Mithun chosen for mammoth redevelopment of Baltimore's state government offices
A 28-acre site located at one of the most active transit nodes in Baltimore is the focal point of a 15-year long, $1.5bn multi-phase effort to radically transform an aging group of state government offices into a vibrant mixed use community. Seattle architectural firm Mithun has been selected as a key partner in this undertaking, working in concert with Baltimore-based design firms The Design Collective and Cho Benn Holback + Associates.
The sustainable master plan that Mithun will develop is expected to transform a classic 1960s office campus into a mixed used community that consolidates many of Maryland’s state offices while introducing new retail and offering a range of quality housing choices for in-city living.
State Center’s goals for the project are to promote economic vitality, support healthy living, create an authentic place, demonstrate environmental stewardship, and provide a healthy and productive office environment. Over a period of 15 years, the project will add or renovate up to 4.7m sq ft of additional State offices, private offices, work-live lofts, and housing, and renovate the historic Armory for public use. The master plan also includes creating new public open spaces and community parks as well as redeveloping the streetscape to improve the pedestrian experience.
The project targets Leadership in Education and Environmental Design (LEED) certification so that it can make buildings far less energy dependent. With an environmentally friendly District Energy system already in place, Mithun intend to search for every innovative opportunity to bring far more natural light into work spaces.