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First Steps Are Taken on HSF III

For years, Health Sciences Facility III was nothing more than a dream for administrators at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Today, with funding approved and planning nearly complete, the much-needed interdisciplinary research facility known as HSF III is quickly becoming a reality.

In fact, the first tangible steps toward its construction are taking place as work is underway to clear the site of the old dental school, Hayden-Harris Hall, at Baltimore and Pine streets. This will be the future site for HSF III, shown in this rendering, which is expected to be completed in 2017.

Robert Rowan, the University's associate vice president for facilities and operations, says the demolition of Hayden-Harris Hall will come in several steps and involve some of the following changes.

The abatement and interior demolition of Hayden-Harris Hall began on July 8 and a limited area on Pine Street was fenced off. On or about Aug. 1, a construction fence will be built around the site (shown on the map below and in a larger version here) for safety and relocating utilities, and will remain in place until completion of the entire project.

The south sidewalk of Fayette Street directly behind the building will be closed to pedestrian traffic. The east sidewalk and a major portion of the roadway on Pine Street between Fayette Street and Baltimore Street also will be fenced. The west sidewalk and a narrow emergency vehicle access way will remain open.

The actual demolition of the building will start on or about Oct. 1. The University community can watch the demolition, which will take about six months, from a webcam located nearby that will be accessible on the Internet. At that time, the southernmost vehicle lane of Fayette Street behind Hayden-Harris Hall will be closed until construction is complete. Most construction traffic will enter the site either from Pine Street or Fayette Street temporary entrances.

"At our request, the city is allowing us to provide School of Dentistry patient drop-off parking on the north side of Baltimore Street between Pine and Arch streets," Rowan says. "The current patient drop-off/turnaround on Pine Street will be inaccessible during this entire period."

The University is aware that these street closures will create some hardships and your patience during this process is appreciated. Expect to see many more updates as this exciting project moves toward completion and occupancy.

Map HSFIII
Posting Date: 07/24/2013
Contact Name: Chris Zang
Contact Phone: 410-706-2074
Contact Email: czang001@umaryland.edu