March 17, 2017
GWWO Names Three Employees to New Positions
GWWO is delighted to announce that Amanda McKinney, Dan Audette, and Bryan Fisher have been named to new positions. More...
March 3, 2017
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Opens Next Weekend!
Next weekend, the public is invited to the grand opening of the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center! The National Park Service and the Maryland Park Service have teamed up to provide a series of events and activities at the site to celebrate the opening, which coincides with Harriet Tubman Day (March 10th). One of the many events will include a presentation by Senior Associate Chris Elcock who will talk about the hidden symbolism in the visitor center and surrounding landscape. Just earlier this morning, Chris sat down with WYPR for a segment of On the Record to discuss some of the ways Harriet Tubman's life and legacy are illustrated in the design of the new visitor center. To learn a little about the building's design before the official grand opening, listen to the interview here!
February 6, 2017
GWWO Promotes Eric Feiss and Gretchen Wagner
GWWO is pleased to announce that Eric Feiss has been promoted to Associate Principal and Gretchen Wagner has been named an Associate. More...
January 23, 2017
GWWO Welcomes New Employee
GWWO, Inc./Architects welcomes David Ritter to the firm. More...
January 20, 2017
Morven Museum & Garden Celebrates the Groundbreaking of the Stockton Education Center!
Trustees of Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton, NJ recently gathered to celebrate the long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony of the Stockton Education Center. Home to the historic former governor’s Mansion which is now a state museum, Morven’s mission is to celebrate the rich history of the site, as well as of the state. The new center will help fulfill this mission by providing new on-site programming spaces that will educate and orient visitors to the grounds. Sited adjacent to the historic Mansion, the new education center will have a welcoming character and a strong relationship to the surrounding gardens, while bearing a secondary relationship to the Mansion–the site’s most important element. In addition to programming space, the new facility will house visitor amenities such as ticketing, orientation space, and a gift shop, a dedicated classroom, offices, and storage space. Construction is slated to begin in early March and the center is anticipated to open in the spring of 2018.
January 11, 2017
Sharon Day Named President of the AIABaltimore Board of Directors
GWWO Associate, Sharon Day, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been appointed President of the 2017 AIABaltimore Board of Directors. AIABaltimore is the third oldest chapter of the American Institute of Architects in the country and has nearly 1,300 members. Their focus is on creating and advocating for quality, sustainable design in the Baltimore metropolitan area in an effort to make it a better place to live, work, and play. Sharon has been actively involved in the Chapter since 2003, has been a member of the Board since 2012, and has served on the Design Awards and Emerging Professionals committees for many years. She also continues to work with the Emerging Professionals Committee through a mentorship program and volunteers with the Future Architects Resources Committee on career days. At GWWO, Sharon serves as a Construction Administration Specialist where she has worked on a variety of projects with a primary focus on Maryland public schools and higher education facilities. Read her AIABaltimore January 2017 President’s Letter here.
January 10, 2017
Severna Park High School Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on First Day of Classes
Severna Park High School is now open! Last Thursday, the school held its official ribbon cutting ceremony as students and faculty returned for classes and became acquainted with the brand new state-of-the-art facility. The $92.5M project replaced the outdated 1959 school and is the first new high school in the county in more than three decades. The replacement building expanded the school’s space from about 296,000-SF to about 354,000-SF and holds over 300 more students than the previous building. The new school features general classrooms, an outdoor courtyard, library media center, science labs, special ed classrooms, tech-ed classrooms, career counseling center, administrative areas, auditorium, theater room, music classrooms, dance studio, and a gym twice the size of the previous one. The old building will be demolished and a football stadium, athletic fields, and expanded parking will be constructed in its place. That phase of the project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018.
December 7, 2016
GWWO Welcomes Three New Employees
GWWO, Inc./Architects welcomes Coral Zapata Ferrer, Josh Adcock, and Jack Byrnes to the firm. More...
November 29, 2016
Congratulations to Licensed Architect Courtney Horst!
GWWO is delighted to announce that Courtney Horst, AIA, is now a licensed architect! Courtney has been with the firm for over a year and has spent her time working extensively on the new $29.5M, 85,800-SF Arnold Elementary School in Anne Arundel County. In addition to K12 facilities, Courtney’s experience also includes commercial and residential facilities, urban mixed-use buildings, higher education, and community center facilities, ranging from historic renovations and feasibility studies to additions and renovations.
October 13, 2016
GWWO Participates in Green Apple Day of Service 2016!
On Saturday, September 24th, thousands of volunteers from around the world participated in the fourth annual Green Apple Day of Service – an event which offers parents, teachers, students, companies, and local organizations the opportunity to improve school environments in their community. Since 2013, GWWO has teamed up with Hampden’s Independence School Local 1 High to participate in this important event. Independence School is a project based, experiential learning high school with a focus on environmental studies & natural resource management. The service projects GWWO performed, alongside several other volunteers and students, included cleaning and weeding the site to harvest watermelons, squash, scallions, and kale, installing rainwater collection barrels in order to reuse the water for gardening and other purposes, and creating a bee enclosure for a honeybee colony. These updates serve to improve their learning environment, acting as an outdoor classroom and contributing to their studies.
September 23, 2016
GWWO Named a Best Place to Work 2016!
We are thrilled to announce that the Baltimore Business Journal has once again named GWWO a Best Place to Work! Following a nomination process, finalists were selected through a confidential and anonymous survey, conducted by Quantum Workplace, that gathers employee feedback. The program measures a wide range of research-validated workplace factors that impact employee satisfaction. Quantum then gave each company a numerical score. Based on the survey results, GWWO came in 2nd place in the midsize category! This is our second year in a row as a winner and third year in a row as a finalist.
Principal Laura Werther acknowledged, “While we are honored by the recognition, I think I can speak on behalf of all of the principals and say that the greater honor comes from the fact that the ranking is based on employee feedback. We are most thrilled that you—the people who make this firm great—share our enthusiasm for and commitment to cultivating an engaging and satisfying working environment at GWWO.”
The winners were then profiled by BBJ’s editorial staff to find out what made their company a Best Place to Work. This year’s theme—Superlatives—required finalists to submit their own set of office superlatives, highlighting some of the employees at each firm. GWWO’s superlatives included Office Foodie – Eric Feiss (Associate Principal); Office Philosopher – Al Ip (Project Architect); Office Weatherperson – Bob O’Hatnick (Principal Emeritus); and Office Musician – Zach Grajewski (Intern Architect).
September 14, 2016
Congratulations to Licensed Architects Lindsay McCook and Scott Moir!
GWWO is excited to announce that Lindsay McCook, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Scott Moir, AIA, are now licensed architects! Since joining the firm last June, Lindsay McCook has worked on projects in the K-12 education and cultural sectors, including the new Arnold Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, the new Wheaton Woods Elementary School in Montgomery County, and the rehabilitation of Arlington House at George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia. She currently serves as the Project Manager on projects for the National Park Service which includes the rehabilitation of historic structures at both Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia and Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. In addition, throughout her four year career, Lindsay has worked on a variety of other project types including affordable housing and adaptive reuse projects.
With GWWO for over 15 years, Scott Moir has focused his career heavily on the K-12 and higher education sectors, with experience in the cultural sector as well. He has worked significantly on projects including the Dunbar High School renovation in Baltimore City and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Orientation & Museum Complex in Mount Vernon, VA. He has also served as Project Manager on numerous educational projects including the new Lyons Mill Elementary School in Baltimore County, renovations at Benjamin Franklin High School in Baltimore City, and the current expansion and renovation at Towson University's Burdick Hall Recreation Center.
August 24, 2016
Westowne Elementary School Opens for Students
As Baltimore County students head back to school today, many are getting to experience the brand new Westowne Elementary School for the very first time. Based on the same GWWO prototype as Lyons Mill Elementary School which opened last August, the new elementary school is arranged in a series of neighborhoods with colors coinciding to each grade level, promoting a sense of identity for students. Using expanses of glass to maintain a consistent dialogue between the inside and out, the design also promotes out of the classroom learning and features a rooftop classroom and outdoor learning space. The new school is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification. Prior to the beginning of classes, the project was featured in an article by the Baltimore Sun.
August 17, 2016
GWWO Nationally Ranked as a Top Architecture Firm
GWWO is pleased to announce our recognition by Building Design + Construction and ENR Mid-Atlantic in their annual rankings of top design firms. We are thrilled to be included amongst many other outstanding firms in our field. This year, GWWO ranks #73 on BD+C’s Giants 300 Top Architecture Firms report, the magazine’s listing of the nation’s largest AEC firms. By sector, GWWO ranks #30 on the Top K-12 School Architecture Firms report, #69 on the Top University Architecture Firms report, and #63 on the Top Green Building Architecture Firms report. Additionally, the firm ranked #4 in the Education Sector for ENR’s Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firms.
August 9, 2016
Balancing the Environmental Effects at Pikes Peak
When it comes to extreme environments, there’s none more so than that of Pikes Peak. Temperatures atop the Peak can swing from 60 degrees to below freezing within a matter of hours, wind gusts can reach over 150 miles per hour, the solar radiation is intense, and at any given time, storms can roll in producing measurable snowfall or deadly lightning strikes. And if that’s not enough, the effects on the body at high-altitude can make one question why over 600,000 people per year visit the summit.
Tasked with designing a new visitor center on top of the summit, the design team from GWWO (Design Architect) along with Colorado Springs’ RTA (Architect of Record) examined ways in which a new facility could negate some of the extreme conditions associated with the Peak in order to provide visitors with an ideal and meaningful interpretive experience, no matter the conditions.
Read more of Alan’s article “Pushing Interpretation to New Heights” from the May/June 2016 issue of Legacy Magazine.
July 13, 2016
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies of Two Baltimore City Recreation Centers
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recently hosted back-to-back ribbon cutting ceremonies for two of Baltimore City's newly improved recreation centers—CC Jackson Recreation Center and Rita R. Church Recreation Center.
Located in an urban park setting, the 19,000-SF renovation and expansion of CC Jackson Recreation Center features large expanses of glass curtainwall in order to tie the building in with its surroundings, allowing building users to overlook the newly developed recreational fields and playgrounds while inviting park users to view the activities inside. The center includes an enlarged gymnasium, dance studio, multi-purpose room, computer lab, program and game rooms, meeting rooms, offices, locker rooms, and a kitchen.
The 11,500-SF gymnasium addition to the Rita R. Church Recreation Center was constructed as phase two of the project, following phase one, the award-winning exterior restoration and interior rehabilitation of the former Clifton Park Pool House. The design incorporates sustainable elements, including an extensive green roof, geothermal heating and cooling system, and sustainable materials.
The revitalization of these recreation centers is part of the Mayor's "Destination Active Baltimore" initiative—a plan for a new community center network in Baltimore City. The initiative includes the completion of five community centers in total, as well as a new park pool and pavilion.
June 10, 2016
Groundbreaking Ceremony of Greenspring Montessori School Renovations & Additions
On Wednesday morning, Greenspring Montessori School held a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the beginning of campus-wide renovations and additions. With an expected completion date of August 2017, design for the approximately 16,000-SF renovation and 11,000-SF addition will create three new academic village environments. Classrooms in each village are designed to meet the specific needs of the school's child-centered approach to education while providing visual transparency and easy movement connecting each classroom to shared village spaces. Integral to a Montessori education is the ability to learn from the environment. As such, each classroom will be afforded a direct connection to the outdoor environment and an abundance of natural light. Additionally, all three villages will face a central space that will ultimately become the campus quad.
June 9, 2016
GWWO Congratulates Licensed Architect Matt Ames!
