Join us for World Landscape Architecture Month as we celebrate growing together with each other and with nature in our communities.
Located in downtown Bel Air, the Frederick Ward Park at Reckord Armory is both a gathering area and a passive use walkway for Main Street pedestrians. Dedicated to Frederick Y. Ward, founder of Frederick Ward Associates, this pocket park was designed with togetherness in mind, complete with seated meeting areas, performance stage, and accessible courtyard. FWA’s design drew from the historic look of the armory building and incorporated sustainable features such as permeable pavers, a green wall, ample softscape, minimal direct lighting, and renewable materials.
Click the park image above to see an aerial view of the park, provided by MidAtlantic Photographic, LLC.
It has been a busy past few weeks for Frederick Ward Associates’ John V. Mettee, IV and Ted Jasinski, as they have both recently been appointed to serve on various Boards within the community.
John V. Mettee IV, Senior Vice President and Director of Surveying, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties. John has participated in recent fundraising events for the organization such as their annual golf tournament, Kuffed for Kids, and the Kiss a Pig fundraiser, the latter in conjunction with corporate support from FWA. The funds raised from these events help provide a safe and friendly after-school environment for the children of Harford and Cecil Counties.
John’s volunteer and fundraising efforts earlier this year in association with the Maryland Center for the Arts’ (MDFCA) annual Dancing for the Arts Gala garnered the attention of the MDFCA Board and he was asked to join the Board of Directors. John and his wife, Jamila, performed in the gala’s dance competition, which benefited MDCFA’s capital project that is raising funds to build a regional cultural arts center in Harford County.
FWA Vice President and Director of Architecture, Mr. Ted M. Jasinski, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna. Ted is well-suited for this role, given his experience providing design services to the organization. He looks forward to applying his architectural and industry knowledge to better assist Habitat with future design and construction decisions.
Ted is a current Officer of ABC Baltimore’s Board of Directors, where his role as Secretary assists the organization with their endeavors to establish training programs promoting industry awareness and knowledge, while helping to create apprenticeships through local contractors.
As one of five local companies in the 2019 Kiss a Pig Challenge, FWA spent the summer raising money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties through the Clubs’ annual Kiss a Pig Fundraiser.
During the two months of fundraising, FWA employees and their families “pigged out” at a pancake breakfast at Looney’s Pub, later working off those calories by hitting the Ma & Pa Trail during the Catch a Pig 5K run/walk. We had great conversations over drinks (including the signature Kiss a Pig Crush) with clients and friends during a charity happy hour, and enjoyed a competitive spirit throughout the office as employees voted to determine who would be the official FWA pig kisser.
The fundraising events culminated with FWA President, Tory Pierce, and Senior Vice President, John V. Mettee, IV, puckering up on stage in front of hundreds at the Maryland State BBQ Bash, held annually in downtown Bel Air. FWA took second place in the corporate fundraising challenge, contributing to the overall $44,000 that was raised for the Clubs.
The generosity from our clients, business partners, families, and friends in support of our youth was overwhelming in helping us achieve our fundraising goal. We sincerely thank those who worked so hard to make a difference in Harford and Cecil counties, one child at a time.
While making his rounds throughout the northeast part of Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan happened to visit two of FWA’s recent projects – both in the same day!
FWA’s civil engineers performed site engineering services as part of a rehabilitation project aimed to provide housing for homeless or at-risk veterans at Perry Point VA Medical Center, spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its partnered developer, HELP USA. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, attended by FWA team members, Governor Hogan, and other local delegates, celebrated the completed 75 renovated housing units within Veterans Village.
Later that day, Governor Hogan toured the Bel Air Armory Marketplace, an L-shaped bank of garages behind the 1915 Bel Air Armory that were upgraded for adaptive reuse. The Town of Bel Air promotes these commercial incubator suites for new and emerging businesses, toward the goal of moving to a conventional Bel Air storefront.
Governor Hogan wanted to get a first-hand look at the result of the $175,000 state Community Legacy Program grant that the Town was awarded in 2012, which funded this project.
FWA provided architectural design services and was thrilled to discuss the project with the Governor. All upgrades were designed per the Maryland Historic Trust requirements and incorporated green improvements and renewable materials. Roll up doors were installed to maintain the original historical use aspect, aluminum storefronts were installed behind the roll up doors, and new HVAC, lighting, and electric was added.
Thank you, Governor Hogan, for supporting small businesses!