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The New Angelos Law Center

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.


      • Project Facts and Funding

        The $114.3 million, 192,000-square-foot law project at North Charles Street and Mt.
        Royal Avenue was completed in April 2013 and provides a new, innovative learning
        space for the UB School of Law. The 12-story law center includes 15 classrooms, 29 large- and small-group study spaces, a 32,000-square-foot library and a 300-seat moot courtroom and event space. The building also houses all of the school’s clinical services and law-related centers. Over the past three years, the building has created 1,231 jobs, generating more than $174 million in economic activity.

        The facility is named for the parents of School of Law alumnus Peter Angelos, LL.B. '61; he gave $15 million as part of UB‘s successful effort in raising $22 million in private funding.
      • Leading Donors

        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.

      • Project Design

        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."

         

      • Timeline

        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

      • School of Law Background

        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.

      • Points of Interest

        - 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

      • A Commitment to Green

        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.

      • The Build Up: A Newsletter on Law Center Construction

        UB's electronic newsletter, The Build Up, covered the construction of the Angelos Law Center. Check it out.

      • Awards and Honors

        The Angelos Law Center earned recognition as part of the 2013 American Institute of Architecture-Maryland chapter's 2013 Design Awards. It received an Honor for Institutional Architecture. Learn more.

        The Building Congress & Exchange has presented the facility with several accolades:

        -2013 Wood Floor Treads and Handrails Craftsmanship Award
        -2013 Curtainwall Craftsmanship Award
        -2013 Spiral Staircase Craftsmanship Award 
        -2013 Mechanical Pipe Installation Craftsmanship Award
        -2013 Elevators Craftsmanship Award
        -2012 Exposed Concrete Structure Craftsmanship Award

        From Europe's interclima+elec, the building earned the 2013 Energy Performance + Architecture Award as part of a portfolio of architectural projects submitted by Behnisch Architekten

        The Maryland chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has given two awards to the building:

        -the USGBC 2012 Wintergreen Award for Innovation in Sustainable Design
        -the USGBC President's Award

        Learn more about both.

         

News

The University of Baltimore School of Law: A Vision for the Future (pdf)

Message from the President (pdf)