City panel approves Under Armour visitor center in Locust Point

By Jenny Hottle

This story was originally posted on on Jan. 10, 2013.

Under Armour Inc. will move forward with expanding its Tide Point campus after a city design panel approved the Baltimore sportswear company’s planned visitor center Thursday.

The proposal includes the addition of a skywalk connecting the campus in Locust Point and a refurbished pedestrian bridge across Key Highway.

The three members of the city’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel asked Under Armour (NYSE: UA) for more directional signage and pedestrian markings to clarify the new building’s function as a meeting place and reception point for visiting groups.

The proposed ground markings will help visitors better find the center, panelist Emily Hotaling Eig said. The termination of the red skywalk will also draw visitors at that point, she said.

The skywalk will be an “urban gesture” that connects the campus, said Steve Ziger, a partner at the Baltimore architectural firm Ziger/Snead working on behalf of Under Armour.

“We envision this as an entrance to campus,” Ziger said, adding Under Armour officials are still working on more clearly defining the visitor center’s purpose.

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