Our Projects


Baybrook Elementary Middle School
Baltimore, MD

The new 800 student, LEED Silver facility is designed to promote flexible and interactive learning environments, integrate security measures and increased visibility, enhance accessibility and life-safety, incorporate sustainable materials and practices, and provide educational opportunities during both school and non-school hours. Each floor of the three story building houses three classroom wings.

All three classroom wings, P-K through 2nd grade, 3rd through 5th grade and 6th through 8th grade, contain dedicated Collaborative Learning Areas which are centralized to make the spaces open and easily accessible. Larger core-curriculum spaces consisting of the Cafeteria/Dining, Media Center, Administration, Gymnasium, and Community Space are located on the first floor.

Bay-Brook Elementary/Middle School is part of the 21st Century School Buildings Program which, through legislation, creates a partnership between the City of Baltimore, Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, Interagency Committee on School Construction and the Maryland Stadium Authority. The partnership leveraged $60M dollars into bond money to support school renovation and replacement projects. The ADG is providing CA services in partnership with the architects of record, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates-Architects.

Southwest Academy Middle School

Gwynn Oak, MD

The ADG provided architectural services in the replacement and upgrade of the existing HVAC systems. Work included the replacement of perimeter unit air conditioners, rooftop DOAS, select RTUs, and ground-mounted chiller. Select interior renovations, window replacement, and roof modifications as required for the project. Due to political pressure, the project was fast-tracked through design. The cost of construction was $8 million and the construction method was traditional design/bid/build.

William-Baer School

Baltimore, MD

The William Baer School project was a $1M door and window replacement renovation project for a special needs school in West Baltimore. Working in conjunction with JMT, the ADG provided full design, permitting, and construction administration on the project.

Harford Heights/Sharp Leadenhall Elementary School

Baltimore, MD

Harford Heights / Sharp Leadenhall Elementary School consists of approximately 140,000 square feet, situated on the existing 12.68 acre Harford Heights Elementary School site. The project includes selective demolition, renovations and additions to the existing Harford Heights Elementary school, which will renovate and expand the Harford Heights Elementary curriculum, and create a new Sharp Leadenhall school facility. The two schools will share centralized Kitchen and Support spaces, and will include a secured connection corridor, but will operate as separate and independent schools.

The proposed Harford Heights Elementary includes renovations to the existing two story classroom wing and Gymnasium space, with one-story additions including administration, guidance, kitchen, dining and support, and community spaces. The proposed school will be designed to support approximately 500 students. The ADG is providing CA services in partnership with the architects of record, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates-Architects.

Parks and Recreation

Howard University Softball Stadium

Washington D.C

Designed to be reminiscent of Baltimore’s Camden Yards, the Howard University softball stadium is designed to be a contextual, yet state-of- the arts facility. The use of brick would be prominent in the design of stadium elements, press box, seating, dugouts, fencing, etc. due to its use at the Banneker School, the neighborhood and campus. With the Banneker School being the backdrop in right field, a softball version of a mini-Camden Yards could be achieved.

The field’s conceptual design calls for an athletic turf field, with a “drain through” system which would be compatible with storm water management and water quality design methodologies. The fence would be a minimum of 200 ft or equivalent, down the right and left field lines with a possible 220 ft center field wall. A batter’s eye fence in center field and a Daktronics scoreboard in left field would be installed. In addition, a Musco lighting system would be installed for night or overcast games.

The covered dugouts would be equipped with helmet and bat racks, benches, protective fencing, lights for night games and infrared heating units for cool or cold weather games and practices in late winter and early spring. In addition, the dugouts are designed to accommodate Big Fogg misting fans for hot days in May or late spring and summer dates when the Bison host summer softball camps or for fall practices in late August and September.

Southern Maryland Sportsplex Learning Center

Waldorf, MD

As the population continues to grow in Charles County, Maryland, a group of residents, friends, and concerned citizens came together to respond to this quality of life issue that affects the citizens of Charles County. The Southern Maryland Sports and Learning Complex (SMSPLC) is one such response.

The goal of the project is to provide the residents of Southern Maryland and the surrounding communities with a facility that provides a venue for youth sports; adult physical fitness training and exercise; health and wellness for adults and youth; youth and adult education, learning, personal development opportunities

The proposed site is in the La Plata/Waldorf area of Charles County. The proposed facility would provide a high quality, convenient, readily accessible facility to address some of the recreation needs, as discussed earlier within this report. The complex would be multi-use with outdoor and indoor activity spaces, combining the needs of full personal development and enhancement in a safe, high quality, athletic and learning facility.

On the outside, the facility includes, softball/baseball diamonds; horizontal fields for soccer; field hockey and lacrosse; a stadium for football; playground, tot-lot with ample parking. Inside a large fitness center; health and wellness suite; community rooms; auditorium, workout rooms overlooking a 6-basketball court gymnasium wrapped by an indoor track.

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The Laurel Soccer Park

The Laurel Soccer Park concepts were developed from a 10-acre site at the intersection of MD 198 and Bond Mill Road in Laurel, Maryland. The plan calls for two natural grass soccer fields with two-200 seat bleachers for each field, gazebos, and a clubhouse replete with locker rooms, dining and banqueting rooms, a commercial kitchen with outdoor walk-up concessions, patio dining, private club/suite party rooms, and locker room facilities. The site also was designed for 101 parking spaces.


