Fisher Architecture is working with Ropewalk Properties to design and construct a new two-story bayfront establishment.

This replaces the iconic BJ’s on the Water that had to close their doors earlier this year. This new restaurant will include a sandy beachfront area along the water, nearly 9,000 square feet of dining – including over 700 square feet of rooftop terrace with a bar.

This was an iconic, local’s restaurant in Ocean City for decades. Having the opportunity to work on it and design something that respects the past by engaging with the bayfront is an honor. The new restaurant will enhance panoramic bay views and provide a bayfront beach area. 

– Keith Fisher

This new spot will be called Atlantic Beach House and construction is set to begin Fall 2021, with an anticipated completion of Summer 2022.

SBY Airport UAS Hangar
SBY Airport UAS Hangar

On February 5th the Salisbury Regional Airport (SBY) opened the first Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) hangar on the East Coast.

This one of a kind hangar is open to the public for use as a dedicated launch and recovery site. Sentinel Robotic Solutions (SRS) is the Operator of the brand new 5,000 square foot hangar.

The hangar will be home to testing, training, and development of UAS projects through partnerships with universities, high schools, and commercial companies.

– Tony Rudy, (Airport Manager)

SBY Airport UAS Hangar

Fisher Architecture was proud to be brought in to do the tenant layout for the Drone Hangar, and is excited to see what will come out of this community hub for discovery and innovation.

Fisher Architecture announced the completion of renovations to Queenstown Bank on Main Street in Chester, Maryland.  This 4,345 square foot, single-story bank with brick exterior and circular lobby, is the start of a rebrand for Queenstown Bank branches. 

The Fisher team, led by project manager, Timothy Bain, provided design services for the renovation of the front half of the building, including the lobby, lounge, consolation, drive-thru room, viewing area, a manager office, ATM room, bathroom, and janitor room.   This included removing most of the interior walls, finishes, and ceiling to replace with a new layout and finishes.

On the exterior, storefront windows were added to provide additional light and a greater sense of openness, as well as pillars and a roof line that is paralleled at the other locations for continuity.

“The client was looking for a firm to spearhead the rebranding for their company and multiple bank locations,” said Sarah Finch, Fisher Architecture interior designer.  “They were looking for the brand to be consistent in recognizable elements across all locations.”    

“I had a good experience working with the Fisher Architecture team,” said Kevin Cashen, president and CEO, Queenstown Bank.  “They did a nice job of refreshing the look and feel of the bank and were mindful to both the traditional customer base and our younger generation of consumers.”

You may have noticed progress being made to Coventry Plaza, on the corner of Beaglin Park Drive and Still Meadow Boulevard in Aydelotte Plaza.  It is Salisbury’s newest retail/office development.  Crews are expected to complete the build in Spring 2021.  This custom commercial development includes five, single-story tenant spaces ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 square feet for inline space and 1,000-3,025 square feet on the pad site with one planned drive thru.

“We were introduced to the project by the clients’ contractor who has worked with us on numerous retail shell buildings,” said Heather Morrison, chief operations director, Fisher Architecture. 

“The building design includes siding, stone, asphalt shingles, as well as decorative elements such as faux trusses,” said Tareq Zietoon, Project Manager for Fisher Architecture.  “The colors and materials were selected to compliment the apartments behind it that we designed for the client and were completed earlier this year.”

Fisher Architecture provided architecture and interior design services for the 159-acre Coventry Square Apartments in Salisbury, Maryland. There are thirteen buildings totaling two hundred and eighty-eight apartments. Residents can choose from one, two- or three-bedroom units. The community also includes a three thousand eight hundred square foot recreational building with a fitness room, Great room, Cyber Café, full size kitchen and leasing office. Other amenities include a large outdoor pool and deck, garages, tennis court, and a playground.

 

Construction has started on a newly designed 4,000 square foot, private residence in Ocean City, Maryland.  With views of the Assawoman Bay, the home was designed with four bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths, a lanai, pool, and deck.

 “Given the location of the home, the waterfront views are one of the most critical elements of the design,” said Cory Pereira, Fisher Architecture project manager.  “We focused on the placement and angle of every room to assure nearly every space was designed to maximize the view corridors throughout the home.”

Fisher Architecture coordinated with Ocean City’s Engineering Department to address placement of the building due to critical area setbacks and pervious construction requirements.  Due to the building footprint exceeding 5,000 square feet of impervious surfaces, the team worked with their civil engineer to develop solutions for proper stormwater management.  Fisher also coordinated with their structural engineer to develop a foundation appropriate for the location, elevated above the base flood elevation and freeboard heights established by FEMA.

“We have a great working relationship with the owner from the previous commercial projects we have done for him throughout Ocean City,” said Keith Fisher, Fisher Architecture principal.  “We are thrilled that he trusted our team to assist him with his personal residence and look forward to the home’s completion in 2021.”  

Fisher Architecture has been working with University of Maryland Medical System since 2018 on the expansion of their Orthopedic Center at 520 Idlewild Drive in Easton, Maryland. Phase two is currently underway with the beginning of shell construction on the facility’s two-story addition.

“We worked closely with the client to develop a phasing plan that would allow the current tenant in the one-story portion of the building to transition (prior to renovations) to their existing space,” said Tim Bain, Fisher Architecture project manager. 

The building ‘shell’ phase of the project included the coordination of an elevator lobby, egress stairs, and core utilities like water, sprinklers, tele/data, electrical, mechanical, and elevator machine rooms. 

The new construction will have a hipped and a-frame metal roof where each side slopes downwards toward the walls and functional louvers designed to provide additional ventilation.  The addition design merges with the standing structure through its brick detailing and a similar exterior insulation and finish system. 

“We coordinated the existing construction with the new which required our engineers to collaborate with the contractors and owners to formulate a plan to assure the least invasive approach for structural and mechanical design could be implemented,” said Keith Fisher, Fisher Architecture principal.    

“The interior design focused on a layout that allowed for the most optimum flow and met necessary HIPAA and safety requirements,” said Sarah Finch, interior designer for Fisher Architecture.  “The occupational therapy area required a patient lift attached to a ceiling grid that needed to function in open space. Other interior factors included exam rooms, x-rays, private offices, and nurses’ stations, as well as, waiting and reception areas, a breakroom, and other back of house requirements.” 

The Fisher Architecture team is looking forward to the project completion in 2021. 

Fenwick Shores BuildingThe newly designed and constructed Fenwick Shores, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel, opened to guests this month at 1501 Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, Delaware.  The Tapestry Collection is the 14th brand and second collection brand for Hilton, the world’s fastest growing hospitality company.  The hotel brand provides travelers with an independent hotel experience with the loyalty they expect from Hilton.

The 23,054 square foot hotel replaced the two-story Fenwick Sands Hotel that catered to beach visitors for the last seventy years, following in the footsteps of the Tingle Motel that opened in the same spot in 1948.  It includes 65 rooms on three floors with a grand lobby that opens to a large living room and gathering space with a built-in ground level bar.  On the second floor there is a Grand Ball room with a “pre-function” space overlooking the living room below. Amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool, and bar on the third floor and full kitchen to serve the pool and covered dining area. 

“Going into it, we knew the town of Fenwick wasn’t going to allow a property to be taller than 30’ and that included elevator overruns,” said Heather Morrison, chief operations director, Fisher Architecture.  “We coordinated with the town and worked to gain approval to permit an additional height required for the elevator above the principal maximum building height permitted.  Also, to meet the required parking quantity, we elevated the building to allow parking beneath the hotel, taking a two-story building to three stories.”

“We overcame many hurdles throughout this project and as a result we have a stunning hotel for guests to enjoy,” said Cory Pereira, project manager.  “I welcomed the opportunity to work on a hotel project with an original and upscale brand like the Tapestry Collection by Hilton.  It speaks to a unique spirit in its design yet offers guests a familiar and comfortable experience.”

“We value the ongoing relationship we have with Spiro Buas,” said Keith Fisher, Fisher Architecture.  “We knew there were some hurdles we had to overcome to help with the feasibility of the project.  Our team worked diligently with the town to find solutions to meet the building’s projected size and associated parking requirements.  I am thrilled that his trust in our hotel experience has allowed us to help his vision become a reality for all to enjoy.”       

Other Fisher Architecture projects completed for the client include 8th Street Apartments in Ocean City, a business office in Teal Marsh and Concord Pet renovations in West Ocean City.       

For more information on Fisher Architecture LLC visit www.fisherarchitecture.com or call 410/742-0238. To contact Keith Fisher AIA LEED AP, founder Fisher Architecture LLC, email kfisher@fisherarchitecture.com.  

 

 

Phase three of the Residences at River Place in Seaford, Delaware has officially started.  Drawings have been submitted for permits for building three which includes 36 units and construction is scheduled to start before the end of 2020.  Phase four will follow with another 36-unit building.  These buildings will share the pool and other amenities on the development’s site. 

The Residences at River Place is a waterfront property that sits on the Nanticoke River in one of Delaware’s first downtown development districts. The first phase of the construction project included a four-story apartment building with thirty-six apartment units, a clubhouse, pool with pool house, gym, twelve boat docks and parking. The second phase included a second building with units that offer larger two-bedroom units.  Additionally, Fisher assisted in obtaining the permit for a new marina and river walk.

villages at iron branch apartment complex with new home

Fisher Architecture announced the completion of the newly renovated Village at Iron Branch apartment community at 17 Parker Circle in Millsboro, Delaware. Fisher Architecture chief operations director and project manager Heather Morrison and team leader Tim Bain provided full architectural design and rehabilitation to the 1973 garden apartment complex. The project included a complete gut of the original thirty-eight apartments in ten buildings covering 41,210 square feet.

“This is our sixth project with Green Street Housing,” said Keith Fisher, principal, Fisher Architecture. “Affordable housing projects like this one are important to the economic strength of the communities they serve. This was a rebranding of the community with an updated façade, site amenities and curb appeal of the buildings. Truly something for its residents to be proud of and prosper in.”

The renovations merged two buildings to allow end units to expand to two bedrooms and center units to three bedrooms. This also upgraded eight units to current ADA standards. The buildings were gutted down to framing, with any non-bearing walls removed completely to allow for a more open floor plan.

“The one thing that a project this challenging does for a development team is test the patience and endurance of each member,” said Tom Ayd, Green Street Housing. “Fisher’s team was steadfast in its commitment to this project all the way until the end.”

New site amenities included a new community building with leasing offices, community room with a kitchen and business center, a maintenance shop, restrooms, and a bus stop. The property was regraded to add sidewalks and assure an accessible path crossed the entire site. The development team coordinated with Pando Alliance, an energy consultant, to assure the building envelope and selected appliances were energy efficient. Exterior materials consisted of vinyl siding and adhered stone with PVC trim accents, and asphalt shingle roofs with metal roof accents.

oc residence exterior with boat slip/dock and bay
Waterfront views from every room in the house. That’s what the Reeves wanted in their newly designed home in Ocean City, Maryland. Fisher Architecture delivered.

The new 4,000 square foot bayfront home has an open floor plan with various living spaces throughout the house. This three-story home features five bedrooms consisting of two master suites along with a private bathroom for each; a bonus room, two separate garages, and an outside bar overlooking the bay.

“The location gave us an opportunity to capture southwestern bayfront views and unexpected northern water views of a neighboring canal from the front balconies on the home,” said Keith Fisher, Fisher Architecture.

“Keith was a pleasure to work with,” said Mark Reeves. “I know I am not the easiest person to please but Keith said, I will keep drawing. We love the layout of the house. It is perfect for us. There isn’t a bad view from anywhere in the house.”

oc residence interior and exterior outside balcony of property overlooking the bay

 

 

 

 

From BJ’s to Atlantic Beach House

Posted on: April 12, 2021

Fisher Architecture is working with Ropewalk Properties to design and construct a new two-story bayfront establishment. This replaces the iconic BJ’s on the Water that had to close their doors earlier this year. This new restaurant will include a sandy...


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SBY Airport UAS Hangar

UAS Airport Hangar

Posted on: April 12, 2021

On February 5th the Salisbury Regional Airport (SBY) opened the first Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) hangar on the East Coast. This one of a kind hangar is open to the public for use as a dedicated launch and recovery site....


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Queenstown Interior Lobby

Designing the Rebrand of a Bank

Posted on: December 22, 2020

Fisher Architecture announced the completion of renovations to Queenstown Bank on Main Street in Chester, Maryland.  This 4,345 square foot, single-story bank with brick exterior and circular lobby, is the start of a rebrand for Queenstown Bank branches.  The Fisher...


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The Views Make the Design

Posted on: December 3, 2020

Construction has started on a newly designed 4,000 square foot, private residence in Ocean City, Maryland.  With views of the Assawoman Bay, the home was designed with four bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths, a lanai, pool, and deck....


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Fenwick Shores Building

Farewell Fenwick Sands – Hello Fenwick Shores

Posted on: November 4, 2020

The newly designed and constructed Fenwick Shores, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel, opened to guests this month at 1501 Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, Delaware.  The Tapestry Collection is the 14th brand and second collection brand for Hilton, the...


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Residences at River Place Update

Posted on: November 3, 2020

Phase three of the Residences at River Place in Seaford, Delaware has officially started.  Drawings have been submitted for permits for building three which includes 36 units and construction is scheduled to start before the end of 2020.  Phase four will...


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oc residence interior and exterior

Bayside Living

Posted on: October 2, 2020

Waterfront views from every room in the house. That’s what the Reeves wanted in their newly designed home in Ocean City, Maryland. Fisher Architecture delivered. The new 4,000 square foot bayfront home has an open floor plan with various living...


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