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WABC Baltimore Networking Event

FWA Attends the 2021 ABC Baltimore All-American Networking Event

 

 

Team members attended the ABC Baltimore All-American Networking event, hosted by the Women in ABC Committee. The event was held at ABC’s new facility that houses their corporate offices and Construction Education Academy and was designed by FWA’s architects. Attendees enjoyed mingling, playing corn hole, and touring the new space while supporting the WABC Scholarship Fund.


Habitat for Humanity - Havre de Grace

Habitat for Humanity – Havre de Grace

 

FWA worked with Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna to provide full service design to create a series of six duplexes and one single-family detached home for families in Harford County, MD. The project was broken into three phases, consisting of an initial feasibility study with preliminary design, submitting plans and documents to the planning commission and board of appeals, and final construction and permitting.

Phase I required researching the zoning regulations and communicating with the City of Havre de Grace on development rights, prior approvals, access to the public water and sewer system, and locating the nearest outfall for stormwater runoff. Field survey data was used in conjunction with GIS records to prepare a conceptual site and subdivision plan and conceptual stormwater management analysis. Design of the duplexes started in this phase, and 3D models of each of the duplexes were provided. The design of the duplexes embodies their location in the historic district of Havre de Grace based on discussions and requirements of the Maryland Historic Trust.

Phase II included topographic and boundary surveys of the site, preparation of the preliminary site and subdivision plan, concept stormwater management, an erosion and sediment control plan and report, Board of Appeals (BOA) applications, and supplemental exhibits for review and approval by both the BOA and the Maryland Historic Trust.

Phase III consisted of refining the final site plans for review and approval through the City of Havre de Grace and the creation of construction and permit documents.

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place in April 2021 at two of the completed duplexes and was attended by Habitat for Humanity volunteers, designers, contractors, and the new owners of the home.

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APG Gold Star Plaza & Living Legacy Pavilion

Gold Star Plaza and Living Legacy Pavilion

Through a design-build approach, Frederick Ward Associates provided architectural design services for a 1,137 SF pavilion at Aberdeen Proving Ground in conjunction with their Living Legacy Forest and Pavilion that honors fallen service members and Gold Star Families.

The pavilion is an undecagon design featuring a western red cedar ceiling, slate roof with cupola, 2″ stone veneer walls, and bluestone flooring. The 11 sides of the undecagon symbolize the 11th day of the 11th hour of the 11th month of the signing of the Armistice, ending World War I. The archway in each side dimensions are 9’x0″ high by 11’x0″ wide, signifying the attack on September 11, 2001.

In addition to the architectural services, FWA provided a topographic survey and civil engineering services that included site grading and layout, erosion & sediment control, and permitting for the pavilion area, as well as for the Gold Star plaza area. A landscape site plan was designed per the vision of APG’s Major General.

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Miller Barn

Miller Barn

FWA provided architectural, survey, and civil engineering services for the new construction of the Miller Barn, a 6,055-square-foot barn built on 15 acres of sweeping farmland. The property owner, Mr. Miller,  wanted to construct a barn for heavy farm equipment storage.

The building boasts a red cedar board-and-batten wood frame, stone veneer base with complementary pressure-treated cedar-mitered columns, forest green metal-seam roof, and copper cupolas. The design carries over to the covered front porch that oversees the sprawling farmland. Nestled into the foothills behind the building is a 12-foot-tall retaining wall.

The main interior level of the barn is outfitted with stained T1-11 interior siding that clears 14 feet to the airy loft, which was designed for additional storage and an office. Dormers in the roof provide natural light that floods the interior space through the double -hung, white vinyl- framed windows. The 14 × 14 foot barn doors facilitate the transportation of large machinery.

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Solanco High School Activities Building

Solanco High School Activities Building

FWA provided design and construction administration services for the renovation of Solanco High School’s sports activities building, which was damaged by a windstorm in March of 2018. The building includes weight training, wresting rooms, the football locker rooms, and shower and toilet rooms for both men and women. FWA provided architectural, civil engineering, and surveying services for the project.

The building’s upper level design is to accommodate the high school varsity and junior varsity wrestling program. The space is a 4,424 square foot room, with wrestling mats on all floors and walls to 8” high. A wrestling locker room and staff offices are provided. A girl’s locker room facility was also included on the upper level to support the girls’ sports programs, associated with the tennis courts and athletic field, both adjacent to the building. The lower level’s design includes the varsity and junior varsity football program’s showers, locker room, toilet room, coaches’ conference room/team room, and offices. The lower level also has a trainer’s room to be used for the various athletic events that occur on the High School’s campus. The building was designed to meet the ADA guidelines on both the upper and lower levels.

Services provided by FWA included existing conditions survey, programming, schematic design, bid document preparation, permitting, cost estimates, and construction administration.

Located at Shucks Regional Park in Harford County.

Miracle League Adaptive Baseball Field

Play Ball! FWA provided full service engineering design, surveying, architectural design, and landscape architecture services for the Miracle League adaptive baseball field located at Schucks Regional Park in Harford County.

