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.

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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.

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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.”

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The Fisher Architecture Tangier Classic team had a blast on the water to support a benefit for Franklin Kirwin from Hebron, Maryland.  Six-year-old Frank is undergoing chemotherapy for a condition called Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1), which causes tumors to grow throughout his body.

The fishing “Fisher” team pulled in two keepers out of 60 caught and placed 47th out of 92 teams.  There were 271 anglers participating, two out of three days on the water.  The event raised $31,814.05 for Frank and his family.             

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“The Story Behind our Buildings” video series

First up… Cambria Ocean City – Bayfront

 

 

 

 

A Fisher Architecture team is hooked for the upcoming 2nd Annual Tangier Classic Fishing Tournament.  The event takes place September 25th through the 27th and kicks off from the American Legion Post 16 in Crisfield, Maryland. 

A sponsor for the event, Fisher Architecture is excited to support an event that will benefit 6-year old Franklin Kirwan from Hebron, Maryland.  Frank was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1).  NF1 causes tumors to grow throughout his body which means Frank will endure Chemotherapy once a week for the next year. 

Frank had to stop going to school because of a weakened immune system and did not have the energy to make it through the day.  He enjoys fishing, hunting, and riding his jeep.  He loves police officers and firefighters and was recently “sworn in for the day” to several local law enforcement agencies.  When Frank grows up, he wants to serve the community as a police officer. 

There is still time to support Frank by registering for the Tangier Classic or purchasing tournament merchandise at https://www.tangierclassic.com/shop.  50% of every registration, $16 from every shirt, $5 from every hat and $6 from every buff is donated to the family.  People can also donate through the donation page found at https://www.tangierclassic.com/donations.  All funds raised will help relieve some of the family’s financial burden and stress caused by weekly travel and medical expenses.  

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One of Ocean City’s Largest Hotels Completed During the COVID Pandemic  

The newly designed and constructed Cambria Hotel sitting on the site of the former Cropper concrete plant, just north of the Route 50 bridge is open to visitors.  Eight stories high, this iconic hotel project will continue to be known for forever changing the skyline of Ocean City, Maryland.

With private balconies overlooking the bay, the Cambria Hotel offers luxuries including an indoor heated pool and spa, seasonal outdoor pool with cabanas, a future tiki bar, outdoor fire pits, fitness center, meeting space and business center and a future rooftop restaurant and bar with a view of Assateague Island, Isle of Wight Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

“The design of the hotel is inspired by its location,” said Keith Fisher, Fisher Architecture.  “The coastal designs, elegant textures and modern finishes capture Ocean City’s true beach town charm.”

“There is definitely a WOW factor when people walk into the lobby,” said Tauhid Islam, managing partner, Ocean One Hospitality.”  “It was wonderful working with Fisher Architecture.  They were right for the job because their vision and my vision aligned.  We knew this was the future of the inlet.  Now when people drive across the Rt. 50 bridge, they see a jaw dropping hotel that will deliver a phenomenal Ocean City experience.” 

“The Cambria Hotel project contains many of the architectural features consistent with our downtown design standards,” said Glenn Irwin, Ocean City Development Corporation, executive director.  “Such features include light siding colors, full porches, and pitched roof.  It can be very challenging to make a tall structure comply with these design standards, but the Cambria Hotel owners and Fisher Architecture did a very nice job.  We look forward to this project becoming a focal point for people entering Ocean City and our downtown district.”

The visual impact on Ocean City’s downtown had been a highly debated topic of discussion from the beginning of the project.  The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission ended up approving a new site plan that reconfigured its alignment to reduce the impact on the downtown view and neighboring properties and significantly minimized the square footage of lot coverage.    

“While there is quite a story behind this project with the hurdles we faced before breaking ground, the evolution of the property is a proven success in the eyes of the town, the local community and Ocean City guests,” added Fisher. 

Cambria Hotel Ocean City – Bayfront was recently awarded the “New Construction Award” by the Ocean City Development Corporation. This marks the fourth OCDC award for Fisher Architecture.    

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.  

 

 

 

 

 

Fisher Architecture is crossing the finish line on a full architectural and interior redesign of the Fenwick Inn at 13801 Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland. Blue Water Development owner, Jack Burbage, hired Fisher to design new floor to ceiling finishes to common spaces, guest floors and employee areas and convert the 8th floor of the hotel from a rooftop restaurant into ten suites with full kitchens and dining areas and the addition of large outdoor terraces on two of the units.

“We coordinated an enhancement of the spaces on the ground level to help with better flow of the hotels’ amenities,” said Heather Morrison, chief operations director, Fisher Architecture. “This allowed for the expansion of the breakfast area, relocation of the fitness center, the addition of an arcade room and the expansion of the indoor pool to include a splash zone.”

Morrison added staff areas needed reorganization to assist with day to day flow which included relocating management offices, adding an employee break room and private circulation for employees to enter and exit the building.

The existing façade included wall to wall windows which gave visitors an expansive view of the city. Recent upgrades kept this appealing feature in mind but also implemented energy efficient upgrades to the facades including bands of EIFS and siding. These material enhancements along with an additional tower on the south end and metal awnings were intended to attract new customers to the fresh, airy feel of the hotel. The team came up with a contemporary, coastal scheme for the hotel with bold blues and fun and playful pops of pattern and color to accent specific areas.

“You never know going into a project how involved the client will be with selecting finishes and details but Jack is very passionate about every aspect of his projects so he had a lot of input on the materials, patterns and colors,” said Sarah Finch, Fisher Architecture, Interior Designer.

“We value the ongoing partnership we have with Jack and Blue Water Development,” said Keith Fisher, principal, Fisher Architecture. “We were pleased to have the opportunity to work on both the architectural and interior design for this project because it provides for a cohesive style throughout the interior and exterior of the building.”

We are honored to have won TWO Best Of Awards in Coastal Style Magazine’s Best Of 2020! THANK YOU for voting Fisher Architecture, BEST Architecture Firm and Keith Fisher, BEST Architect in Worcester County!

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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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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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man and son standing with fish on boat during the tangier classic event

Tangier Classic

Posted on: October 2, 2020

The Fisher Architecture Tangier Classic team had a blast on the water to support a benefit for Franklin Kirwin from Hebron, Maryland.  Six-year-old Frank is undergoing chemotherapy for a condition called Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1), which causes tumors to grow...


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Fishing for Frank

Posted on: September 1, 2020

        A Fisher Architecture team is hooked for the upcoming 2nd Annual Tangier Classic Fishing Tournament.  The event takes place September 25th through the 27th and kicks off from the American Legion Post 16 in Crisfield, Maryland. ...


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