On the Boards

An architect is someone who changes the built world to improve lives. — AIA National

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2016 On the Boards Projects

Bates Architects PC ─ Frederick, MD
www.batesarchitectspc.com

Brewers-Aerial-122715Brewer’s Alley Renovation and Expansion – Frederick, MD
Brewer’s Alley is lauded as Frederick Maryland’s original brew pub. Although currently used as a tavern, this multi-level 1769 building is a unique part of the historic district. The building has been a market place, an opera house, movie theater and the town administrative offices. The Brewer’s Alley renovation and expansion program included expanding the seating capacity, returning a brewing operation to the site, and to provide “a roof top terrace feature” unique to downtown Frederick. The design of the addition received unanimous approval from the Historic Preservation Commission for the use of materials and details that complements the historic building while creating a new and exciting aesthetic. In a phased process, the kitchen will be updated and expanded, a new wood fired oven installed, dining rooms renovated and a new exterior dining experience added with street level patios, large operable dining room window walls and roof terrace dining.

 


GWWO, Inc./Architects  Baltimore, MD
www.gwwoinc.com

10-Dining-Terrace-GWWO-Inc.Pikes Peak Summit House – Colorado Springs, CO
Finding the perfect balance between a dynamic building that presents a clear destination to visitors and a minimalist structure deferential to the Peak and its majestic views was critical to the design of the new Pikes Peak Summit House. Predominately a one-story form seemingly carved from the southeast side of the Peak, the new Summit House offers the same unobstructed views Katharine Lee Bates beheld as she penned America the Beautiful. Reminiscent of the crags and rock formations found above the tree line, the design uses shade, shadows and fragmentation to coalesce into the Peak. Viewed from below, it is one with the mountain, yet as one arrives at the Peak, the modest entry pavilion is a clear destination. The building is sited to take advantage of the enhanced solar gain at altitude while minimizing the effect of the harsh alpine winds. GWWO – Design Architect; RTA Architects – Architect of Record.

Project Size: 27,000 SF

 


Grimm + Parker Architects ─ Calverton, MD
www.grimmandparker.com

Hyattsville-ExteriorHyattsville Library – Hyattsville, MD
The Hyattsville Branch Library is reinventing itself. Designed for the 21st Century, the new library is imaginatively designed to fit on the site by maximizing green space where the current library and a parking lot exist. Taking advantage of the natural slope, the new one story library is able to offer both main and parking entrances from grade at different levels. The user experience is punctuated by a sense of transparency inserted within architectural forms that are representative of the new and improved services the library is able to offer to the community. These forms, along with an outdoor reading terrace, overlook a preserved and relocated iconic canopy element in the shape of a flying saucer on a landscaped bio-retention garden. This feature reinforces the community’s deference to its past, its present commitment to sustainability and the promotion of optimism through a renewed sense of pride and local identity.

Project Size: 39,000 sf.
Project Cost: $14.5M

 


Grimm + Parker Architects ─ Calverton, MD
www.grimmandparker.com

Laurel-Library-ExteriorLaurel Library – Laurel, MD
Pivoting around an urban historic site with deep roots in the African American community, known as Emancipation Park, the new Laurel Branch Library envisions a pedestrian friendly, one story building that acknowledges the rich past of the region with its textured stone. The library also celebrates the present with its dynamic diagonal lines accentuated by bold forms reflecting the innovation of the library system, and looks forward to the future with an attitude embedded in flexibility and discovery for the user of all ages. Designed for a community ever more immersed in technology, the library showcases its services offered by maximizing connections between interior space, landscape and surrounding community with the intent of adding sensory excitement through views to the exterior by letting the user enjoy sunlight, watch the change of seasons, experience color and texture and by letting the library be a beacon of the community from the exterior.

Project Size: 31,000 sf.
Project Cost: $17.6M

 


2015 On the Boards Projects

GWWO, Inc./Architects  Baltimore, MD
www.gwwoinc.com

GWWO_Heritage-ApproachHeritage Museums & Gardens Welcome Center – Sandwich, MA
Contemporary in design and materials, yet reminiscent of traditional Cape Cod architecture in scale and form, the new welcome center responds to its surroundings and context, including the kettle-kame topography and other existing buildings scatted around the 100-acre site. Meant to create a sense of discovery, the siting and design of the center slowly reveals itself to visitors upon approach, creating a sense of anticipation that foreshadows the experience visitors will have as they explore the grounds. As on the site—where features are concealed and then revealed as you come upon them—the center is discovered as you move towards it, and then through it. Inside, a glass-enclosed lobby directs the eye to the site’s signature water flume and provides visitors with expansive views of the lush landscape. Additional program elements in this sustainable design include ticketing, gift shop, board room, offices, restrooms, and storage.

Project Size: 7,400-SF
Project Cost: $3.5M

 


Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners  Gaithersburg, MD
www.wiencek-associates.com

For the recent DC Affordable Living Design Competition, the Wiencek + Associates team based their concept around an existing Cottonwood tree on the site.  Just as the tree collects, stores, and transforms resources while supplying food and shelter, the twelve homes on the site address the 7 petals of the Living Building Challenge – Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty. The urban infill project is completely independent of all infrastructure systems, functioning as a complete ecosystem.

 

 


Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc. ─  Silver Spring, MD
www.bfmarch.com

1130-exterior-frontHuntress Coal Condominium – Washington, DC
Huntress Coal Oil is a 4 unit condo project, incorporating an existing carriage house residence, previously renovated by the firm. The traditional exterior and loft-style interiors are inspired both by the Victorian character of the Shaw Historic District at the street front of the site, and the industrial nature of the Blagden Alley Historic District at the alley side of the site.