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Renovations to the Abel Wolman Building

Location: Baltimore, Maryland Client: City of Baltimore

JMT provided MEP design services for the renovation of multiple floors of this Baltimore City Municipal Building.

The Abel Wolman Building is a historic facility in the heart of Downtown Baltimore adjacent to City Hall which houses the City's Department of Public Works.  JMT was asked to develop renovations for multiple floors of the building under an "Urgent Needs" scenario as several floors needed to be renovated and updated for contemporary usage immediately to support government infrastructure changes.

JMT provided documentation of existing conditions and developed the renovation designs expeditiously, inclusive of energy efficient upgrade designs incorporating energy conscious design efforts within the building design development.  Additionally, the efforts were expanded on the 8th floor as the design was upgraded in order to meet LEED Silver requirements for the floor's 8,000 SF renovation.

JMT worked hand in hand with the City's internal architecture staff developing the MEP design upgrades for lighting, power, low voltage communications, fire alarm, HVAC, and plumbing upgrades.  The design objectives were to develop this design focusing on a tight construction budget as well as bringing the systems up to contemporary performance and efficiencies.

This building is provided with district steam and chilled water.  JMT was responsible for modifying building usage of these systems for critical floors to improve energy efficiencies while also maintaining comfort conditions.

JMT provided for both occupancy and photo sensor controlled lighting systems.  The occupancy sensor control concept was also applied to the HVAC systems to minimize energy impact for the operation of the perimeter office area HVAC systems.  With the interior office space ceiling systems removed for a more contemporary feel, the HVAC distribution systems in these areas were also upgraded to fabric ductwork.  This provided for a very economical yet colorful alternative to the traditional spiral round duct application.  With the options available with fabric duct, we were able to eliminate the need for multiple air devices while providing for optimal air distribution.  This eliminated maintenance issues as well as sound problems typically experienced with air discharge from diffusers.

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