The University of Baltimore has announced that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan will join Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell and many other state, local and federal officials for several grand opening events for the new John and Frances Angelos Law Center, throughout the month of April. The John and Frances Angelos Law Center will be the new home of the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Vice President Biden and Governor O’Malley will speak at a preview celebration on April 16 while a ribbon cutting ceremony and a grand opening celebration are scheduled for April 30. These events will give guests the opportunity to have a first look inside the new $112 million building.
“We are extremely honored that Vice President Biden, Justice Kagan, Governor O’Malley and other special guests will join the UB community in celebrating the opening of the new Angelos Law Center,” University of Baltimore President Robert L. Bogomolny said in a statement to the press.
The new facility is located at the northeast intersection of North Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue in midtown Baltimore. It was designed by world-renowned architect Stefan Behnisch of Behnisch Architekten in Stuttgart, Germany, and Boston, Mass., in partnership with Baltimore’s Ayers/Saint/Gross. Construction started in August 2010.
With 12 stories and 190,000 square feet of space, the John and Frances Angelos Law Center will feature a central atrium with natural light, greenery, zones for quiet contemplation and group interaction, a 32,000 square-foot library, 29 large- and small-group study spaces, a 300-seat moot courtroom and event space, and 15 classrooms, all with advanced technology. Project construction generated 1,231 jobs and more than $174 million in economic activity.
The building is named after the parents of lawyer and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos. He is an alumnus of the law school and he recently donated $5 million to help the building attain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. In total, Angelos donated $15 million to the project, as part of the university’s successful effort in raising $22 million in private funding. The state provided the remaining funds.
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