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Camden Yard Restoration Project Wins Another Award

The National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) is hosting their annual Concrete Awards Dinner on May 21, 2013. The awards ceremony honors concrete projects that are carried out by its members which exemplify excellence in design and construction. Members of the National Capital Chapter are rewarded with a wealth of technical programs and publications to help their businesses grow, while also connecting with other local members in the concrete community.  As a long-standing member and one of the region’s most experienced and awarded masonry subcontractors, Manganaro Midatlantic will win in the category of Concrete Masonry Construction. They are being recognized for the successful completion of restoration on the historic Camden Yards Warehouse and Camden Station Museum buildings in downtown Baltimore.

The Camden Yards Warehouse building is a historic feature of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Development and was originally constructed for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad company beginning in 1899. It has since been included as the backdrop for the Oriole Park stadium development that was carried out by the architectural firm Populous in 1992, with the Camden Station Museum lying adjacent. The Camden Yards Warehouse, which is purportedly the longest brick building on the East Coast, was used as a railroad box car storage facility and could store up to 1,000 carloads of goods while it was in use.

Now, both the warehouse and museum act as a symbol of the city’s Industrial Revolution heritage, and representation of baseball’s evolution in Baltimore. During redevelopment, the interior of the Camden Yards Warehouse was converted into highly desirable office space that now houses law firms, the Maryland Stadium Authority, and team spaces for the Orioles baseball program. Storefronts that face the stadium and historic Eutaw Street which runs in between add to the atmosphere of the park. However, with over 20 years since the original development was finished, both historic buildings were in need of repairs on their facades. With their extensive experience in concrete and masonry restoration, Manganaro conducted the large scope of repairs all while under pressure to complete everything before the Orioles’ opening home game.

To conduct the repairs around the 225,000+ square foot façade of this 8-story building, motorized lifts were used to access thousands of feet of tuck pointing in a phased approach. Tuck pointing is the process of replacing missing or damaged mortar between existing brick. The platforms had enough space and load capacity to handle all of the day’s demolition and preparation work without needing to make multiple trips. The perimeter of the building was excavated to an even depth of four feet to allow for a cementitious parget coating to be applied, and sheet waterproofing installed to prevent leakage into the spaces below. Caulking was also needed around hundreds of window perimeters to prevent moisture infiltration.   

While performing  the tuck pointing, it was discovered that there were thousands of façade anchors that needed to be removed in the process. Manganaro also met challenges during the waterproofing stage when construction teams installed new copper flashing systems around the eleven parapets on the roof. Cell phone towers had been installed at each of these points to provide extra service to the stadium. This affected production pace because teams could only be exposed to the energy fields for short periods of time, but did not slow the overall schedule.

The National Capital Chapter of ACI recognizes the craftsmanship and expertise that Manganaro Midatlantic brought to the project which allowed for them to complete The Camden Yards Warehouse and Station Museum project within such a tight schedule and amidst unexpected challenges. Since 1904, ACI and its local chapters has been one of the world’s leading organizations committed to the evolution of technical knowledge surrounding concrete construction. ACI provides members with the platform to discuss changes and challenges related to concrete construction, and to develop viable solutions to these issues. As a long-standing member, Manganaro is proud to be recognized at this year’s awards ceremony.