WBCM provided structural, marine, and civil engineering and surveying services for the renovation of the historic Fells Point Recreation Pier. The renovated facility will incorporate the historic head house as the main lobby and bar area of a 128-room hotel. The three levels of guest rooms will wrap around the existing pier providing 60% of the rooms with views of the harbor with the remaining rooms overlooking a landscaped interior courtyard. Further renovations will restore the ballroom to its former grandeur, install a pool overlooking the harbor, create spaces for a restaurant and a whiskey bar, and provide waterfront construction for a new boat dock and launch.
WBCM’s design services focused on waterfront construction, including the complex upgrade and rehabilitation of the head house, warehouse, bulkhead, wharf, pier, and dock structures. WBCM investigated and surveyed existing conditions, including elevations and sizes of existing structural members, to determine if reuse was feasible in the hotel conversion. WBCM oversaw the dive inspection of the existing waterfront structures (bulkhead, wharf, pier, dock, piles, and other critical structures) and compiled an inspection report outlining deficiencies and suggested remediation. As a result of the report, WBCM was tasked with providing a complete structural, civil, and marine engineering package that included the rehabilitation of existing waterfront structures and the design of new structures. WBCM was instrumental in coordinating the design between the architect and the structural, marine, and civil engineers.
WBCM completed intensive permitting requirements on an aggressive schedule that included fast-tracking the pier building permit for the marine and foundation construction to allow construction to begin early. WBCM assisted the team in establishing the pier deck and first floor elevations in accordance with FEMA and City floodplain resiliency requirements. The hotel will be located above the 500-year Design Flood Elevation and adequately floodproofed above the 500-year Flood Protection Elevation.
Initial construction began in late 2014 and the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore hotel opened in March 2017.
The Maryland Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI/MD) has awarded the rehabilitation of the Recreation Pier with a 2017 Excellence in Concrete Award.
Sagamore Development Company
- Total Construction Cost: $60 million
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