The Miracle League of Harford County’s mission is to allow children and adults with disabilities the chance to play baseball on the specially designed rubberized fields.

Our engineering scope of services included the design of the field’s location, site layout, grading and site improvements to support the field, stormwater management and water quality facilities, sediment and erosion control, and on-site storm drainage systems.

FWA’s surveying team provided a topographic survey and construction stakeout services of the area for the field placement, the respective stormwater management facilities, and ADA parking area and accessible pathway. Architectural services were provided for the dugouts and FWA’s landscape architecture team prepared the landscape plans.

For more information on this project and its positive impact on the community, please visit https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/harford/aegis/sports/cng-ag-sp-miracle-league-field-update-0708-20200708-v6r4ysf2x5cbxh4uaqmv2nud74-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3384I5hzAK2Oi2rMGRYS-BibkBWOS-cg093eayEFMIDG69e88kKRrU_sE

Photos provided by Mid-Atlantic Photographic, LLC.

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ABC Greater Baltimore Entrance

ABC Greater Baltimore Construction Education Academy

FWA designed the Baltimore Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractor’s new headquarters, as well as the space for their Construction Education Academy.

One-sixth of the 28,000 SF is allotted for ABC’s corporate offices, while the remaining space contains classrooms and training labs for various construction trades, as well as conference rooms and gathering areas.

This adaptive reuse project is a tenant fit-out of the A. Hoen & Co. building, a former lithographic plant and Maryland Historical Trust-recognized historic building. The building had been vacant since 1981 and the design integrated the historic elements of the building such as the masonry, the large warehouse style windows, industrial barn doors, and original lithograph blocks.

The project was completed in September 2020.

“This project matters because there is a shortage of construction workers in the Baltimore region. This project is going to bring a new era into the region for construction training.”

– Ted Jasinski, AIA, NCARB, FWA Vice President and Director of Architecture

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ABC Groundbreaking

FWA Celebrates Groundbreaking of ABC Baltimore’s Construction Education Academy

FWA is leading the design for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Baltimore’s (ABC) new Construction Education Academy. As part of Cross Street Partner’s revitalization efforts and neighborhood development in East Baltimore, ABC will be occupying 28,000 SF of space in the old Hoen Lithograph complex. FWA architects designed the tenant fit-out for ABC’s new space, which will contain training labs for various construction trades, classrooms, conference rooms, hoteling stations for students, a gathering area for student interaction, a coffee shop, and ABC’s new corporate offices.

ABC hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on January 13, where FWA’s Vice President and Director of Architecture, Ted Jasinski, AIA, NCARB participated in the celebration. He was joined by fellow FWA project team members, Senior Project Architect Ellen Jenkins who provided interior design support, and Staff Architect Nate Hilker who helped with the architectural design and provided building renderings. The design is mindful of the historical aspects of the building, which are incorporated throughout.

The Construction Education Academy will act as an education hub for apprenticeship training that will provide training and career opportunities for Marylanders while creating a pipeline to help curb the construction industry’s labor shortages.

ABC of Greater Baltimore is the largest organization in Maryland to represent the commercial construction industry. With 650 members, the organization specializes in construction training, apprenticeships, continuing education, and professional development for those currently and seeking to join the construction industry. ABC’s offices will be relocating from to the new space in East Baltimore.

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8 E. Fayette Street Apartments

8 E. Fayette Street Apartments

FWA worked with the owners of one of Baltimore’s historic buildings, located at 8 E. Fayette Street, to convert the occupancy from offices to apartments. The existing building had a Burger King occupying the basement and first floor, as well as a portion of the second floor. The Burger King remained and the office space on the second – sixth floors was renovated into apartments. The design included four apartments per floor consisting of one studio and three one-bedroom apartments. A seventh floor will be added in the near future and in preparation, FWA prepared zoning and site permits for this eventual addition.

FWA worked with Baltimore City on the building’s change of use approval that required specific design requirements to meet life safety guidelines. We were successful presenting and obtaining an approval from City code officials for a variance for one stair tower using the prescriptive method of code compliance. This involved calculations based upon the criteria of the design to show that a level of safety exists for safe exiting. As a second means of egress, our design included placing a grate between walls in the light well on an existing fire escape.

Assistance was provided on the preparation of the application to the Historic Commission for approval of façade revisions/restorations for the receipt of tax credits. FWA provided architectural services and oversaw structural and MEP consultants throughout the design, bidding, and construction administration phases of the project.

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Jack’s Small Engines

Jack’s Small Engines is one of the top digital sales companies for small engine pieces. The new e-commerce center features over 30,000 SF of space to cater to their constant flow of online orders through their website. The building now accommodates the volume of orders with loading docks, inventory expansion system, roller conveyor system with package sorting and a state of the art fitness center for employees. Jack’s is looking to expand in the future, while keeping the business locally in Harford County.

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