• May 20, 2015
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Merritt Construction Services Wins Adaptive Reuse and Compatible Design Award from Baltimore Heritage

Baltimore Heritage has named Merritt Construction Services a winner of a 2015 Historic Preservation Award for their restoration work on Agora Inc.’s new headquarters at 1001 Cathedral Street in Baltimore. Merritt won the Adaptive Reuse and Compatible Design Award, which recognizes excellence in the adaptive reuse of a historic structure for a new function or in compatible new construction connected with the repair, restoration or rehabilitation of the structure's historic context.

In May of 2014, Merritt completed the 16,500-square-foot interior fitout for Agora, Inc. The four-story building required a complete gut of the existing medical space for Agora’s new state-of-the-art office. Built in the early 20th century, the building’s age and condition posed significant challenges in order to reinforce the building’s structural support while salvaging much of the original historic features. The design also called for two new ornamental stairs to connect the floors, as well as installation of a roof monitor on the fourth floor to allow for more natural light throughout the office. 

This project has previously been awarded an Excellence Award from the Associated Builders & Contractors for the General Contractor Interior Fitout Over $1 Million category.

For nearly 50 years, Baltimore Heritage has hosted an annual awards program to present winning projects with their Historic Preservation Award. Each project winner is selected by a panel of leaders in historic preservation for their work to preserve and promote historic places in Baltimore. This year the awards reception is being held on Thursday, June 18th at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater.


About Merritt Construction Services
With a project portfolio of nearly 16 million square feet, Merritt has been providing site development, general construction, redevelopment and interior build-outs for more than 40 years. Whether serving as general contractor, construction manager or design-builder, Merritt Construction Services offers full-service construction capabilities through all phases of development, from feasibility to commissioning. Merritt’s highly skilled construction team has completed a comprehensive roster of customized projects, including corporate campuses, LEED-certified green buildings, schools, manufacturing facilities and retail centers.

About Baltimore Heritage
Founded in 1960, Baltimore Heritage, Inc. is Baltimore’s nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization. With two staff members, 33 volunteer board members, and a host of volunteers, we work to preserve and promote Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.

Merritt Construction Services Media Contact
Melissa Teague
Before and after photos available upon request.

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