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Harkins Awarded WaveMaker Award for Metro Heights

Harkins team with enterprise homes and moseley architects
Baltimore, MD

We are excited to announce that Metro Heights at Mondawmin has received a WaveMaker Award from the Baltimore Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The 11th Annual WaveMaker Awards ceremony was held on October 2nd at The Assembly Room in Baltimore, MD. The program recognizes outstanding real estate development projects and visionaries in urban development throughout the Baltimore area.

Previously comprised of 12 vacant and abandoned lots and structures, Metro Heights is a one acre site that has become a major focus of redevelopment in Baltimore City. The wood frame building is made up of four-stories built over a one-level cast-in-place parking garage. It offers 70 affordable apartments comprised of a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.

The building was built to LEED Silver standards and includes features that promote energy efficiency and sustainability. Amenities include in-unit washers and dryers, a club room, game room, business center, fitness area, and yoga studio.

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. Harkins was proud to bring this project to life with Enterprise Homes and Moseley Architects.

Ft. Stevens Place Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Washington, DC

The Harkins team attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at Ft. Stevens Place Apartments on Thursday, September 26th.

Originally built in 1952, Ft. Stevens Place is a three-story affordable apartment community located in Northwest Washington, DC. The project involved the phased renovation of 59 apartments made up of two efficiencies, 32 one-bedroom and 25 two-bedroom units.

The scope of work included replacing windows, new interior finishes, new plumbing fixtures, kitchen upgrades, and new mechanical and electrical systems. The basement level was configured into a new community room and management office. Additionally, a two-story mechanical space was modified into another community space. Exterior improvements include newly paved sidewalks, new roofing, and extensive stormwater management systems.

Ribbon Cutting Photos

Merriweather E2 Celebrates Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking team photo Columbia, MD
Columbia, MD

The Harkins team attended the groundbreaking of Merriweather E2 (Busboys and Poets) in Columbia, MD on Wednesday, September 25th.

The new 10,771 sf cultural hub is part of the 35-acre mixed use development planned for the Merriweather District within Downtown Columbia. Located at Mango Tree Road and Valencia Lane across from Merriweather Post Pavilion, Busboys and Poets will be a freestanding building that will feature a restaurant with over 400 seats, a second floor terrace with outdoor seating, a bookstore, and a room for private events, readings, and open mic nights. This will be the franchise’s largest community gather space to date in 2020 and is destined to be a landmark in the emerging cultural neighborhood.

The project is anticipated to be completed in Summer 2020.

Groundbreaking Photos

Harkins Awarded ABC STEP and Excellence Awards

Harkins team accepts awards for Platinum STEP and construction excellence
Hanover, MD

Harkins is honored to receive two great awards from the ABC Chesapeake Shores chapter. On Thursday, September 19th, Harkins was presented with an Excellence in Construction award for the Easton Readiness Center along with a Platinum level STEP award. The annual Excellence in Construction and Safety Awards ceremony celebrates outstanding projects and quality craftsmanship by merit shop contractors in the Annapolis and Eastern Shore areas. It was held at the Maryland Live! Casino and Hotel Event Center in Hanover, MD.

Easton Readiness Center took the excellence award in the Federal Government / Military $10 to $100M category. This project replaced the original armory, which was built in 1974. The armory was demolished and the site was cleared to make way for the one-story, 37,000 sf facility with a 300 sf unheated storage building and a 4,237 sf maintenance training bay. This design-build facility is made up of structural steel structures with concrete and masonry foundation. It houses the Detachment 1, 729th Quartermaster Company, the D Company 1-175th infantry, and a state Veterans Honor Guard team.

Our safety department was recognized with a Platinum STEP Award. Platinum is the second highest level of recognition in ABC’s Safety Training and Evaluation Process, honoring companies for the outstanding quality of both their safety program and their safety record. Through ABC’s national Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program, participants are rated on 20 components, including management commitment to safety, employee participation, use of personal protective equipment, and record keeping. Harkins has been participating in the STEP program for over 20 years, and we pride ourselves on making safety a top priority.

