• Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • Bryn Mawr School
    • Elementary Center Renovation
      • This renovation of Marcel Breuer’s 1972 elementary school classroom building for Baltimore’s Bryn Mawr School helps to secure a future for both the building and the school in a changed world. The work acknowledges the current requirement for distinct and acoustically separated classrooms, while retaining the essential spatial freedom and visual connection of the original open-plan classroom building.

        Teaching spaces in the renovated building are still arranged as Breuer planned them, around the perimeter of the building, but are now acoustically separated from one another by walls and sliding panels, while remaining visually connected to one another and to the open library at the center of the building through the generous use of clear glass maple-framed partitions.

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    • Fifth Grade Academy Renovation
    • Kindergarten Design Studies
    • New Building Design Studies
  • Crispus Attucks
    • Boundary Avenue
      Micro Business Design Studies
    • Boundary Avenue
      Re-entry Housing Design Studies
    • Boundary Avenue
      Townhouses
      • Crispus Attucks Association, a non-profit social service organization in York, Pennsylvania, owns this series of small row homes on Boundary Avenue near their principal offices and school facilities in the south end of the city. Crispus Attucks has invested heavily in both the social and physical infrastructure of the neighborhood, and has examined at least three distinctly different ways these houses might contribute to their continued investment in the area. Read & Company has completed feasibility and design studies for converting the properties to work-live units, to a center for micro-business incubation, or to a transitional residence for non-violent criminal offenders.

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  • Episcopal Housing Corp
  • Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
    • Broadway Garage
      Elevator Tower
      • The Johns Hopkins Hospital purchased the former Church Home Hospital and Professional Building south of their East Baltimore medical campus, acquiring an adjacent parking garage in need of repair work and improvements. The existing pedestrian connection between the two structures is difficult and dangerous because a service alley, a substantial drop in grade, and a surface parking lot intervene, separating the garage from the Professional Building. This project proposes direct pedestrian access from the garage to the surface parking lot by way of a new bridge and elevator tower at the northeast corner of the garage. While strictly utilitarian requirements for access and safety drive the design, its location at the corner of the building near the highest point on the site guarantees the elevator and bridge far greater visual importance than the use might otherwise suggest. Standard manufactured products, such as cement board, aluminum bar grating, and exposed concrete are proposed to be used here in a straightforward but considered fashion, helping to elevate the utilitarian to the remarkable.

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    • Enoch Pratt Broadway
      Community Library
      Design Studies
      • The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and the Enoch Pratt Free Library joined forces in 2000 to study the development of a new 20,000 square foot branch library at the southeast corner of Orleans Street and Broadway in east Baltimore. The new building needed instructional and study facilities for The Pratt Center for Technology Training, office and conference space for the Office of School and Student Services, and a generous allotment of space for children's after school activities. In this proposal for a new building, considerations of privacy and comfort, of daylighting and night lighting, and of the nature and use for each principal space, determine the degree at transparency of the exterior walls. Parallel with the Pratt's embrace of new technology in their service delivery, the proposed building incorporates emerging construction technologies to enhance environmental control and reduce energy use. The largely glass exterior of the building is proposed as a multilayered wall to the south and west, engineered to control heat gain in the summer and to capture solar heat through the winter.

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  • Johns Hopkins University
    • Carey School of Business
      Downtown Center Design Studies
      • The Johns Hopkins University renovated this former department store, on Charles Street in Baltimore, as a center-city location for its School of Professional Studies in Business and Education in 2000, and determined in 2008 that the evolution of the school into the new Carey School of Business required a re-evaluation of the facility in anticipation of further growth and change in the school and its mission. This study, from program development through the completion of schematic design, focused on retaining as much as possible of the very successful initial renovation, while providing more classroom and office space, and much-needed student service and social spaces.

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    • Charles Village Housing Study
    • Department of Cognitive Science Renovation
      • A full interior renovation of the Johns Hopkins University?s Department of Cognitive Science.