GWWO is excited to announce that Matt Ames is now a licensed architect! Since joining the firm one year ago, Matt has been serving as Project Manager on the design of the new Arnold Elementary School, as well as working on the new Wheaton Woods Elementary School and Benfield Elementary School renovation and addition. In addition to this experience, Matt's background includes over 11 years of working on a variety of project types including K-12 and higher education facilities, research centers, office buildings, commercial retail, and large multi-family apartments.
May 19, 2016
Groundbreaking Ceremony of The Nature Place
Yesterday marked the groundbreaking ceremony of Berks Nature's The Nature Place, a $4M environmental exploration and education center in Reading, PA. Expected to open in the spring of 2017, the building will be simple, functional, and serve as a demonstration of Berks Nature's environmental and conservation principles. Hoping to inspire a new generation of conservationists, organizers envision the center as a place where people can connect with nature in a time when we are increasingly becoming disconnected from it. Sited adjacent to an existing classroom building, the 9,000-SF addition will include two new classrooms, conference rooms, offices, a lobby and gift shop, displays on the park's habitat, and an open plaza for outdoor recreation. The building is being designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification.
April 7, 2016
Grand Opening of Salisbury University's New Sea Gull Stadium
Salisbury University celebrated the grand opening of the new $16.7M, 30,000-SF Sea Gull Stadium today. The new, state-of-the-art stadium was designed to be compatible with the University architecture while also having its own strong identity and clearly delineating its function as the sporting destination on campus. Design for the new facility reflects the campus' vernacular, incorporating traditional brick and cast stone columns. The stadium was built as the first step of the University's vision towards becoming a recognized national model of a 21st century intercollegiate athletic program. Designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification, the 5,000-seat stadium provides the athletes with a venue they deserve, including all of the necessary resources, amenities, and tools to succeed against their conference and national rivals.
March 24, 2016
GWWO Welcomes New Employee
GWWO, Inc./Architects welcomes Lacey Anthony to the firm. More...
March 22, 2016
GWWO Promotes Bill Melluish and Kathy Speicher Melluish
GWWO, Inc./Architects is pleased to announce that Bill Melluish, AIA, LEED AP, CDT and Kathy Speicher Melluish, AIA, LEED AP have been promoted to Associates of the firm. More...
March 18, 2016
Relay Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony
Yesterday morning, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new $32M, 90,040-SF Relay Elementary School, which is based on the same GWWO prototype as the recently opened Lyons Mill Elementary School. The new school will be laid out in a series of neighborhoods that correspond to each grade level. The color selections for interior and exterior finishes have been strategically selected to provide a sense of identity for students, allowing them to match their neighborhood with the colors on the exterior. The school is being designed to achieve LEED Silver and is scheduled to open to students in August 2017.
March 9, 2016
GWWO Congratulates Licensed Architect Eric Baumgartner!
GWWO is excited to announce that Eric Baumgartner is now a licensed architect! Eric joined the firm in 2013 shortly after earning his Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University. Since then, he has worked on a variety of K-12, higher education, and recreational facilities, including the new Northern High School in Calvert County, multiple projects at Blandair Park in Howard County, and the new Sea Gull Stadium and Athletic Complex Master Plan for Salisbury University.
March 4, 2016
GWWO's Fourth Annual Canned Food Drive
For the office's fourth annual food drive, Associate Principal John Gregg split the office up into teams with dual challenges related to quantity and design. This year, each team was tasked with building canned food forts. Some chose to build freeform, while others replicated real forts such as Fort Stanwix. In order to keep the competition fair, Ranger Bill Curtis from the Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine made a special appearance as guest judge, bringing his knowledge of forts, sense of humor, unbiased judging skills, and souvenirs for the winning team. In the end, the firm collectively donated a total of 2,308 pounds of food to the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore, surpassing last year's donation by over 500 pounds.
January 26, 2016
Pikes Peak Preferred Design Concept Revealed
The City of Colorado Springs, GWWO and RTA Architects, serving as architect of record, recently revealed the design concept and site location for the new summit visitor center atop the 14,115’ summit of Pikes Peak during a public meeting in Colorado Springs. After presenting four options for the new Summit House Complex in October, the public was invited to complete a survey, resulting in a plethora of comments and suggestions. Upon tabulation, a commonality among them was evident. There was a distinct desire for something modern and unique for Pikes Peak, but also an appeal for the building to be as unobtrusive as possible. Merging the two, the direction for the building became clear. More…
January 18, 2016
Brian Minnich Appointed to the AIA's Committee on Architecture for Education Leadership Group
GWWO Architect Brian Minnich, AIA, LEED AP BD+C has been appointed to the 2016 American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Leadership Group. The mission of the CAE is to connect architects and allied professionals interested in designing, building and using superior educational, cultural and recreation facilities that meet the needs of students of all ages. Since 2011, Brian has served as the co-chair for the CAE’s subcommittee on K-12 education. Throughout his career, Brian has concentrated heavily in the design of K-12 facilities and is currently working on the new Arundel Elementary School for Baltimore City Public Schools.
January 15, 2016
John Gregg Named Board President of SAVE National Capital Chapter
GWWO Associate Principal, John Gregg, AIA, LEED AP, AVS, has been named the President of the Board for the National Capital Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Value Engineering. SAVE is devoted to advancing and promoting value methodology (also known as value engineering, value analysis and value management), which can optimize projects, processes and product development in significant ways—decreasing cost, increasing profits, and improving quality and performance. John has been actively involved in the chapter since 2011 and a Board Member since 2013. As a trained Associate Value Specialist, he has led multiple value engineering workshops and has used his training to provide increased value to GWWO’s clients.
January 15, 2016
GWWO Welcomes New Employee
GWWO, Inc./Architects welcomes Francine Michaelson to the firm as Administrative Assistant. More...
January 5, 2016
Congratulations to Licensed Architect Brian Weisgerber!
GWWO is pleased to announce that Brian Weisgerber, AIA, is now a licensed architect. With 16 years of experience, including two with GWWO, Brian has focused his career heavily on K-12, higher education, and park service projects. Throughout his time with GWWO, Brian has worked extensively on the new Lyons Mill Elementary School in Baltimore County, the Mathematics and Science Hall at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway Arlington House rehabilitation in Washington, DC.
December 22, 2015
Sharon Day Appointed President-Elect of AIABaltimore
Sharon Day, an Associate at GWWO, has been named the President-Elect of the 2016 AIABaltimore Board of Directors. Founded in 1871, the Baltimore Chapter of the AIA is the third oldest in the country and serves as the voice of the architectural profession in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Sharon has been an active member of the chapter since 2003, including working with the Emerging Professionals Committee as well as serving as the Co-Architecture Licensing Advisor for the chapter. As part of her appointment, Sharon will also be a representative of the Baltimore Chapter on the AIA Maryland Board of Directors.
December 21, 2015
Bryan Fisher Named to the APT DC Board of Directors
GWWO Architect Bryan Fisher has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Association of Preservation Technology, Washington DC Chapter. APT DC promotes the exchange of ideas and knowledge concerning the conservation of historic resources and the application of preservation technology. Bryan joined the organization in 2013 and was a guest speaker at their spring symposium that same year. During his career, he has contributed to numerous historic preservation projects including work at the Smithsonian Institution, Arlington House, Gettysburg National Military Park, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, Hampton National Historic Site, and many more.
December 18, 2015
GWWO Welcomes Three New Employees
GWWO welcomes Ryan McCloskey, Jason Hearn, AIA, and Ariana Parrish to the team. More...
December 17, 2015
Groundbreaking Ceremony of Westowne Elementary School
This past Monday morning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held celebrating the beginning of construction of the new $31M, 90,040-SF Westowne Elementary School which will replace the existing elementary school. Using the GWWO prototype, which was just recently used for the new Lyons Mill Elementary School, the design was adapted so that the new school could be sited on the existing recreation fields adjacent to the existing building. Designed in accordance with 21st century learning principles, the school is laid out in a series of neighborhoods with colors coinciding to each grade level to provide a sense of identity for students. This provides an organizing structure that makes each grade into its own neighborhood of learners and teachers and provides flexible and adaptable spaces for learning. The school is designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification and is projected to open for students in August 2016.
November 10, 2015
Congratulations to Licensed Architect Kate Scurlock!
GWWO is delighted to announce that Kate Scurlock, AIA, is now a licensed architect. Kate has five years of professional experience in the industry including nearly four with GWWO. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University in 2011 and has since primarily focused her efforts on projects in the educational and cultural sectors. Kate's notable experience with GWWO includes the Frederick High School replacement in Frederick County, the new Severna Park High School in Anne Arundel County, and the Port Canaveral Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, FL.
October 22, 2015
Lyons Mill Elementary School Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
This morning, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to formally celebrate the opening of the new Lyons Mill Elementary School in Owings Mills! The anticipated LEED Silver, 94,500-SF elementary school was designed specifically in order to ease overcrowding in Baltimore County's northwest communities and has a capacity for 700 students. The school is laid out in a series of neighborhoods with colors that correspond to each grade level. The color selections for each neighborhood, including interior and exterior finishes, have provided a sense of identity for students that permeates throughout their learning experience. Congratulations to everyone who worked on the project!
October 19, 2015
GWWO Chosen in Nationwide Design Excellence Search
As a result of a nationwide call for design excellence, GWWO has been chosen from a field of 75— including firms from 19 states, the District of Columbia and Canada—to be part of the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program. Established by the Walton Family Foundation, the new program promotes the highest level of design in the development of future public buildings and spaces in Arkansas’ Benton and Washington counties, one of the nation’s fastest growing areas. GWWO, the only firm selected from the State of Maryland, is looking forward to participating in this program and contributing to the elevation of design, while also complementing the region’s rich architectural history.
October 15, 2015
GWWO Welcomes Four New Employees
GWWO welcomes Courtney Horst, Danielle Peters, Nick Drummond, and Junjie Wu to the firm. More...
October 10, 2015
Senior Associate John Easterling Joins The Ingenuity Project Board
GWWO Senior Associate John Easterling has been named to the Board of Directors for The Ingenuity Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to prepare highly capable and motivated Baltimore City students to achieve at nationally competitive levels in mathematics, science, technology and related fields. John has nearly 30 years of experience working with educational clients on the design of K-12 schools, including over 20 projects with City Schools alone. He will bring his unique perspective to the Board as they work to expand student recruitment and to establish The Ingenuity Project’s position and visibility as the leader in STEM education in the city and state.
October 5, 2015
Cade Museum Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony
Last Friday, the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention hosted a groundbreaking ceremony coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the invention of Gatorade by Dr. Robert Cade, the museum’s namesake, and his team. Conceived as a metaphor for the human brain, the museum is organized around one space—the Main Hall—where all experiences come together. Wedge-shaped galleries extend from the hall in a spiral reminiscent of the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio. Located in Gainsville’s historic Depot Park, construction of the 21,000-SF first phase of the project is expected to be complete in early 2017 at a cost of $10M. When the second phase is complete, the museum will total 47,000-SF.
September 24, 2015
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of Mathematics & Science Hall at CCBC
The new, state-of-the-art Mathematics & Science Hall at the Community College of Baltimore County is officially open! A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this morning celebrating the completion of the $33.9M phased renovation and addition. Serving as a key connector between the College's Main Quad, the Center for the Arts, and a parking lot to the north, the building is sited in a prominent location on the College's Catonsville campus. Built to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, the 99,715-SF, LEED Silver (anticipated) classroom and laboratory complex houses three departments—Mathematics, Biological Sciences, and Physical Sciences—all having their own spaces, as well as shared spaces. The mathematics, chemistry, and environmental sciences laboratories are located in the renovated structure, while the new addition houses the biology and physics lab, a planetarium, shared classrooms, and lecture halls. GWWO served as architect-of-record with Ellenzweig as the team's design architect.
