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DoubleTree Hotel Entrance

DoubleTree Hotel Entrance

Client: SoTherly Hotels, Inc.

Consultants:
Skarda and Associates, Inc. – structural engineering
Spectrum Engineers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical engineering
Charles P. Johnson & Associates, Inc. – civil engineering

Contractor: Owners Rep Consulting. LLC

Description: Sotherly Hotels called on Symmetry First to design a new entrance canopy and air-lock entry as the final piece of the re-branding of the Laurel Holiday Inn as a DoubleTree by Hilton. The old canopy was massive and dark, a poor complement to the hotel’s re-finished interior and the adjoining American Steakhouse restaurant.

The DoubleTree Canopy is a 700 square-foot translucent panel set on a steel tube structure. The slender white structure and relative massing of the restaurant’s entrance are reflected in DoubleTree canopy design to balance and integrate the two entrances.

http://sotherlyhotels.com/destinations/washington-dc

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Mel’s Liquors

Mel’s Liquors

Owner: Jagdambe, LLC

Consultants:
Skarda & Associates, Inc. – structural engineering
Spectrum Engineers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering

Contractor: Kindred Builders, Inc.

Description: Symmetry First Architects designed a new 4,200 square foot building to replace the original Mel’s Liquors building destroyed by fire in September 2012. The ground floor houses a liquor store (Mel’s)  and carry-out restaurant with a full commercial kitchen (L&D Tacos and Pizza).

https://www.facebook.com/MelsLiquors/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ld-Tacos-and-Pizza/

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PGCC Junior Achievement Finance Park Classroom

PGCC Junior Achievement Finance Park Classroom

Tenant: Prince Georges Community College

Description:  Prince George’s Community College called on Symmetry First to design their space within the Junior Achievement Finance Park at James Gholson Middle School in Hyattsville. Symmetry First worked with the College’s Graphic Design staff to produce a vibrant presentation of College life and dreams preferred. Middle schoolers throughout the County come to the JA Finance Park for a day of learning about financial literacy and work readiness.

http://www.myja.org/programs/financepark

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Jesup Blair House Condition Survey and Adaptive Re-use Plan

Jesup Blair House Condition Survey and Adaptive Re-use Plan

Client: Montgomery County Department of Parks

Consultants:
Adtek Engineers, Inc. – structural assessment
M-R/Innoveers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical/plumbing assessment
Air, Land and Water Engineering, Inc. – environmental assessment

Description:
The Jesup Blair House was built circa 1850 as a summer residence. The house incorporates elements of the Federal and Greek Revival styles, including a hipped roof with cupola, wooden quoin blocks, pilasters, a molded architrave, and a front door framed with transom and sidelights. The house has served a variety of community uses since its donation Montgomery County in 1933, including a public library, draft board and transitional housing for single-parent families. The Commission contracted with Symmetry First to determine the feasibility of renovating the building for use as office building. This project consisted of three major tasks: a condition survey, remediation plan and cost estimate.

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Pope Farm House

Pope Farm House

Owner: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission – Montgomery County

Consultants:
Adtek Engineers, Inc. – structural engineering
M/R Innoveers, LLC – mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering

Description: Symmetry First designed a comprehensive interior and exterior renovation of the Pope Farm House to convert it from a tenant farmhouse to a suite of offices and conference space for staff at the Pope Farm Nursery. Work included insulating the previously un-insulated exterior walls, restoration of the striking exterior stucco finish, refinishing of interior wood floors and staircase, and insertion of all new electric, plumbing, heating and cooling systems, with minimum modification of the interior plan arrangement and spatial qualities. While the Pope Farm House is not technically an historic property, great care was taken in design and in construction to return it to its original form and finishes.

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Billing Office for Medical Services Group

Billing Office for Medical Services Group

Tenant: Billing Office for Medical Services Group

Client Albrecht Construction Corporation

Consultant:
Spectrum Engineers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering

Description:
Symmetry First provided design for build-out of a 1,090 square feet tenant space within an existing medical office building Construction included: 2 Private Offices, Open Office area able to accommodate up to 13 separate work stations, Storage area, ADA Compliant restroom and an additional egress door into an existing corridor.

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Pediatric and Pre-Natal Clinic at Walker Mill

Pediatric and Pre-Natal Clinic at Walker Mill

Tenant: Pediatric and Pre-Natal Clinic at Walker Mill

Client: Albrecht Construction Corporation

Consultant:
Spectrum Engineers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering

Description:
Symmetry First led the design for a major interior renovation of two existing and adjacent tenant spaces. The total square footage of the new combined tenant space is 4,578 square feet, inside a 39,340 square foot building shell.

