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  Dorman’s LightingDorman’s Lighting


Architectural Design Works, Inc.
22 W. Allegheny Avenue, #301, Towson, MD 21204

General Description

Location: Lutherville, Maryland
Date Bid: May 2008
Construction Period: Oct 2008 to Sep 2009
Total Square Feet: 15,220 Site: 0.631 acre.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 2,137; first floor, 6,514; second floor, 6,569; total, 15,220 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 10’6”; first floor, 12’; second floor, 10’6”; total, 33’.
Basic Construction Type: Adaptive Reuse/Addition.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Skarda & Associates, Inc. - 2439 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Quinn Building Company, Inc. - P.O. Box 423, Brooklandville, MD 21022
Electrical Engineer: Walpert Electric Co. - 2804 Hampden Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211
Mechanical Engineers: MM Engineers, Inc. - 702 Scotsdale Road, Westminster, MD 21157

Dorman's Lighting & Design has been in business since 1941 in the Baltimore area. When the Owner, Stan Dorman was faced with a significant increase in his lease renewal, he considered renovating and adding on to an investment property that had recently been vacated on the busy York Road corridor north of Towson, Maryland. Through a referral of a close contractor friend, Stan commissioned Architectural Design Works, Inc. (ADW) to help with the transformation of the existing dated structure into a modern, technologically advanced lighting showroom and warehouse.

ADW started with analyzing the site and its ability to accommodate parking for Dorman's staff and clientele. To analyze infrastructure, ADW recommended Richardson Engineering to finesse the storm water management and utilities on the tight sloping site. The collaboration afforded an 8,864 square foot addition to the existing 4,219 square foot structure with basement, and 36 on-site parking spaces. To maximize this, storm water was managed underground.

This smart growth, adaptive reuse afforded Dorman's 4,753 square feet of new lighting showroom, 1,260 square feet of administration offices and 7,261 square feet of warehouse for shipping and receiving space. The existing and new addition was "re-skinned" using a water managed exterior insulation finish system with accentuated cornice and banding as well as multiple complementary colors. The new roofing throughout is an energy efficient white EPDM membrane. New high efficiency roof top HVAC units were also installed to improve energy efficiency as well as ISO 95 + GL flat and tapered polyiso foam insulation.

Inside, Dorman's team created a warm "homey" feeling utilizing fireplace surrounds and furniture to display their available artwork and accessories. Also they incorporated indoor landscape features to show off landscape lighting. Rich dark paint colors were chosen to create a soothing showroom and sales environment. Since Dorman's grand opening, loyal customers have showered staff with warm complements on Dorman's new lighting and design center. 


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