Project at a Glance
- First Place Winner of the 2009 Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated Builders & Contractors – Cumberland Valley Chapter
- Winner of the 2009 Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated Builders & Contractors – Baltimore Metro Chapter
The project consisted of a 3,688 square foot branch bank on the ground floor of an 8,194 square foot multi-story building. Two adjoining properties were consolidated in the historic Fells Point district. Morgan-Keller Specialty Contracts Group was faced with several challenges. Historic preservation and safety were paramount for this project, due to the age of the building and its internal components. While rescuing the original freight elevator that was donated to the local building museum, the crane removing this worked in close proximity to existing buildings and power lines. The Historic Fells Point Commission set strict design criteria for this project, which included installing the new fire protection system due to the change in use of these buildings, as well as a three-story steel and concrete stairway in the town home portion of the project, which was necessary to meet modern life safety regulations. In addition, the entire roof structure needed to be replaced.
Morgan-Keller Specialty Contracts Group worked hand-in-hand with the architect to meet the strict design criteria set by the Historic Fells Point Commission. Temporary protection barrier walls were built to ensure the safety of all team members and local residents. Both water and gas services were run into the building to meet the current and future demands. These utilities required crossing the busy and sometimes congested Fleet Street in downtown Baltimore. Through proper planning and scheduling, this was completed without incident. While the entire roof structure was removed and replaced, temporary bracing was provided to keep critical loads in check.
Morgan-Keller Specialty Contracts Group teamed with BB&T to make this branch fully functional and truly unique. The building was originally a carriage house, which was built in the early 1800’s and had a cobble stone floor that sloped four feet from front to back. This area was leveled internally while still maintaining the structural integrity of the original turn of the century building. The finished project highlights the original exposed wood structural elements that were meticulously hand stripped and cleaned, then finished with boiled linseed oil. This exposed structure brings unique character to the bank, meshing the old heavy timbers with the new construction. The branch includes a total of five offices, a conference room, a vault with a coupon booth, a four-person teller line, two restrooms, a break room, a workroom, and a comfortable lobby. The bank is equipped with both a wheelchair lift and limited use elevator that provide complete ADA access and services the future expansion areas for these buildings. Though faced with several challenges throughout construction, the project flowed seamlessly and the end result is a beautiful, historic BB&T branch.