The existing demising wall between the two existing tenant spaces was partially demolished to make way for a new staircase and ramp to connect the adjacent spaces, as the existing southern tenant space’s floor line is 1’-4” above the existing northern tenant space. The new staircase for staff use is located in the rear of the space and the ADA compliant ramp for patient use is conveniently located in the front of the space, both serving as access between the Pediatric Services area and the Prenatal Services area.

 

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Prince George’s County Trap & Skeet Center

Prince George’s County Trap & Skeet Center

Client: Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission- Prince George’s County

Consultants:
Carroll Engineering, Inc. – structural engineering
SRBR Engineers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering
Phoenix Engineering, Inc. – civil engineering
Timothy Prigg and Associates – landscape architecture
Cedar Forest Products co. – heavy timber structural engineering

Description: An existing 2700 square foot heavy timber building was increased in size by 800 square feet, adding office and meeting space. In addition to the building expansion, work included replacement of windows and doors, and a complete roof replacement, which utilized ventilated roof sheathing to introduce proper ventilation under the asphalt shingle roof. The construction work was performed in large part by M-NCPPC maintenance personnel.

 

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Velatis Caramels

Velatis Caramels

Client: Velatis of Maryland, LLC

Contractor: Albrecht Construction Corporation

Description:

Symmetry First designed the  Tenant Build-out of 1,325 square feet in a  ‘warm vanilla’ shell space, for use as a caramel manufacturing facility (1,000 square feet) and retail shop (300 square feet).

In addition to normal building permit approvals, the food manufacturing aspect of the plan required approvals by the Montgomery County and State of Maryland Health Departments. The facility includes a commercial kitchen, designed by foodservice consultant, Barry Harden. Kitchen equipment included a through-the-roof range hood and a make-up air unit.

In order for Velatis to open as soon as possible for the 2009 holiday season, both the design and construction schedules were fast-tracked. From our first meeting at the empty storefront in August, to the Grand Opening in December, every aspect of design and construction, down to the choice of MMA flooring for its one-hour cure time, was geared to getting Velatis up and running ASAP.

http://www.velatis.com

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Taylor Village Retail / Office Building

Taylor Village Retail / Office Building

Client: Historic Ellicott Properties

Description: Construction began in August, 2004, for this 25,000 square foot 2-1/2 story building situated within the new community of Taylor Village in Ellicott City, Maryland. The building houses a blend of retail shops and business offices.

The project was design to the Silver level under the LEED Program. Building materials were selected for their recyclable content and local points of origin. Building systems were been designed for energy efficiency well beyond code minimums.

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Waterloo Shell Gas Station

Waterloo Shell Gas Station

Client: Jagdambe, LLC

Consultants:
Kelly Engineering Associates, Inc. –  structural engineering
MM Engineers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering

Building Contractor: Kindred Builders, Inc.
Sitework, Tank, Pump and Canopy Contractor: H & H Concrete Construction, Inc.

Description:
Symmetry First designed the renovation of an existing gas station / convenience store located at the intersection of Route 175 and Route 1 in Elkridge, Maryland. The project included the construction of three new additions including a new canopy over the gas pumps, an automatic car wash bay, and a carry out restaurant,  with a 2nd floor open office above and a basement below. The carry-out restaurant, R&R Taqueria, became a sensation (see the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives episode @  http://www.rrtaqueria.com ) and expanded their business with a carry-out location in Perry Hall and a sit-down restaurant in the shopping center next to the Waterloo Shell Station.

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Waverly Silo Building

Waverly Silo Building

Client: Waverly Woods Development Corp.

Description: Symmetry First designed a two story office / retail building located in Marriottsville, Maryland, consisting of Office Suites, Retail and Restaurant spaces. The street face of this highly visible building on the edge of the Waverly Woods development is amplified by the inclusion of two silos.

Project Completed: 2006

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William Donald Schaefer House

William Donald Schaefer House

Client: Maryland Department of General Services

Description:
Originally built as luxurious single-family homes in 1913, the pair of residences and outbuildings in Baltimore City were converted to a campus for troubled youth. Operated by the Department of Juvenile Services, the facility provides housing, counseling and educational programs. Symmetry First Architects has designed various renovations:

  • Complete renovation of the dormitory bathrooms
  • Repair and painting of the exterior of both buildings
  • Replacement of the windows
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Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts

Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts

Client: City of Frederick

Consultants:
Kelly Engineering Associates, Inc. – structural engineering
SRBR Engineers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering

Contractor: Albrecht Construction Corp

Description:
Located within the City of Frederick Historic District and listed on the National Register, the Weinberg Center for the Arts is a 1920’s movie theater that is transitioning to a properly appointed live-performance venue.  After developing a master plan for the changes required to make this transition, the first two phases of design and construction have been completed –

1) the addition of new public restrooms and an elevator shaft

2) complete replacement of all stage rigging

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Elkridge Warehouse Building

Elkridge Warehouse Building

Client /Owner/General Contractor: Middle Patuxent Properties

Description: Symmetry First Architects initially designed a 9,000 square foot prototypical shell building for use as flexible office/warehouse space.  The approved Site Development Plan will permit the construction of three of these shell buildings. As of August, 2010, two of the buildings have been constructed. The buildings are fully sprinklered and include an expandable mezzanine. The property is zoned M-1 (Light Manufacturing.)

In preparation for tenant occupancy in Buildings 1 and 2, Symmetry First has prepared construction documents and secured construction permits for three tenants.

 

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Annapolis/Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau

Annapolis/Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau

Joint Venture with T. Averill Architects, LLC

Client:  Annapolis/Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau

Consultants:
Gipe Associates, Inc. -mechanical/electrical/plumbing
The Watkins Partnership, Inc.- structural engineering

Contractor:  Tuckman-Barbee Construction Co., Inc.

Description:
The circa 1760 house and the 1970’s era addition behind it houses Bureau staff and a Visitors Center that welcomes over 175,000 guests a year. In a joint-venture partnership, Symmetry First and Terry Averill designed an expansion and renovation. The project included a 1,400 square foot addition, the rearrangement of interior space to separate the Visitors Center use from the administrative office use, and upgrades of all facility systems and interior finishes.

Approvals for the addition and renovations were secured from the Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Annapolis and the Maryland Historic Trust.

The renovation of the Visitors Center included re-paving the alley from West Street to the Gott’s surface parking lot and established the primacy of the alley entrance to the Center with lighting, an entrance canopy and accessible steps and a ramp. Following on this work, the City of Annapolis completed a complete re-construction of the Gott’s surface parking lot. This vastly improved the approach to the Center from Northwest Street and Gott’s Parking Garage. It also allows tour buses to board passengers well away from the busy street.

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Florence Bain Senior Center

Florence Bain Senior Center

Client: Howard County Bureau of Facilities

Description: Originally constructed in 1981, this 21, 500 square foot center required a major renovation and addition. The project includes a 3,500 square foot addition, the rearrangement of interior space to improve the space efficiency and functional use, and the upgrade of facility systems.

The addition complements the unusual geometry of the original building while screening new rooftop equipment from view.

Concept plans, design development and full construction documents were prepared including an opinion of construction costs.

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Hilton Mansion Administration Building

Hilton Mansion Administration Building

Owner / Client: Community Colleges of Baltimore County

Description: The central portion of the Hilton Mansion was originally constructed between 1828 and1835. In a major renovation that occurred between 1917 and 1919, wings, with gabled slate roofs, were added to the east and west sides of the mansion, and porticos, with flat-lock seamed copper roofing, to both the north and south elevations. During that renovation, the roof over the central portion of the mansion was raised from a gabled profile to the gambrelled profile evident today. Original construction drawings, dated July 28, 1917, by Edward L. Palmer, Architect, indicate the general scope of work. The existing green slate roof is believed to date back to this renovation. Therefore, the age of the slate roof is approximately 85 years.

An exterior renovation occurred in the mid-1980s, which included limited replacement of slates and metal flashings, and lining of the built-in gutters with EPDM. Construction drawings, dated April 2, 1984, National Historic Register and is listed with the Maryland Historic Trust. The mansion was subject to an easement regarding renovation/restoration work. Maryland Historic Trust approval of proposed work was required.

The deteriorated copper flashing and flatlock seam roofs also were replaced.

 

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Ellicott City Senior Center

Ellicott City Senior Center

Client: Howard County, Maryland

Description: The Ellicott City Senior Center is centrally located in Howard County, adjacent to the Miller Public Library on Old Frederick Road. In an effort to meet the needs of a growing older adult population, Howard County constructed this new 12,500 square foot facility in 2002. The Center offers opportunities for active adults along with a Senior Center Plus Program for health-impaired seniors. Activities include arts and crafts, educational classes, exercise, trips, computer instruction, community meals, and drop-in activities. The Ellicott City Center provides a central meeting place for seniors, serves the community with information about senior services, and offers facilities for general community use.

Pre-design included space and use programming for the facility along with a review of existing site conditions. Concept plans, design development, and full construction documents were prepared. Schemes showing maximum development and alternatives for limiting the amount of additional land required also were developed.

