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Project Highlight: City Springs Lofts by Edgemont Builders

Throughout the Baltimore and DC areas, National Lumber gets to work with fantastic contractors on exciting projects that help to revitalize and grow their respective communities. This month, we spoke with Jacob Wittenberg, the President of Edgemont Builders about his team’s in-process build, City Springs Lofts. Let’s take a look at this great mixed-use build National Lumber helped supply materials for.

About Edgemont Builders

Based in Baltimore City, Edgemont Builders has quickly become one of the area’s most efficient and effective general contracting firms. They specialize in single-family, multifamily, and light commercial construction projects. Some of their recent projects have included the Station Arts Townhomes in Station North and the conversion of an old Lutheran church into The Luther Apartments.

About City Springs Lofts

Located in the Washington Hill neighborhood, the building that is becoming City Springs Lofts has gone through many iterations throughout its history. Constructed in the early 20th century, the large building was first put into use as a burlap bag factory by Chaim Lubin. Later on, in its lifespan, the building served as the used car-operations center of Eastern Automotive and was home to Reece’s Chairs, a furniture manufacturer. The building has quite a history, and City Springs Lofts is striving to incorporate elements of that deep history within the design. Consisting of 15 apartments and two-store front spaces, Jacob noted their interest in the property was driven by its proximity to downtown and Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as the historic features of the building. The apartments are primarily one-bedroom units, and the project is being co-developed by Daniel Kamenetz.

Unique Design Elements of City Springs Lofts

It was important to the team at Edgemont Builders to incorporate elements of the historic building while still crafting modern living spaces that would be desirable to tenants. There are several elements that pay homage to the original building, and provide a unique living experience for residents. One key element is the different windows used throughout the building. These include the large, historic factory windows which were built with custom wood to match the integrity of the original factory window design. The historic storefront windows were built in place, and elsewhere, windows make use of refurbished historic wood to evoke elements of the building’s classic features. Throughout the building, other touches of the original design will standout to residents. The high ceilings are unique to remodeled buildings of this nature and help make living areas feel more spacious and inviting. There are also lofted spaces on the west side of the building, and an exposed roof structure that helps add another historic touch.

Work With National Lumber

National Lumber has maintained a strong relationship with the Edgemont Builders team for over a decade, and we’re always excited to see what unique project they’re working on next. For the City Springs Lofts project, National Lumber supplied dimensional lumber, interior doors, and interior trim, as well as cabinetry. Additionally, we built two custom skylights for the project. Our team is always honored to work with great builders like Edgemont, and we can’t wait to see the finished project this April.

If you’re ready to get started on your next project, contact the National Lumber team for all of your building material needs.

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Project Highlight: Peabody Walk

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.