February 27, 2003
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Hopkins Breaks Ground for New Cancer Research Building 
Second in three years to make room for more grant-winning scientists

Just three years after dedicating a building devoted solely to cancer research, Johns Hopkins Medicine broke ground for a second cancer research building on its East Baltimore campus on Monday, March 3, 2003. The groundbreaking ceremony included elected officials such as Senator Paul Sarbanes, Maryland State Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon, as well as Hopkins leaders, including Raymond A. "Chip" Mason, chairman and CEO of Legg Mason, Inc. and chairman of the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins University.

Construction of the new, $80 million cancer research building, dubbed CRB II, is expected to begin in May and be completed by May 2005. It will be located on Orleans Street, west of Broadway, next to the three-year old Bunting*Blaustein Cancer Research Building. The Clark Construction Group, Inc. is the construction manager.

"The need for new facilities arises out of our success," according to Edward D. Miller, M.D., Dean/CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Our experience has been that when the government or private donors help with funding for our infrastructure, as they did for the first cancer research building, the Bunting*Blaustein Building, we are better able to recruit talented young scientists, providing an enormous return on investment.

"We need this new facility to accommodate the steady growth in numbers of our faculty securing gifts or grants to support the fight against cancer," he says. "The unraveling of the human genome combined with the explosion in information technology have opened many new approaches in that fight. Fortunately, our scientists have been leaders in transforming our understanding of cancer and almost daily are making new advances against these diseases.

"While the cancer research building we dedicated in December 1999 made room for scientists from our Kimmel Cancer Center, this new structure will provide room for scientists from other departments also engaged in cancer research, an effort that has become profoundly interdisciplinary," Dr. Miller explains.

HDR Architecture Inc., the same firm that designed the Bunting*Blaustein Cancer Research Building, is designing the new, adjoining research structure as a mirror image of its neighbor. An interstitial design again will allow for space above the laboratories to accommodate utilities and other electronics, thus enabling repairs and equipment upgrades without disruption of laboratory activities. Additional floor-to-floor height in the laboratory areas allows two floors of office space for every one floor of laboratory space, resulting in 10 stories of office space at each end of the building, with five stories of laboratories between the ends. The building will be approximately 272,000 gross square feet.

In November 2001, the comprehensive cancer center at Johns Hopkins was named the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in honor of businessman and philanthropist Sidney Kimmel, who gave $150 million for cancer research and patient care. It was the largest single gift to any Johns Hopkins institution. The Kimmel Cancer Center includes the Bunting*Blaustein Cancer Research Building and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building for clinical care, situated on the east side of Broadway adjacent to the historic Johns Hopkins Hospital buildings.