Author: Frederick Ward Associates

MD State BBQ Bash Kiss a Pig

FWA Raises Over $5,000 for Local Boys & Girls Clubs

As one of five local companies in the 2019 Kiss a Pig Challenge, FWA spent the summer raising money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties through the Clubs’ annual Kiss a Pig Fundraiser.

During the two months of fundraising, FWA employees and their families “pigged out” at a pancake breakfast at Looney’s Pub, later working off those calories by hitting the Ma & Pa Trail during the Catch a Pig 5K run/walk. We had great conversations over drinks (including the signature Kiss a Pig Crush) with clients and friends during a charity happy hour, and enjoyed a competitive spirit throughout the office as employees voted to determine who would be the official FWA pig  kisser.

The fundraising events culminated with FWA President, Tory Pierce, and Senior Vice President, John V. Mettee, IV, puckering up on stage in front of hundreds at the Maryland State BBQ Bash, held annually in downtown Bel Air. FWA took second place in the corporate fundraising challenge, contributing to the overall $44,000 that was raised for the Clubs.

The generosity from our clients, business partners, families, and friends in support of our youth was overwhelming in helping us achieve our fundraising goal. We sincerely thank those who worked so hard to make a difference in Harford and Cecil counties, one child at a time.

Kiss a Pig Challenge Catch a Pig 5K Catch a Pig 5K
Governor Larry Hogan Bel Air Armory Marketplace

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Visits FWA Projects

While making his rounds throughout the northeast part of Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan happened to visit two of FWA’s recent projects – both in the same day!

FWA’s civil engineers performed site engineering services as part of a rehabilitation project aimed to provide housing for homeless or at-risk veterans at Perry Point VA Medical Center, spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its partnered developer, HELP USA. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, attended by FWA team members, Governor Hogan, and other local delegates, celebrated the completed 75 renovated housing units within Veterans Village.

Later that day, Governor Hogan toured the Bel Air Armory Marketplace, an L-shaped bank of garages behind the 1915 Bel Air Armory that were upgraded for adaptive reuse. The Town of Bel Air promotes these commercial incubator suites for new and emerging businesses, toward the goal of moving to a conventional Bel Air storefront.

Governor Hogan wanted to get a first-hand look at the result of the $175,000 state Community Legacy Program grant that the Town was awarded in 2012, which funded this project.

FWA provided architectural design services and was thrilled to discuss the project with the Governor. All upgrades were designed per the Maryland Historic Trust requirements and incorporated green improvements and renewable materials. Roll up doors were installed to maintain the original historical use aspect, aluminum storefronts were installed behind the roll up doors, and new HVAC, lighting, and electric was added.

Thank you, Governor Hogan, for supporting small businesses!

Governor Hogan Perry Point Veterans Village Governor Larry Hogan & FWA's Lou Schaffer Governor Larry Hogan visits Bel Air Armory Marketplace
John V. Mettee, IV joins Cecil County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

John V. Mettee, IV Appointed to Cecil County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

John V. Mettee, IVSenior Vice President and Director of Surveying, Mr. John V. Mettee, IV, is one of six new Board Members for Cecil County Chamber of Commerce.

As a lifelong Cecil County resident, John is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve Cecil County through his role as a member of the Chamber’s board.

In addition to his role at Frederick Ward Associates, John is also an owner and operator of Tattoo Icons, a tattoo and piercing shop in Cecil County’s Perryville, MD. Tattoo Icons was established in 2012, and has quickly grown into one of the premier shops in the county.

As a graduate of the Harford Leadership Academy and the Core Leadership Program, John also sits on the board for the Harford Leadership Academy while simultaneously serving as the current Susquehanna Chapter Chair for the Maryland Society of Surveyors. Other industry-related groups and local non-profit organizations that John remains active in include NAIOP, ABC Baltimore, Maryland Center for the Arts, Boys and Girls Club, ULI, MBIA, and Habitat for Humanity.

John resides in Colora, MD with his wife, Jamila, and their five children. When not working or volunteering, John can be found crabbing on his boat, doing home improvement projects, or shopping for unique and fashionable outfits.