28 Walker Development, Kinsley Properties, Shaner Group
85,000 sf hotel
60,000 sf office
In the revitalized neighborhood of Locust Point, key Baltimore landmarks like Inner Harbor and Federal Hill are within view. It is also home to the Port of Baltimore and the cruise terminal, making the corner lot location in the bustling mixed-use McHenry Row development an ideal home for the new 85,000 sf Courtyard Marriott hotel and a 60,000 sf office building.
The tight lot posed many site constraints and required careful planning. Marriott Courtyard’s traditional 4-story prototype was not feasible on the site, and busy McHenry Row’s grocery store, apartments and existing traffic flow complicated the plan. Per the developer’s intent, the Warehaus team developed multiple massing prototypes to ensure that the hotel and office fit on site and also met Marriott’s standards and the needed room count. The team collaborated with Marriott’s designers to ensure all plans met their approval, resulting in a new 8-story design prototype.
The selected design connected the office building to an existing parking garage and positioned the hotel to easily be seen along main transportation corridors, including I-95, while also preserving views of the waterfront from the site. The 8-story hotel includes 126 rooms and is LEED Silver certified. The project achieved 30% Energy Cost Savings, 43% Water Use Reduction and 98% of Construction Waste Diverted from Landfill.
In the past, Baltimore has been resistant to approve fire pits in the city. A fire pit was an important part of the Marriott’s plans, and Warehaus was able to get approval for a courtyard fire pit that they designed to be safer than the traditional options.