WBCM was the lead design firm for renovations to the historic Canton Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. WBCM provided architecture, interior design, structural engineering, and construction administration services and coordinated the civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering services provided by other firms.
WBCM designed interior renovations and adapted the exterior to bring the building up to code under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and current building codes. As part of the interior renovations, WBCM coordinated with the City of Baltimore and the Library staff to determine detailed program requirements for spaces and develop a space plan/schematic design and a detailed design for building systems. WBCM developed detailed designs that included the major fixed element program items, such as the Circulation Desk, new PHVAC systems, and the selection of colors, millwork, finishes, furniture, and lighting.
Exterior renovations were complicated by the fact that the exterior of the 1886 Library is protected under the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) Easement program. WBCM had to coordinate the window renovations, the new ADA-compliant ramp and entrance way, exterior lighting, and reconfiguration of the fence and gate system with both the City the MHT for design review and approval. WBCM produced a conceptual graphic renderings depicting the conceptual architectural appearance of the new entrance ramp, stairs, and entrance doors for the City of Baltimore and the MHT. To create the design, WBCM surveyed and tabulated the existing windows to determine the level of repair or replacement required to produce an acceptable final product, developed a palette of materials and material colors for the new ADA ramp, rails, entry doors, and windows, and developed detailed repairs and specifications that defined the level of corrective action needed for each window, door, and the surrounding masonry. WBCM also specified miscellaneous cleaning and repairs to existing building elements and site fencing to accommodate the renovations.
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