National Lumber has the privilege of providing building materials to fantastic companies across the Baltimore and DC metro areas. These companies create projects of all scales and types. Today, we’d like to highlight one such project. Peabody Walk is a 22-unit apartment complex located in Charles Village, Baltimore, in progress by Urban Design Group & Urban Scene Development. We spoke with Patrick Lundberg, Design & Development Manager at UDG about their vision for the Peabody Walk project, and how it’s coming together.
About Urban Design Group
Urban Design Group is a Baltimore-based architecture & design firm that takes a different approach to creating a select number of its projects. Most construction involves a collaboration between separate entities: the owners who purchase the property, the architects who design the new build, and the contractors that bring that design to life. Instead of separating these three aspects, Urban Design Group & their internal team have the capability to control each of those facets in-house. Internally they perform as developer, architect, and general contractor on Peabody Walk, as well as other active and ongoing projects.
In its design work, UDG focuses on its specialties of historic preservation and urban infill through a variety of projects, in addition to new build properties. This work includes single and multi-family homes, commercial, and industrial builds, and renovations. They have worked on high-profile projects across Baltimore City, including the new build of the Merchant Point townhouses in Fells Point, historic preservation of the Patterson Park Lofts, and commercial construction of the Blueprint Robotics in the Canton Industrial Area.
About Peabody Walk
Peabody Walk is a new project by UDG & Urban Scene Development currently being built in Baltimore’s up-and-coming Charles Village neighborhood. The lumber for the project’s framing was supplied by National Lumber. Originally, the project was envisioned as 14 individual townhomes. However, over time the team at UDG assessed how best to maximize the site while preserving the space. Charles Village is an area with a strong rental market thanks to its proximity to Johns Hopkins University and varied transit options including I-83 and Penn Station. Thus, the decision was made to craft 22 apartment units instead.
Upon purchase, the area was a vacant lot and presented unique challenges to begin construction due to poor quality soil. This required the team to complete soil tests and foundation planning to get the project off the ground. A key to the approach of constructing Peabody Walk has been communication with the surrounding community and immediate neighbors of the new development. Peabody Walk is sandwiched between three blocks of existing rowhomes, so getting feedback from the residents was important to create something that’s right for the Remington community, including crafting more open space in-tune with the existing architecture of the area.
Unique Touches of Peabody Walk
The collaboration between the architecture and construction management facets of UDG’s internal team allows for unique touches that may not be featured in other similar multi-family projects. A design-forward philosophy ensures each detail is not only functional but adds a custom flair and character to the project. The apartments feature industrial bay windows that let natural light pour into each unit. The dark brickwork prioritizes quality and detail thanks to the masonry from South County Construction and brick supplier Potomac Valley Brick.
Work With National Lumber
National Lumber has provided building materials to several of Urban Design Group’s projects, including all of the framing lumber for Peabody Walk. Patrick Lundberg noted the UDG appreciated working with National Lumber as a fellow local business. He also highlighted the NL team’s ability to handle large capacity orders, offer a diverse selection of building materials, and ability to deliver building materials efficiently.
It has been a pleasure getting to work with Urban Design Group on their newest project, and we look forward to seeing the finished product. If you need the right materials for your next project, contact the team at National Lumber today.