Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Allied Signal - Honeywell - Excelon

Nothing can better signify the change the legacy city of Baltimore is going through than the peninsula jotting into the Inner Harbor which is now called Harborpoint.

From 1991 to 1993  I assisted in working with the community, the then owner Honeywell, Enterprise, Struever Brothers and then Cho Wilks and Benn architects  on an ambitious Planned Unit Development that was based on an even more ambitious environmental remediation plan capping the site, surrounding it with slurry wall piles and containing the hexavalent chromium contaminated soil.

It is very exciting to see almost a quarter of a century later cranes and concrete and the first floors rise from this capped site to become the landmark tower of the energy giant Exelon. The PUD has been amended twice since my time on this and the total allowed square footage has grown from 1.7 million square feet to almost three million.

The base of the new Exelon tower. (Photo: Baltimore Sun)

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately since they pierced a clay cap with three hundred + pilings it is yet undetermined what the long range effects will be. Samples drawn out of test well 9 are always positive, and that is one of the test wells closest to the water of the Patapsco. This was and is a bad choice of development. Removal of the Chromium residuals is now either hampered or made impossible by. Placing a building on top of this toxic waste. Thanks for that.