The Brick Yard – North

Brick Yard

Project Description

Client/Builder/Developer:   Jackson Shaw Company
Location:  13150 Mid Atlantic Blvd Laurel, Maryland
Market: Industrial
Size:  14.69 Acres
Zoning: RNC – Optional Method with MPDU Density Bonus
Density:  I-3, Industrial but Subject to I-1 Regulations

The Challenges

The Brick Yard was the last of an infill warehouse development on Mid Atlantic Blvd in Laurel, Maryland, 10 miles northeast of Washington, DC.  The development is comprised of 125 master-planned acres that includes over 1,200 residential units and office, warehouse, Corporate and Regional Headquarters buildings.  All buildings were built to Green Building Development Standards and met LEED Silver Certification requirements.  The property was originally home to the Washington Brick Company and utilized for mining and brick manufacturing.  During the time of mining fossil deposits were discovered on the property.  Our clients recognized their historic value donated land and resources to complete a 7.5 acre park dedicated to dinosaur discovery.  The 70 acre industrial section is planned for over 700,000 square feet of multi-purpose industrial buildings.

GLW was brought on as part of a design-build team responsible for the site design, civil engineering (site grading, storm drain and utility design), tree conservation and landscaping of a 236,000 square foot warehouse building (the largest warehouse in the development) and its associated appurtenances.

The building and site needed to be designed to allow for a possible office expansion and a second access from Cedarhurst Drive.

The Solution

GLW site designers not only sited the largest warehouse within the development they also provided future expansion space via detailed grading and phasing of construction.  After Site, Landscape and Tree Conservation plans were approved by government agencies; GLW coordinated all site engineering issues with team members and completed the project within the forecasted schedule.  During permit review a new tenant was signed requiring changes to the building entrance location and pedestrian and vehicular access.  Detailed site plan revisions were made and coordinated with the architect to minimize any delay in the permit process.

 

Maple Lawn Farms

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Project Description

Client/Builder/Developer:  Greenebaum Enterprises
LocationMaple Lawn Boulevard, Fulton, Howard County, Maryland
Market: Mixed Use – Residential, Retail
Size605.3 acres
Zoning: MXD-3
Density3,140 residential units (single family attached and detached), over 1.7 million square feet of office space, and over 181,000 square feet of retail.

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The Challenges

Maple Lawn Farms is a mixed-use community strategically located between Columbia and Silver Spring, Maryland next to Route 29, between MD Rte. 216 and Johns Hopkins Road. It was designed to be a “smart growth” community where residents live within walking distance of shopping and dining, work and recreational activities.  Maple Lawn Farms had long been a working farm that was to be developed conceptually as a Traditional Neighborhood Development within a phased mixed-use subdivision. This early planning was critical to establish project densities and a framework for a business district, where the majority of the office and retail areas would be located, and its relationship to five residential neighborhoods to be built around it. Maple Lawn would go through the longest Planning Board approval process to date, taking into consideration, the many concerns of the adjacent subdivisions, neighbors and regulatory agencies. In the end, the project’s approved Comprehensive Sketch Plan established twelve construction phases and the amount of development that could occur in each. The site had a number of physical features to consider, among them, a PEPCO right-of-way, the Hammond Branch of the Little Patuxent River, and variable topography.  Of particular concern for the GLW team was that the planning, design and subsequent construction had to allow for the farming operations to continue on land to be developed in later phases of the project.

The Solution

GLW has extensive experience navigating through the Howard County entitlement process. In 1996, GLW, along with a team of design professionals, began the process of land planning and engineering to create a new town community called Maple Lawn that wove together a fabric of various types of market driven residential dwellings with required services and amenities for not only its residents but also neighboring communities.  The various components of Maple Lawn are interconnected by an extensive pathway system within a dedicated public open space of over 187 acres. Our designers crafted open spaces with appropriate siting of stormwater management facilities, sensitive treatment of environmental areas (steep slopes and stream valleys), and passive and active recreational facilities such as plazas and squares, playgrounds, and a dog park. A community recreation center was located as a central focal point and included a 14,000 sf meeting facility and a 5 acre park with formal gardens, a fountain, tennis and basketball courts, playground, picnic pavilion and open recreation space.

Steeplechase

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Project Description

Client/Builder/Developer:  Atapco Ritchie Interchange, Inc.
LocationRitchie Marlboro Road, Prince George’s County, Maryland
MarketIndustrial
Size110.26 Acres
Zoning: I-1, Light Industrial, Retail
Density:  N/A

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The Challenge

Steeplechase is a 110-acre mixed-use (flex-office/warehouse and retail) development located on the Capital Beltway at the Ritchie Marlboro interchange. Prince George’s County awarded Steeplechase a Foreign Trade Zone status because of its excellent visibility along I-495 and because it offers 28 individual retail spaces of 50,000 to 500,000 square feet. Initial plan approvals permitted a retail component in the Industrial Zone provided that 10 retail parcels would be subject to Site Plan approval by the Planning Board. This would ensure design compatibility in architecture, building materials, signage, entry walls and landscaping between the various retail uses. The remaining industrial/warehouse parcels have owners/tenants with their own needs and specifications. The parcels are located around a stream and associated wooded areas, floodplains, steep slopes and wetlands.

The Solution

GLW was responsible for site planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering (site layout, site grading, storm drain/SWM design) and construction permitting for each of the parcels. Design requirements ranged from siting massive power requirements for a medical cannabis grower to stormwater storage in large underground pipes to allow siting our client’s building. On another parcel, GLW recommended a wetland consultant review an outdated wetland delineation. The updated wetland allowed for an improved site design that protected wetlands and increased the development envelope for our client. Throughout the development, parking areas and buildings were located to avoid sensitive environmental features and minimize the amount of earth moving required.