Another local opportunity opened up for our IDP educational tours when DDG’s team was graciously included to tour a century-old Lebow Brothers Clothing plant on Oliver Street, soon to be rehabbed for the much anticipated Baltimore Design School. The 120,000-square-foot building located in Baltimore’s thriving arts district will house a magnet school focused on nonperformance arts like fashion, graphic design and architecture serving grades six through 12. The school will include art galleries, runways, studios, fabrication facilities, cutting-edge computer labs and classrooms.
DDG team members were met by Brian Hartzell of Southway Builders, Inc. the superintendent for the site for a guided tour to discuss the obstacles this project has faced in order to open in the fall of 2013. The building as part of Historic register was in rough condition when construction began 12 months ago. While on tour, our team members discussed the importance of accurate architectural drawings for a smooth process working with a historic preservation site conversion as well as the interaction that needs to occur with subcontractors. The general contractor also demonstrated the use of historic component such as the new windows and the revitalization of the brick façade.
We look forward to following the process of this unique project and are planning ahead to visit other sites in the local Baltimore/Washington area.