Though the formal entrance to the historic church faces Cheverly Avenue, the majority of building occupants enter into the ‘Educational Wing’ through the parking lot entrance. The existing materials (concrete block, stained acoustical ceiling tile, torn vinyl flooring) presented the design challenge. How does this space, that will always be concrete block, become welcoming to the building users. A new environment was designed using durable tile flooring, a bright color scheme, new ceiling and lighting to transform the space. Many of the visitors use the four level fire stair to access their activities rather than the elevator. Color was introduced to create a sense of direction and arrival.
As Project Manager, Architect, Interior Designer and Development Director, HD2 played a key role in raising over $450k for restoration, historic preservation and energy efficiency improvements. Our dynamic team implemented the design phases, bid process, contract negotiations and construction administration of multiple projects of varying scope and scale. We managed this process with a large user group and multiple client representatives. Ultimately, HD2 facilitated the successful application of several grant awards, historic designation and a MD State Bond Bill.