The new, 80,000 sf, three-floor, LEED Silver Eastern Family Resource Center (EFRC) is located on the campus of Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center. This facility replaces and expands the previous shelter for men, women, and families, while containing the capability for an array of programs operated via Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services.
With capacity for 330 residents, EFRC provides safe and stable transitional housing, dining, and educational resources for its residents. In addition, there are numerous health and medical capabilities including: dental, clinical, audiology, and WIC services. The shelter space was designed around the specific needs of those who occupy the building, with childcare and child development areas, an outdoor playground, and program collaboration/flexible office space for partnering agencies.
The new building houses multiple Health Department functions, including the Infants and Toddlers Program, Substance Abuse Treatment, a Sexually Transmitted Infections clinic, Family Planning, and the Womens, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program. Healthcare for the Homeless is also housed within EFRC as they engage in a partnership with the County to allow for the expansion of primary care, behavioral health, and supportive health services.
The project included selective demolition, renovations and new construction for a two-story 44,0000 square foot addition to an existing occupied library. Also included was significant earthwork, sediment and erosion control, storm drainage system, sanitary storm sewers and landscaping.
Structure was built on a deep foundation system with cast-in-place concrete decks. Interior features included architectural woodwork, automatic entrance doors, acoustical wall panels, glass reinforced gypsum units, pre-laminated wall panels, pedestrian control devices, lockers and operable walls. Additional systems and equipment provided include kitchen, laundry, boilers, HVAC, cable TV, and intrusion detection.
CAM was selected in a Design/Build proposal with a guaranteed max price to develop and construct the 46,000 square foot Administrative and Automotive Shops facility. The two story administrative area houses 21,150 square feet for the Maryland Transportation Authority including an exercise room, Holding Cells, and administrative support areas. The 13,300 square foot Shops facility includes a Vehicle Lube System, Vehicle Lifts, Wash Bays, and an Overhead Crane.
By modifying the limited structural design in the RFP, CAM was able to afford the owner more usable floor area as well as more headroom with the new continuous spread footing and wall bearing structural system. Our structural analysis revealed a lack of structural flexibility, so we deleted perimeter columns and beams to alleviate the stress and improve interior space.
Due to the fast track nature of the contract the re-designed footings were completed during the design phase of the project and the steel fabrication proceeded to maintain the tight completion schedule. Numerous finish enhancements were also added to the project during design. No additional costs were added to the contract as a result of these changes.
In addition, CAM moved the entire Bay Bridge surveillance and communication system from one building to the new Police and Automotive Facility. Control room consisted of running new fiber optics, data lines, video communications, monitoring, and the state police “MILES” system. Transition was completed flawlessly without any interruption of use
The Owings Mills Learning Center is a one-of-a-kind project in Baltimore County and features excellent roadside visibility that generated a high volume of consumer usage for its two occupants following its early spring official grand opening. The six-story, 120,000 square foot building overlooking I-795 has been designed to house a new branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, as well as an expanded location for the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). Positioned on the first two levels of the structure within 40,000 square feet of space, is the 19th and largest branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. It is stocked with a collection of nearly 115,000 items and feature individual study rooms, 70 computers for use by the general public, a magazine lounge, early learning activity center, teen area, café and large quiet study area. The library is also wired for complementary Wifi service and contains a community room that will be shared by CCBC.
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has leased the remaining 80,000 square feet and occupies floors three through six. Upon completion of the Learning Center, CCBC relocated from its current space on Painters Mill Road, which operates as an Extension Center to the main campus in Catonsville. The new space is approximately three times larger than the current facility, features 27 separate classrooms and specialized science laboratories, and provides resources to allow CCBC to expand its existing enrollment of 5,000 students.
The post tension concrete Owings Mills Learning Center has a complex skin of glass curtain wall, architectural pre-cast concrete, EIFS and architectural metal panel skin, faces a public plaza within Metro Centre at Owings Mills and is connected to the existing eight-level parking garage. The project has been constructed to achieve LEED-Silver certification via its partial green roof designed to improve both air and water quality and mitigate heat loss and gain, use of low VOC materials, use of recycled materials, regionally manufactured materials fabricated within 500 miles of its location, and all wood used on the project is FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified.
CAM Construction was selected as the construction manager to complete the construction of the important new 52,000 square foot, three story structure near Baltimore’s prison. The building was designed by CSD Architects as the new home of four of Catholic Charities important programs and will assist Baltimore’s challenged residents in becoming self-reliant through employment. This brick, decorative block and cast stone structure includes the Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, dining room, storage areas, classrooms, large and small conference rooms, phone/privacy room, dormitories and residential apartments for up to 60 men.
Outdoor amenities include open space areas, a basketball court and a garden which enhances its urban setting. As a testimony to the importance of the project, the September 2005 groundbreaking ceremonies brought together the Governor, Cardinal William H. Keeler, directors and trustees for Catholic Charities and three of the four living Mayors of the City of Baltimore.
The Our Daily Bread soup kitchen annually serves nearly 250,000 hot meals to an average of 683 guests. Opened in 1981, and now relocated to the Fallsway corridor, Our Daily bread is able to provide food for more guests than ever before. The Christopher Place Employment Academy, which occupies the third floor of the new structure, provides an intense 18 month residential job-readiness, education, job placement, addiction recovery program and follow-up services. Complementing the Christopher Place program is the St. Jude’s Employment Center which affords walk in aid to those seeking job readiness skills and employment referrals as unskilled or low-skilled workers.
The Samaritan center, also located in the new structure, is a joint emergency services program between Catholic Charities and the St. Vincent de Paul Society which annually assists City residents with eviction prevention support, utility assistance, traveler’s aid, as well as referrals for health providers, addition recovery and housing services.
The Our Daily Bread Employment Center was funded by Amazing Grace: the Campaign for Catholic Charities and received both State as well as City funds. The construction contract required MBE participation, most unusual for a private project, and CAM ably met the MBE goal requested of them.
Construction proved challenging when an unexpected and large building foundation was found below the surface of the site. Extensive excavation of up to 20’ in depth, during one of the rainiest season in City history, was required to complete this project.
CAM Construction was selected to construct the new courthouse for the county. The new courthouse included 6 new courtrooms as well as judge’s chambers. The project also included the historical renovation of the John Hanson House and the Phillip Thomas House. The John Hanson House served as a residence to John Hanson, our nation’s first president elected in 1781 under the Articles of Confederation.
The Abingdon Fire Station is a three stories masonry load bearing structure with grade access at both the first and second level. It required extensive site work due to the extremely sloping and wooded site. The upper level floors of the building are precast concrete plank with concrete topping and the roof structure consists of wood trusses with asphalt shingles.
The building has an apparatus bay containing 10 truck areas services by electronically operated overhead doors. Administration area, computer center, control room and living quarters are all incorporated in the three story structure. The fire station also has a large assembly room with a full service commercial kitchen that is housed on the lower level.
The project consists of the construction of a new fire house containing 8,350 square feet engine bay, 18,000 square foot support center, and 12,500 square foot community hall. Construction is brick with block back-up using shaped brick, hinged brick and tile inlays. Special features include a full service kitchen and dining room for fire department, dormitory and a recreation area.