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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 Construction Education Academy Groundbreaking

Associated Builders & Contractors Headquarters and 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 space will be allotted for ABC’s offices, while the remaining space will contain classrooms and training labs for various construction trades, conference rooms, gathering areas, a coffee shop, and a break area.

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.

Construction is expected to be completed in August 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

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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