September 18, 2015
GWWO Named a Best Place to Work
GWWO is thrilled to announce that we’ve been named a Best Place to Work by the Baltimore Business Journal. A finalist in 2014, GWWO emerged as a winner this year, coming in second place in the midsize category. According to firm president Alan Reed “This doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. What makes anywhere a great place to work are the firm’s employees and I am proud every day to say that ours are hands down the best.”
So how did we become a Best Place to Work? After a nomination process, Quantum Workplace, an independent partner, surveyed each firm’s employees to gain a measure of employee satisfaction. Based on the overall results, a numerical value was assigned to each business from which 30 finalists emerged and then winners were selected.
This year’s theme—Beyond the Beer Fridge—required finalists to answer “what beer would best describe your company?” After much thought, the Tell Tale Heart IPA by Raven Beer was determined to fully embrace the essence of GWWO. As an IPA, its flavor is big and bold and with a 7.25% alcohol content, it certainly lives up to our “Work Hard, Play Hard” mantra. It’s also locally brewed, just like us. This craft beer also reflects the history and culture of Baltimore in its packaging and certainly is responsive to the local environment, which is very similar to the way in which we design.
September 16, 2015
New Mathematics & Science Hall Opens at CCBC
Next week, the Community College of Baltimore County, GWWO, and associated design architect Ellenzweig, will celebrate the completion of the new Mathematics and Science Hall on the College’s Catonsville Campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony. This excitement comes on the heels of GWWO and Ellenzweig’s recent selection to design a major expansion and renovation of the Health Careers Technology Building on the College’s Essex Campus.
The new Mathematics and Science Hall stands as a key connector between the College’s Main Quad, the Center for the Arts and a parking lot to the north, thereby placing the building on display. Massing for the new construction is broken down into three components: atrium, planetarium and laboratories. The two-story glazed atrium provides a visually light separator between the sculptural, three-story planetarium and laboratory volumes. Field stone, masonry and glazed aluminum curtainwall—expressed in horizontal lines—clad the laboratory volume and further break down its mass, while playing against the vertical drum form of the planetarium to create a dynamic asymmetrical composition. The $33.9M phased renovation and major addition totals 99,715-SF and includes over 34,000-SF of state-of-the-art laboratory and adjacent support spaces, as well as a planetarium, classrooms and lecture halls. Designed to achieve a minimum level of LEED Silver certification, the facility will be the second sustainable building on the College’s Catonsville campus.
September 3, 2015
Groundbreaking of Frederick High School
This morning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held celebrating the official start of construction on the new Frederick High School. Incorporating the principles of 21st century learning and flexibility, the new $97M, 270,618-SF comprehensive high school will be organized around a central community zone - the heart of the building - that provides a clear circulation path and includes the dining, commons and enclosed courtyard areas. The design is intended to visually recollect the previous school building, which was of historical significance to the community, while providing new state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces. The school is anticipated to achieve LEED Silver Certification and construction is expected to be complete for students and staff to arrive in August 2017, with the demolition of the existing school and the subsequent construction of new site amenities to be completed in 2018.
August 11, 2015
GWWO Designing Campus-Wide Renovation at Greenspring Montessori School
GWWO is currently working with the Greenspring Montessori School on a campus-wide renovation that includes the interior reconfiguration of five buildings totaling approximately 20,000-SF as well as two new, one-story additions of approximately 5,000 SF each. The design creates three new academic village environments; classrooms in each village will be prepared to meet the specific needs of the school’s child-centered approach to education while providing direct connections from each classroom to outdoor learning areas. Community amenities will be provided within each village, including student kitchens, an art room, a music room, communal outdoor rooms, and areas for small-group learning.
August 2, 2015
GWWO Nationally Ranked as a Top K-12 Facility Designer
GWWO, Inc./Architects is pleased to announce our inclusion in Building Design + Construction’s 2015 Giants 300 report, the magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the US. For the second year in a row, GWWO rated in the top 25% of architecture firms on the K-12 School Sector list. Additionally, the firm’s university sector presence continues to grow as indicated by a jump of eleven spots over our 2014 ranking.
July 22, 2015
GWWO Selected for New Project at CCBC
GWWO is excited to announce that our team—including Ellenzweig as design architect—has been selected to design a major expansion and renovation to the Health Careers Technology Building on the Community College of Baltimore County’s Essex campus. The new approximately 70,000-SF addition and 55,000-SF renovation will be broken into three phases with the initial addition scheduled for completion in 2018. When finished, the project will solve the college’s need for added instructional space, allowing for enrollment and curriculum expansion, as well as increased faculty engagement and retention. This project begins as construction on the new Mathematics & Science Hall on the CCBC Catonsville campus, for which GWWO and Ellenzweig previously teamed, nears completion.
July 15, 2015
GWWO Expands Staff
GWWO, Inc./Architects welcomes two new employees to the firm: Lindsey DeHenzel and Zach Grajewski. More...
July 8, 2015
Rita Church Community Center Wins Second Preservation Award
The Rita Church Community Center has been named by Baltimore Heritage as one of the year’s best Restoration & Rehabilitation projects. GWWO designed the exterior and interior rehabilitation of the former Clifton Park Pool House—which was designed in 1920 and partially renovated in 2001—to supply new spaces for community use including a lounge, multi-purpose room, kitchen/craft room, game room, computer lab and various support spaces. The lounge, located at the center of the building provides a tall open space that allows elements of the historic structure, such as the heavy timber trusses and masonry chimneys, to be integrated into the rehabilitation. This is the second preservation award for the project, which took home a Maryland Historical Trust Preservation Award for Excellence in Commercial/Institutional Rehabilitation in 2014.
July 2, 2015
GWWO Welcomes Lindsay McCook and Matthew Ames to the Firm
Lindsay McCook, LEED AP BD+C, and Matthew Ames join the GWWO team. More...
June 22, 2015
Brian Minnich and Chelsea Thomas Join the GWWO Team
GWWO welcomes Brian Minnich, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Chelsea Thomas, AIA, LEED AP, to the firm. More...
June 21, 2015
GWWO Congratulates Registered Architect Judson Hornfeck!
GWWO is delighted to announce that Judson Hornfeck, AIA, LEED AP, is now a registered architect. Judson joined the firm almost three years ago and has a total of six years of experience. He holds dual Master degrees in Architecture and Planning from the University of Southern California and earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. Since joining the firm, Judson has focused primarily on cultural and K-12 projects including the Jean R. Packard Occoquan Center in Lorton, VA, the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD, and both the Baltimore and Charles County Public Schools' Capital Improvement Plans.
June 2, 2015
GWWO Chosen to Design New Pikes Peak Summit Complex
After a highly competitive nationwide search, the team of GWWO, Inc./Architects and RTA Architects of Colorado Springs has been chosen to create an iconic new visitor experience for the summit of Pikes Peak. Serving as Design Architect, GWWO will rely upon our story-based approach to create new opportunities for interpretation and education on the summit, while making sure the expression of the complex is reflective of the Peak and its importance to our nation’s history. More...
May 26, 2015
Grand Opening of Hampton Visitor Contact Station
On April 24 during National Park Week, Hampton National Historic Site celebrated the grand opening of its new $2 million Visitor Contact Station with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new 2,400-SF facility, which includes signage, maps, site history, a gift shop and restrooms, will provide orientation to visitors about the park and surrounding historic sites in Baltimore County. The ribbon-cutting ceremony also celebrated the completion and opening of a new 4,400-SF Collection Storage Building, entrance road, and parking lot. The ceremony was followed by an open house and tours of the new Collection Storage Building. The four projects totaled over $6.5 million in federal, state, local and non-profit funding.
May 14, 2015
Phil Worrall Receives McHarg Award
Phil Worrall, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Emeritus, was granted the prestigious McHarg Award from the Valleys Planning Council for his lifetime efforts to preserve land and fight urban sprawl. As chairman of the Baltimore County Planning Board, he sought the down zoning of 12,000 acres of agricultural land in 1996, resulting in the re-zoning of more than 9,000 acres. This effort protected the County’s most sensitive agriculture and watershed areas from inappropriate suburban development.
“Phil has been a force for land preservation, often behind the scenes, but creative, persistent and effective” says Doug Carroll, VPC Board Member and Chairman of the McHarg Award Committee. A longtime preservationist, Phil also donated a conservation easement to the Maryland Environmental Trust on his 160 acre farm. He served on the Board of Directors of the Valleys Planning Council from the 1970s through the 1990s. Of his many accomplishments, foremost was the creation of the addendum of the Plan for the Valley, the landmark land preservation plan for Baltimore County, for which he worked closely worked with Ian McHarg’ s firm, the Scottish landscape architect and renowned writer on regional planning using natural systems.
April 1, 2015
Congratulations to Registered Architect Brian Dunn!
GWWO is happy to announce that Brian Dunn, AIA, is now a registered architect. Brian earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College and joined the firm three years ago, bringing over fourteen years of design and construction experience in education, commercial, and luxury residential design. Since joining GWWO, Brian has worked on projects in the higher ed, K-12, and cultural markets including Towson University in Northeastern Maryland, the Broadneck High School renovation in Anne Arundel County, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park, and Blandair Park in Howard County.
March 4, 2015
GWWO Congratulates Registered Architect Amanda Brown!
GWWO is pleased to announce that Amanda Brown, AIA, LEED AP is now a registered architect. Amanda has been part of our team for more than seven years and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech University. Since joining the firm, Amanda has worked on a variety of projects, including the Rita R. Church Community Center, Calvert Marine Museum, Fort McHenry Visitor Center, and the new Northern High School in Calvert County.
March 3, 2015
GWWO Employees Participate in National Canned Food Month
Associate principal, John Gregg, once again challenged GWWO employees during the month of February to participate in National Canned Food Month by splitting the office up into teams and encouraging a little friendly competition to see which team could bring in the most canned food items. To make things more interesting, a contest was held at the end of the drive where each team was tasked with constructing a bridge using only their team's items. The longest spanning bridge reached an impressive 86 inches. By the end of the month, the office was able to donate a total of 1,771 pounds of canned food items to the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore.
February 2, 2015
Mark Lapointe Named to Creative Alliance Board of Trustees
GWWO Principal, Mark Lapointe, AIA, has been appointed to the Creative Alliance Board of Trustees after being a member of the organization for several years. The Creative Alliance strives to transform Baltimore through the arts by organizing and hosting hundreds of events each year that connect artists and audiences of diverse backgrounds with one another and with new ideas. The organization also serves to act as a positive force in our community by supporting artists in the area, promoting Baltimore as a hub of creative production, and advocating for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place.
January 29, 2015
GWWO Congratulates Registered Architect Dan Audette!
GWWO is pleased to announce that Dan Audette, AIA is now a registered architect. Dan has been a part of the GWWO team for three years and has a total of five years of experience. He received both his Masters and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and 2007, respectively. Since joining the firm, Dan has worked primarily on K-12 projects including the new Severna Park High School in Anne Arundel County, the new Frederick High School in Frederick County, and the new Northwest Elementary School in Baltimore County.
January 19, 2015
GWWO Begins Relationship with Heritage Museums & Gardens
GWWO has been selected to provide programming and concept design services for a new welcome center and arrival sequence at Heritage Museums & Gardens, located in Sandwich, MA. The goal of the project is to improve the overall visitor experience, starting from the moment they exit their cars and setting the stage for their entire encounter within the Heritage exhibits and grounds. Serving more than 100,000 visitors annually, Heritage is the largest public garden in Southern New England and is made up of 100 acres of gardens and nature trails as well as three gallery buildings. As this project is the first step in the implementation of Heritage’s 20-year Master Plan, it will establish the tone for the site’s future development.
