Category: Surveying

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.

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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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Frederick Ward Associates Mitchel Prop East Gate 2

Eastgate

Eastgate Industrial Park will consists of three buildings on a 243 acre site for a total of 2.5 million SF between the Amtrak rail line and the Aberdeen Proving Ground security fence. Phase 1 includes the development of a 656,800 SF Class A cross dock distribution center located at 1100 Woodley Road and a two mile extension of Woodley Road and associated public utilities to connect to Route 715 in the future. Eastgate is expected to bring up to 2,000 new jobs to the area.

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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.

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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.

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Mid Atlantic Distribution Center Copy

A winner of the 2014 Maryland NAIOP Best Industrial Park and Best LEED Warehouse for Building B, the fully leased Mid-Atlantic Distribution Center is another FWA success.  The 2 million square foot complex on 130 acres located in Perryman, Maryland current houses Bob’s Furniture, Electrolux and Sephora distribution facilities.  Both a benefit to the site and a challenge for design, the nearly flat property was engineered to meet the user’s loading dock requirements while meeting drainage and stormwater management standards for over 100 acres of impervious area.

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Bayou Shoreline Stabilization

Hurricane Isabel caused the Bayou Condinmums to lose 75 feet in shoreline property and began crumbling the parking lot.  In an effort to reduce sediment from entering the water of the Chesapeake Bay, FWA was contracted by the Bayou Condominiums Association in Havre De Grace, Maryland to design a shoreline stabilization project to prevent the erosion of their property endangering their parking lot. FWA created site construction plans and details and a buffer management plan for the clearing and reestablishment of vegetation along the shoreline to slow the erosion of the property. We worked with the Maryland Department of the Environment and US Army Corps to meet the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area requirements.

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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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Blake’s Legacy

Located in Bel Air, Maryland and extremely close to nearby schools, shopping and recreation facilities, the Blake’s Legacy development offers the community a desirable location to live and raise their families.  The 114 single-family home lot subdivision, designed by FWA, includes a region sewage pumping station critical to the Harford County Department of Public Works.  The rolling topography of the site and the required sensitivity to the natural resource areas within and surrounding the project also presented a grading challenge met by FWA’s engineers and resulted in an attractive community. FWA surveyors provide construction stake out to each individual lot as each home is built

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