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FWA Surveying Capabilities Expanded With New Drone

 

FWA’s surveying capabilities have expanded with the recent addition of the DJI Phantom 4 RTK drone! This allows for autonomous surveys of sites, the ability to complete aerial mapping, and the capability to upload the site model and data into an interactive database for surveyor and client access, inclusive of the following features:

  • Updated aerial photos of the site
  • Volumetric data
  • Ability to create surfaces
  • Area calculations
  • Overlay multiple flights and see site progress
  • Data download authorization

Seen here are aerial project site photos of Homes at Fountain Green Apartments and Harford Fleet Maintenance Facility.

The Grove Market

The Grove Market and Trail

Under an open end contract with Harford County Government, FWA provided civil engineering, land surveying, and landscape architecture services for “The Grove“, an open air farmer’s market adjacent to the Harford County Agricultural Center. The 3,200 SF pole barn acts as an incubator space for vendors to provide county residents with local goods.

FWA’s scope of work included site design affiliated with the construction of the building, including topographic and boundary surveys, the design of stormwater management and water quality facilities, water service to the building, on-site storm drainage systems, sewer service and a new septic system using Maryland Department of the Environment’s established flow rates, site layout, parking, pad grading, and paving section. Landscape architecture plans and sediment and erosion control measures, including the submission of all required permits were also provided.

A trail study and alignment, concept stormwater management and erosion and sediment control plans have also been submitted to the County for a proposed 1.5 mile walking trail at the market.

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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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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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Designed to evoke the senses, this section of the trail provides stimulation for adults and children of all abilities.

Emily Bayless Graham Park

Frederick Ward Associates provided entitlement documents for a walking trail on the Emily Bayless Graham property, which was deeded to Harford County. The proposed amenities included a new access roadway, parking lot, pavilion area, restroom facilities, two miles of walking trail, groundkeeper’s mobile home, and an approved concept stormwater management design and report.

After receiving the final site plan approval, we prepared final construction documents of which the main scope of services included a topographic survey, geotechnical investigation, final stormwater management design, erosion and sediment control design, and design services for the driveway, parking lot, and a trail.

Within the 1.5-mile trail is a 0.5-mile loop that makes up the Emily Bayless Graham Park Nature Based Sensory Trail. Designed to evoke the senses, this loop provides stimulation for adults and children of all abilities.

In addition, FWA provided services for project specification, cost estimating, permitting, and bidding phase services.

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Rock Spring Station Apartments and Shoppes

Rock Spring Station Apartments and Shoppes

Frederick Ward Associates provided civil/site design and surveying services for Rock Spring Station Apartments & Shoppes, located in Forest Hill, MD and constructed in 2019 by Southway Builders.

With three stories set on 3-acres of B2-zoned land, the building has commercial storefronts located on the bottom level of the building and 57 residential apartments located in the top two floors, offering one, two, and three bedroom apartments.

In addition to full site services, FWA designed a 155-space parking lot for residents and visitors, provided landscape design, roadway frontage design (including coordination with SHA), site layout for the rear retaining wall, stormwater management design, and performed building stakeout services.

Rock Spring Station’s mixed-use style provides the opportunity to live in Forest Hill, while the 10,000 SF of retail gives businesses the opportunity to expand the economic development within Harford County. At this location, many local amenities are within walking distance.

– Tom Miner, PE, CCM, FWA Project Manager

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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.