January 13, 2015
NPS Denver Service Center Again Calls on GWWO
The National Park Service Denver Service Center has awarded GWWO an IDIQ contract to provide A/E services for projects within the Northeast, National Capital Regions and Nationwide. Types of projects may include preservation, rehabilitation of historic structures, museum design, visitor/interpretive center design, site planning, design for historic/modern-day structures and curatorial facilities, among others. This contract has the potential value of $15M over the course of five years. GWWO’S relationship with the NPS dates back to 1991 and includes seven previous IDIQ contracts.
January 2, 2015
Paul Hume Named Building Congress & Exchange President
GWWO Principal, Paul Hume, AIA, LEED AP, has been named President of the Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E). A member since 2002, Paul has played an active role in the organization. In addition to his role as President, he has served on the Construction Technology Committee and currently serves on the Board, the Executive Committee and as the Foundation President. Founded in 1888, the BC&E strives to foster grown and excellence for professionals in all facets of the construction industry, promoting networking, education and business development within the A/E/C industry.
December 16, 2014
John Gregg Named Associate Principal
GWWO has named John Gregg, AIA, LEED AP, AVS an Associate Principal of the firm. John joined the firm in 1999 and became a member of the management team in 2003. Most recently, John has focused his career on park, recreation and athletic projects, including work in national, state and local parks, as well as on higher education campuses. More...
December 5, 2014
GWWO Named Top Workplace Two Years Running
GWWO, Inc./Architects is pleased to announced that for a second year in a row, we’ve been selected as one of the Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces. The ranking is determined based solely on anonymous employee feedback that is gathered from a comprehensive survey led by WorkplaceDynamics. GWWO ranked in the top 10 out of the 65 chosen in the Small Employers category. President Alan Reed congratulated the staff noting that “everyone’s individual role here at GWWO is critical to our success and this is no less true about making our office a great place to come to work each day. The commitment and passion that everyone brings to GWWO is what makes us truly stellar.”
November 4, 2014
GWWO Expands Staff
GWWO, Inc./Architects welcomes Meaghan Murphy to the firm as Marketing Coordinator. More...
October 27, 2014
The Brafferton Named Outstanding Preservation Project
GWWO is pleased to announce that Preservation Virginia has presented GWWO with the 2014 Gabriella Page Preservation Award for The Brafferton rehabilitation. The annual award recognizes projects that exemplify the use of preservation standards and bring an outstanding building into appropriate contemporary use. Built in 1723, The Brafferton is the second oldest American collegiate building that remains in active and continuous use. Despite the fact that The Brafferton serves as the offices of the President and Provost for the College of William & Mary, and hosted dignitaries to its rooms on an almost daily basis, the building’s materials and systems were failing, and damage to the historic fabric was increasing. GWWO was chosen to undertaken the rehabilitation that would bring the building up to code, insert all new systems into the historic fabric, while also restoring the first and second floors back to their condition of the early 1930s, and most importantly, all without compromising the historicity of the building.
October 20, 2014
Groundbreaking of Sea Gull Stadium at Salisbury University
This past Saturday, October 18, marked the groundbreaking ceremony and unveiling of our design for the new Sea Gull Stadium at Salisbury University. The new four-story stadium will be over 30,000-SF and include 4,800 seats, year-round locker room facilities for the university's football, field hockey, men's and women's lacrosse teams, as well as locker rooms for visiting teams and referees. The stadium will also include a retail shop, concession stand, ticket office, athletic training clinic and classroom for game preparation, team meetings and minor stretching, VIP seating areas and a press box. Construction is expected to begin after Christmas and the stadium is planned to open in spring 2016. The new facility is designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification.
October 14, 2014
Grand Opening of Towson University in Northeastern Maryland
Friday, October 10 marked the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of Towson University in Northeastern Maryland at the Harford Community College campus. Towson University and Harford Community College have teamed up to provide students a seamless transfer to pursue a four-year bachelor's degree after completing their associate degree across the street at Harford Community College. This is the first four-year program located in northeast Maryland, allowing more students in the area the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree without having to take an online course or make a long commute. The new 60,000-SF academic building includes state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, offices, and spaces for social and cultural events.
October 13, 2014
GWWO Wins Two AIA Baltimore Design Awards
GWWO is excited to announce that we received two cultural/institutional honorable mentions for design of the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention and the James & Anne Robinson Nature Center at the annual AIA Baltimore Design Awards event. More...
October 1, 2014
Ground Broken at Occoquan Regional Park
On Saturday, September 27, a groundbreaking ceremony took place for the new Jean R. Packard Occoquan Center. Sited on top of a bluff overlooking the Occoquan River, the new center will be constructed on two levels to utilize the existing natural topography. Inside, the new center will serve numerous functions and will feature a main event rental space that opens up to a garden area with stunning views of the river, an environmental education room where visitors can learn about the flora, fauna, and native people that John Smith encountered, as well as a new café and adjoining outdoor paved terrace and boardwalk plaza. The new facility is designed to achieve LEED Certification.
September 30, 2014
GWWO Participates in Green Apple Service Day
Over the weekend, GWWO, Inc./Architects teamed up with Hampden’s Independence School Local 1 for the second year in a row to participate in the worldwide Green Apple Day of Service. On Saturday, September 27, thousands of students, teachers, companies, organizations and individuals from around the globe worked to improve school environments through service projects.
Here in Baltimore, GWWO, in conjunction with several other volunteers and students, put the gardens to bed for the winter, cleaned and weeded the site, painted new wooden benches, and restored the student memorial bench that the team built last year. The team also constructed a straw bale mock-up that will be will be used for student instruction. At the end of the year, all of the student-assembled structures will be massed into an outdoor shed that will house the school’s gardening materials.
September 18, 2014
GWWO Nationally Ranked as a Top Cultural Facility Firm
GWWO, Inc./Architects is pleased to announce our inclusion in Building Design + Construction’s 2014 Giants 300 report, the magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the US. Our firm ranked number 26 out of 72 on the list of Top Cultural Facility Architecture Firms. We are also equally proud to note that GWWO ranked in the top 25% on the list for Top K-12 School Sector Architectural Firms.
August 1, 2014
SD Approved for the Towson University Burdick Hall Expansion
Schematic Design for the Towson University Burdick Hall expansion has received approval. The $34M, 94,500-GSF expansion and renovation project is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2017 and is the final component of a multiple-phase renovation of the existing building that is home to Campus Recreation Services, as well as academic programs such as Kinesiology and Athletic Department programs such as baseball and swimming. The completed project will provide the University with a state-of-the art recreation facility that is commensurate with, and meets the needs of, a university the size of TU. The project includes an expanded fitness center, areas for group fitness instruction, an indoor running track, multi-activity courts, climbing center, multiple gymnasiums, and a 25-yard swimming pool. Additionally, the new facility will connect and complete previously completed portions of the Campus Site and Safety Improvement project, the University’s endeavor to provide an east-west pedestrian spine through campus. Together with the anticipated expansion of the Student Union, the expansion of Burdick Hall and the completion of the pedestrian walkway will realize the University’s vision of creating a centralized Student Life precinct on campus. GWWO is working with 360 Architecture, AOR and design architects, on the project, which is being designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. Previously in 2013, GWWO worked with Towson University to complete the programming for the expansion.
July 28, 2014
Senior Associate Chris Elcock Named to Governor's Coast Smart Council
GWWO is happy to announce that Chris Elcock, Senior Associate at GWWO, has been named to Governor Martin O’Malley’s Coast Smart Council, which was recently created by House Bill 615. The Council is charged with overseeing the development of siting and design standards for new and rebuilt State agency structures located in areas vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal flooding. Through their efforts, the Council will ensure that the State makes safe and fiscally wise capital investments in the future. More...
July 21, 2014
Andy Towne Joins the GWWO Team
GWWO, Inc./Architects welcomes Andy Towne, RA, LEED AP to the firm. More...
July 15, 2014
Design Unveiled for the Berks Conservancy Environmental Exploration Center at Angelica Park
The design for the new 8,000-SF Berks Conservancy Environmental Exploration Center at Angelica Park in Reading, PA is simple, yet functional. Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the building embodies the Conservancy’s belief that nature is essential to our quality of life by serving as a physical manifestation of the Conservancy’s environmental and conservation principals related to energy stewardship and sustainable development, while also connecting visitors to nature. The center will function as a community meeting place and will include classrooms and educational space.
July 3, 2014
GWWO Expands Staff
Jake Laureska has joined the GWWO team. More...
June 19, 2014
GWWO Hires Two
GWWO, Inc./Architects welcomes Jon Leo and Katie Werner to the firm. More...
June 9, 2014
GWWO Begins Relationship with Saint James School
GWWO is excited to be selected to design a new 15,000-SF fine arts facility for Saint James School in Hagerstown that will include a recital hall, multiple classrooms and practice rooms for dance, choral arts, drama, percussion and strings. GWWO will also design an addition and renovations to the existing athletic and drama facilities that will include a new gym, new scene shop and renovations to the theater, wrestling room, locker rooms, offices, and storage rooms.
May 30, 2014
GWWO Architects Mentor Morgan State Students
This semester, GWWO architects Ryan Jordan, Martina Reilly, and Kami Altman assisted Morgan State University Assistant Professor Sanjit Roy in his Architectural Detailing Class. Ryan, Martina and Kami, as well as several other architects, each presented a project from their respective offices. The class was then split up between the mentors, with GWWO assisting the students in reinterpreting an architectural detail. Over the course of the semester, the mentors and mentees met often to help develop their projects. For the final, the class came to GWWO to display their work while the mentors completed a critique.
May 15, 2014
Kaitlin Murphy Named to SMPS Maryland Board of Directors
GWWO is delighted to announce that Business Development Manager Kaitlin Murphy has been named to the 2014-2015 SMPS Maryland Board of Directors as the Director of Sponsorship. In this role, Kaitlin will be responsible for generating corporate sponsorships to fund the organization’s operations and activities. Kaitlin has been a member of SMPS Maryland since 2009 and has previously served on the Special Events and Membership Committees. She also received the 2013 SMPS Maryland Future Leader Award.
May 12, 2014
Morgan Students Draw Inspiration from GWWO Designs
This semester, sophomore students from Morgan State University’s ARCH 202 Site & Structure class drew upon GWWO designs for inspiration for their final project. During an office visit, GWWO Principal Mark Lapointe walked the students through the design of St. Mary’s Spiritual Center Visitor Center, Cylburn Arboretum Vollmer Center, and Fort McHenry Visitor Center. The students then toured the facilities, focusing on the challenges of site, structure, and program. The exercise culminated in the design of a Baltimore Athenaeum, which was then presented to a review panel that included Mark and other Morgan instructors.
April 29, 2014
Calvert Marine Museum Hosts Grand Opening
On Tuesday, April 29, Calvert Marine Museum hosted the official grand opening of its new exhibit building entrance lobby. GWWO designed the renovation to the museum’s entry sequence, which helps to foster an atmosphere of hospitality and orientation by opening up the space, bringing the exhibits forward, and expanding the museum store. Additional renovations included the conversion of the existing sloped auditorium space to a flat-floor flexible area that can be used for large school groups, community meetings, temporary exhibits, third party events, or as a lecture hall and performance space.
April 10, 2014
Garrett Park Elementary School Earns LEED Gold
GWWO is excited to announce that Garrett Park Elementary School has achieved LEED Gold Certification. The building uses an energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling system and includes a 26,000-SF green roof, sun shade system, natural daylighting, and parking spaces reserved for low-emitting cars. Additionally, low voc paints and finishes were used to mitigate the effect on the environment. The school was also the top energy performer for Montgomery County Public Schools for the period of May 2012-April 2013. This is GWWO’s third LEED Gold Certified project.
