Montgomery Park, Baltimore, Maryland.
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Challenge
To adaptively convert an historic 8-story Montgomery Ward catalog warehouse with 1.3 million sq. ft. which had stood vacant for 15 years and was located on a brownfields site in an industrial district in Baltimore City, into a modern office building serving 21st century needs.
Approach
Capitalize on the functional and aesthetic qualities of the building, change the white elephant image of the massive building located in a no-man's industrial landscape into a place where businesses serving the Baltimore-Washington region would want to locate.
Result
Preserving the historic architecture and character of the building, restoring the original window frames while replacing the 62,000 individual window panes, updating wiring to accommodate today's telecommunications requirement, transforming the original train shed into an atrium, a food court, a multipurpose 500-person auditorium, and a 9,000 sq. ft. health club, and incorporating a vast array of "green" building features including a green roof, recycled building materials, storm water recycling and high speed glass-backed energy efficient elevators, and marketing to users who could take advantage of the 160,000 sq. ft. floor plates.
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