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Construction Underway for Berlin Fire Station #3

Salisbury, MD / January 10, 2019 – Berlin Fire Company, Inc. has officially broken ground for Fire Station #3 on the north side of Route 50 outside of Berlin, Maryland near Sunset Memorial Park. Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF) assisted the Company by providing architectural, structural and civil engineering, as well as surveying services. Willow Construction is serving as general contractor for the project, which is anticipated for completion in the fall of 2019.

For ten years, Berlin Fire Company has operated out of a Route 50 substation, but continued residential and commercial development east of Berlin required the Company to plan for a larger more permanent facility. The new station will be nearly 5,000 square feet, large enough to support three apparatus bays with room for expansion. In addition to the apparatus bays, the design includes a multi-purpose room for the Company’s members, radio room, and support spaces. DBF designed the facility to later double in both size and bays as the area continues to grow and fire safety needs expand. Future space will permit a second floor to accommodate day room, bunk rooms, fitness center, and additional storage.

The project’s site, as designed by DBF’s civil engineers and landscape architects, allows for emergency response via Route 50 or Grays Corner Road. Most notably, the building’s design was to be in accordance with Worcester County’s Design Guidelines and Standards for Commercial Uses. These guidelines were developed to include key goals and objectives from the Worcester County Comprehensive Plan necessitating a traditional agricultural vernacular. The overall look is barn-like in appearance; appropriate given its location and use requiring large overhead doors and tall rooflines for large vehicles. Durable and non-combustible masonry and metal siding are prominent exterior materials.

Michael Wigley, architect and president of DBF, reflected on the project. “For a number of years now we have been working with David Fitzgerald, president of the Berlin Fire Company, and other key members to design a facility that can serve the immediate needs of the public while anticipating the likely potential for future growth. All along it’s been evident that these first responders are highly dedicated to the people and businesses they serve. For them, to see construction finally taking place is most gratifying.”

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, planning and surveying firm with offices in Salisbury and Easton, Maryland, and in Milford, Delaware. For additional information about DBF, visit www.dbfinc.com.

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Davis, Bowen & Fridel, Inc. Celebrates 35 years of Creating Value by Design

Salisbury, MD / December 28, 2018 – Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF) reached an exciting milestone, celebrating 35 years in the Architecture and Engineering industry. Founded in 1983 in Salisbury, Maryland, DBF has become one of the largest and most respected professional consulting firms on the Eastern Shore.

The firm’s story began in a one room brick office in the heart of downtown Salisbury. Davis & Associates, as it was first known, was spearheaded by engineers John A. Davis, P.E. and Gerald G. Friedel, P.E., two young visionaries with a passion for problem solving and a vision for innovation. Architect, G. Donald Bowen, AIA, joined the firm shortly after, establishing versatile capabilities for the firm early on – and -Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. officially began.

With a growing need for professional services in Delaware and a drive for a stronger presence on the Eastern Shore, DBF opened a second office in Dover in the 1990’s. Later re-locating to Milford to better serve the firm’s largest municipal client, the move offered broader geographic coverage and a multitude of opportunities in a new region, setting the tone for future endeavors.

DBF would later acquire Andrew’s, Miller & Associates in 2007, expanding architecture, surveying, civil engineering and structural engineering services to include marine engineering, hydrology, and enhanced surveying to better serve the firm’s clients. From there, DBF consolidated and opened an Easton, MD office and more recently celebrated two grand openings of relocated offices: DBF’s corporate headquarters in Salisbury, MD and the rapidly expanding office in Milford, DE, all designed to accommodate the burgeoning firm.

Today, the firm is led by president Michael Wigley, AIA, LEED AP and principals, W. Zachary Crouch, P.E., Jason Loar, P.E., Ring Lardner, P.E., and Mike Wheedleton, AIA, LEED GA. “DBF has been able to become what it is today because of our clients and the relationships we maintain,” reflected Wigley, who has been with DBF since nearly the very beginning, joining the firm a little more than a year after its inception. “I look back and am just amazed at the impact our incredible staff of professionals has had within our communities: whether it be by improving water and sewer systems or designing town halls and police stations, we are grateful to be a part of our clients’ desires to make places better.”

From humble beginnings, DBF has evolved into an award-winning multi-discipline firm   now with over 3,000 clients, a growing staff of 90 and more than six decades of specialized experience in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.  Over the last 35 years, DBF has been recognized frequently, receiving awards for excellence in design and having work featured in regional and national publications. This past year, DBF was ranked as the 37th engineering/architecture firm in the country by Building Design + Construction Magazine’s annual Giants 300 survey. The firm has also had the opportunity to be an integral part of many of the area’s prominent structures, most recently The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art Legacy Center, Rehoboth Beach City Hall, Salisbury University Athletic Complex fields, Amazon Distribution Center site in Middletown, Delaware and NASA Wallops Island Launch Pad shoreline stabilization.