March 12, 2014
GWWO Employees Donate to the Maryland Food Bank
For the second year in a row, Senior Associate John Gregg challenged GWWO employees to bring in canned food items to donate to the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore. To add some friendly competition, the firm was split into teams to see which one could contribute the most. In typical architecture fashion, a contest was then held to see which team could build the highest can structure supported on the bottom by only one can, with the winning team creating a tower of a very impressive 79 items. Most importantly, the firm donated 500 pounds of food to the Maryland Food Bank, doubling the donation from the year before.
March 7, 2014
Work Begins for Berks Conservancy & Occoquan Regional Park
GWWO has been selected to design two new park projects. The Berks Conservancy in Reading, PA has chosen the firm to design a new 7,500-SF Environmental Exploration Center that will be an addition to a 800-SF building in Angelica Park. The new structure will function as a community meeting place and include classrooms and educational space. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority has also selected us to design a new 15,350-SF waterfront multi-purpose building at Occoquan Regional Park that will serve as a unique and attractive event rental space and feature environmental education displays, a commercial kitchen, park offices, and amenities. A 3,000-SF large group shelter is also part of the scope. Both projects will feature sustainable and low-impact elements.
March 6, 2014
GWWO Congratulates Registered Architects Amanda Palasik and Ryan Jordan!
GWWO is happy to announce that Amanda Palasik, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Ryan Jordan, AIA, LEED AP are now registered architects. Mandy has five years of experience, including two with GWWO. She holds dual Bachelor degrees in Architecture and Construction Management from Southern Polytechnic University. She has worked on a variety of projects at GWWO, including the new Port Canaveral Welcome Center in Florida, new Northwest Area Elementary School in Baltimore County, and the new Cherry Hill and CC Jackson Recreation Centers in Baltimore City.
Ryan has been part of the GWWO team for five years and has a total of nine years of experience. He received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Southern California. Ryan has worked on a range of educational projects at the firm, including Garrett Park and Wheaton Woods Elementary Schools in Montgomery County, the Towson Academic Center at Harford Community College in Bel Air, and CIPs for both Baltimore County and Charles County Public Schools.
March 3, 2014
Robinson Nature Center Wins 2014 WoodWorks Award
The GWWO designed Robinson Nature Center was named the recipient of a 2014 WoodWorks Award, which celebrates excellence in wood design. Robinson Nature Center was the winner in the Institutional Wood Design category, which recognizes the benefits of wood in applications such as libraries, municipal buildings and recreational facilities. More...
February 28, 2014
Kaitlin Murphy Rejoins GWWO
GWWO welcomes back Kaitlin Murphy as the firm's new Business Development Manager. In this new role, Kaitlin, in collaboration with the firm’s principals, will build the firm’s business development strategy from the ground up by using the firm’s existing strong portfolio, reputation and relationships to increase awareness among potential clients. Through the strategic implementation of those methods, Kaitlin will be charged with growing the firm’s presence in our target markets, both regionally and nationally. More...
February 10, 2014
Rita Church Community Center Wins Preservation Award
The Rita Church Community Center was the recipient of a 2014 Maryland Preservation Award for Excellence in Commercial/Institutional Rehabilitation. Located in Baltimore’s historic Clifton Park, the former Clifton Park Pool House was designed in 1920. Partially renovated in 2001, the lower level of the building housed pool changing and support facilities while the upper level of the building was a covered, open-air pavilion. Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks decided to enclose the old, underutilized upper level to create a new recreation center. Design included the exterior rehabilitation of the pool house in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties as well as the interior rehabilitation of the building. The new program for the center consists of a lounge, multi-purpose room, kitchen/craft room, game room, computer lab, and various support spaces. The lounge, located at the center of the building provides a tall open space that allows elements of the historic structure, such as the heavy timber trusses and masonry chimneys, to be integrated into the rehabilitation.
February 6, 2014
GWWO Hires Two
GWWO, Inc./Architects welcomes two new employees, Gretchen Wagner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Brian Weisgerber. More...
January 23, 2014
GWWO Promotes Laura Werther
The Board of Directors of GWWO, Inc./Architects has named Laura Werther a Principal of the firm. As the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, Laura has been integral to the firm’s growth, helping to build the firm from a regionally-respected 18-person office to a nationally-recognized team of 55. Her outstanding leadership has led to the development of many long term and referral client relationships and the establishment of GWWO as a leader in client service and quality design. As Principal she will join Alan Reed, FAIA, LEED AP, Paul Hume, AIA, LEED AP, Mark Lapointe, AIA, and Terry Squyres, AIA, LEED AP BD+C in the leadership of GWWO. More...
December 17, 2013
GWWO Promotes H. Robert Mock
GWWO, Inc./Architects has promoted H. Robert Mock, III, AIA to an associate position with the firm. As a registered architect, Bob joined GWWO in 2010 with ten years of experience. Since joining GWWO, his career has focused almost exclusively on educational projects. More...
December 10, 2013
Baltimore Sun Top Workplaces Ranks GWWO Third
GWWO, Inc./Architects is pleased to announced that we have been selected as one of the Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces. What’s even more exciting is that the award is a direct result of our employees’ own sentiments. The Top Workplaces ranking is determined based solely on anonymous employee feedback that is gathered from a comprehensive survey led by WorkplaceDynamics. GWWO received the Top Honor in the Employee Appreciation category as well as ranked 3rd out of 65 in the Small Employers category. More...
December 2, 2013
GWWO Wins First Place Ribbon at Annual Festival of Trees
For the fifth year in a row, GWWO employees spread holiday cheer by constructing an extravagant gingerbread house for the annual Festival of Trees. The event benefits the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland and features over 600 holiday trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses created by members of the local Baltimore community.
This year, team members were inspired by the Ravens exciting Super Bowl run, spending countless hours constructing a gingerbread replica of team’s celebration at M&T Bank Stadium. The model included sour patch kid and gummy bear spectators, nonpareil stadium lights and pretzel rod goal posts. Ravens players, referees, and fans were crafted out of fondant. Cameos were also made by the Minions from Despicable Me, SpongeBob, the Beatles, and many others.
GWWO was thrilled to win the 1st place ribbon in the Most Imaginative Theme category and is already brainstorming ideas for next year!
November 25, 2013
Robinson Nature Center Given 2013 Green/Sustainable Tourism Award
The LEED Platinum Robinson Nature Center won the Maryland Office of Tourism’s 2013 Green/Sustainable Tourism Award. The award recognizes a state tourism business or destination that has successfully implemented green practices and experienced a positive economic impact associated with those practices. The GWWO designed nature center features geothermal heating and cooling, a green roof and solar panels that together help to reduce energy use by 30%. The solar panels have generated enough electricity to save 3,632 gallons of gas, offset more than 165,475 pounds of carbon dioxide, and save over $18,000 in energy cost. Indoor water efficiency features have enabled the center to save 50% more water than other buildings of comparable size. The nature center also recycles more than 50 cubic yards of materials each year.
October 22, 2013
Port Canaveral Exploration Tower Grand Opening
The new iconic Port Canaveral Exploration Tower opens to the public on November 8. GWWO designed the 20,000-SF seven-story welcome center that features an auditorium, exhibits, multi-purpose and special event space, a gift shop and café. The seventh floor hosts an observation deck, with views overlooking the water, and the arriving and departing ships.
October 15, 2013
Amanda Palasik named to AIA National Jury
GWWO architect Amanda Palasik has been named to the 2014 AIA National Award Jury. Along with four other jury members from across the US, she will be judging six awards under the Collaborative & Professional Achievement section, namely the Associates, Collaborative Achievement, Edward C. Kemper, Thomas Jefferson, Whitney M. Young Jr., and the Young Architects awards.
October 1, 2013
GWWO Participates in Green Apple Service Day
Over the weekend, GWWO, Inc./Architects teamed up with Hampden’s Independence School Local 1 to participate in the worldwide Green Apple Day of Service. On Saturday, September 28, thousands of students, teachers, companies, organizations and individuals from around the globe worked to improve school environments through service projects. The goal of the program is to transform schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive places to learn.
Here in Baltimore, GWWO, in conjunction with several other volunteers and students, renewed the outdoor space at Independence by constructing a custom designed table and benches out of recycled wood pallets to provide additional seating areas.
September 27, 2013
GWWO is Expanding
GWWO, Inc./Architects is excited to announce our expansion! GWWO has taken over the entire third floor of the Stieff Silver building to add 2,500-SF to our current office space. With the addition of six new staff members since July, it quickly became apparent that more space was needed. Construction is slated to be finished by the end of the year and includes the addition of 14 new workstations, new conference and meeting rooms, and breakout spaces.
September 12, 2013
Four Join the GWWO Team
GWWO, Inc./Architects welcomes four new employees: Kamila Altman, AIA, Eric Baumgartner, Eileen Lorenz, LEED GA and Lauren Mitchell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. More…
August 26, 2013
Dundalk and Sollers Point High Schools Opens
Students at the new Dundalk and Sollers Point High Schools have another reason to be excited to start this year, a brand new school. The largest single project ever undertaken by Baltimore County Public Schools, this 349,365-SF complex designed by GWWO is a unique combination of two types of high schools—comprehensive and technical—increasing both efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Design of the complex used materials to distinguish between the two schools and to give each their own identity: brick for Dundalk and translucent fiberglass sandwich panel on Sollers Point. The schools are organized around the central spine of the building, which houses shared spaces—the media center, cafeteria, auditorium, and gymnasium. More...
July 23, 2013
GWWO Expands Staff
Kiersten Thomas and Nancy Hoffman have joined the team at GWWO. As communications manager, Kiersten will lead the firm’s public relations and outreach plan, manage online marketing efforts and increase the visibility of the firm. Nancy serves as administrative assistant, responsible for all aspects of office administration and project support.
July 18, 2013
GWWO Selected to Design New Frederick High School
Frederick County Public Schools has selected GWWO for the design of a new Frederick High School in response to the feasibility study that GWWO completed in 2012. The existing school will be completely demolished and a new 260,000-SF school will be built northwest of the existing building. Design will continue through winter of 2014 with construction anticipated to begin in July 2015. Students will continue their education in the current building, until the new facility is finished. The new building will accommodate 1,600 students and is anticipated to be LEED Silver for Schools Certified.
July 15, 2013
Rita R. Church Community Center Opens
The first phase of the two part renovation to Baltimore’s Rita R. Church Community Center, located in the Clifton Park neighborhood, had its grand opening today. GWWO worked with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks to design the exterior restoration, interior rehabilitation and expansion.
The facility is now able to serve as a multi-use community recreation center with the addition of locker rooms, a computer lab/learning center, game and craft rooms, fitness and support spaces, and a 2,000–SF multi-purpose room. The second phase of the design will incorporate a new 11,892-SF gymnasium with associated storage and support.
When both phases are complete, the new center will be 29,504-SF and will incorporate sustainable design elements, including an extensive green roof, geothermal heating and cooling system and sustainable materials.
July 15, 2013
GWWO Selected as Architect for new Northern High School
Calvert County Public Schools selected GWWO to design a replacement school for Northern High. The new facility will accommodate 1,500 students and will be CCPS’s first LEED project, with a goal of Silver certification. The plan calls for construction of a new 200,000-SF school and the interior renovations and addition of 3,800-SF to the current arts center. In an innovative move for a high school, the design incorporates a central quad that will serve as the heart of the campus. New vehicular traffic patterns will create clearer and safer site circulation for cars, buses and pedestrians. GWWO’s design allows for the current facility to stay open while the new school is under construction.
July 12, 2013
GWWO Designs Top Rated Energy Performer
New data shows that Garrett Park Elementary School was the top energy performer for Montgomery County Public Schools for the period of May 2012-April 2013. Energy performance was reported at a very economical 32 kBtu per square foot. GWWO designed the 75,250-SF addition to the school, which replaced 75% of the existing structure. The school expects to achieve Silver LEED for Schools Certification.