The Harkins team was joined at the banquet by Al Schweizer from the Maryland Army National Guard and Oz Ozturk from the Maryland Department of General Services.

Canine Training Facility Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Harkins team cuts ribbon on canine training facility
Beltsville, MD

The Harkins team attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the James J. Maloney Canine Training Facility on Thursday, September 12th at the JJRTC campus in Beltsville, MD.

The US Army Corps of Engineers designed the new complex for the U.S. Secret Service that increases the capacity of its predecessor. The original buildings were demolished and replaced with a new 20,500 sf state-of-the-art Canine Facility in two buildings.

The administrative/training building has administrative spaces, classrooms and odor introduction and observations rooms that support canine training requirements. Attached by an access road and a canopy, a separate 36-kennel building is dedicated to the care and maintenance of the canines, including space for a veterinary emergency examination room, laundry room, food preparation and storage rooms, and tactical equipment storage.

An existing 1-acre yard was upgraded to provide advanced training capacity for the canines, along with two new breakout yards to provide extra areas for relief and relaxation.

This is the only canine training facility that serves our secret service canines in the country.

Ribbon Cutting Photos

The Power of Diversity and Inclusion

Panel discussion construction diversity

By COO Larry Kraemer

Harkins has a long history of performing work on projects where funding or local requirements have instituted minority subcontracting goals. Harkins not only has a 15% participation goal on every project regardless of any contractual requirements, but we often exceed these goals. We have come to realize and acknowledge that while the services and projects we create are exceptional, the real measure of our success is in improving people’s lives. This serves us well as we seek diversity and inclusion in our workforce, with our trade partners, and the in communities we serve. We have a great opportunity and responsibility to influence, change, and make a difference.

Recently, Harkins employee-owners established a trade partner diversity committee with the goal of building and maintaining exceptional partnerships with our trade partners. Chaired by Leitie Cobb-Gibson, the committee meets monthly and focuses on educational and training opportunities, along with community outreach, and reporting. Leitie is also a council member of ABC Greater Baltimore’s Diversity Committee. On June 5th, Harkins partnered with ABC Greater Baltimore’s Diversity Council on the first of a series of several planned networking events. This event was held at our Columbia HQ for minority and small businesses to learn how to accurately and efficiently deliver bids to general contractors in order to be successful. We can’t wait to participate in the remainder of the series.

Harkins is committed to building long-lasting relationships with our trade partners, and fostering a culture of inclusion, diversity, and respect to strengthen the communities we work in. Together, we will continue to pave the way for local, minority, women or veteran-owned, and disadvantaged businesses, and help them grow with the Harkins family.

The Apex Tops Out in Arlington

Construction Topping Out Group Harkins
Arlington, VA

The rain couldn’t keep this group away from celebrating the topping out of The Apex project in Arlington, VA. The topping out is a tradition that signifies when the building has reached its final height. The milestone was celebrated on Tuesday, August 13th with a catered lunch from Mission BBQ and the Scoops2U ice cream truck. Over 200 trade partners along with representatives from AHC Inc., Arlington County, MTFA Architecture, and Harkins were in attendance.

Replacing an aging apartment complex built in the 1960s called The Berkeley, The Apex is transforming the outdated property into a new affordable community with 256 apartments. There will be two five-story apartment buildings and a two-level subterranean parking garage. The community will offer one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment units for low and moderate income households.

Topping Out Photos

Easton Readiness Center Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Government Construction Readiness Center Ribbon Cutting
Easton, MD

The Harkins team attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Easton Readiness Center on Saturday, August 10th in Easton, MD. Located off U.S. Route 50, the new 37,006 gsf Readiness Center replaces the previous smaller facility in the same location. Over 100 people gathered Saturday morning to take part in several ribbon-cuttings. Guests of honor included a congressman, military brass, and county and town officials. Among the dignitaries were the soldiers who will call the new armory home.

This design-build facility consists of structural steel structures with concrete and masonry foundation. It will house the Detachment 1, 729th Quartermaster Company, the D Company 1-175th infantry, and a state Veterans Honor Guard team. Soldiers from these units have deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, in addition to serving at home during civil support contingency operations.

