Reporting Pat Warren
BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Vice President Joe Biden is helping Baltimore celebrate the new University of Baltimore law center.
Political reporter Pat Warren reports preparations for his arrival are underway.
The customary security sweep for the vice president is stepped up as Baltimore continues under a heightened security level in the wake of the Boston bombings.
The opening of the new University of Baltimore law center brings the vice president to town.
“That means a lot to us. It’s the commitment he has had and the connections that he has had with our state,” said planning director Peter Toran.
There have been no credible threats, but there’s no taking chances. Vice President Biden’s panoramic elevator ride in the new University of Baltimore law center may be a little dizzying, but it will be secure.
Toran says all precautions are being taken in the wake of the Boston blasts that killed three Monday afternoon near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
“We have been working with the White House and with the vice president’s team literally for months but, yes, with all of the precautions that were in place and we had planned with the horrible events we’ve really redoubled those efforts,” Toran said.
The law center is a state-of-the-art green building named in honor of the parents of University of Baltimore alum Peter Angelos, whose multi-million dollar donation made the center possible.
The groundbreaking in 2010 brought state and local dignitaries together. The completion of the center gets national attention.
“We are thrilled that he has acknowledged what this building means but also what this school means,” Toran said.
The official grand opening of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center will happen later this month.
Tuesday night’s celebration is set to begin at 6:15 p.m.