July 1, 2013
Terry Squyres Named President of the Board of Trustees for The Contemporary
Terry Squyres, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal at GWWO, has been named the President of the Board of Trustees of The Contemporary. The Contemporary is a catalyst for artistic innovation and the creation and presentation of the art of our times. The Contemporary will return to its nomadic beginnings in Fall 2013, and will again foster meaningful experiences with art and artists and actively engage a diverse audience in experiences of contemporary art that are unexpected, challenging and inspiring.
"Baltimore's Contemporary Museum Reopens with New Director" - by Kriston Capps, Art in America, July 17, 2013
May 30, 2013
Ground Broken for Towson University in Northeastern Maryland
Ground was broken May 30th for the new academic center that is central to a partnership between Towson University, Harford Community College and Cecil College. Located on the campus of Harford Community College and designed by GWWO with associated design architects ikon.5, the new facility will house state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, offices and space for a variety of student-focused educational, social and cultural events. The new facility's convenient location will allow students in northeastern Maryland to enroll in specific degree programs or earn credit for electives offered by Towson University closer to home.
May 20, 2013
GWWO Continues Relationship with the University of Maryland Baltimore
GWWO is excited to be extending our relationship with the University of Maryland Baltimore as we begin our third consecutive on-call architectural/engineering services contract for academic projects. GWWO was one of seven firms that was awarded a contract that will run through March of 2016.
April 23, 2013
GWWO Begins Work on Baltimore County Public Schools CIP
GWWO begins work this month with Baltimore County Public Schools to develop a long-term Capital Improvement Plan for the school system. While previously developed plans have responded primarily to failure of critical infrastructure in school buildings, this new plan will address enrollment trends within specific communities and will take a bigger picture look at programmatic and learning priorities. The plan will provide a framework for developing system-wide priorities focused on delivering high quality educational programming that ensures appropriate and flexible learning environments for students and staff while also weighing financial considerations.
March 9, 2013
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Breaks Ground
Ground was broken Saturday, March 9th for the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Visitor Center. The new visitor center will feature a series of exhibit galleries and a 50-seat film experience area intended to immerse visitors in the story of Tubman's life, taking them on a journey from her childhood through to her efforts associated with the Underground Railroad resistance movement. The building will be LEED Silver Certified and the design features a green roof, recycled materials, energy efficient lighting and water conservation techniques. An outdoor memorial garden, interpretive trails and a picnic pavilion are also planned for the 17-acre site.
February 28, 2013
GWWO Gearing Up for Local Color Run
This May, a dozen GWWO employees, along with their friends and family members, will take to the streets of Baltimore for The Color Run 5K. The run will benefit the Cool Kids Campaign, a program that provides kids with cancer a higher quality of life for themselves and their families while facing the challenges of cancer. Throughout the run, the GWWO team will be showered with various colors at different points throughout the running route, creating an explosion of color on all participants! GWWO looks forward to being a part of the newest color phenomenon that has included over 600,000 participants since 2012.
February 22, 2013
Employees Take Part in National Canned Food Month
During the month of February, John Gregg, a senior associate with the firm, challenged GWWO employees to participate in National Canned Food Month by bringing in canned food items. To add some friendly competition, individual boxes for each of our internal “teams” were set up to see which team could contribute the most canned food items. In typical architecture fashion, a contest to see which team could build the highest “canned structure” commenced at the end of the drive – with the winning team’s design coming in at a towering 71 inches. By the end of the month, GWWO employees were able to donate over 244 pounds of canned food items to the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore.
January 2, 2013
GWWO Promotes Four Employees
GWWO has promoted four employees in recognition of their skills, expertise and commitment to the firm. Eric G. Feiss, AIA, LEED AP and Nancy E. Nes, AIA have been named senior associate positions and Sharon L. Day, AIA, LEED AP and Brian D. Eschman, AIA are now associates.
December 20, 2012
GWWO Wins Ribbon at Annual Festival of Trees Event
GWWO employees spread holiday cheer again this year by constructing an extravagant gingerbread house for the Festival of Trees event November 25-27. The annual event benefits the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and features over 500 holiday trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses created by members of the local Baltimore community.
This year, members of the gingerbread-making team spent countless hours constructing a gingerbread replica of the Pagoda in Baltimore’s Patterson Park. The model included jolly rancher stained glass windows, pretzel railings, and rice crispy grass, as well as fondant holiday trees, sleds, snowmen, and even the Oriole Bird! Special appearances throughout the gingerbread scene were also made by Joe Flacco, SpongeBob Square Pants, Ralphie from A Christmas Story, the Sesame Street cast, and many other fan favorites.
GWWO was delighted to win the 3rd place ribbon in the Traditional Christmas category and looks forward to participating in the event again next year.
December 12, 2012
GWWO Joins the AIA 2030 Commitment
In December 2012, GWWO registered as a participant in the AIA 2030 Commitment, a growing national initiative that helps firms to evaluate the impact design decisions have on an individual project’s energy performance. GWWO has committed to a leadership role in reducing energy consumption by implementing a variety of measures, including reducing environmental impact of firm operations, setting sustainable design goals for all projects, measuring and tracking the energy efficiency of all designs, and instituting staff training and education. GWWO’s Sustainability Committee will ensure that all staff members are invested in the firm’s sustainable design goals and contribute to their achievement. The overall goal of GWWO’s participation in the AIA 2030 Commitment is to become a leader in the move to carbon neutrality by the year 2030.
November 26, 2012
GWWO Expands Staff
Judson Hornfeck and Martina Reilly have joined the GWWO team. Judson serves as an intern architect, contributing to project design aspects such as predesign, architectural renderings and construction documentation. Martina joins GWWO as an architectural designer, responsible for the daily design and technical development of projects.
November 6, 2012
GWWO Begins JHU School of Nursing Programming Study
GWWO recently began a programming and space utilization study for the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. The study will analyze the use of all spaces distributed throughout five buildings on the School of Nursing’s campus. The study’s goal is to provide the school’s administration with a clear understanding of how efficiently their current space is used and how they can plan for future growth. GWWO will provide planning services to document the School of Nursing’s current space, translate projected needs into an architectural program, and develop options for accommodating future growth. The study is expected to be completed in April 2013.
October 5, 2012
The Cade Museum of Creativity + Invention Unveils GWWO Architects' Design
Following a national design competition, GWWO has been selected as architect for the new Cade Museum of Creativity + Invention in Gainesville, Florida. The museum design was unveiled on the anniversary of Dr. Robert Cade's 85th birthday at the newly renovated Depot Building at Depot Park, which will serve as the Museum's site. Dr. Cade is most well-known for leading the University of Florida team that invented Gatorade®. The new museum, designed as a metaphor of the human brain, will be completed in phases. The first phase will be a 21,000-SF facility and is scheduled to be completed by 2015. Phase II will be an addition of 24,000-SF making the total museum 45,000-SF. For more information on the design of the Cade Museum of Creativity + Invention click here.
September 29, 2012
GWWO Employees Volunteer at Green Apple Service Day
This September, members of GWWO’s staff organized Green Apple Service Day as part of the Baltimore Chapter AIA’s Emerging Professional’s Committee. The Service Day was conceived to pair teams of design professionals with Arlington Elementary and Middle Schools to improve the schools’ outdoor environments. Prior to the event, GWWO hosted a design charrette which involved landscape architects, designers and architects, as well as local architecture students, to develop a custom design for planter benches to be built in front of the team’s school partner. GWWO members worked in conjunction with several other volunteers and sponsors to help students install native and drought tolerant-grasses and flowers in the cells of the planters to give a little more pizzazz to the school’s landscape. The students anticipate painting the planters and benches to brighten up their school’s appearance.
July 15, 2012
Port Canaveral Welcome Center Breaks Ground
GWWO Architects, with our client the Canaveral Port Authority, is excited to announce that ground was broken this week for the new Port Canaveral Welcome Center in Brevard County, Florida. The iconic new 20,000-SF Port Canaveral Welcome Center expresses the common characteristics—transience, function and imagery-of Brevard County, Florida’s many stories: cruising, the space coast, the military, nature, and beaches.
June 4, 2012
GWWO Sand Sculpture is People's Choice!
Members of the GWWO team get down in the sand each summer for the annual City Sand competition in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, hosted by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation. In keeping with the “Sailabration Celebration” theme of the weekend, the 2012 sand competition was centered on the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812.
Sharon Day, Sarah Gratz, Mandy Palasik, Ryan Jordan, Patrick Fava, and Linda Durand worked diligently to sculpt the scene of a 19th century cannon blasting out an American flag, using only sand and water. The team added a Baltimore Orioles “O” to incorporate the “Star Spangled Banner’” famous line, “O say can you see,” as well as the face of “Boh,” Baltimore’s National Bohemian beer, on the cannon balls.
The GWWO team was awarded the People’s Choice Award for their creative, Baltimore-themed design. This award was based on the votes of the more than 10,000 visitors to this year’s “Sailabration.” Congratulations to the 2012 City Sand team!
For additional images of GWWO’s award-winning sculpture, please click here.
May 21, 2012
GWWO Expands Staff
Brian Dunn, Taylor Metcalf, and Ashleigh Wagner have joined the GWWO team. Brian serves as a construction specialist, assisting design teams with quality control and constructability reviews and providing field services for GWWO projects. Taylor joins GWWO as an intern architect and provides design and production support for a variety of cultural and educational projects. As marketing coordinator, Ashleigh assists with all aspects of the firm’s marketing, promotion and business development efforts.
May 5, 2012
Fort McHenry Visitor Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification
The new Visitor Center at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine has been recognized by the US Green Building Council with LEED Gold Certification. The building utilizes an energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling system, as well as numerous other measures that contribute to energy and water conservation. Materials with high recycled content were also specified, and all of the building's brick façade was constructed of surplus brick that had been manufactured in the 1990s to replicate and repair the historic Fort masonry.
April 13, 2012
NJ Historic Sites Council Approves Expansion Plan for Historic Morven
GWWO’s design for a new interpretive center on the 4.5 acre site of Morven Museum & Gardens was approved by the New Jersey Historic Sites Council in late April. This article provides more details about the plans for the new building.
March 13, 2012
GWWO Begins New K-12 Projects
GWWO is excited to have been selected for several new K-12 educational projects. In June the firm will begin work with Frederick County Public Schools on a feasibility study to explore renovation and improvement options for Frederick High School. The firm also recently began work with Montgomery County Public Schools on a feasibility study to assess potential opportunities for an addition to Kensington-Parkwood Elementary School—a school that opened in 2006 and was also designed by GWWO. We are also fortunate to continue our work with Baltimore City Public Schools and are currently working on media center renovations at several schools.
March 5, 2012
GWWO Hires Three
GWWO is pleased to welcome Mickey Barkuloo, Patrick Fava, and Amanda Palasik to our team. Mickey serves as the firm’s receptionist and administrative assistant, bringing 20 years of professional office services to the firm. Pat joins the team as the firm’s graphics specialist and will be responsible for the production of renderings, walk-thrus and other graphic materials to support project design and presentation needs, as well as firm marketing and related activities. Amanda Palasik serves as an intern architect and provides design and production support for a variety of institutional and public projects underway within the firm.
