The John and
Frances Angelos Law Center Groundbreaking Ceremony at the
University of Baltimore
Robert L. Bogomolny
August 26, 2010
Thank you for joining us on this great day for the School of Law, for the University of Baltimore, for our city and for the state of Maryland.
And welcome to the many neighborhood representatives who are here today.
My thanks to the many UB alumni who have contributed to the project, as well as the UB faculty – I am proud to say that 100 percent of our law faculty have pledged their financial support to the new center during our campaign.
We owe special thanks to UB law school alumni Peter Angelos, whose leadership, support and generosity has enabled the University to meet its commitment to raise $15 million in private funds for this project.
I would like to express my personal thanks to Peter for the guidance, support and friendship he has provided me during my time as UB president. He has recognized the role that the UB School of Law has played in his success and has always been willing to give back so that future generations of students can benefit as he did.
Because of this building’s location, because of the University’s aspirations for creating a world-class facility, and because of UB’s ongoing commitment to the larger community, the new John and Frances Angelos Center will impact not only the University but all of midtown Baltimore.
Stefan Behnisch - the project’s principal design architect - is a world-leader in sustainable architecture and innovative design. His openness to collaboration, vision of the future and proven talent assures us that this facility is one that can set new standards – not only for state-funded higher education construction but for 21 st-century architecture.
More than ever before, we must look to the future when we construct University facilities. We have a responsibility not only to the students of 2010, but to the students of 2050.
We must have the courage and the foresight to imagine and construct the law building of the 21 st – and 22 nd – century. Let me share with you briefly why I am confident that we have met that responsibility.
The design of the new facility is one that embraces the realities of where legal education is going. The building’s 12 levels share a common atrium, creating an open environment that facilitates the interaction between faculty and students – and among students themselves – recognizing that this interaction is a core component of a dynamic and fulfilling educational experience.
Similarly, the law library will reflect the changing nature of legal research and inquiry, as libraries in the digital age become comprehensive learning centers. Books will still be important, but there will also be a strong emphasis on technology and on providing spaces for group study and team projects – reflecting the reality that problem-solving in the modern world is not achieved by individuals in isolation, but by the collective efforts of diverse talents and multiple perspectives.
This change is best illustrated by the following: the new law library will house a third of the print volumes of our current library, while meeting the evolving needs of legal research in a variety of formats.
Classrooms will be flexible to accommodate diverse learning and teaching styles and to anticipate future developments – innovations we can’t envision today but can be certain will occur.
The building’s exterior, through the transfer of light and the use of color, will reflect the high energy and extraordinary capability of our students and faculty. The design’s openness and transparency will symbolize our highest aspirations for what defines a UB legal education and for what we believe the best of lawyering to be: teaching and learning that is connected to the world around it.
The innovative nature of the architecture, with its particular emphasis on environmental sustainability, also speaks to the nature of what legal education should be and what a University’s responsibility is to the larger, global community.
In short, the priority given to responsible, environmentally-aware design emphasis has resulted in a building that will achieve the highest levels of sustainability.
The new John and Frances Angelos Law Center will be home to generations of students, legal scholars and clinicians, lawyers and judges. I also believe it can serve to remind us what Universities can accomplish in terms of the nature of its buildings, the content of its intellect, and its noblest desires to enlighten and engage the world around it.
I now have the distinct honor of introducing our Governor, whose support of the University of Baltimore dates to his service as Baltimore’s mayor. From my first days as UB president, Martin O’Malley has shared my vision of what the University can and should be for this city. All of us in higher education understand how fortunate Maryland is to have a leader who understands, values and supports the role that colleges and universities play in our state’s present and future.
I’d like to congratulate the governor for his role in Maryland’s selection as one of ten winners in the Race to the Top funding for education reform.
I believe the real test of leadership occurs during times of challenge. In these times, Maryland is fortunate to have leadership of integrity, fortitude and vision.
It is my pleasure to introduce Governor Martin O’Malley.
I would now like to welcome University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan to the podium. He is recognized as a national leader in higher education. Under his leadership, Maryland has made remarkable strides in the quality, reach and effectiveness of our colleges and universities. He has been a strong supporter of UB, and understands and appreciates the unique role we play in the state system. On a personal note, his guidance and counsel has been invaluable during my presidency.
Please join me in welcoming Chancellor Brit Kirwan.
I now have the pleasure of introducing Mike Miller, President of the Maryland Senate. He has been a member of the Senate since 1975 and president for nearly 24 years – the longest serving Senate President in the history of the Maryland legislature. Mike is a great supporter of UB and a great leader in our state.
Please welcome Senate President Mike Miller.
I would now like to welcome Adrienne Jones, Speaker Pro Tem of the Maryland House of Delegates. She has been a member of House of Delegates since 1997 , and represents Maryland’s 10 th District. She is chairwoman of the Capital Budget Subcommittee and a member of the Appropriations Committee and its Education and Economic Development Subcommittee. Adrienne is a true champion for higher education and sound fiscal management, and is someone who truly understands the higher education budget in Maryland.
Please welcome Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones.
I now invite to the podium Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, who is representing the City on behalf of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who could not join us today. He has been a member of the City Council since 1996, and served as UB’s District 12 representative until this past February, when the City Council unanimously elected him as their new President. Jack is a strong supporter of education and a highly effective advocate for UB.