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PRESS RELEASE September 16, 2009 HBAM’S LAND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 2009 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE (Baltimore, MD) – September 17, 2009 - The Land Development Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland announced the winners of its Excellence in Community Development Awards at the Maryland Historical Society this evening. The program offers recognition to development professionals who provide superior and creative development projects that are sensitive to the community and make appropriate use of the existing natural elements. All entries were evaluated on sensitivity to the environment, sustainable design, development challenges and unique planning concepts. Award winners were announced in the following categories: 2009 Projects of the Year Project: The Ritz Carlton Residences, Inner Harbor, Baltimore Developer: RXR Realty Consultant-Engineer: STV Location: Baltimore City This project typifies the challenges of a complex conversion from brownfield to luxurious urban residential enclave. Substantial compromises were required to meet the demands of Baltimore City and the adjacent Federal Hill community. The construction of a promenade, the length of the entire project, adjacent to the inner harbor was required as well as the replacement and upgrade of an existing 48” storm drain running through the project which requires continual maintenance to collect and remove debris. During the entitlement process a total redesign of the project, shifting from high rise to low rise, and the elimination of the hotel component was required. The height of the structures was also limited by Baltimore City and the Federal Hill Community Association. Being able to place 6 individual buildings on this 5.5 acre site took many years of planning and design. Five acres of the building site accommodates the underground parking structure over which the entire above grade structure rests on a 24 inch structural slab. The floor of the underground parking garage sits 4 feet below the Inner Harbor mean water level. An extensive underground pumping system carries off all subsurface and surface water entering the site. The most obvious development challenges originated from the poor soil conditions and the extensive water infiltration from the adjacent harbor. 7127 Ambassador Road, Ste. 150 Baltimore, MD 21244 410-265-7400 410-265-6529 – fax www.homebuilders.org LDC Awards—Page 2 of 3 Project: Silo Point: Developer: Turner Development Group Consultant-Engineer: STV Location: Baltimore City The developers of this project went to the surrounding community very early holding numerous community meetings to gain their input into the project. The design of the townhouse section and the condo units atop the garage emulated those found in the existing community of Locust Point. Most importantly the developer was able to retain much of the existing structure into the construction of the new units. A majority of developments face their challenges in the land design, but this project incurred its challenges in the demolition and reconstruction of the project while incorporating the existing building features with the new. 2009 Awards of Excellence Project: Worthington Green Developer: MacKenzie Communities, LLC Consultant-Engineer: Morris & Richie Associates Location: Baltimore County, MD This project is an excellent example of how an underperforming golf course can be redeveloped into a prominent neighborhood in which the surrounding community and the County can take a great deal of pride. Despite initial resistance from the community as well as the local councilman, the developer persevered. The concerns of the existing community were at the forefront during the planning of this project. The density was lowered which allowed 32 acres to be put in environmental conservancy, which protected existing forests, streams and four farm ponds. A community walking trail was also made a part of the development. Strict architectural standards were created for this custom home community in order to insure continuity in the quality and design of the homes. In order to minimize traffic impacts on a heavily traveled artery road, the community was designed with only one entrance, in order to internalize the development of the site and to reduce its visual impact from the public roads. Project: Hallie Hills Farm Developer: Woodhaven Building & Development, Inc. Consultant-Engineer: Carroll Land Services Location: Carroll County, MD This project demonstrates the marriage of rural living with small town living. Nestled in the heart of Carroll County, this cluster community has traveled the extra mile to improve the quality of life for existing residents of this quaint town. The design of this project utilized minimal disturbance and avoidance of wetlands, existing forest, two streams as well as topographic features. A circa 1850 farm house was buffered with a combination of landscaping and the existing tree line. Over 30 acres of open space was preserved for passive recreation for residents. The storm water management design provides recharge below ground by infiltration while channel protection and water quality is provided by above ground ponds with an under-drain sand filter system. Water being a scarce commodity in Carroll County, this project’s developers provided two wells and an elevated water tank has provided enough water