February 15, 2012
Robinson Nature Center is LEED Platinum
GWWO and Howard County are thrilled to celebrate the LEED Platinum Certification of the Robinson Nature Center. Platinum level certification is the highest level of recognition awarded by the US Green Building County and the nature center is only the third public building in Maryland to earn this distinction. More…
February 6, 2012
GWWO Awarded UMCP Contract
GWWO is excited to be among the firms selected from a pool of forty-two applicants to provide A/E services for renovation and new construction projects under a master contract with the University of Maryland College Park for the next five year. Projects may be on the UMCP campus or others within the University System of Maryland and the contracts have a potential value of $2M per year for each firm selected. More…
January 25, 2012
Towson University West Village Commons Earns LEED Gold Certification
West Village Commons is the first building on the Towson University campus to be certified as LEED Gold. The building includes energy efficient features such as natural lighting, numerous water conservation measures, and a green roof. The project’s design further preserves, integrates and embraces the existing specimen Elm tree, one of the largest and oldest in the state, located on the east side of the project site. It was important to both the University and the design team that the tree remain, and it grows next to the new building as a unique testament to the site’s sustainability. More…
January 14, 2012
Robinson Nature Center Wins Sustainability Award
The Robinson Nature Center has been recognized with an award under the Sustainable Buildings New Construction category from the Maryland Chapter of the US Green Building Council. The award was presented January 26th at the Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building, the organization’s seventh annual celebration recognizing excellence and innovation in green building design. More…
January 8, 2012
Severna Park High School Design Underway
Plans for the new 309,000-SF Severna Park High School are well underway. GWWO senior associate and project manager John Easterling presented the design to parents and the community on January 17th. More…
October 24, 2011
Design of Two Recreation Centers Begins
GWWO recently began working with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks on two recreation center projects. For the Cherry Hill neighborhood we are designing a new 20,000-SF center adjacent to the community elementary school, and at the existing C.C. Jackson Recreation Center renovations and additions will enhance and expand the center to 18,200-SF. Both buildings will house a gymnasium, multi-purpose room, computer lab/learning center, game and craft rooms, activity rooms, a dance studio, locker rooms and a kitchen.
October 9, 2011
Washington College Continues Relationship with GWWO
Washington College has again selected GWWO to meet campus design needs. After an initial program evaluation and development process, the firm recently began work on design of an addition to the College’s existing fitness center that will expand workout space and also provide a new entry for the center. GWWO previously designed the renovation and expansion of both the Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts and Hodson Hall Commons on the campus, and we are excited to continue our relationship with Washington College.
September 15, 2011
Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks Awards GWWO On-Call Contract
GWWO was awarded one of two Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks On-Call Contracts to provide Architectural Services over the next three years. Work for the Department includes planning and design for renovations, expansion and improvements to City recreational facilities, park buildings and related projects.
July 22, 2011
GWWO and Howard County Await the Opening of the New Robinson Nature Center
Robinson Nature Center, designed to be the first LEED Platinum building in Howard County, Maryland, is scheduled to open September 2011. The nature center features interior exhibits, classrooms, a large multi-purpose room and a 33' diameter domed "Naturesphere" theater. Outside, visitors can access walking trails which bring you throughout the property. More…
June 5, 2011
Congratulations to GWWO Principal David G. Wright!
David Gilmore Wright, FAIA, principal architect at GWWO, received the 22nd Annual Ewell L. Newman Award from the American Historical Print Collectors Society for his two volume book, Domestic and Wild: Peter Moran's Images of America. More…
April 6, 2011
GWWO to Design New Welcome Center
GWWO has been chosen to design a new welcome center in Port Canaveral, Florida. The Canaveral Cove Welcome Center is scheduled to open in 2013, and is part of a $60 million initiative to revitalize the Cove and support the booming tourism industry in the Port and surrounding areas. More…
March 15, 2011
Kaitlin Murphy Promoted
Kaitlin M. Murphy has been promoted to the position of Marketing Coordinator at GWWO. More…
March 12, 2011
Fort McHenry Visitor Center Opens to the Public
GWWO is proud to announce the grand opening of the new Visitor Center at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. The new facility, on track to receive LEED Silver certification, opened its doors to excited crowds during the grand opening celebration attended by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and family as well as Governor Martin O'Malley, among others. More…
February 18, 2011
Alan Reed and David Wright made Fellows of the AIA
GWWO is proud to announce that Alan Reed, FAIA, LEED AP and David Wright, FAIA, LEED AP have been named Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA awards to a member. Alan is distinguished for his contributions in interpretive center design that have transformed visitor experiences nationwide. This work explores the essence of context, resulting in engaging, inspirational, and evocative structures that embody, rather than simply contain, the stories being told. David is acknowledged for his work in historic preservation. He has dedicated his career to preserving and reinvigorating historic buildings of national significance, through rigorous research and creative, sensitive design interventions, while showing great respect for the original architects’ and builders’ intentions. Congratulations to Alan and David!
January 25, 2011
Terry Squyres and Chris Elcock Promoted
Terry Squyres, AIA, LEED AP has become a Principal of GWWO and Chris Elcock, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP has been promoted to the position of Senior Associate. More…
January 16, 2011
GWWO Conducting Feasibility Study for Severna Park High School
GWWO is currently working with Anne Arundel County Public Schools to complete a feasibility study for Severna Park High School. GWWO established a set of goals for the project which includes: creating a flexible facility which promotes the identity and image of the school, and developing a vernacular to facilitate instructional groupings and collaborative experiences. The study resulted in three options for instructionally sound and cost effective alternatives for the improvement of the high school.
January 9, 2011
Terry Squyres Elected to Board of Trustees at Contemporary Museum
Board president Pamela Berman says “Terry is an invaluable addition to an already strong and diverse board that will carry the Contemporary Museum soundly into the future. As the museum moves into its third decade and explores its physical presence in Baltimore, the rich and informed perspectives of our board members will provide the insight and inspiration we need to move forward.”
December 11, 2010
Killens Pond Nature Center Recognized by the USGBC
The Killens Pond State Park Nature Center has won an award under the Sustainable Buildings New Construction category from the Maryland Chapter of the US Green Building Council. The award will be presented at the Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building annual celebration.
October 24, 2010
GWWO Receives Top Honors at Baltimore AIA Design Awards
GWWO’s DuPont Environmental Education Center has been awarded the Baltimore AIA’s Grand Design Award as part of their 2010 Design Awards program. This is the highest honor for the awards program. The jury stated, in part, “It epitomizes how playful architecture can be. It is a joy to imagine yourself in this building!” GWWO served as the Design Architects on the team of Becker Morgan Group for this project.
October 18, 2010
GWWO to Perform Study for the Academy of Music
The Academy of Music in Philadelphia has hired GWWO to perform a conditions assessment and maintenance study. The study includes review of historic building drawings, assessment of existing building fabric, structure, systems and code compliance, development of a recommended schedule for future maintenance work, as well as capital improvements, and estimates of probable construction cost.
October 13, 2010
Dundalk and Sollers Point High Schools Groundbreaking
Groundbreaking for the new Dundalk and Sollers Point High Schools was celebrated on October 28th. With a student capacity of nearly 1900 students, the 360,000 square-foot comprehensive high school and technology high school will open in 2013.
May 25, 2010
The Vollmer Visitor Center at Cylburn Arboretum is Now Open
A quiet presence in the landscape, the new 10,000 square-foot Vollmer Center is sited to take advantage of the views and the rolling landscape. The visitor center provides an orientation point for visitors to the Cylburn Arboretum as well as a 250 seat multipurpose space for lectures and events. Emphasizing the use of sustainable techniques, the facility includes an “extensive” green roof over half of the building, geothermal heating and cooling, composting toilets, a rain screen, natural ventilation and many sustainable materials.
April 12, 2010
Three Join GWWO
Noel Rupprecht, a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, has joined GWWO’s architectural team. Noel was a Founder’s Scholar while at Syracuse and is a member of the AIA Baltimore Lecture Series Committee. She is currently a member of the design team for Dundalk/Sollers Point High School.
Tracey L. Brown, CSI, CDT, brings over 28 years of experience to GWWO’s construction and production resource department. Tracey worked at CSD Architects as a Specifications Manager where she organized and reviewed completeness and consistency of Project Manuals and Addenda for all projects. Tracey also met with product representative to update reference library materials, and researched references sited in the master specifications and numerous projects for accuracy and consistency. She contributes her expertise in maintaining the master specifications and related procedures including revisions to the specification sections while keeping up-to-date manufacturer’s products and materials and communicating the findings to the various project teams.
Susan Conway comes to the GWWO architectural team with several years experience in residential, and multi-family housing design work. She serves on the Historic Resources Committee for the Baltimore Chapter of the AIA. Susan received a Masters of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the College of William & Mary. At GWWO she is a member of the design team for Dundalk/Sollers Point High School.
March 23, 2010
GWWO Selected to Design Morven Interpretive Center
GWWO is working with the Morven Museum and Garden to design a new interpretive center adjacent to the historic Morven Mansion. The design required review and re-evaluation of a 2008 Master Plan subsequently improving way-finding and the experience at the site for the public. The Center will house ticketing, interpretation, a large multi-purpose event space, a gift shop, and related support spaces. The new facility will have a welcoming character and reinforce the strong relationship to the surrounding gardens.
March 15, 2010
Two GWWO Projects Receive AIA Delaware Design Awards
AIA Delaware has recognized two of GWWO's design projects as part of their 2010 Design Awards program. The new DuPont Environmental Education Center at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge received an Honor Award and was one of only two buildings recognized at this highest level. GWWO served as the Design Architects on the team of Becker Morgan Group for this project. The new Killens Pond Nature Center within Killens Pond State Park was also selected and received a Citation Award.
February 25, 2010
Killens Pond Nature Center is LEED Silver
The Killens Pond State Park Nature Center has earned LEED Silver Certification granted by the US Green Building Council. Sustainable elements within the building include rainwater recovery and reuse, geothermal heating and cooling, and on-site wastewater treatment through a composting toilet system. The large amount of glass also allows ample daylighting and views to the exterior, while the lower level corridor acts as a thermal mass, providing substantial natural heat retention through the winter months. For images and more information about the project, please click here.
November 13, 2009
GWWO to Work with the National Archives and Records Administration
GWWO has been awarded a five year Indefinite Quantity Indefinite Delivery IDIQ Contract to provide design and related services for National Archives and Records Administration NARA facilities nationwide. Projects under this contract may support all existing and future NARA facilities, including Presidential Libraries, Regional Archives, Federal Records Centers, the National Archives Building, and Archives II.
October 16, 2009
The Chestertown Spy - Architecture That Sings & Dances
"The new Gibson Center for the Arts doesn’t just change the campus – it changes Washington College. Really, it changes Chestertown. Now there are New York-class venues…"
October 14, 2009
The Chestertown Spy - WC Arts Finds a Home
"…for the first time in the College’s long history, the performing and visual arts finally have an exceptional home to call their own."
October 4, 2009
David Tremblay Joins GWWO as Construction Administration Team Leader
David W. Tremblay, LEED AP has joined GWWO, Inc./Architects as construction administration team leader. David has twelve years of experience as an architect, with a significant background in educational and institutional projects. More…
September 21, 2009
Harpers Ferry Train Station Wins AIA Maryland Design Award
AIA Maryland has recognized GWWO's work on the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic Harpers Ferry Train Station with a Citation Award. The jury commented that the project represented a "labor of love" and demonstrated "meticulous research and restoration."
August 29, 2009
Robinson Nature Center Groundbreaking
Ground breaking for the new $10.5M Robinson Nature Center was celebrated on August 29th. The new 24,000-SF facility will immerse visitors in nature, inviting them to explore and experience the environment around them and promoting an ethic of stewardship of the land. The building, which is planned to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, will include an amphitheater, classrooms, exhibits, and a 50-seat "NatureSphere." Construction will proceed through 2010, with opening planned for early 2011. More…
August 23, 2009
The Baltimore Sun - Seton Hill offers a glimpse into Baltimore's early days
"[The new Visitor Center] is a masterful reuniting of several old structures. It's also a structure that doesn't call attention to itself while bringing all the museum amenities to this worthy setting."
August 14, 2009
The Catholic Review - Splendid new visitor center at St. Mary's Spiritual Center and Historic Site
"Sunlight streaked through the stained-glass windows of the historic chapel on the grounds of the St. Mary’s Spiritual Center and Historic Site Sept. 13."
