An official groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at the association’s 10-acre site in the Hock Business Park, where the AUA plans to construct an 84,000 gross square-foot Class A office building.
AUA, a nonprofit organization with more than 15,000 members around the world, has had its headquarters at 1120 North Charles Street in Baltimore since 1952. After two expansions – one into the northern adjacent building and one into the former Miller Bros. showroom to the south – space needs have dictated the move. Also playing a role is the association’s desire to consolidate headquarters operations with those of its Education Office in Houston, as well as the desire to be closer to Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
“We’re growing,” said Mike Sheppard, chief operating officer. “And the adjacent buildings to the south or north of us are occupied.”
The AUA Office of Education, employing 20 people in Houston, will be consolidated with the 80 staff in the Baltimore office.
“Operating our education office from the headquarters just makes sense,” Mike Sheppard said. “Having it here will help us better serve our members more cohesively.”
Space in the new building will be available for leasing by affiliate organizations, including the American Foundation for Urologic Disease, which is currently housed in the Charles Street complex.
American Urological Association (AUA) celebrates New Headquarters Building Grand Opening on January 22, 2004. AUA moves into their build-to-suit 4-story headquarters in just under 18-months for design & construction. AUA and Staubach Companies selected Boggs & Partners Architects for the design of the Building, Interiors and Future Master Plan of the Property. Hitt Contracting completed the project on time and budget.
The design and construction team used e-idc.com to help facilitate communications with interactive secured project web site and construction trailer wireless communication provided information to flow throughout the construction that assisted completing the project on schedule.