MUST SEE: Drone Fly-Through Video of Highlandtown EMS

It’s our pleasure to share this great drone fly-through video, produced by 21st Century Schools, showcasing the $22 million Highlandtown Project! Lots of natural light, beautiful ceiling details, and a seamless transition from the historic facility into the newly constructed Middle School wing (both inside & out). The school boasts new science labs, art studios, music room, and a makerspace/tech lab. Outdoor spaces include an all-new playground and recreational soccer field, fulfilling a long-held vision of the community that emerged as a priority during early planning meetings! Shoutout to John Srygley on another sharp design.

Scenes from the Ribbon Cutting at Montebello Elementary/Middle

A buzz of excitement was in the air as CAM wrapped up 2022 by hosting two major ribbon cutting ceremonies IN ONE WEEK, showcasing our recently completed 21st Century Schools Projects: Highlandtown Elementary/Middle and Montebello Elementary/Middle! We were overjoyed to have the chance to unveil these beautiful new facilities to the throngs of students and parents, eager to explore their new classrooms, libraries, dining halls, and collaborative learning spaces. Special thanks to leaders like Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Bill Ferguson, Mayor Brandon Scott, Council President Nick Mosby, Principal Denise Ashley, Principal Troy Mitchell, and other city advocates who were instrumental in getting these plans approved, who came out to celebrate the momentous occasions and tour the final product.

What better feeling than to give over 1,400 young students the gift of a brand new school for Christmas! Certainly much more work to be done, but together we can change the lives of Marylanders for the better, one building at a time.

CAM Turns 60!

CAM celebrated our 60th anniversary at our annual Holiday luncheon, held with some of our office staff this afternoon at BCC Roland Park. Our firm was founded in Baltimore, Maryland on August 8, 1962, by Angelo F. Munafo, and has continuously operated as one of the cornerstones of the local construction industry to this day. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from all of your friends at CAM!

Montebello Transformation Featured in the BBJ

Melody Simmons, commercial real estate reporter with the Baltimore Business Journal, just published an excellent article in the BBJ following her tour through our recently completed Montebello Elementary/Middle School project in Central Baltimore.

CAM was proud to be a part of a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Brandon M. ScottMichael Frenz, and so many other dignitaries yesterday! An incredible transformation and example of historic preservation, while incorporating modern finishes and cutting edge technology throughout the facility. The exterior design of the building is emblematic of the historic architectural style of the surrounding neighborhood, so the city committed to restoring the facades back to their original luster, while giving its design team the creative liberties to redevelop the interior of the facility has beyond recognition–optimized for modern occupancy! The stately character of the Field House is one area where Todd Vukmanic & his architectural team were really able to marry the exposed historic elements with the needs of today’s student athletes, performers, and general assemblies.

Executing the rear cafeterium addition, playground, and outdoor classroom spaces proved extremely challenging, given the constrained site conditions and limited points of access into the building for equipment and materials. Contending with steep slopes, working around historic window openings, maximizing views of the lake, and re-imagining the existing floorplates into a 21st Century learning environment proved a rewarding and challenging endeavor for our project management staff and the visionary team at Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates. Moreover, redirecting pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns along Harford Road, E. 32nd Street, and Curran Drive added to the complexities of managing this job. Shoutout to our PM, Vince Culotta, our Superintendent, Jeff Schissler, and Justin Wood at MSA for all their hard work on this one over the past two years.

CAM Selected as CM for St. Joseph’s Church Renovation

CAM is grateful to have been chosen as Construction Manager for this comprehensive renovation and minor additions to the historic St. Joseph’s Church in Cockeysville, MD. We are currently working through the pre-construction and bidding process in collaboration with John Srygley (JRS Architects), Msgr. Hilgartner, Tyler Tate, and other stakeholders in the parish and Archdiocese.

The job will result in a complete interior aesthetic transformation and offer a much-needed modernization of all mechanical and technological systems. The facility’s functionality will be greatly enhanced with new radiused seating oriented around the main alter, a new pipe organ and acoustical treatments designed to improve the musical experience, upgraded restrooms, ADA accessibility, and various energy efficiency measures.

CAM’s Vice President, John Speights, recently joined the St. Joe’s team in paying a visit to the original Martin Marietta quarry on Beaver Dam road, which was the source of the legendary “Cockeysville marble” comprising the facade of this historic parish. The parish’s founding members were predominantly Irish immigrants, both masons and quarrymen, who extracted this native stone and used it to erect this beautiful church. In keeping with this heritage of local craftsmanship, the team will be hand selecting stones from this special quarry to construct a prominent arch featured behind the altar.