        This 13,000 square foot project, located in Krieger Hall on the JHU Homewood Campus, corrected the many inefficiencies found throughout the department. The design of faculty offices, social science labs, seminar rooms and research areas was carefully orchestrated through the construction and occupancy phase. Work included new partitions and finishes throughout, new ceilings and lighting, improved HVAC systems, acoustic needs, and independent operation of air conditioning controls. Construction was completed in a series of carefully sequenced phases to ensure safe passage for students and faculty through the work area, to minimize disruptions to building occupants and to create swing spaces for faculty and staff that remained in residence during construction.

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    • Design and Construction Office Renovation
    • Education Building Feasibility Study
    • Education Building Renovation
      • Complete interior renovation and partial exterior rehabilitation of the circa 1865, former Seton High School building serving JHU's School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, the Journals Division of the JHU Press, and the Entrepreneurial Library Program. Renovations of the 66,200 square-foot, 5-story, masonry and wood framed structure included conversion of the lower floors into graduate level classrooms, seminar rooms, computer rooms, gathering spaces and offices; and the upper floors into offices and meeting spaces.

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    • Fresh Food Cafe
      • Replacement of the only full-service dining hall on the JHU Homewood Campus.

        The project entailed a full interior demolition of an existing 15,000 square foot cafeteria and a complete re-design and reconstruction to increase its serving and seating capacity from 350 to 500 students, and to elevate the quality and image of both the food and the facility. The project was designed in the spring and built over a single summer, allowing the cafe to re-open at the beginning of the fall academic term.

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    • Fuse Lab & Offices Renovation
    • Garland Hall
      Space Use Analysis
    • Hsiao Lab Renovation
    • JHU Press Space Utilization Study
      • An extensive interior and partial exterior renovation of the Johns Hopkins University Press' headquarters was essential for its multiple uses. A space utilization study preceded the renovation to examine the current usage, growth programs, and the condition of the building's existing systems. Development of a best-fit scheme and a construction sequence that allowed for continuous occupancy throughout the construction was also implemented. Site and building modifications included an accessible entry, window replacements, an exterior envelope evaluation, repair and replacement of HVAC, electrical and lighting, sprinkler and fire protection, and telecommunications systems. Coordination of security and monitoring systems, transponder key-equipped door hardware and intercom entry control was also needed. This project included such design needs as business offices and support areas, a centralized data and telecommunications hub, a terrace level employee lounge, a catering kitchenette, and meeting rooms that open to an exterior courtyard.

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    • Levering Hall Dining Facility
      • Following the completion of Fresh Foods Café, Johns Hopkins University continued to update their dining facilities with the renovation of an existing 7,500 square foot cafeteria in the center of campus.

        The initial design included a new clerestory structure and system of suspended acoustical wood ceiling panels, both intended to increase the distribution of natural light throughout the space. After value engineering, the final project simply updated an existing skylight and added new lighting, finishes, furniture and casework. The project was designed over the winter and spring and completed in a single summer.

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    • Mind/Brain Institute Lab Renovation
    • Newton H. White Athletic Center
      Faculty Locker Rooms
    • Newton H. White Athletic Center
      Planning Study
    • Nichols House Renovation
    • Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center
      Expansion and Renovation
    • Special Collection Casework
    • Tyler Terrace Renovation
    • University Press Renovation
      • An extensive interior renovation and selective exterior restoration of the former church that houses the offices of the Johns Hopkins University Press and showcases their vast collection of publications.

        The project began with an extensive space utilization study to determine the feasibility of continuing to use the building for the Press as the organization changes and grows, further study to determine the optimal use and assignment of space, and the development of a design tailored to permit the building to remain occupied and in operation throughout a phased top-to-bottom construction sequence. Construction is slated for completion in early autumn 2010.

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    • Wendland Lab Renovation
    • Wolman Commons Space Study
    • Zapulla Lab Renovation
  • Johns Hopkins University
    Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Sheldon Hall Auditorium Renovation
      • This comprehensive renovation of an existing 200-seat lecture hall was prompted by an anonymous donor interested in providing the Bloomberg School of Public Health an improved academic auditorium that could also serve as a venue for intimate musical recitals and theatrical performances. The project required the removal of all existing interior construction except for the essential existing building structure. New work included the installation of a sloped, raised floor system with new seating and improved sightlines, acoustically articulated mahogany wall panels, an acoustical perforated metal ceiling, new heating and cooling systems, and new audio-visual and data systems to support a broad range of instructional, presentation and performance capabilities. The project was designed and built on an accelerated schedule, to coincide with the retirement of the school's dean and the dedication of the auditorium in his name.

