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Angelos devotes another $5M to UB Law

Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos has donated another $5 million to the University of Baltimore School of Law to fund its new building.

The new John and Frances Angelos Law Center is slated to open April 30 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. There will be a preview celebration with Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Martin O’Malley on April 16.

This latest contribution brings the Baltimore lawyer’s total donation to the project to $15 million. The modern glass structure has a price tag of $112 million, $22 million of which came from private donations.

The latest donation will go primarily towards green initiatives in the building, including bamboo flooring, a system for rain harvesting and green-roof skylights, said university spokesman Chris Hart.

The school is seeking a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The platinum rating is the USGBC’s highest green design designation.

“The School of Law sits in the middle of a highly visible part of the state,” Hart said. “It’s in the largest city. The university looked at the whole project as an opportunity for a building to pass along great lessons for sustainability to generations of students and to the community.”

The new building, which retains the present law school’s name of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center after Angelos’ parents, is slated to open April 30 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in which U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will participate. There will be a preview celebration for the new center with Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Martin O’Malley April 16.

“Once again, I wish to express my personal gratitude and the thanks of the entire UB community to Mr. Angelos,” said University of Baltimore President Robert L. Bogomolny in a statement. “His extraordinary generosity will help assure that this equally extraordinary building will stand as a model of sustainable architecture and as an enduring symbol of the quality of the UB School of Law.”

Angelos did not return a request for comment and UB Law Dean Ronald Weich was out of the office Wednesday.

The university and Angelos reached an agreement on the donation in December and finalized the details recently, Hart said.

The money will also be used for LED lighting, an automated natural ventilation system, interior and exterior water features and terrace gardens, and a shower and dressing area for people who bicycle to the school.

Architect Stefan Behnisch, of Behnisch Architekten in Stuttgart, Germany, partnered with Baltimore’s Ayers Saint Gross. The two firms won a competition to design the environmentally sustainable building in 2008.

The school broke ground on the 12-story, 190,000-square-foot building at the intersection of Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue in August 2010.