We are excited to embark on the next chapter of this journey in spring of 2023 when physical construction is slated to begin after the Easter holiday.

See link below to a summary page of St. Joe’s “Open Wide the Doors” capital campaign, which includes renderings, conceptual floor plan, inspiration behind this initiative, town hall Q&A, and other critical fundraising info.

https://sjpmd.org/open-wide-the-doors

CAM in the Community! Looking back on October 2022

CAM had a busy October in the Community! We were proud sponsors of the SARC Balloon Glow Gala, where Harford County Executive Barry Glassman attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for a Spousal Abuse Resource Center that we are building in Bel Air.

CAM supported Volunteers of America‘s annual Harvest for Hope fundraiser alongside their vice-chairperson Caleb Jackson.

CAM also received a special invite to attend Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts‘s launch event with Mayor Brandon M. Scott for the fully-revamped Artscape 2023 Festival, of which we will be a sponsor and provide any logistical construction support required. See their incredible new promotional video here, and details on their vision summarized in this national article on CBS News.

Lastly, we continued our support of McDonogh School‘s alumni association as a lead sponsor of their annual Golf Classic, alongside industry partner Ariosa & Company and many other great local businesses that were a byproduct of Marc and Angelo’s alma mater.

Graceland & Holabird win “Climate Champion” Award from the US Green Building Council

CAM is pleased to announce that Holabird Academy and Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle School recently won a “Climate Champion” award from USGBC Maryland, for a LEED Zero certified project that “demonstrates advanced design solutions and approaches to addressing climate change.” We served as the GC on this highly complex, $75 million pair of sister schools in east Baltimore, a project which was made possible through close collaboration with our talented colleagues at Grimm + Parker Architects and Baltimore City Public Schools.

Our project was honored at the 2022 Community Leader Awards ceremony, hosted at the historic Clifton Mansion in North/Central Baltimore City. Special shoutout to Amy UptonPaul BradshawMaurice Gaskins, and Cynthia Smith for all of their contributions to this endeavor!

CAM Sponsors Golf Outing for Walter S. Thomas Scholarship Fund

CAM was proud to sponsor the 6th Annual Walter S. Thomas, Sr. Golf Classic, held at Waverly Woods last week. We had a great time playing alongside Taber J. Small and Sharif J. Small, and all of our friends at New Psalmist Baptist Church. New Psalmist has been a valued client of ours for the past 15 years, having completed two major projects for them – their main sanctuary and worship hall, as well as the brand new Connection Center building which will serve as a vibrant community gathering space reuniting parishioners in the wake of the pandemic.

Bishop Thomas’s Scholarship Fund helps make high school children’s college dreams into a reality, and this is a cause that we can all get behind. Learn more about the organization here: https://www.wstscholarshipfund.org/home

CAM Named to Baltimore’s “Middle Market Leaders” List

CAM was proud to be honored in last month’s Middle Market Leaders awards hosted by the BBJ at the Center Club. Mid-sized firms such as ours are the lifeblood of the local economy, and it was an honor to share the room with such good company across a wide spectrum of industries.

Thanks to all of the owners, architects, and subcontractors who we’ve worked in close collaboration with over the past few years. Our clients and industry partners have been integral to our success.

We hope to continue making a strong impact on the built environment throughout this state over the years to come.

CAM Participates in ABC/AIA/ULI Baltimore Panel Discussion

Marc Munafo, CAM’s President, participated as a panelist during the recent “Unique Practices of Successful Project Teams” event presented by ABC, AIA, and ULI.

The Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights EMS & Holabird Academy projects were featured and CAM was joined by Maurice Gaskins, Baltimore City Public Schools, to discuss the project’s success and unique organizational structure. Grimm + Parker was the architect in the project.

Each team identified how they defined success and elaborate on the unique project management and planning practices that were implemented in order to achieve client goals.

Other Project Teams:

MSU Calvin and Tina Tyler Hall

  • Bob Mock, Associate, GWWO
  • Benjamin P. Morgan, Vice President, Barton Malow Company
  • Daniel N. Janak, Assistant Project Manager, Morgan State University 

Four Ten Lofts

  • Malindi Lankatilleke, Project Manager, Southway Builders
  • Nancy Liebrecht, Project Manager, Moseley Architects
  • Jim French, Principal, French Development

Award of Excellence – Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights EMS & Holabird Academy!

GC New Project Over $10 Million

Within the inner city of Baltimore, two existing Elementary / Middle Schools were replaced with two (2) new duplicate, 92,000 sf zero-energy facilities.

