2006, the Maryland Board of Public Works awarded a $4 million design contract to Baltimore-based Gaudreau Inc. and Phoenix, Ariz.-based McLaren, Wilson & Lawrie to come up with plans for the building. The team was selected over five other firms that submitted proposals to the board.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 10:47 PM   #191
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Figure this one out. The Examiner in the article I posted today said that the building under construction in the picture is the Medical Examiner's Building.

The BBJ today in the article below says they haven't even started construction on the Medical Examiner's Building yet. Who is right?

Gilbane to head construction for BioPark building
Baltimore Business Journal - 1:33 PM EST Tuesdayby Daniel J. SernovitzStaff

The state has picked a Laurel development firm as the lead builder of a $37 million Forensic Medical Center at the University of Maryland's biotechnology park on Baltimore's west side.

The Department of General Services selected Gilbane to serve as construction manager for the six-story, 120-square-foot building at the UMB BioPark, a biotechnology park under development at the corner of Baltimore and Poppleton streets next to the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. Construction is slated to be finished by early 2010.


The building will serve as the office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and according to a press release from Gilbane, will include four main sections:

a Medical Examiner Administration area;
a Main Autopsy area;
a Special Procedures Autopsy area;
and Laboratory area.
Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2008.

In July 2006, the Maryland Board of Public Works awarded a $4 million design contract to Baltimore-based Gaudreau Inc. and Phoenix, Ariz.-based McLaren, Wilson & Lawrie to come up with plans for the building. The team was selected over five other firms that submitted proposals to the board.
We can't trust the media anymore.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:39 AM   #192
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Hmmm. I wouldn't have noticed that. Oh yeah great avatar SilverSpringer.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 04:11 AM   #193
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Baltimore Office Trades for $7M

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Baltimore Office Trades for $7M
By Erika Morphy
BALTIMORE-Locally based CAG USA Inc. has sold 981 Corporate Blvd. to a locally based real estate investor, Lewis Investment Co., for $7 million. Bo Cashman and Jonathan Beard of CB Richard Ellis’ Investment Properties Group represented the seller.
KPSS Inc. has been the sole tenant since the property delivered in 1995, occupying 100% of the available space for use as its North American headquarters. The 33,026-sf, two-story office building features a two-story atrium entrance and a two-story glass entry from two sides of the building.

The building was part of a land parcel with two office buildings. CAG subdivided the land in order to sell one of the buildings, Beard tells GlobeSt.com. Now, CAG remains the sole occupant of the neighboring property, 979 Corporate Blvd., which is a warehouse/office facility.

Beard says office sales in the Baltimore-Washington corridor have been relatively scarce, compared to the larger market. “This deal was noteworthy for that reason.”

http://www.globest.com/news/827_827/.../152313-1.html
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Old January 24th, 2007, 11:57 AM   #194
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Booming tourism industry sparks hotel development

(Arianne Starnes/ For The Baltimore Examiner)
The Hampton Inn off Washington Boulevard in downtown Baltimore on Friday Printer Friendly | PDF | Email | digg
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BALTIMORE - Businesses like it when tourists and conventioneers visit Baltimore — but love it when they sleep over.


According to the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourists added $2.96 billion to Charm City’s economy in 2006, a whopping $2.17 billion of that total coming from visitors who slept over. Keeping tourists overnight seems to be the key for hotels, and is a big factor in recent expansion.

“For years, we have talked about the lack of hotel rooms, and now we are getting them,” said Nancy Hinds, vice president of public affairs for the visitors bureau. “They can complement one another.”

According to the Downtown Partnership, a nonprofit group dedicated to the improvement of downtown Baltimore, there are 5,968 hotel rooms in downtown Baltimore, consisting of a one-mile radius from Pratt and Light streets.

The most recent hotel opening downtown is the Hampton Inn at Camden Yards. Opened in early December, the 126-room Hampton Inn is representative of the niche that smaller hotels have found in the Inner Harbor.

Mike Evitts, a spokesman with the Downtown Partnership, named several other hotel projects that are currently being worked on, including seven that will be around the same size as the new Hampton Inn.

“There are 1,296 new hotel rooms under construction,” Evitts said. “You always want to be careful, but hotel developers look at what kind of inventory there is currently.”

Projects going on right now include the development of old business offices near Baltimore and Redwood streets into several new hotels. Evitts referred to this redevelopment effort as “Baltimore Street’s hotel row.”

Evitts also reports that there are 1,296 new hotel rooms under construction in downtown Baltimore, with 794 more hotel rooms planned for 2007. The biggest project being worked on right now is the Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel.

The $300 million-plus 757 room project is set to open in the August 2008.

The development “attracts new business that may have overlooked Baltimore,” Hinds said. “It will make us more competitive.”

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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:28 PM   #195
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THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING CRANE!

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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:35 PM   #196
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Photo of Downtown Baltimore from Airtran flight.

http://www.myaviation.net/search/pho...179&size=large
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Another Airtran Downtown Photo

This one gives you a good idea of the proximity of Downtown Baltimore to BWI.

http://www.myaviation.net/search/pho...158&size=large
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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:50 PM   #198
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Your new place is looking great Wadaguy. Might be ahead of schedule on finishing up.

Those shots from the plane are really cool. With those 5 new tall towers hopefully going up (I know it's a huge if that they are all built) it would really legitimize our skyline.

What is all the forest area and such at the top of the first plane picture? I'm surprised there is still so much room for development in areas of Baltimore. We could easily get our population back to 1 million.
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Yeah which is why I don't understand why its called Baltimore-Washington International. It should just be Baltimore International. Nice photos by the way
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Hmmm. I wouldn't have noticed that. Oh yeah great avatar SilverSpringer.
Thanks. If you grab a magnifying glass and look closely you can see all the counties (and independent city) listed. Or you could just go to the governor's inaguration page.
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