As part of the firm’s on-going efforts to stay in front of the technological curve, DBF plans to introduce certified UAV (drone) services through the surveying department, offering cost-effective aerial mapping and rapid data acquisition within the next year. In addition to upgraded surveying services, DBF will also roll out a brand new, user-friendly website to meet the demands of today’s ever-changing technological landscape, all with the goal of strengthening client and staff relationships.

In the years to come, DBF looks forward to continuing to provide the highest level of professional services to their valued clients as they expand services and the people they serve. DBF has achieved this 35-year milestone of success and longevity by taking a client first approach to each and every project. With all that has changed over the years, what has remained constant is DBF’s commitment toward satisfying client goals and a passion to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.

“DBF has seen our communities grow in character and charm and is proud to have evolved with each. We would like to thank our clients, business associates, and employees, all of whom have contributed to the success of this company. We are truly grateful to serve our Eastern Shore communities,” said Crouch, looking back on the past 35 years.

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, planning and surveying firm with offices in Salisbury and Easton, Maryland, and in Milford, Delaware. For additional information about DBF, visit www.dbfinc.com.

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Penza Bailey Architects Principal, Jeffrey Penza, Graduates from Leadership Maryland

Baltimore, MD / December 12 – Leadership Maryland announced that Jeffrey Penza, AIA, LEED AP, Principal with Penza Bailey Architects, has completed the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Leadership Maryland honored Penza, a resident of Baltimore City, and the entire Class of 2018 at its 26th annual graduation ceremony held December 4 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Penza was one of 50 applicants chosen by committee to complete Leadership Maryland’s eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities and have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues. Visit www.LeadershipMD.org for more information.

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Cade Museum Named Best Project & GWWO Makes Top Sustainability List

Baltimore, MD / November 2, 2018 – Since opening its doors to the public in May, the museum has received praise and admiration from staff and visitors, as well as several notable awards, including ENR Southeast’s top award. READ MORE

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DBF Welcomes New Employees

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), one of the area’s leading professional design and engineering firms, announces the addition of key staff members to their growing corporate offices in Salisbury, Maryland.

“Our thirty-fifth year in business has marked a period of significant growth, and we are very pleased to bring on-board three exceptional talents within our marketing and finance departments” noted DBF President Michael R. Wigley, AIA, LEED AP.

Leading the firm’s marketing department, Cayla J. Campbell, MBA recently joined DBF as Marketing Coordinator. A Salisbury University graduate, Campbell has both a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Marketing degrees. With over 11 years of marketing experience in the Architecture/Engineering industry on the Eastern Shore, Campbell brings a wealth of knowledge and is supervising the marketing efforts for all three of the firm’s locations in Salisbury and Easton, MD and Milford, DE.

 

DBF also welcomes Leigh S. Enterlein as Staff Accountant. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HI. Enterlein has a thorough understanding of accounting practices with previous experience as an accountant and operations manager in the Architecture & Construction industries preparing analytical data, intermediating negotiations, and providing financial information. Enterlein primarily handles accounts receivables, accounts payables, cash receipts, billing review, and invoice preparation for the firm.

 

Jennifer L. Skarren began with the firm as an Administrative Assistant and quickly transitioned to Marketing Assistant. Skarren graduated from Salisbury University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications focusing on Media Studies. She assists with qualifications packages, press releases, social media, and many other marketing initiatives as the firm continues to increase their presence on the Eastern Shore.

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, planning, and surveying firm with offices in Salisbury and Easton, MD, and Milford, DE. For additional information about DBF, visit www.dbfinc.com.

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DBF Upgrades Tred Avon Yacht Club

Salisbury, MD / October 26, 2018 – The Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford, MD wanted to expand and upgrade their marina facilities to provide a safer boating environment for years to come. Andrews, Miller & Associates, a division of Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), was hired to expand the club’s existing basin and implement upgrades to a portion of the marina facilities. The renovations and additions improved storm and wave protection for members and guests utilizing the facility.

Several alternatives were considered to develop the most cost-effective plan. Retrofitting a portion of the existing and additional placement of breakwaters—fixed nearshore and floating concrete offshore—along the channelward perimeter was done to reduce waves from entering the basin. This resulted in the reduction of threat of injury to boaters and damage to their boats. Additional permanent and transient slips with water and electric hookups were added along the new concrete floating breakwater.

“It was a challenging but enjoyable experience working with the yacht club to provide a solution that best suited their needs and fit their budget,” said Senior Project Manager Ken Eaton, LEED Green Associate.

Throughout the various stages of the project, DBF was able to work closely with the club to ensure the project met or exceeded their expectations. Construction was completed in conjunction with other projects that the Yacht Club was undertaking at the time, and the marina facility elements were modified to tie into other facility improvements.

Services provided by the DBF team included topographic and bathymetric survey, concept layouts, recommended alternatives, preliminary plan, corps and state permitting, design development plans, final construction documents, cost estimates, bidding assistance, and construction administration.

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, planning, and surveying firm with offices in Salisbury and Easton, MD, and Milford, DE. For additional information about DBF, visit www.dbfinc.com.

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