Dartmoor Place at Oxford Square Tops Out

Ben Nichols Award photo
Hanover, MD

Dartmoor Place at Oxford Square has reached a milestone! The project celebrated its topping out on Thursday, December 20th. The Harkins team was joined by over 100 subcontractors for a catered lunch from Mission BBQ.

Located in Hanover, MD, Dartmoor Place is a newly constructed, five-story wood frame building with 258 market rate units. The building will be adjacent to a five-story precast parking garage offering 500 spaces to residents. There will be 104 one-bedroom, 131 two-bedroom, and 23 three-bedroom units.

Amenities will include a 9,600 square foot community space with a leasing center and management office, community room, fitness center, clubroom, yoga studio, and a kids playroom. Additionally, there will be an outdoor swimming pool, and four scored concrete courtyards around the building with a grilling station.

The project’s completion is anticipated by December 2020.

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P-975 Unaccompanied Housing Facility Breaks Ground

Pax River groundbreaking group shot
Patuxent River, MD

The P-975 Unaccompanied Housing Facility celebrated its groundbreaking on Wednesday, December 12th in Patuxent River, MD. Located at the Patuxent Naval Airforce Station, this new design-build, five-story barracks facility will consist of 89 two-bedroom apartment units to house active duty military personnel unaccompanied by dependents. The building will be a precast concrete structure with inlaid brick and a standing seam roof installed on precast piles.

The facility will also offer a combination freight elevator, water source heat pumps, state of the art access control systems for unit and bedroom entry, several multipurpose rooms, and an outdoor picnic area and basketball court for military personnel to enjoy while off duty.

It will be designed in accordance with the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection regulations.

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The Square at Merritt Mill Breaks Ground

Merritt Mill groundbreaking group shot
Salisbury, MD

Today, December 14th, Harkins attended the groundbreaking of the Square at Merritt Mill Townhome project in Salisbury, MD. Located off Merritt Mill Road, this new mixed income apartment community will have eight residential buildings with 75 total units. The units will include a mix of one-,two-, and three- bedroom apartments. Of those units, 12 will be reserved for residents with disabilities and 67 will be workforce/affordable housing.

Each unit will be equipped with energy efficient features, including washers and dryers, appliances with a modern kitchen, storage space, and spacious layouts. The townhomes will be accented with cultured stone, high end vinyl siding, and covered porches. When completed, the project will offer a small playground area and a 2,700 square foot community clubhouse, which will have a fitness center, a community room, and a management suite.

The project is anticipated to be completed in August 2019.

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First Affordable Project Breaks Ground in NC

Freedom Drive groundbreaking group shot

We are pleased to announce that Harkins Builders has broken ground on the newest and highly anticipated mixed-income affordable housing development in west Charlotte. Located on the corner of Freedom Drive and Camp Green Street, The Mezzanine will offer 185 affordable housing units and is being developed by The Housing Partnership. The event was attended by community partners, including Marsh Properties, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Movement Foundation, and the City of Charlotte.

The community will consist of 185 new garden style apartments, totaling 260,000 gsf. Construction will consist of four new three and four-story breezeway corridor buildings and a one single-story leasing and community building. The wood frame structures will be made up of 33 one-bedroom, 136 two-bedroom, and 16 three-bedroom units. Most of the apartments will be affordable to households earning 60 percent or below the Area Median Income (AMI), with rents ranging from $348 to $900 per month. There will also be some market rate units available.

The apartments will offer upgraded interiors, featuring a mix of vinyl wood plank and carpet flooring, faux stainless-steel appliances, European style wood cabinets, laminate countertops, and energy efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures. The community provides a variety of amenities for future residents. There will be a 3,631 gsf clubhouse containing a state-of-the-art fitness center, a clubroom, a meeting facility, a cyber café with Wi-Fi, two community postal rooms, a trash and recycling area, a maintenance room, and a leasing office.

“We are excited to official break ground on our first major project in the Southeast,” says Harkins President and CEO Gary Garofalo. “The Mezzanine is the perfect fit for our plan to grow our business in North Carolina.”

The project has an estimated completion in summer 2020. The community was designed by Watts Leaf Architects.

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Canine Training Facility Tops Out

Canine Training Center group shot
Laurel, MD

The James J. Rowley Training Center (JJRTC) Canine Training Facility celebrated its topping out on Friday, November 30th. The Harkins team was joined by subcontractors and our owner’s teams for a catered lunch from Mission BBQ and a tour of the site.

Located off of Powder Mill Road in Laurel, MD, the Maloney Canine Building was first built in the mid-1980s and housed administrative offices, food preparation, equipment storage, and washing facilities for the US Secret Service. Due to its age, it lacked the accommodations necessary to meet current military canine handling standards for facilitating complete training, care, and housing of animals, as well as training for handlers. The building was demolished in early 2018 and is well on its way to being replaced with a new state-of-the-art Canine Facility in two buildings. It will feature efficient work areas with proprietary equipment, multipurpose rooms, an emergency medical area, and plenty of natural light and ventilation.

The new complex increases the capacity of its predecessor. It entails a training facility with administrative spaces, classrooms and odor introduction and observations rooms that support canine training requirements. Attached by an access road and canopy, a separate 36-kennel facility focuses on care and maintenance of the canines, including space requirements for a veterinary emergency examination room, laundry room, food preparation and storage rooms, and tactical equipment storage.

The project broke ground in November 2017 and is anticipated to be complete in February 2019.

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Harkins Named General Contractor
of the Year

Group shot GC of the Year

by ABC Eastern PA

We are pleased to announce that Harkins was named General Contractor of the Year by the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national construction organization representing 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms. The award was presented on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the 28th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala in Norristown, PA. The General Contractor of the Year award recognizes the ABC member that has made the most significant contribution to merit construction in the region as a result of their corporate integrity, commitment to safety, professional development, client satisfaction, and fellow member votes.

“We are thrilled to accept our first General Contractor of the Year award,” said Harkins President and CEO Gary Garofalo. “Each and every one of our employees and partners in the Northeast region have contributed to this achievement and we are proud to share this award with all of them.”

Members of the Harkins team with their award at the ABC Eastern PA Excellence in Construction Awards Gala.

Verde II at Howard Square Tops Out

Crew group shot Verde 2 Site
Elkridge, MD

Milestone reached! The Verde II at Howard Square project celebrated its topping out with a luncheon and site tours on Wednesday, November 28th. The Harkins team was joined by over 100 subcontractors for a catered lunch from Mission BBQ.

Located in Elkridge, MD, this new two-building mixed use project is the second phase of the Verde community. It will provide 344 apartments, 750 structured parking spaces, and over 20,000 sf of retail space along the Route 1 corridor in Howard County.The interior amenity spaces, including a great room with a full kitchen, a game room, a business center, a fitness center, and a leasing office, are about ready for furniture while the units are in various stages of construction.

The project broke ground in August 2017, and completion is anticipated by Summer 2019.

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Metro Heights Celebrates Grand Opening

Metro Heights Grand Opening group in front of building
Baltimore, MD

The Harkins team attended the grand opening of Metro Heights at Mondawmin on Thursday, November 29th in Baltimore, MD.

Located at the intersection of Reisterstown Road and Liberty Heights Avenue, Metro Heights is a new landmark building that offers 70 apartments for the area’s workforce. The four-story wood frame building was built over a one-level cast-in-place garage and offers a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom affordable and market rate units.

The site was previously comprised of 12 vacant and abandoned lots and structures, totaling around one acre. This particular area in Baltimore has been a major focus of redevelopment, encompassing residential, retail, office, institutional, and cultural project types. Metro Heights will serve as a landmark in the community and a source of hope, opportunity and pride for residents, neighbors, and visitors to the area.

It was built to LEED Silver standards, creating a healthier and more energy efficient environment for the residents. The units include Energy Star windows and appliances, high-efficiency heating and ventilation systems, water-conserving plumbing, and stormwater management. Resident amenities include in-unit washers and dryers, a club room on the top floor, a game room, a business center, a fitness room and yoga studio, and 33 on-site parking spaces.

It is situated within walking distance of Mondawmin Mall, the Parks and People Foundation campus, and Druid Hill Park, along with many transit hubs.

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Members of the Harkins team with Enterprise Homes CEO and President Chickie Grayson, Enterprise Homes Senior Asset Manager Rebecca Schultz, Marks Thomas / Moseley Architects Principal Magda Westerhout, and Marks Thomas / Moseley Architects Senior Associate Nancy Liebrecht.

Harkins Awarded Freedom Drive Project

Freedom Drive building front
Charlotte, NC

We are pleased to announce that Harkins Builders has been selected by The Housing Partnership to build the Freedom Drive Apartments in Charlotte, NC. On the corner of Freedom Drive and Camp Green Street in west Charlotte, the community will offer 185 affordable housing units. “We are eager to break ground on our first major project in the Southeast later this fall,” says Harkins President and CEO Gary Garofalo. “Freedom Drive is the perfect fit for our plan to grow our business in North Carolina.”

Harkins opened a regional office in Charlotte, NC in October 2017 as part of a strategic plan to grow our company into the Southeast region. Freedom Apartments marks our most high-profile contract to date. Founded in 1965, Harkins provides professional preconstruction and construction management services for clients with negotiated construction projects and offers a diversified portfolio of commercial, government, and multifamily construction expertise.

Marsh Properties, a market-rate developer in Charlotte, donated 7.8 acres to help make the financing model for The Housing Partnership’s proposed mixed-income rental housing development work. Land donation is one of several ways that companies can help Charlotte solve its affordable housing problem,” says The Housing Partnership’s Executive Vice President Fred Dodson. With more than a 20,000 affordable housing unit deficiency in the Charlotte area, this project will act as a catalyst for affordable housing in the area.

The Freedom Drive Apartment community will consist of 185 new garden style apartments, totaling 260,000 gsf. Construction will consist of four new three and four-story breezeway corridor buildings and a one single-story leasing and community building. The wood frame structures will be made up of 33 one-bedroom, 136 two-bedroom, and 16 three-bedroom units. Most of the apartments will be affordable to households earning 60 percent or below the Area Median Income (AMI), with rents ranging from $348 to $900 per month. There will also be some market rate units available.

The apartments will offer upgraded interiors, featuring a mix of vinyl wood plank and carpet flooring, faux stainless-steel appliances, European style wood cabinets, laminate countertops, and energy efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures. The community provides a variety of amenities for future residents. There will be a 3,631 gsf clubhouse containing a state-of-the-art fitness center, a clubroom, a meeting facility, a cyber café with Wi-Fi, two community postal rooms, a trash and recycling area, a maintenance room, and a leasing office.

Harkins Vice President of the Southeast Region Dave Miller says “We are energized by the hospitality shown by the southeast business community, as well as the state and local economic folks in the Carolinas. We look forward to developing long and mutually-beneficial relationships as Harkins integrates into the region.”

The project is slated to break ground later this year, with an estimated completion in summer 2020. The community was designed by Watts Leaf Architects.

Harkins Corporate Challenge Champion for Fourth Year in a Row

For the fourth year in a row, Harkins is the overall Corporate Challenge Champion of the Howard Community College Challenge Race! This is the fifth annual 5K Challenge Race where 72 teams, made up of almost 400 participants run, climb, and crawl through an obstacle-filled course on the college’s campus. As a team, Harkins’ Team 1 came in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th with an aggregate time of 20:04. This was made up of Ethan Burbridge with a time of 18:55, Josh Turskey with a time of 19:10, Xavion Jones with a time of 20:41, and Tristan Palmer with a time of 20:50. Congrats to all of this year’s runners!