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  • Loyola University Maryland
    • Campus Center West
      Planning & Design Studies
    • Student Health Services
      Clinic Renovation
      • A complete reorganization and renovation of the Loyola College Student Health Services Clinic, located in the basement of an undergraduate residence hall.

        Though challenged by a modest footprint, low ceiling heights, and a basement location, the project resulted in a welcoming, open, and efficient new clinic that improves delivery of health services, and permits it a higher level of accreditation than previously possible. The project includes the design of exam, treatment, and counseling rooms, a new reception and waiting area, labs and testing spaces, and improved administrative offices. By re-grading the broad swath of the building courtyard and redesigning the fa?ade, the clinic?s basement level entry is now at grade, making the clinic far more accessible and inviting.

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  • Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus
    • LaSalle Road Prayer Room
      • The new administrative headquarters for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus includes this small space for prayer and contemplation, a refuge from the commotion of day-to-day business, and a reminder of the fundamental spiritual matters at the heart of the Jesuits’ work.

        This former corner office is embedded in the mix of spaces that make up a very conventional suite of business offices, but is set apart from them by its thick, deeply colored plastered walls, its enclosing, gently vaulted white oak ceiling, and especially by its uniform lining of etched white glass, suspended in a delicate framework of black steel. This glass scrim connects the space to the world beyond by displaying on its inner surface the traces of exterior movement and changing light, but at the same time shields it from its office park surroundings, turns the space inward, and transforms it from an ordinary room into an essentially different place, a protected inner world that rests comfortably as part of the outer world.

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    • Woodstock Chapel &
      Columbarium Restoration
      • The Woodstock Cemetery has been in use by the Jesuit community since its construction in the late 19th century. Since then, the little chapel at its center has been the symbolic heart of the cemetery, but by 2007, after years of neglect and misuse, the building was derelict and structurally unsound. The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus asked that it be re-conceived, and renovated as a columbarium and a place for prayer and remembrance.

        The chapel is now a light, open-air pavilion. The work required extensive brick and stone masonry stabilization, full reconstruction of the ornate wood cornice, all new ornamental metal roofing, a new cupola modeled on photographs of the original, and includes new granite and stainless steel internment niches set within the existing window openings. The project also incorporates extensive site alterations, including new bluestone pathways and a restored granite and wrought iron perimeter fence.

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  • Residential
  • Saint Francis Neighborhood Center
  • Space Telescope Science Institute
    • Cafeteria Renovation
    • Fourth Floor Expansion
      • The Space Telescope Science Institute, the organization responsible for the scientific mission of the Hubble Space Telescope, maintains its headquarters in this 1984-85 office building on the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins University. Two additions to the building, completed shortly after its initial construction, took the site to its maximum capacity, and subsequent adjustments have, until now, been limited to internal reconfiguration and re-assignment.

        The present project was undertaken in part to relieve the crush of scientists and administrators forced into ever tighter quarters as the Hubble has continued to fly, and in part as a component of a multi-faceted solution to chronic water leaks through the decks and exterior walls of the building. The work reconfigures the top floor of the building, takes over an underused and leak-prone exterior deck to provide new offices and an improved library and conference space.

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    • Fourth Floor Expansion Feasibility Study
    • James Webb Space Telescope
      Mission Operations Center
  • Springfield Township
    • Municipal Building
      • A new municipal office building for a rural Pennsylvania township facing unprecedented growth and an increasing need for administrative offices and public assembly space.

        The building is modest and unassuming, reflecting the Township Supervisors’ understanding of their constituents’ convictions regarding the proper place of local government, but built to endure and to be economically operated. Its scale and material palette allow it to fit comfortably in the open landscape among nearby barns and houses, and its mechanical systems, based on geo-thermal heating and cooling, are both efficient and environmentally sound.

