The Market House heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) improvement project received an Outstanding Project Award at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Maryland’s annual awards dinner for the Engineering Excellence Awards competition. The competition celebrates the accomplishments of the engineering industry by recognizing and celebrating engineering achievements.
The project involved the installation of 22 closed-looped geothermal wells as part of a ground-source heat pump system and is expected to provide significant energy savings compared to traditional air-conditioning systems. The renovation design was developed as a result of a Gannett Fleming-led feasibility study. In planning the design and construction, the team considered the historic nature of the building, its location at the state capital’s city dock, and the pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the area.
Gannett Fleming designed improvements to the sidewalks, stormwater drainage inlets and pipes, and provided LEED® analysis of the proposed landlord and tenant fit-outs, drainage system investigation, documentation of existing conditions, and City Council testimony. A new vendor layout, shiny counters, and a 24-seat bar with window seating transformed the look of the long, low space that once served as a traditional market.