Project Profiles: Offices

Project Profiles

BeforeAfterGeorge Howard Building, Ellicott City, Md.


ARCHITECT: Polleo Group,Reston, Va., polleogroup.com
BUILDING-MATERIALS DEALER: Parkway Associates Inc., Rockville, Md., (301) 770-2675
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Clark Construction Group LLC, Bethesda, Md., www.clarkconstruction.com
INSTALLER: Phillips Fabricators, Rockville, (301) 881-3129


The following metal wall panels, which feature moisture-resistance and thermal qualities, were used
on the facility:

  • Formawall Dimension Series 3-inch Horizontal: 10,533 square feet in champagne gold with a
    Sundance AM coating and embossed finished, 22 gauge
  • Profile Series Concept Series CS-660: 1,577 square feet in champagne gold with a Sundance AM
    coating and embossed finished, 22 gauge

MANUFACTURER: Centria, www.centriaperformance.com


The 98,500-square-foot George Howard Building first opened to the public in 1978 and is home to the administrative offices for the Howard County, Md., government executive branch. The building also houses offices focusing on everything from general public information to tourism. After 32 years, the building was in dire need of modernization, which led to a $23.5 million renovation.

In addition to reconfiguring the building to make it easier for visitors and employees to navigate, sustainability was a core goal of the project. Nearly every piece of the four-level building was removed and replaced with a new energy efficient alternative. Notable sustainability initiatives include a redesigned metal exterior, an underground rain cistern, solar panels on the roof and solar-powered street lights, a parking lot with reserved spaces for hybrid or electric vehicles, motion sensors to control indoor lighting and new light fixtures that are expected to save about 20 percent on energy.

PHOTOS: Centria

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