The one-story building overlooks a reforested stream valley. The main entrance tower allows the building to be identified from Frederick Road. The main structure for the building is steel studs, columns and beams with a wood truss roof. The building design included a commercial kitchen.

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Hillandale Office Building

Hillandale Office Building

Owner:Maryland National-Capital Park & Planning Commission
Description: Symmetry First performed a Building Evaluation for this dental office building adjoining the Hillandale Park. The evaluation included code review and cost estimation for alternative uses: either solely as an office building or as a combination office and assembly facility. Subsequent to the Building Evaluation, Symmetry First provided fast-track design services to meet M-NCPPC‘s timeline for re-location of two departmental divisions. The work included complete renovation of interior spaces, replacement of a deteriorated egress stair, and a new handicap ramp at the main entrance. The construction was performed in large part by M-NCPPC Central Maintenance staff.

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Paul’s Homewood Cafe

Paul’s Homewood Cafe

Joint Venture with Terry Averill, Architects, LLC

Client: Pauls’ Homewood Cafe

Contractor: The Whitley Construction Group, Inc.

Description: Paul’s Homewood Café, located in Annapolis, Maryland, was renovated and expanded  to a fully functional Restaurant with a Bar, indoor and outdoor Dining Areas, Commercial Kitchen and Accessory Refrigerated Storage, Mechanical and Equipment Spaces.

http://paulshomewoodcafe.com/

 

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Tiber Hudson Senior Apartments

Tiber Hudson Senior Apartments

Client: Howard County Housing and Community Development

Consultants:
Kelly & Associates, Inc. – structural engineering
Moore-Lewis, Inc. – mechanical/plumbing engineering
B&R Construction Services – electrical engineering
Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates, Inc. – geotechnical engineering
Phoenix Engineering, Inc. – civil engineering
Timothy Prigg & Associates – landscape architecture

Description: Located just outside the Ellicott City Historic District, Phase One of this project for the Howard County Department of Housing & Community Development added senior housing to an existing multi-family community.  This 3-story apartment building is ADA accessible, and includes several room styles.  The ground floor, which has nine efficiency apartments, was designed with the flexibility to be transformed into an assisted living facility, should the County decide to develop and staff such a facility.

An attached community room, with restrooms and a pantry kitchen, is accessed via both a separate public entrance and a conditioned breezeway from the apartment building.  It affords program and meeting space for seniors and all members of the community.

Following the completion of the Tiber Hudson Senior Apartment Building, the Housing Commission demolished the adjoining townhomes and apartment buildings and built Burgess Mills Station, a mix of new townhomes and apartments. The County built a new Roger Carter Community Center adjoining Burgess Mills Station, completing a long-term plan to redevelopment the entire Tiber Hudson community.

 

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St. John Cemetery Administrative Building

St. John Cemetery Administrative Building

Client: Board of Directors, St. John’s Cemetery

Consultants:
Kelly Engineering Associates, Inc. –  structural engineering
MM Engineers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering

Contractor: Albrecht Construction Corp.

Description:
Symmetry First Architects designed an 24 x 24 foot, one-story building to house the cemetery’s administrative functions, adjacent to the existing caretaker’s residence on the St. John’s Cemetery property.

 

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Parkside Headquarters Interior Renovations

Parkside Headquarters Interior Renovations

Owner / Client: M-NCPPC, Montgomery County Department of Parks

Description: This interior renovation project included a building condition assessment, space programming and subsequent design for four of the five divisions (including the IT Division) headquartered at the M-NCCPC Montgomery County Department of Parks Parkside Building. Features such as the building-wide data network, server rooms, telecommunication, HVAC and security systems were assessed and the impact of plan modifications on these systems were factored into the final design.

Project Completed in 2011

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Pope Farm Nursery Addition

Pope Farm Nursery Addition

Owner: MNCPPC-Montgomery County

Description: Symmetry First designed an approximately 400 square foot outdoor space between the Potting Room, Boiler Room and Storage Room that is enclosed in construction matching the existing building – concrete footings, CMU foundation and building walls, wood truss roof framing, architectural asphalt shingles, wood siding and vent at gable end.

The Potting Room Addition has two exterior openings:

  • An insulated metal overhead door
  • An insulated hollow metal swinging door (3’ x 7’) with hollow metal frame

Miscellaneous items included modifications to gutters/downspouts, repair of finishes throughout the existing building where HVAC demolition or new work occurs, and replacement of missing attic insulation in existing attic.  Structural design included concrete slab and footings, CMU foundation and building walls and roof framing.

