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Waterfront Warehouse to Multifamily Mecca

Engineers Discuss The Dynamic Adaptive Reuse Project
Elms Fells Point

This week, our Structures and Marine engineers had the opportunity to showcase McLaren’s extensive adaptive reuse work on the now complete Elms Fells Point, at ASCE Maryland’s November Section meeting.

Playing a pivotal role in the conversion, David McLaren, PE, VP of Structural Engineering, Brian Riggs, PE, Structural Senior Associate, and Daniel Murphy, PE, Marine Project Manager / Diver, discussed how the existing two-story structure was reimagined with the addition of a wood-framed vertical extension that aligns with the Fells Point Urban Renewal Plan’s design goals and the challenges that came along the way.

McLaren's Structural Engineering Vice President Dave McLaren, PE

McLaren, PE

VP of Structural Engineering

Brian Riggs, PE, Structural Senior Associate at McLaren Engineering Group

Riggs, PE

Structural Senior Associate

McLaren Engineer Daniel Murphy, PE, he is a Marine Project Manager / Diver

Murphy, PE

Marine Project Manager / Diver

Elms Fells Point Drawing of Overbuild

Once known as Baltimore’s historic Wolfe Street warehouse, Elms Fells Point was transformed into the city’s new 285-unit multifamily community on the waterfront. A portion of the warehouse was demolished and replaced with a 5-story, 307,500 square-foot wood-framed addition, skillfully constructed on the existing foundations. Due to floodplain considerations along Baltimore Harbor, ground-level garages were integrated into the project.

The site includes a restored bulkhead and a public promenade, enhancing community connectivity to the waterfront. McLaren’s in-house P.E. divers conducted meticulous above and underwater inspections, providing recommendations to improve the system’s longevity with the design of a new bulkhead that reutilized existing tiebacks and piles.

Today, the development is proudly aligned with the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Silver certification, underscoring its commitment to urban sustainability.

Stephanie Richmond - Structural Senior Associate at McLaren Engineering Group

Richmond, PE

Structural Senior Associate

Special thank you to Stephanie Richmond, PE, McLaren’s Structural Senior Associate and ASCE Maryland’s Programs Chair for spotlighting McLaren’s work in the community.