Encore is providing LEED certification, historical architect, interior design, historic tax credit, and construction administration services for the historic preservation of the Belnord Theatre built in 1921.
Encore has teamed with JRS Architects (Architect of Record), Albrecht Engineering (Structural), and Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates (MEP) to plan the adaptive reuse of the former movie palace/night club/foodarama/furniture store. CASA de Maryland will use the finished historic and green building to serve a planned 11,000 annually as a regional employment and education center. The new center will include a vocational training lab, job dispatch center, and space for classes, services, youth programs, and community gatherings. The official name of the building will be the CASA Baltimore Regional Educational and Employment Center at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building.
Ward Bucher’s innovative and unobtrusive “pod concept” divides the mass of infill rooms into discreet segments so that the volumes of big ground floor flex-space and the space above the balcony can still be perceived.
A work in progress, the Baltimore firm Hayles and Howe is currently restoring the elaborate ceiling plasterwork. An interesting challenge was the treatment of the 34-foot diameter plaster elliptical ceiling dome that reflects back sound in the space. Encore recommended using acoustic plaster on a lightweight, flexible sound insulation board to solve the problem. The contractor, Hamel Commercial, is pushing to complete the project by early 2020.
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