A 28-acre site located at one of the most active transit nodes in Baltimore is the focal point of a 15-year long, $1.5 billion dollar multi-phase effort to radically transform an aging group of state government offices into a vibrant community. Seattle architectural firm Mithun has been selected, working in concert with Baltimore-based design firms The Design Collective and Cho Benn Holback + Associates.
The required sustainable master plan will transform a classic 1960s office campus into a diverse 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 has all the ingredients to be one of the greatest examples of the rebirth of the American city in this century,” notes Bert Gregory, FAIA, Chairman and CEO, Mithun. “A great sustainable rebirth built around reinvented existing urban infrastructure, great transit, and vibrant mix of uses and people in a walkable neighborhood. State Center’s core values, aspirations, stakeholder inclusion and unique public private partnerships will reinforce the uniqueness of Baltimore, while serving as a national model for Transit Oriented Development.”
Over a period of 15 years, the project will add or renovate up to 4.7 million square feet 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.
Mithun is a leading sustainable design practice that creates lasting places for people. The firm’s innovative and collaborative spirit encompasses architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, urban planning, and ecology — a multidisciplinary approach that integrates nature, technology and design. Mithun’s commitment to sustainability extends to mixed-use, corporate, commercial, residential, civic, science and technology, higher education, retail, senior living, renovation, restoration, and environmental learning. mithun.com.