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  The Renaissance Center, Page 34The Renaissance Center
ARCHITECT
D.R. BRASHER ARCHITECTS, INC.
5560 Sterrett Place, #300, Columbia, MD 21044
www.drbrasher.com


Location: 
Edgewater, Maryland

Total Square Feet: 37,000
Construction Period: Feb 2002 to Nov 2002 

Construction Team
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Carroll Engineering, Inc. - 621 E. Padonia Road, #C, Timonium, MD 21093
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Manekin LLC - 7061 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: SRBR - 757 Frederick Road, #300, Catonsville, MD 21228
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: LDR International - 9175 Guilford Road, #100, Columbia, MD 21046


The Renaissance Center was designed as the Corporate Headquarters for The Washington Brick and Terra Cotta Company (WBTC), which was founded in the 1890's. The company manufactured brick and Terra Cotta for the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia area and eventually transformed into a Real Estate Investment and Development Company.

The new WBTC Renaissance Center Headquarters is located in Edgewater, Maryland outside of Annapolis, having relocated from Washington, D.C. The Renaissance Center is a reflection of WBTC's commitment to quality of life and enhancement of the environment. The design was intentionally eclectic to reflect past and modern design elements. The building is four stories, with the first level for covered parking and entry lobby. The fourth floor features a large outdoor balcony. A traditional arched base with pre-cast horizontal banding was designed to mask the garage and to enhance the pedestrian scale at the first level. An area traditional material and color scheme of red brick and beige pre-cast element was selected.

The Renaissance Center is a unique and progressive statement of architecture, engineering and construction. The contemporary design elements include expansive curtain wall corners and front entry features. To further relate to the Annapolis area and its significant boating characteristics, The Renaissance Center includes three illuminated five-foot diameter portholes. The building is a four story steel frame structure with the second, third and fourth floors of composite construction. The roof is constructed with a combination of steel bar joists and composite construction at the balcony and mechanical equipment area. Exterior walls are brick veneer and architectural pre-cast with 6-inch structural steel stud backup. The mechanical system comprises of eight gas fired package units with a VAV distribution system.

Although the Renaissance Center is not a LEED certified green building, every effort was made to correspond to LEED design criteria. Extensive natural light is provided in the building and WBTC's offices incorporate an open system, to enhance the distribution of natural light, even in the corporate offices. A concerted effort was made to use natural local materials in the interior as well as the use of recycled materials.

The most significant aspect of The Renaissance Center is the use of a living roof, which is reflective of WBTC's commitment to the environment. The entire upper roof, the continuous rear balcony, except for the patio areas and even the front cantilevered canopy feature a living roof. The system significantly reduces the storm water run off and what water does fun off is filtered and much cleaner. If all major buildings in the Annapolis area had living roofs, it would significantly enhance the water quality into the local rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Living roofs also produce thermal mass for insulation for the fourth floor, greatly reducing the heat load and energy consumption. Lastly, the living roof, on the continuous fourth floor, is visible from office windows and the exterior balcony, enhancing the work environment and ultimately productivity.

MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
DIV 07: Living Roof: Tecta America; Roof Hatch: Bilco.
DIV 08: Aluminum Storefront, Entrance, & Curtainwall: Kawneer.
DIV 14: Elevators: Otis.


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