The new John and Frances Angelos Law Center opened on April 30, 2013. The facility, constructed on a UB-owned parcel at the intersection of N. Charles Street and Mt. Royal Avenue, is a transformative building for the UB campus and a major architectural landmark for central Baltimore. It received both public and private support.
UB School of Law alumnus Peter Angelos, LL.B. '61; the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.;
Sayra Wells Meyerhoff, J.D. '78, M.S. '04, and Neil Meyerhoff; Jana Howard Carey, J.D. '76, and James H. Carey; The Abell Foundation; and Renée Bronfein Ades, J.D. '00, are among the leading private donors for the new law center.
The University of Baltimore selected Behnisch Architekten of Stuttgart, Germany, in
partnership with Baltimore's Ayers/Saint/Gross to design the John and Frances Angelos
Law Center following an international competition. The firm has worked in both the
public and private sectors and has completed many award-winning projects, a
number of which have become recognized as cultural and architectural landmarks.
Behnisch is known as an international leader in environmentally aware design.
UB President Robert L. Bogomolny called for a pathbreaking building that will provide a strong foundation for those activities that are central to the School of Law's mission: community involvement, public interest, diversity.
"As an educational institution, we envision a building whose design teaches critical lessons about how to create and sustain healthy urban environments," Bogomolny said. "As an institution committed to excellence, we envision a signature building whose materials reflect the quality of our aspirations."
Of the winning design, Bogomolny said, "Stefan Behnisch has articulated an initial concept for our new law center that is truly forward-thinking. Stefan's ideas about sustainable design and his creativity in responding to the evolving needs of higher education place him in the forefront of 21st-century architecture."
The project's timeline is as follows:
- Contract awarded to architect - January to February 2009
- Design phase; selection of contractor - February 2009 to May 2010
- Construction - June 2010 to late 2012
- Opening - April 30, 2013
The University of Baltimore School of Law produces many of Maryland's leading lights throughout the legal community—practitioners, judges, public defenders, prosecutors, scholars, and community and civic advocates. Alumni account for 30 percent of Maryland's circuit court judges, 34 percent of Maryland's district court judges and more than one-third of Maryland's elected state's attorneys.
- central atrium featuring natural light, greenery, zones for quiet contemplation and group interaction
- below-grade garden and seating area with a water feature
-green roofs and terraces featuring natural plantings and trees
- 300-seat moot courtroom and event space
- 15 classrooms, all with advanced technology
- 29 large- and small-group study spaces
- home to all of UB's clinical services and law-related centers
- 32,000 square foot library
- cutting-edge technologies for heating and cooling
- rainwater capture and re-use
The building’s overall intent is to capture and spread as much natural light as
possible while also carefully controlling the use of natural resources. The new law center is designed to be one of the greenest buildings in Baltimore and in the metropolitan region, using revolutionary equipment for heating and cooling, rainwater capture and re-use, and advanced classroom technology. The building incorporates a number of remarkable features including a rainwater harvesting system that captures and repurposes runoff and reduces overall water use; a green roof, terraces and a sunken garden that incorporate native and adapted plants; a dedicated system to manage fresh air through automated windows in offices, classrooms and open spaces, which is tuned to maximize the flow of clean air,
reducing energy needs during high-use periods in good weather; and nonemergency
lights that automatically shut off after business hours. During the three years of building and construction, the project partners recycled at least 50 percent of construction materials.
Current plans call for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating of platinum—which would make UB's one of the first law schools in the country to have this status. The building's LEED rating will be determined by the U.S. Green Building Council, which will validate the innovative and environmentally aware techniques and materials used to create the new law center.
UB's electronic newsletter, The Build Up, covered the construction of the Angelos Law Center. Check it out.