Located within two miles of each other, the new facilities demonstrate Baltimore’s focus to sustainability and energy-conscious schools. The schools are equipped with student gardens, outdoor classrooms, rooftop solar labs, and vegetative roofs.

Both schools have distinct and individual exterior palettes, however the facilities have identical footprints. The schools were constructed simultaneously, opening on-time during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. CAM utilized a project management crew that had a Chief Superintendent & Senior Project Manager oversee both sites with individual project management teams at each site accordingly.

Via an allowance, CAM hired a firm (CMTA) that provided an integrated monitoring and building information system for the kids to learn about the facilities energy consumption and specific features throughout the school. Monitoring is available 24/7 through a touchscreen device in the main lobby/atrium-mounted at an appropriate height for children to reach.

Connection Center at New Psalmist Baptist Church Campus wins Award of Excellence!

GC New Project – $1 to $5 Million

CAM won an Award of Excellence for the construction services to the Connection Center at New Psalmist Baptist Church’s campus in Baltimore, MD.

The Connection Center is a new 7,500 sf, multi-purpose center which will be primarily used for ministry and fellowship activities. This center will serve as the congregations hub for connection. The facility includes a large gathering and welcoming hall, administrative offices, and a large banquet kitchen. This project provides the owner with the ability to do ministry in an even greater way.

CAM was hired to assist the church early within the Pre-Construction process. Our team provided detailed cost estimates, constructability reviews, and provided diligent insight in budget reconciliation meetings with the design team.

CAM completed the project on-time during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring a safe on-site working environment each day.

U.S Education Secretary Tours New Net Zero School!

Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights EMS Opened Last Year

This Baltimore City Public school is one of two (2) new duplicate 92,000 sf Net Zero buildings. The two facilities were completed during the COVID-19 pandemic and are located within two miles of each other. Each school is distinct with individual exterior palettes, however both facilities have identical footprints.

The schools are equipped with student gardens, outdoor classrooms, rooftop solar labs, and vegetative roofs. The below quote is from a current student at Graceland.

“I’m really excited to come back. I love being at school. I’m kind of a nerd. I love school, and I love how welcome they make me feel in here, I don’t get distracted and I’m learning. They help me build my skills and everything.”

Rachel Arana, Eighth-Grader at Graceland Park, per CBS Baltimore

Graceland Park-O’Donnell Heights EMS & Holabird Academy – Net Zero Energy, LEED Platinum Facilities

“This building really does mark a significant step in the fulfillment of our promise to students and families in Baltimore. A fulfillment of the commitment to provide our city’s children with safe, modern learning environments..,”

– Dr. Sonja Santelises, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO

PROJECT FEATURES

  • Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS)
  • New construction (Replacement Schools)
  • 94,000 sf (each)
  • Zero Energy prototype school design, LEED Platinum Certification
  • On-Site Renewable Energy
  • Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Wall Systems

Graceland Park-O’Donnell Heights Elementary / Middle School

Within inner city Baltimore, two existing elementary/middle schools were replaced with the city’s first two zero energy school facilities, which are now open for the 2020-2021 school year.

Located within three city blocks of each other and five miles east of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the prototype schools demonstrate Baltimore’s focus on project-based learning, sustainability, and energy-conscious design for schools in an urban environment.

Holabird Academy

Montebello EMS – Construction to begin in Early 2021!

The scope of work consists of steel bearing superstructure, metal deck, restoration of existing masonry and masonry veneer, membrane roofing, aluminum storefront, doors, frames, hardware and interior finishes (flooring, drywall, paint. Specified mechanical façade at the new addition. The school will not be occupied during construction.

Work of this project will occur in multiple phases. Generally, the new construction consists of steel bearing superstructure, metal deck, single-ply membrane roofing, d/f/h, aluminum storefront systems, and interior finishes along with the specified mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems.

The Project is designed and shall be constructed to achieve LEED Silver certification

Take a Virtual Tour! Connection Center on New Pslamist Baptist Church’s Baltimore Campus

Take a virtual tour of the new Connection Center on New Psalmist Baptist Church’s campus, guided by the Interior Designer & Principal of Expressions… Of You, Ms. Teriko Epps.

Project Details: The Connection Center is a new 7,500 sf, multi-purpose center which will be primarily used for ministry and fellowship activities. This center will serve as the congregations hub for connection.

Baltimore City Public Schools Celebrates Ribbon Cutting At Two New Net Zero School Buildings

Our team joined Baltimore City Public Schools, as we celebrated the start of the new school year with two ribbon cuttings at Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights and Holabird Academy.

Officials from Baltimore City gathered and toured the two new duplicate schools to showcase the official opening.