for both the project and a new elementary school, with sufficient surplus to supply the Town of Manchester with additional water. Project: Greens at Rolling Road 7127 Ambassador Road, Ste. 150 Baltimore, MD 21244 410-265-7400 410-265-6529 – fax www.homebuilders.org LDC Awards—Page 3 of 3 Developer: Enterprise Homes Architect: Hord Caplan Macht Location: Baltimore County This project exemplifies “in-fill development” in a seasoned 1950’s era neighborhood. This well planned senior community falls within the Community Conservation area of the Baltimore County Master Plan and within the county’s priority funding area. Attention to sympathetic design, the use of complimentary building materials and attention to the building’s mass worked to knit the project into the adjacent historic Catonsville community. The developer, architect and contractor worked together to produce a LEED qualified complex using energy efficient systems and fixtures, Energy Star rated appliances, centralized amenities and the use of site orientation to heighten comfort for its residents as well as energy savings. It is with great pleasure that we announce this evening’s first award. Project: Vale Woods Developer: Bob Ward Companies Consultant-Engineer: Morris & Richie Associates Location: Harford County, MD The project, developed around an existing home that remains part of the subdivision today, was faced with some of the most challenging circumstances. The irregularly shaped site required the avoidance of previously subdivided parcels and the need to minimize the impacts on architecturally dated adjoining structures. A long standing school moratorium limited potential markets to the active adult segment. The presence of substantial wooded wetlands and a looming water storage facility presented both a planning challenge and an opportunity. The land plan took the focus of attention away from any site deficiencies and refocused residents inward to the managed elements of the project to the maximum extent possible. A forested wetland in the center of the site flanked by a visually appealing stormwater management facility separates the site into two distinct enclaves with flowing streets and open spaces. Project: Penniman Park Apartments Developer: Elkridge Town Center, LLC Consultant-Engineer: Benchmark Engineering Location: Howard County This project demonstrates the extensive use of underground stormwater management facilities for both quality and quality control of run-off. The design facilitated the maximum unit yield for the site and represents a prime example of maximum use of minimal available developable area. Also, a long span bottomless culvert was utilized to connect these areas to diminish the impact on existing environmental features. Project designers overcame major environmental constraints which included forest conservation areas, 100 year flood plain, streams, wetlands and wetlands buffers. As part of the Howard County Route 1 Corridor Revitalization, this project has artfully produced a 186 unit, luxury apartment complex with a full service community center on 14.6 acres. The neo- traditional design of the complex’s 6 buildings blends nicely with surrounding neighborhoods; while providing modern, luxury living a short distance from both Baltimore and Washington. Project: Chapel Greens Developer: Pennrose Properties, LLC Consultant-Engineer: Johnson Consulting Engineering Architect: Hord Coplan Macht 7127 Ambassador Road, Ste. 150 Baltimore, MD 21244 410-265-7400 410-265-6529 – fax www.homebuilders.org LDC Awards—Page 4 of 3 Location: Baltimore County This is an excellent example of urban rehabilitation and in-fill development. Located in an economically depressed area of Baltimore City, this project is part of a larger redevelopment effort, with plans to eventually redevelop 80 acres, including three city blocks of housing and a 31- acre science and technology park north of Johns Hopkins Hospital. This environmentally sensitive project was designed to restore green spaces in a vegetative depleted urban setting. Minimum setbacks and the incorporation of planting areas at all streets and alleyways add touches of green throughout the project. An integral root diverter system was located beneath the sidewalks to encourage healthy street tree growth. Attention to energy savings are demonstrated by the use of many green building materials and systems. The existing row homes on the site were fully restored in architectural detail. The traditional Baltimore Stoop was recreated by salvaging the original marble components. Individual Awards of Excellence Developer of the Year – Jeff Hettleman Consultant of the Year – John Gessner Contractor of the Year – Jim Barron Lifetime Achievement Award – Dennis Gilligan The Home Builders Association of Maryland is a not-for-profit association that provides governmental relations, educational opportunities and generally functions as a housing industry advocate. HBAM consists of 1,200 member firms, including home builders, commercial and industrial builders, remodelers, material suppliers, sub-contractors, lending institutions, developers, manufacturers, utilities, Realtors and architects from across the central Maryland region. Photos available of all projects upon request. - ### - 7127 Ambassador Road, Ste. 150 Baltimore, MD 21244 410-265-7400 410-265-6529 – fax www.homebuilders.org
"AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE Home Builders Association of Maryland"