August 7, 2009
GWWO Names New Marketing Coordinator and Financial Administrator; Three New Employees Also Welcomed
Kyle J. Isfalt and Amanda A. Jelks have been named to new positions, and Ryan D. Jordan, Jansen Moon, and Kaitlin M. Murphy have joined the team at GWWO, Inc./Architects. More…
July 14, 2009
Gunpowder Falls State Park Project Achieves LEED Silver Certification
GWWO is pleased to announce that the Hammerman Area Services building within Gunpowder Falls State Park has achieved LEED Silver Certification bestowed by the US Green Building Council. The facility, which opened in 2007 and houses concessions and comfort facilities to serve the site's many visitors, incorporates rainwater collection and reuse, ground source heating and cooling, recycled and recyclable construction materials, passive systems for light and ventilation, and the reintroduction of native species to the site, among other sustainable features.
April 21, 2009
GWWO Working on Two New Museum Projects
GWWO is excited to have begun work with two new museum clients—the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomon's, Maryland and the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine in Portland, Maine. For the Calvert Marine Museum, GWWO is designing improvements to the Museum's main lobby, auditorium, and education spaces. With the Children's Museum & Theatre, the firm is working to design renovations to the institution's existing facilities, as well as an addition to house a new black box theatre and additional exhibits.
January 12, 2009
GWWO Selected to Design new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park
GWWO was recently selected to work with the State of Maryland on the creation of a landmark center where visitors can immerse themselves in the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park will include a 15,000-SF Visitor/Interpretive Center that is anticipated to achieve LEED Silver Certification, a memorial garden, two Picnic pavilions, an information kiosk, and related parking and site improvements.
December 11, 2008
Catherine W. Jones McKann Center Opens
The new Catherine W. Jones McKann Center at the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia has opened. The project, for which GWWO worked with the Museum to design and oversee the implementation of adaptive reuse plans, involved the exterior restoration and interior rehabilitation of an historic 1927 bank complex to house new gallery, educational, and retail spaces for the Museum.
October 20, 2008
Terry Squyres and Eric Feiss Promoted
Terry Squyres has been named an Associate Principal of GWWO and Eric Feiss was promoted to the position of Associate. More…
August 29, 2008
Three Join GWWO
Bryan Fisher, Bivek Poudyal, and Bill Melluish have joined the architectural team at GWWO, Inc./Architects. More…
August 11, 2008
Hampton Mansion Project Wins Baltimore County Historical Trust Preservation Project Award
GWWO's work with the National Park Service at Hampton National Historic Site has been selected to receive a Preservation Project Award given by the Baltimore County Historical Trust. This is the project's second award; it was also recognized with a 2007 Preservation Maryland Stewardship Award.
August 4, 2008
GWWO Projects Win AIA Baltimore Design Awards; Ford Orientation Center Takes Top Prize
The Ford Orientation Center at George Washington's Mount Vernon took top prize at this year's annual AIA Baltimore Design Awards, winning the Grand Design Award. Calling the project "an incredible professional achievement," the jury noted that the Center is "built beautifully into the landscape" and that "timeless detailing is used well throughout." GWWO's unbuilt design for the National Sailing Hall of Fame was also recognized with an award.
June 8, 2008
MICA Project Wins Baltimore Heritage Historic Preservation Award
Baltimore Heritage recognized GWWO's recent renovation to the Maryland Institute College of Art Mount Royal Train Station with an Historic Preservation Award at their annual event June 26th. The organization's awards program honors the city's best preservation projects and the people who have worked to save Baltimore's historic places this year.
April 28, 2008
Paul Hume and Mark Lapointe Named Principals of GWWO
Paul Hume and Mark Lapointe, both employees of GWWO for more than a decade, have been named Principals of the firm. Paul and Mark have been integral to establishing GWWO as a leader in client service and design quality. Their appointment to principals signifies GWWO’s continued commitment to our cultural and education clients and positions the firm for ongoing success, now and in the future. More…
March 18, 2008
Ground Broken for Petersburg National Battlefield Visitor Contact Station
Ground was broken on March 28th for the new visitor contact station at the Five Forks area of Petersburg National Battlefield. Designed within the regional vernacular, the new center tells the story of the Battle of Five Forks, the penultimate battle of the Civil War.
February 16, 2008
GWWO Selected to Design New Towson University West Village Commons Building
The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract for GWWO to design the new West Village Commons Building at Towson University. The $29.9M, 85,000-SF facility will support the dining and student services needs of the campus’ West Village precinct. Envisioned as the iconic anchor and landmark center of this campus residential community, the new building will also be designed to achieve Silver-level LEED Certification.
January 23, 2008
Design of Washington College Hodson Hall Underway
GWWO is excited to be working with Washington College on the design of an addition and renovations to Hodson Hall, the College’s main campus dining and student services facility. The project involves a 40,000-SF addition to house dining seating for 600, student lounge and game rooms spaces, and offices for student activities, student government, and the campus newspaper, as well as sensitive upgrades to the original historic building.
January 8, 2008
Mount Vernon Project Wins Prestigious Thea Award
The Donald W. Reynolds Education Center at George Washington’s Mount Vernon has been recognized with a 2008 Thea Award. The annual Thea Awards, given by the Themed Entertainment Association, “recognize and honor excellence in the creation of outstanding visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places,” says TEA president Nick Farmer. The Education Center at Mount Vernon, which was named in the museum category, was one of just 17 award recipients, selected from 120 nominations. More…
December 18, 2007
Chris Weston Joins GWWO
Chris Weston has joined GWWO as a project architect. He brings seven years experience to the firm and is currently working on a major expansion and renovation to Southgate Elementary School in Anne Arundel County.
October 24, 2007
Two GWWO Projects Recognized with AIA Baltimore Design Awards
AIA Baltimore recognized the designs of the new Killens Pond Nature Center and the new Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center with design awards at their annual awards celebration on October 19th.
October 24, 2007
AIArchitect - Inspired by the Flag
“Fort McHenry’s new visitor center will lift all eyes to the Star Spangled Banner.” More…
September 28, 2007
Mount Vernon Projects Earn AIA Maryland Design Awards
The new Ford Orientation Center and new Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center , both at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, were recognized with design awards at AIA Maryland’s annual awards celebration on September 25th.
September 28, 2007
David Wright Speaks at North American Print Conference
GWWO Principal David Wright was one of just fifteen speakers selected to address museum curators and prints experts from across the United States at the 2007 North American Print Conference. The subject of his talk, artist-etcher Peter Moran, is the youngest member of the well-known Moran family of American artists. David is also currently writing a book about Moran.
September 28, 2007
Alan Reed Receives Ball State University Alumni Award
GWWO president Alan Reed was selected as a 2007 recipient of the Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning Award of Outstanding Achievement. The award is given annually to Ball State Alumni who demonstrate outstanding success in their field, and who are making significant contributions to their profession and to society.
September 21, 2007
AIArchitect - Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center Provides a Museum Experience
“New Civil War battlefield visitor center combines artifacts with modern design.” More…
September 21, 2007
AIArchitect - Mount Vernon Graciously Enhances the Visitor Experience
“Two new facilities blend harmoniously with the Virginia plantation and its surroundings.” More…
September 21, 2007
The Baltimore Sun - Another Source of Inspiration
“New Fort McHenry Visitor Center is something to sing about.”
September 13, 2007
The Baltimore Sun - A New Look Emerges for Fort McHenry
“Architects unveil final design for much larger visitor center to open on historic site in 2010." - An article by Edward Gunts, Sun Architecture Critic, published on September 7, 2007
September 8, 2007
The Daily Record - New center to fix glaring inadequacy at Fort McHenry
“Replacement for old building will be able to accommodate 650,000 tourists a year.” - An article by Daily Record reporter Louis Llovio published on September 7, 2007
September 8, 2007
Fort McHenry Visitor Center Design Unveiled
The design for the new Visitor & Education Center at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine was unveiled last night at an event which also honored Senators Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski with the Francis Scott Key Award. More…
September 8, 2007
Three Join GWWO Staff
Erin E. Anello, Amanda J. Brown and Michael N. Tillman have joined GWWO, Inc./Architects. More…
August 12, 2007
Daniel Z. Gibson Performing Arts Center Construction Underway
Construction is underway at Washington College on a major renovation and expansion to the Daniel Z. Gibson Performing Arts Center, which features the 440-seat Tawes Theater, a 175-seat Experimental Theater and a 200-seat Recital Hall. The changes to the building, which is prominently situated on the campus’ main academic square, will put the arts “on stage” and engage the larger campus community.
July 18, 2007
Mark Lapointe Named Board President of the Friends of Patterson Park
GWWO associate principal Mark Lapointe, a board member of the Friends of Patterson Park since 2005, has been elected president of the organization for 2007-2008.
July 4, 2007
Barstow Elementary School Groundbreaking
Construction is underway for this new 75,000-SF school in Calvert County, which will open in 2008. The school, which will support dramatic growth in the county, includes 30 classrooms for grades pre-K through 5, a gymnasium, a cafetorium, art and music rooms, a media center and computer labs.
May 26, 2007
Homestead Heritage Center Opens
The new Heritage Center at Homestead National Monument of America was dedicated on the 145th Anniversary of the signing of the Homestead Act into Law. More…
February 13, 2007
Baltimore Magazine - Visitors Welcome
“A Baltimore company is about to give Fort McHenry’s 47-year old visitors’ center a long-needed overhaul.” More…
February 3, 2007
GWWO Names Two New Senior Associates
Mike Bosiacki and John Easterling, both GWWO project managers, have been named senior associates of the firm. More…
November 29, 2006
Virginia Review - New Vision and Facilities Transform Washington's Mount Vernon Estate
“A campaign to rejuvenate George Washington’s reputation and expand and revitalize facilities at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens was the focus of grand “reopening” to the public in the fall of 2006.” More…
October 14, 2006
The Washington Post - At Mount Vernon, New Centers Offer Lessons in Harmony
“The two new centers convincingly show that designing contextually harmonious, visually rich architecture does not depend on importing trendy aesthetic formulas or ideologies, nor on replicating historic architectural styles.” More…
October 14, 2006
Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge Education Center Wins Design Award
AIA Baltimore recognized the design for the new Education Center with an Honor Award at their annual design awards event held October 20th. More…
October 14, 2006
Contract Magazine - Natural Connection
“Situated at the transition between the forest and pond, the $4.37-million facility will enable the park to offer expanded programs and to better interpret the pond’s natural environment.”
September 23, 2006
Killens Pond Nature Center Groundbreaking
An early October groundbreaking has been scheduled for the new Nature Center at Killens Pond State Park in Felton, Delaware. The project, which will seek Silver LEED Certification, will take 15 months to construct and will open in December 2007. More…
September 23, 2006
Baltimore Business Journal - Making Plans
“Baltimore architectural firm GWWO was just holding its own – until a fateful Ocean City strategy session put it in high gear…” More…
September 23, 2006
David Wright Elected to AHPCS Board
GWWO principal David Wright, a historical etchings scholar who has published a book about the work of R. Swain Gifford, has been elected as a Director to the Board of the American Historical Print Collectors Society. More…
April 12, 2006
Homestead Heritage Center Groundbreaking
Ground was broken today for the new Homestead Heritage Center at Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska. The new 10,600-SF facility will commemorate the Homestead Act of 1862, one of the most significant and enduring events in the westward expansion of the United States. More…
January 26, 2006
Alan Reed Named President of GWWO
Alan Reed, a principal of the firm since 1998, has been name President of GWWO, Inc./Architects. Paul Hume and Mark Lapointe, also long-term members of the firm, have been named Associate Principals. More…