Category: Architecture

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.

ABC Baltimore Construction Education Academy Groundbreaking FWA Architects ABC Baltimore's Construction and Design Team
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.

Related Projects

Search Frederick Ward

[Search form]

Frederick Ward Associates Cubicles

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.

Related Projects

Search Frederick Ward

[Search form]

Frederick Ward Associates Blue Office Building

Seasons of Bel Air Clubhouse

The new Seasons of Bel Air Clubhouse serves as a gathering area for the members in the multi-family community. Residents can take advantage of the fitness room, pool with grilling area and patio, kitchen, lounge area and game room. The staff also has a new fully functional office area to meet with residents, both current and potential, to discuss the community and answer any questions.

Related Projects

Search Frederick Ward

[Search form]

Frederick Ward Associates Spartan Surfaces

Spartan Surfaces

The 43,000 SF former Aegis Building in downtown Bel Air was transformed to a contemporary space to provide a headquarters for Spartan Surfaces, incorporating their brand and products in their work place. The revitalization of the existing space was designed and constructed by local firms and brings long term employment opportunities to the community. When the renovation completed, Spartan Sports and Wellness was added to the basement, a state of the art training facility complete with a golf simulator. The gym serves the greater community and specifically student athletes in group training sessions.

Related Projects

Search Frederick Ward

[Search form]

100_4699-(2)

Villa Maria

The need for a local school serving Harford and Cecil Counties to address special needs students was a high priority of Catholic Charities of Baltimore.  The design developed as a school serving up to 60 students with the ability for the building to be repurposed as a flex or office building in the future.  The 20,0000 square foot building includes seven classrooms, library, gymnasium/multi-purpose room, health suite, administrative offices and specific purpose resource rooms. The site provides for ample parking, playground, basketball court, and baseball/softball field with a fence and gate system surrounding the site for security.

Related Projects

Search Frederick Ward

[Search form]

IMG_0853

Cecil County Courthouse

After an unsatisfactory evaluation from the National Center for State Courts, FWA teamed with the Center to expand and renovate the Cecil County Courthouse. The expansion consisted of the addition of an elevator to transport prisoners from their travel vehicles directly to the prisoner waiting area and adding square footage to the entrance lobby to upgrade security, improve ADA accessibility and alleviate back-ups in security lines. The marriage license/ wedding chapel office, the civil office and the land records and criminal records office were reconfigured to provide better workflow and visibility. The project was fast-tracked with a construction manager, Turner Construction, working with the owners’ representative, Aramark.

Related Projects

Search Frederick Ward

[Search form]

Elk-River-Photo-2-cropped

Baltimore Processing and Distribution Center

FWA has provided continuous architectural, engineering and construction administration services for renovations at the Baltimore Processing and Distribution facility for the past eight years. The building contains over 1,000,000 square feet, seven stories of offices, three stories of workrooms for processing mail and a five story parking garage on site. FWA has completed numerous projects at the facility, with several of the major projects encompassing the replacement of air conditioning system for the communications room, the redesign of the HVAC system in the communications room, improvements to the power distribution system for the work rooms, replacement of HVAC, lighting, and fire alarm in the administrative tower, replacement of light and fire alarm in the parking garage, reroofing of the entire facility, exterior waterproofing to building exterior to alleviate water penetration at windows and joints, and replacement of light and fire alarms in the work rooms.

Related Projects

Search Frederick Ward

[Search form]

248

Reckord Armory / Frederick Y Ward Park

The Frederick Ward Park at the Reckord Armory is clearly our favorite project and its design exemplifies FWA’s commitment to community.  The Reckord Armory, located in downtown Bel Air, serves as a hub for concerts and community events.  The Frederick Ward Park was added to the Armory complex in 2009 to provide a supplemental outdoor venue for local gatherings.  FWA’s architects and landscaping design team created a first class space for all to enjoy and IMARK builders constructed the project.

Related Projects

Search Frederick Ward

[Search form]

DSC_0376

Athletic Facilities

Frederick Ward Associates provided the engineering to convert numerous athletic fields from grass to synthetic turf fields. The fields designed span multiple levels of competition; from youth league intramural games to college level.  To accompany the new fields, FWA provides the design for grandstands, ticket booths, concession facilities and ADA accessibility. The upgrades to these sporting facilities are a welcome improvement to the community’s activities, physical health and sporting events the entire family can enjoy.

  • Harford Community College Varsity Ball field
  • Aberdeen Youth Development Field
  • Joppatowne High School
  • Havre de Grace High School
  • C. Milton Wright High School
  • Harford Technical High School

Related Projects

Search Frederick Ward

[Search form]