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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

ABC Baltimore Construction Education Academy

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Scouts BSA Event at FWA

FWA Hosts Scouts BSA Troop 1920 for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

February 20th was recognized by the National Society of Professional Engineers as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, in which schools and individuals were encouraged to engage and introduce girls to engineering and the world of STEM. At FWA, we took this opportunity to share our knowledge of engineering with local Scouts BSA Troop 1920, Harford County’s first all-female BSA troop.

After weeks of preparation by members of our engineering team, FWA opened its doors to the troop on the evening of the 20th and FWA engineers, Veronika Vall and Zashary Orengo, led a presentation focusing on “Girl Day”. The content of the presentation aligned with the requirements needed for the girls to obtain their engineering merit badge.

The troop was then divided into groups, each led by a FWA engineer. The groups designed micro bio-retention facilities by following a detail created by our engineers. The completed facilities went into a scale model depicting a developed site. In this case, the site consisted of a parking lot, commercial office building, landscaping, and three micro bio-retention facilities. The girls were then able to use water to create a 1, 10, and 100-year storm, each of which showed the results of the micro-bio’s filtering capability and ability to clean the water, post-runoff, from the site.

To learn more about inspiring today’s youth to discover engineering, please visit   http://www.discovere.org/.

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Fallston Middle School

The Fallston Middle School renovations and addition was awarded an Associated Builders & Contractors Award of Merit based on the FWA’s and Northpointe Builders’ work as architect and general contractor, respectively.  The project, located on the heavily traveled Mountain Road in Fallston, Harford County, included four new classrooms and support spaces, new connecting corridor at ends of first and second floors of instructional wings in,  cafeteria expansion, a new auxiliary gym, renovated bathrooms to allow handicap accessibility, and a connecting corridor and lobby.  Working with Harford County Public Schools, FWA created a curved exterior facade design for the corridor connection with multiple color glass panels to add a sense of whimsy to the school.

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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.

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Coppin State University Science and Technology Building

FWA provided site utility layout services for the new Science & Technology Building at Coppin State University of the two years of ongoing construction. Working for Stella May Contracting, surveyors laid out all underground utilities for the approximately ten acre site along North Avenue and Warwick Avenue in Baltimore City. Construction is projected to complete in 2015.

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Cecil College English & Math Building

FWA performed construction stake out and an as-built services for the grading plan, stormwater management plan and the roof of the English & Math Building and new parking lots at Cecil College in North East, Maryland. FWA provided layout for the new 28,683 square foot building and four parking lots. FWA surveyors provided reviews of the engineering plans to catch any mistakes that would become an issues later on to keep the project within the budget and deadline constraints.

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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

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Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School Master Plan and Scope Study

FWA provided a feasibility study and design to modernize Homestead/Wakefield Elemtary School in Harford County, Maryland. The design included a two story 140,000 SF building to function as an elementary school for a state-rated capacity of 1,029 students with multiple classrooms, common areas, a media center, tiered computer labs, art rooms, vocal rooms, music rooms, multi-purpose gymnasium with storage for the local Depart of Parks and Recreation, cafeteria, resource rooms, administration suite, health suite, conference room, staff lounge, teacher workroom, planning areas and mechanical rooms. The outside facilities include environmental interpretative area, fenced playground, tot lot, lighted walkways and ballfields. The finished product will meet the requirements for LEED for Schools 2009 Silver Certification by utilizing recycled and regional materials harvesting, native plants, rain gardens, passive solar design, geothermal materials, daylight harvesting, water-efficient fixtures, rainwater and PV arrays, vegetated green roofs, geothermal HVAC system.

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