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!