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1 April 1997
For Immediate Release

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Files with Howard County to Add Buildings to Campus

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has filed with the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning for a site development permit to install four modular office buildings on its 365-acre campus, just off Route 29, near Laurel, Md.

The request was submitted by APL's design consultant, Whitman, Requardt and Associates of Baltimore, and will be followed by additional requests in an approximately $11.8 million building program approved by The Johns Hopkins Trustees Committee on the Applied Physics Laboratory on Feb. 24.

The building program includes installing four leased, temporary modular office buildings, adding a fourth floor to Building 24, and constructing a new, two-story office building, Building 26, with the option for a future third story. The Building 24 and 26 construction will add approximately 75,000 square feet of office and laboratory space to APL's existing 1.5 million square feet of space.

The modular units will be supplied by Wilmont Modular Structures, White Marsh, Md., and Gilford Technology Corp., Laurel, Md. The construction of Building 26 and the addition to Building 24 will be managed by The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., of Baltimore.

The need for additional space is driven primarily by three factors: new program requirements, increased requirements for facilities, and relief of overcrowding.

James Loesch, APL Plant Facilities Chief Engineer, says that if everything goes according to schedule, the four modular buildings will be installed and operating in June; the Building 24 addition will start in August for completion at the end of 1998; and Building 26 will start this winter for completion by the end of 1999.

The Applied Physics Laboratory is a not-for-profit laboratory and independent division of The Johns Hopkins University. APL conducts research and development primarily for national security and for nondefense projects of national and global significance. Located midway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., in Laurel, Md., APL employs 2,600 permanent staff.

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For more information, contact APL Public Information Officer Helen Worth; phone: 240-228-5113 or 410-778-5113.