ROCKVILLE, VA-The joint venture partners Atlantic Realty Cos. and Foulger-Pratt Construction Inc. have broken ground on Blackwell II, a 102,632-sf office building in Rockville. Work on the first phase, the 120,999-sf, five-story Blackwell I building, recently finished. The combined cost of the two buildings is $40 million.

The five-story, Class A Blackwell II office building will feature a curved glass rotunda at the entrance, high-speed elevators and covered executive parking. Foulger-Pratt is the general contractor on both buildings.

Blackwell I, designed by the DC-based architectural firm Hickok Warner Fox, will be completed in September 2001, according to expectations. Rydex Inc., an investment money manager; Human Genome Sciences, The University of Phoenix; and Blackwell Deli are currently moving into the building.

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