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Henderson Hall – Zembiac Pool

Henderson Hall – Zembiac Pool

Owner: US Department of the Navy

Client: Allen & Shariff Construction

Consultants:
Adtek Engineers, Inc. – civil and structural engineering
SRBR Engineers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering
Hughes Associates, Inc. – fire protection engineering

Description: In a Design/Build partnership with Allen & Shariff Construction, Symmetry First designed renovations to the existing pool house and the addition of a Collapsible Air Dome over the pool. The new construction provides the Marines with a swimming / training facility that can be utilized year-round.

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Dental Clinic Expansion, Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home

Dental Clinic Expansion, Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home

Owner: Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home
Client: Maryland Department of General Services

Consultant
SRBR Engineers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering

Description:
Symmetry First Architects designed the renovation of an existing 1,300 square foot space dental clinic. The completed expansion yielded a larger reception and waiting area, an open treatment area, and greater sharing of daylight throughout the clinic.

 

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Quantico P110 Warehouse ISB Facility

Quantico P110 Warehouse ISB Facility

Owner: US Department of the Navy
Client/Contractor: Allen & Shariff Construction

Description: In a design/build contract with the Owner, the United States Marine Corps. Symmetry First designed site development and construction of 3600 square foot pre-engineered warehouse on Quantico Marine Corps Base. Constructed by Allen and Shariff Construction, the design met LEED certification criteria.

Design submissions consisted of design concept, 50% CD and 100% pre-final, with 21 days between notice to proceed/receipt of Owner comments and next submission.

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Henderson Hall – Cpl Terry L. Smith Gymnasium

Henderson Hall – Cpl Terry L. Smith Gymnasium

Owner: US Department of the Navy

Client: Allen & Shariff Construction

Consultants:
Adtek Engineers, Inc. – civil and structural engineering
SRBR Engineers, Inc. – mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering
Hughes Associates, Inc. – fire protection engineering

Description: In a Design/Build partnership with Allen & Shariff Construction, Symmetry First designed two connecting structures (650 and 1200 square feet)  and a thorough renovation of  three existing gym/fitness buildings (26,800 square feet). This construction has taken the three separate buildings and transformed them into one integrated complex.  The connecting structures feature translucent skylights to let in natural light and ramps to render the three different floor elevations handicap accessible.

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Velatis Caramel at the Pentagon

Velatis Caramel at the Pentagon

Client: Velatis of Maryland, LLC

Description:
When Velatis Caramel had an opportunity to bid on a vendor space within the Pentagon, they called on us to assist with preparing the drawings required for the bid submission. We produced both 2D construction drawings and 3D views of ‘Velatis at the Pentagon.’ We’re proud to announce they got the gig!

http://www.velatis.com

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The Rosenstock  Building

The Rosenstock Building

Client: Historic Ellicott Properties

Consultant:
Kelly Engineering Associates, Inc. – structural engineering

Description: 
The Rosenstock Building is 3-story 12,000 square foot mixed-use building on Main Street in the Ellicott City historical district, built to replace the original Rosenstock Department Store, which was destroyed by a fire in November 1999.  The new building accommodates a mix of retail, office and residential space.

While state law prohibited construction of a new building in a flood zone, the Maryland Department of the Environment granted an exception due to the historic context of Ellicott City’s Main Street.

The new building spans the 35’ wide Tiber River, which runs parallel to Main Street, and directly under several buildings. The first floor of the building is approximately 4’ below the 100-year base flood elevation – a waiver was granted by the Department of Licenses and Permits to allow the new building’s first floor elevation to be placed below the base flood elevation – this was requested to maintain handicap accessibility from the existing sidewalk elevation to the new first floor elevation.

While the original Rosenstock Department Store consisted of three connected wood-framed buildings, the structural system for the new building was selected to meet FEMA flood-proofing requirements:  The first floor slabs on each side of the creek are dramatically thickened to increase their overall weight and resist the uplift pressure of a flooding river. Hollow core concrete planks, with a topping slab, span the river;  The front, side and rear walls of the first floor are poured concrete, waterproofed up to 1 foot above the base flood elevation. Also, to meet the Building Code’s fire separation requirements, the party walls at neighboring buildings are 3-hour fire rated block.

The exterior of the building fits within the historic context of the street, meeting the Ellicott City Historic District Guidelines.  The approval of the building’s three part Main Street façade was secured from the Howard County Historic Preservation Commission during the first presentation. The middle of the façade is more contemporary, and allows daylight and views from the street into all three floors of the building.  On either side of the middle, the store display windows and ‘punched’ windows above reflect the original Rosenstock Department Store at the turn of the century.

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