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Bayview-NIH Celebration

Celebrating the enduring partnership between the NIH and Johns Hopkins, symbolized by the launch of work on NIH’s new Biomedical Research Center at Bayview, will be leaders from Hopkins and NIH as well as federal, state and local officials.*

When: Oct. 12, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: north parking lot

* Invitation only

At Bayview, a Quartet of Construction Projects

Here's the dirt: NIH is building its biggest Baltimore building ever at Bayview.
Just as smoke signals fire, that huge—really huge–-pile of dirt on the Hopkins Bayview campus suggests that a major building project is in the works.

The National Institutes of Health is beginning work on its biggest Baltimore building ever: the $250 million, 563,000-square-foot Biomedical Research Center. The building will be the new home to both of Bayview’s longtime NIH residents, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

The Biomedical Research Center will occupy a 12-acre site and provide laboratories, clinical space and offices for approximately 1,000 scientific researchers and support staff, as well as 200 parking spaces. It will house a conference facility capable of handling 300 people, a 100-seat cafeteria and a library. Its eight- and 10-story towers, built on a hillside, will overlook I-895.

When the Biomedical Research Center opens in 2006, it will continue a long association with federal research. In the 1940s, back when Bayview was City Hospitals, the U.S. Public Health Service established a small research operation within its pioneering Department of Gerontology. The next year, Nathan Shock, chief of NIH’s newly formed Unit on Gerontology of the Division of Physiology, set up shop at City Hospitals. In 1968, the NIA opened its $7.5 million Gerontology Research Center on the Eastern Avenue campus. The National Institute on Drug Abuse moved to City Hospitals from Lexington, Ky., in 1979 and opened its Addiction Research Center there in 1985.

While the NIA building will remain leased to the NIH, the old NIDA building will be used by Hopkins and transformed into a state-of-the-art research facility, reflecting “the ‘big science’ approach to multidisciplinary research,” says Reuven Pasternak, the School of Medicine’s vice dean for the Bayview campus. “What we’re looking to do is to take researchers who are engaged in either common research questions or methodologies and link them together on the campus.”

The Biomedical Research Center is just part of a series of construction efforts now going on at Bayview. A new road, Bioscience Drive, stretching a quarter mile from the Lombard Street entrance to Nathan Shock Drive, will serve as the primary entrance road to the new NIH building. It will be graded and gravel-covered by December and used primarily as a construction road until the building is finished, when it will be paved.

A new four-acre, 24-foot-deep storm-water management pond, designed to address the storm-water handling needs of the entire north side of the campus, will be completed before the end of the year.

In the meantime, a 386-space parking lot has opened on the northeast corner of the campus. Finally, a new 700- to-800-space parking garage is set to be built on the site of the east visitors lot and completed by 2005. For visitors to the burgeoning campus, the new garage is nothing short of a godsend.

Neil A. Grauer



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