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    • Municipal Building
      Feasibility Study
  • Susquehanna Realty
  • Traditional Acupuncture Institute
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Delaware
    • College of Arts & Sciences
      Capacity Study
    • College of Engineering
      Capacity Study
    • College of Health Sciences
      Capacity Study
    • College Town Student
      Housing Planning Study
    • Computing Center
      Renovation
      • A total renovation of the existing two-story, 30,000 square foot University of Delaware Computing Center, while the center remained occupied and the mainframe computers and network continued in operation.

        This building is home to the Network and Information Services personnel and to the mainframe computers for the campus-wide data network. The project addressed the need for improved private and open office spaces, conference rooms, and new mechanical, electrical, and fire safety systems throughout. Through close coordination with the contractor and the building's occupants, the construction work was completed over a ten-month period. The data center and mainframes occupy most of the first floor, and an open plan arrangement of offices and meeting spaces on the second floor allows for improved circulation, flexible working spaces and natural light. A palette of natural materials is used to complement the building's exposed concrete structure, and to highlight the new public entry sequence, stairway, primary circulation, and gathering spaces.

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    • Intelligent Transportation
      Systems Control Lab
      • The University of Delaware College of Engineering Transportation Engineering Program developed this project as a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility for the management and communication of traffic control information, and for the development of traffic control strategies. The lab receives real-time video images of highway and public transit traffic conditions from the Delaware Department of Transportation, and allows traffic controllers in the lab to monitor traffic and service conditions, to enforce regulations and controls, and to conduct research in traffic management.

        The facility is built within the limits of a former classroom, transformed into a high-tech, light-controlled laboratory, control room, and presentation space by the insertion of clear glass and hard maple partitions and cabinetwork, an acoustically corrective suspended stainless steel panel ceiling, and a lining of light-managing fixed metal louvers along the inside face of the entire west-facing exterior wall.

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    • Lerner Financial
      Technology Center
      • The University of Delaware Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics developed this new state-of-the art trading room within the footprint of an existing outdated lecture theater. The center’s fully transparent corridor wall opens it directly to view from the main entrance to the building, showcasing the space and its activities.

        The center replicates a real-world trading environment, configured to encourage collaborative team-based problem solving, mirroring real-world scenarios, employing systems and equipment typical of the most advanced trading facilities found in the securities industry today. The room also supports traditional lectures, with twin projection screens and a generous white board, and a fully interactive teaching podium that provides single-point, comprehensive electronic control of room lighting, and all data delivery and audio-visual systems.

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    • Lerner Venture
      Development Center
    • Library Annex
      • A high-density library for the most infrequently used volumes in the University of Delaware Library collection, upwards of 500,000 in number.

        The Library Annex is organized and engineered to maximize both high-density storage and prompt retrieval upon electronic request from anywhere within the library system. The utilitarian nature of the project encouraged a restrained design and use of simple materials with tight performance specifications and strict fire protection criteria. The project provides weather protection during transfer of materials, admits natural light above the main circulation aisle and work room, and anticipates future lateral expansion. A smaller but similar mechanical services structure is set apart on the site as a visual counterpoint.

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    • McKinly Plaza
      Design Studies
      • McKinly Plaza, a thirty-year old, one-acre paved roof deck, operates as a major thoroughfare in the center of the engineering and sciences district of the University of Delaware's Newark campus, providing entry to both McKinly and Wolf Halls, but has never been considered or configured as the communal social space that it could be. The plaza has been unwelcoming, un-shaded, and largely un-furnished since its initial construction, and has always been difficult to keep watertight. The portions of this project completed to date have fixed the waterproofing problems and improved the paving, and, if fully executed, could begin to correct its other more fundamental deficiencies. Full implementation of the project would provide shade along the south and west boundaries of the space, and a new transparent glass-walled building entry and satellite food service structure along the plaza's east-west midline, to make the place habitable, and to provide needed commercial and social activity within it. Completion of the work is uncertain, though, pending decisions about the future development of the area in general.

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    • Morris Library
      Office Renovation
    • Pencader Residence Halls
      Planning Study & Programming
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore