Ellicott City, MD
The Harkins team attended the groundbreaking of the new Howard County Circuit Courthouse in Ellicott City, MD on Monday, June 24th. The new 238,000 sf courthouse will replace the current 175-year-old building located at 9250 Bendix Road. Demolition is underway of the standing Thomas Dorsey Building, and construction on the new building and garage will begin this August. During the groundbreaking, Harkins COO Larry Kraemer remarked on our excitement in working on this one-in-a-lifetime project in our backyard. He said “It’s very personal for us. We took a lot of stock in it from early on and we are grateful and applaud Howard County Government, Edgemoor-Star America Judicial Partners, and Clark Construction for including Harkins in the process.”
The courthouse was designed to feature a four-story atrium, a large entryway that will provide safety screening for those entering the courthouse, and separate halls and elevators for offenders. In addition to housing the Circuit Court, it will also include office space for the Howard County State’s Attorney, Howard County Sheriff, Howard County Bar Association, Maryland Public Defender, Clerk of the Court, and Register of Wills along with a courtroom for a sixth judge and a larger jury assembly area. There will be a 150,000 sf six-story parking garage adjacent to the building that will offer 682 spaces. The garage will be constructed out of precast concrete and have three elevators, security system lighting, and a matching glass atrium to the courthouse.
The Courthouse will be working towards a LEED Gold certification for sustainability and will result in a 50% reduction of impervious surface, not removing any existing trees, and planting over 100 new trees. The county selected Edgemoor-Star America Judicial Partners to lead the project which includes design, construction and a 30-year operation and maintenance agreement. The rest of the team includes design-build contractors Clark Construction and Harkins, architect HOK, and the facilities manager Johnson Controls. We look forward to delivering an exceptional landmark project in July 2021.
On Friday, June 14th, Harkins attended the groundbreaking of the Susie Clemens House in Hatfield, PA. Susie Clemens is the third and newest affordable retirement building at the Derstine Run Community for our client Advanced Living Communities, with Kramer + Marks Architects. Located in an area where affordable senior housing has become critical, it will add 60 one-bedroom apartments, made up of 47 affordable and 13 market rate units. Fifteen units will be targeted to adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges and six units will be fully accessible. Susie Clemens is the first project in Montgomery County to receive HUD Section 811 subsidies.
Additionally, Susie Clemens will be built to Passive House standards. By virtue of its Passive House design, the building will be so energy efficient that it is expected to use approximately 60% less energy than a comparable multifamily building.
The apartments in the three-story wood frame building will offer exceptional features and amenities, including state-of-the-art fire alarm and emergency call systems, eat-in kitchens, a game room, and a library.
The project is anticipated to be completed in Fall 2020.
New Castle, DE
The Combined Support Maintenance Shop celebrated its groundbreaking on Monday, June 10th in New Castle, DE. Representatives from the local, federal, and state government were present along with the youngest National Guard serviceman using the facility selected to be part of the ceremonial groundbreaking.
The project will consist of a new 65,000 sf facility with administrative and support spaces, an unheated storage building, a wash rack, loading ramps, vehicle storage lot, and new facility entrance with guard booth. Along with the Combined Service Maintenance Shop, it will be housed by the Field Maintenance Shops of the Delaware Army National Guard.
The facility will also serve as training and physical fitness locations for the base. The front end of the facility will contain amenities including a fitness room, lockers, multi-functional classrooms, and a café area. It will also include several additional shops including a carpentry shop, machine shop, canvas repair shop, communication shops, calibration shop, arms vault and repair shop, injector repair shop, and radiator repair shop.