These schools are City Schools’ first two Net Zero school buildings and will produce as much energy as they use every year. These new facilities produce energy through 1,300 solar panels on the roof and are estimated to save between $15,000 and $35,000 annually in energy costs.

“This building really does mark a significant step in the fulfillment of our promise to students and families in Baltimore. A fulfillment of the commitment to provide our city’s children with safe, modern learning environments that they both need and quite frankly deserve,” said Dr. Sonja Santelises Baltimore City Public Schools CEO. “It is an example of our determination to press forward until every student has the tools and the opportunity they need and deserve to be successful.”

Both schools have the capacity to serve 600 students in Pre-K to 8th grade and are on track to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

YouTube via: City Schools TV

Bay Brook EMS – Graphic Case Study

CAM was recently issued the Notification of Findings regarding our Workforce Developement (WFD) commitments for the Bay Brook Elementary/Middle School project.

Our team’s achievements shattered the commitment goals, while successfully meeting the compressed schedule and completing the project at a cost well under the Final Guaranteed Maximum Price.

Congratulations to all that contributed to this significant achievement and the successful completion of this new 21st Century – Baltimore City Public School!

Maryland Stadium Authority
Baltimore City Public Schools
Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates – Architects

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#BaltimoreCity
#workforcedevelopment

CAM Awarded Montebello EMS project!

CAM is excited to announce that we have been selected by the Maryland Stadium Authority to provide Pre-Construction & CM services on the upcoming renovation & addition to the historic Montebello Elementary/Middle School (MEMS)!

The current MEMS facility will undergo a full systemic renovation, with a major addition component that will tie into the original historic building.

Our team will partner with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates – Architects and the entire design team to complete this project for the MSA, 21st Century Schools Baltimore, & Baltimore City Public Schools.

Bay Brook EMS Achieves LEED Gold Certification!

CAM Construction was the Construction Manager for the Bay Brook Elementary/Middle School replacement project, which just achieved LEED Gold Certification. The Gold Certification exceeded original program requirements of LEED Silver for this project.

There were a number of innovative Green Strategies used during both the design and construction phases of Bay Brook’s project.

Here are some of the quantifiable GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS from the project:

83% – 83% of demolition and construction debris was diverted from disposal in landfill through either recycling or salvaging.

39% – Due to the optimization of its HVAC system and lighting equipment, Bay Brook achieved a 39% energy use reduction on an annual cost basis compared to a typical baseline building of similar design.

38% – Through the installation of efficient water fixtures, Bay Brook achieved a 38% reduction in water use compared to a typical baseline building of similar design, on an annual basis.

23% – To cut down on needless transportation emissions, 23% of the project’s total material costs were spent on building materials that were extracted/harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

17% – 17% of the project’s total materials cost were spent on building materials with recycled content.

Brochure created by Lorax Partnerships, LLC

CAM to provide Pre-Construction Services for Maryland Food Bank’s – FoodWorks Expansion Project

CAM Construction is providing Pre-Construction services to assist the Maryland Food Bank with their upcoming FoodWorks Program Kitchen Expansion & Office Relocation project.

Our team will partner with Cap Ex Advisory Group and PI.KL Studios. Through a unique collaboration with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), the FoodWorks Program offers a fresh start to low-income individuals with 12 weeks of intense culinary training. FoodWorks students learn basic cooking skills while converting fresh produce and other perishable foods into healthy meals for distribution to those in need.

As part of the program, Maryland Food Bank chefs guide students through a curriculum that includes fundamental culinary techniques, menu planning and job-training.

With guidance and support from the Maryland Food Bank, FoodWorks graduates have been hired at leading restaurants and institutional caterers, including Woodberry Kitchen, the Horseshoe Casino, Compass group, The SEED School, and Baltimore County Public School. FoodWorks graduates earn well above the minimum wage.

Stehli Silk Mill – Video Rendering – Historic Mill Restoration / Development

New Project Update! Check out this video rendering of the historical restoration & adaptive reuse to the Stehli Silk Mill, in Lancaster PA.

Originally built in 1897, the current complex of buildings is on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the structures are three stories, with the main long structure along Martha Ave. being in excess of 900 feet long, making it the longest structure east of the Mississippi when it was constructed.

Plans call for the development of approximately 130 apartment units, consisting of mostly singles, and some doubles. Additionally, a brew pub is planned for the old women’s cafeteria, which is a single story structure with a clerestory and exposed steel truss roof framing system. Ancillary structures related to the former boiler building may be utilized to provide amenity spaces for the residents, as well as space for some smaller retail or office tenants.

CAM Construction is leading Design-Build services on the project for Lancaster Mills LLC.