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  Atwood Professional Center, Page 24Atwood Professional Center

22 W. Allegheny Avenue, #301, Towson, MD 21204

Bel Air, Maryland
Total Square Feet: 70,884
Construction Period: Nov 2002 to Aug 2003

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Skarda & Associates, Inc. - 2439 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Galloway Construction, Inc. - 13818 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix, MD 21131
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Schlenger/Pitz & Associates, Inc. - 15 West Aylesbury Road, Timonium, MD 21093

The Atwood Professional Center was brought to successful fruition through creative design and is based on smart growth development principles. Architectural Design Works, Inc. (ADW), upon evaluating this irregular four acre site, with extensive flood plain issues, proposed "lifting" the building up in an English basement style which provided sheltered parking under the building.

Several engineering firms had previously analyzed the site and could only garner approximately 13,000 square feet of office space with required parking. By elevating the building and dropping the elevator lobby and stair towers, ADW was able to achieve 50,000 square feet of Class "A" professional office space two blocks from the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. Upon reviewing this with a past client, an original owner of the property from a decade ago, the client, Atwood Development, LLC, bought back the property for three quarters of a million dollars more than they had sold it.

The creative design afforded 85 covered parking spaces (highly coveted by prospective tenants) of the 240 total spaces. Additionally, this mitigated the impact to the flood plain while retaining much of the wooded site.

Traveling along Atwood Road, the building presents a stately two-story facade with an "English basement" that screens the parking. This design was unanimously approved by the Town of Bel Air's Planning Commission, known for its relentless pursuit of retaining its small town character and strict compliance with neighborhood compatibility. As the Atwood Professional Center is situated across the street from a two-story townhome community, keeping with neighborhood compatibility was a difficult challenge. ADW used colonial styling and multiple gabled massing with facade offsets to give the large structure a more "human" scale and ties to vernacular architecture.

The building features three cupolas which can be seen from the first (elevated) floor through a decorative opening in the second floor up to the cupola. This dramatic rotunda is the centerpiece of well-appointed common area for tenants and visitors. The corridors feature "way stations" and gathering areas with comfortable seating that are articulated by wood columns, crown molding, and tray ceilings with up-lighting.

The all brick, non-combustible structure is fully sprinklered and fire protected. Each individually heated and air conditioned tenant suite incorporates commercial grade, high performance, energy efficient windows, voluminous nine-foot ceilings, and private tenant bathrooms.

The site design, by G. W. Stephens, Jr. & Associates, Inc., features creative bioretention storm water management systems, an extensive trail system, and garden gazebo for tenants and visitors. Atwood Road is landscaped with "boulevard"- style tree plantings to complement the architecture.

DIV 05:
Floor Systems: Hambro Floor Systems.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America; Hardware: Rixson, Yale; Doors & Frames: Amweld Building Products.
DIV 10: Cupolas: Fiberglass Specialties.

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