Featured areas of the building include administrative office suites, an assembly hall, classrooms, multipurpose rooms, a training and simulation room, equipment supply areas, a full commercial kitchen and break room, a 4,237 sf detached vehicle maintenance building, and fitness and locker rooms. Exterior improvements include private vehicle parking, Anti-Terrorism Force Protection measures, and a military-operated-vehicle lot. The building is clad with a cultured stone veneer and the entrance features a full height curved glass entry. It was designed to have space for training soldiers, storing and maintaining equipment, and supporting the State of Maryland.

It is the first building in the state to feature a work from the Maryland Public Art Initiative. This initiative creates a high-quality public art collection at state agency and university sites. A large two-story mural, titled “Always Ready” greets visitors inside the building’s entrance. Completed by internationally known artist and illustrator Mark Stutzman, this piece traces the history of the Maryland National Guard from its inception in 1636. Depicted are the many roles of the guard, from protecting the United States’ interests overseas to saving people at home during national disasters.

Ribbon Cutting Photos

Naval Air Station Barracks Facility Tops Out

Construction Topping Out of Naval Air Force Facility
Patuxent River, MD

Located at the Patuxent Naval Air Station, P-975 has reached a construction milestone with the topping out of the 73-unit barracks facility. The milestone was celebrated at the Elks Lodge in California, MD on Thursday, August 8th with a barbecue luncheon for subcontractors, NAVFAC, and other guests.

The final piece of precast and cap for the elevator shaft was set the morning of the event. Metal stud framing and MEP rough-ins are well underway on the first and second floors. Roof trusses began a week prior and the roof itself will begin in the next two weeks. The south parking lot is base paved and with precast operations complete, the other two parking lots and site work are projected to begin before winter hits.

The five-story, design-build facility will house active duty military personnel and will be a precast concrete structure. The facility will offer a combination freight elevator, water source heat pumps, state of the art access control systems for units and bedroom entry, several multipurpose rooms, and an outdoor picnic area and basketball court for military personnel to enjoy while off duty. Each unit will be shared by two enlisted sailors of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and will have two-bedrooms, two-bathrooms, a small kitchen, laundry room, and living room with a TV.

Topping Out Photos

Harkins is Stepping up Its Tech Game

Construction works look at tablet with drawings

By Applications Software Manager Ralph Kreider and Virtual Design & Construction Engineer Patrick Scarpati

The changing pace of design and technology has the potential to make the construction industry more efficient and building information modeling (BIM) remains at the center of opportunities for virtual design and construction (VDC). While we have used BIM and VDC on numerous projects in the past, most of the heavy lifting was accomplished through third-party consultants. In 2019, we shifted this paradigm and dedicated project resources towards advancing these efforts in-house.

BIM is a process that provides a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility. This technologically enabled process allows project teams to work together in a single model. A BIM file includes details of performance characteristics, specifications, and other non-physical data embedded in a shared 3D digital model of the project. VDC, like BIM, is also a process with the application of various construction technologies to improve the overall effectiveness of project delivery. Models are used from the inception of a project through the turnover into construction operations to improve overall understanding of the project and promote effective team collaboration.

As a result of our increased commitment to VDC and BIM, we have seen the following value-adds:

  • Optimized project schedules with better sequencing and trade coordination
  • Improved communication and collaboration by working together in a single model
  • Identification of coordination and constructability issues prior to the start of construction
  • Enhanced construction document quality prior to trade partner bidding
  • Digital coordination prior to installing building components

These value-adds all have one thing in common: identifying and resolving future issues prior to them becoming real issues in the field. One important factor we cannot forget is being able to marry field knowledge with software knowledge. By taking models and putting them into the hands of our employees and trade partners, we are able to verify our preconstruction efforts and quickly resolve anything that might have slipped through the cracks.

At the end of the day, BIM and VDC are just a few of the tools in our toolbox that the Harkins team is leveraging on a day-to-day basis to deliver an exceptional customer experience.