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University of Maryland Mulls Making BioPark Building Taller; Extra Cost Prohibits On-Spec Construction

BioRegion News
By Alex Philippidis

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is considering plans to grow its BioPark research campus by building a taller fourth building than currently planned, though the added cost would require the school to abandon its plan to build it on-spec, the life science campus’ top executive told BioRegion News last week. “We’re looking at amending our plans to go up as high as eight to 12 stories,” making it the tallest of the four BioPark structures, with between 300,000 and 400,000 square feet of space, James Hughes, MBA, president of the UM BioPark, said during a tour of the just-completed second building. Current plans for the fourth building, as with the first three buildings developed until now, limit height to six stories.