On the Drawing Board

Library Square

For the past 12 months, Kim has been chairing the Design Committee of the Friends of Library Square, working on the Revitalization Plan for this small 2.35 acre park located behind the Patterson Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and extending to the Wm Paca Elementary School yard on Lakewood. Plans are underway to calm traffic and enhance pedestrian safety, create innovative stormwater management rain gardens with new seating, all while maintaining the beautiful Linden tree canopy framing Library Square.

A terrific group of volunteers have contributed to the design report and worked closely with our lead design consultant Biohabitats and our Chesapeake Bay Trust grant management by Ashley Traut of Blue Water Baltimore. The whole revitalization effort over the past two years has been spearheaded by the community organizers of Banner Neighborhoods, led by Jolyn Tracy, Executive Director.

Check out the Plan, get involved and join this diverse, multi-generational effort to grow a greener and healthier park right in our neighborhood.

Santa Margarita Community Church

Project Description

The project involves the initial planning and a concept design for a new Santa Margarita Community Church (SMCC) facility on a potential 10-acre parcel of land on the Santa Margarita Ranch. The church is designed for 280 seat sanctuary, of about 16,500 gross square feet of conditioned space, with approximately 40% of the total area used in the worship center. The site affords a significant area for unconditioned (at least not heated in the winter months) or open terraces, plazas, arcades. An additional 5,000 GSF of outdoor living, worship and circulation functions is planned with the idea to use outdoor spaces as connectors to various parts of the church.

The lower level spaces form the courtyard, again framing the views out to the Santa Margarita Mountains and create a sense of openness yet protection. The fountain will also do double duty as a walk in baptismal font. The rest of the courtyard will feature a large fireplace, native plantings and garden areas. Terraces and decks step down to the courtyard level. The Fellowship Hall directly below the Sanctuary terminates the north end of the fairly wide courtyard. Access to the school parking lot has not really been developed but it is intended to end the classroom wing with an outdoor, unconditioned Summer Kitchen and provide a ground level entry to the Lower Level spaces and the courtyard.

History of the project

Santa Margarita Community Church is a 60+ year old congregation. It is growing under the leadership of the church elders and Pastor Robert Campbell. The church sees their mission as bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to the people of the central coast region of California while intentionally rebuilding their local community and ministering specifically to the people of Santa Margarita. The existing 2-story church facility has long outgrown the congregation and is currently in use for meetings and classrooms. Services are held in the adjacent town community center, which will soon be too small for the growing congregation.

SMCC is a multi-generational church with many exciting ministries developing such as the Creation Care camp in the summer, the annual 4th of July community bar-b-que and parade, the Easter Services held at the Asistencia Building near the Santa Margarita Ranch Headquarters. Many outreach activities support ministering to the people in this special place and time, and the church makes itself available to various community group meetings and associations.

Ranch Property -- The 10 acre potential gift parcel lies south of the school parking lot. It is a beautiful open rolling site with excellent views to the east, west and south. A large natural swale runs about east to west and drains water across the property and into the residential area south of the site, located beyond the property line. It is a beautiful piece of property that has much potential for green and sustainable development of both the building and the surrounding land.

Banner Neighborhoods - New Community Center

Banner Neighborhoods works to build community, while serving youth and seniors in ten Southeast Baltimore neighborhoods. In 2013 Banner purchased the former church building located at 2911 Pulaski Highway. A total gut-renovation will see the transformation of this humble, Formstone-clad building to an exciting new community center for all of the surrounding neighborhoods.


Project Descritpion

The existing building, a 2-story masonry structure of approximately 2,250 square feet with a main floor and basement, sits on a small corner lot at N. Curley and Pulaski Highway. The building is structurally sound and will adapt well to the new uses and renovation. The first floor will be converted to open office space. A completely new porch with an ADA accessible lift will create the entry to the basement level which will host the community activity and gathering space. The entry is designed to serve as the "front porch" for the whole community. Included are also all new energy efficient windows, water conservation features and green site develop- ment strategies through rain gardens and plantings.

The front yard will be transformed into an urban garden welcoming all to the new home of Banner Neighborhoods. Features include: new festive entry gates, an "art fence", planting areas for youth gardens and the Ginny Dobry Memorial Garden. This special pocket garden will honor Ginny, a remarkable neighbor, citizen activist and long-time Banner board member. Colorful seasonal flowers, a handsome shade tree with bench seating and hidden sculptures are designed to delight all while framing the entrance to the center.

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Rethinking the Baltimore Rowhouse

The Rowhouse is designed to be a Net-zero Energy, 3-story residence that features open and generous living spaces, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and an op- tional basement. The design reduces carbon foot- print by employing wood framing, integrated solar panels on the roof , on-site stormwater management via the green roof and rainwater collection system.

Each unit incorporates a 2.8 kW PV solar array on half of the roof which gives the front fa├žade its distinctive profile while supplying clean energy to the home. The flat part of the roof supports a green, vegetative roof for on-site stormwater man- agement and improved insulation value. Rainwater is recycled on site for use in flushing toilets, irrigation and recharging ground water through pervious paving. The fairly compact footprint allows access to outdoor living spaces in the open rear yards, and through the front porch and decks off of each bedroom.

Units are designed in modular dimensions, and use "Advanced Framing" technologies to reduce material use and lower the carbon footprint of the house. Panelized construction will enable less material waste. A durable prefinished hardwood "rainscreen" cladding is proposed for much of the exposed exterior walls.

The design is adaptable for single family or a mixed occupancy of single professionals; multiple units on a single block or scattered site infill; and has an optional basement design that can be additional living space or a rentable walkout apartment.

Project designed by Team TerraLogos for the Baltimore Carbon Challenge competition. For more information, contact:
- Kim Schaefer 410.276.8519 or kims@terralogos.com
- Peter Doo 443.463.5859 or peter@dooconsulting.net

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