Breath of Life Seventh-day Adventist Outreach Center
Fort Washington, MD

This 29,000 SF community center was designed to be a hub of church activity. The church administrative offices are in the building along with conference rooms, seminar rooms, a 15 station computer lab, a fitness room, an NCAA regulation sized basketball court, a theater with changing rooms, 200 fixed seats for viewing, and a commercial kitchen designed to feed 500 people in a banquet setting. The building was designed for durability and low maintenance. The signature design feature is a vaulted wood ceiling w/ wood glulam beams above the multi-purpose room.

Greater Morning Star Pentecostal Church

Largo, MD

Designed as Phase I of a multi-phased ministry campus on 53 acres in Prince George’s County, GMSPC is a 1,400 seat, 29,000 SF multi-purpose building used for worship and ministry. Opening in September 2007, the church also houses administrative offices, classrooms, and a fellowship hall with catering/prep kitchen.

*Derrick Adams completed while employed with FWA.

Gospel Tabernacle Outreach Center

Baltimore, MD

This 20,000 SF award-winning project was a combination of demolition, addition, and renovation. The project included 20 classrooms, an 80-person dining-community hall, a computer lab, a choir music room, administrative offices, and a 2-story entry link that connects the existing building with the addition. In 2006, the project won an award for masonry design and craftsmanship from the Masonry Institute of Maryland.

*Derrick Adams completed while employed with FWA.

Israel Baptist Church

Baltimore, MD

The Israel Baptist is a 36,000 SF sanctuary that seats 1,600 people that was Phase I of a 2 phased project. In addition to the sanctuary, the church has meeting rooms, choir practice room, and various offices. Derrick Adams designed this church while employed at FWA, Inc. Its architectural features include a stepped loggia and a 2,000 + SF stained glass mural in the main lobby or the church and at the rear of the sanctuary.
*Derrick Adams completed while employed with FWA.


Mitchell Courthouse Elevator Modernization and Replacement
Baltimore, MD

As part of an on-call contract with the City of Baltimore, the ADG provided architectural services to renovate and modernize the elevators in the historic Mitchell Courthouse. The project included upgrades to three passenger elevators, the installation of one new passenger elevator in an existing shaft, upgrade to the freight elevator and prison-er elevators, upgrade to the law library dumbwaiter, and retaining the existing historical character of the lobbies and elevator doors.

Baltimore Visitor Center

Baltimore, MD

Though constructed in 2002 as a modern, state-of-the-art facility, the Baltimore Visitor Center experienced HVAC issues and extreme heat gain due to the large glass wall surfaces that surround the building. The ADG, along with MEP engineers, Henry Adams, Inc., provided window shading film and HVAC modifications to the building to minimize heat gain, increase air-circulation and flow throughout the space.

Baltimore Convention Center - Peer Review and Chiller Plant Replacement

Baltimore, MD

In association with Henry Adams, Inc. The Adams Design Group is providing peer review ser-vices for the roof design, architectural interface of the proposed new chiller plant equipment with the building and other architectural systems. The ADG is also providing review of submissions and specifications for architectural related designs and products.


Kentland Community Center
Landover, MD

This is a 33,000 SF new recreation center for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Although not a LEED project, many sustainable features, such as daylighting features, green and vegetative roofing systems, photovoltaics, natural light walls, bioswales, and drainage trenches are used. The project includes a gym w/ 3 basketball courts including an NCAA regulation court, a teen room with tech features, fitness center, various meeting rooms, computer lab, media studio, and child daycare center. The project also features a performance arts room for use by community theater and dance companies.

*Derrick Adams was PM when initiated at FWA, completed as executive architect with the Adams Design Group, LLC.

Owen Brown Community Center

Columbia, MD

Owen Brown Community Center is the central facility for the Owen Brown Village Center of Columbia. Initially, a cosmetic project, OBCC grew into a total makeover with the enlargement of two multi-purpose rooms; life safety and egress modifications; ADA toilet room upgrades; installation of high-efficiency HVAC equipment; electrical upgrades; the transformation of the residential-styled kitchen to catering kitchen; renovated child care area and new finishes and furnishings. Since the completion of the renovation, OBCC has experienced an increase in leasing and rental reservations and requests. LEED was not required, but “green” materials and techniques were used throughout.

Walker Mill Daycare

Individual experience of Derrick Adams, architectural services were rendered for a 5,000 SF daycare facility for children ranging from 2 to 5 years old. The program also included aftercare for school aged children and class-room spaces for parental training and assistance. Although a non-LEED project, “green” materials and techniques were used such as carpet, paint, water saving plumbing fixtures, lighting controls, and clerestory windows for natural light. In addition, the building was oriented to receive photovoltaic roof panels on the south side of the building.


Walker Mill Day Care & Training Center

Capitol Heights, MD

Providing full architectural design services for a 10,000 square foot facility for the care of children ranging in age from 2 to 4 year old along with the necessary support spaces and administrative functions. Program also includes aftercare for school aged children.

MNCPPC - College Park Airport Operations Building
College Park, MD

The ADG provided project management services for MNCPPC for this project. This project consists of the construction of a two-story, 12,815 square foot, airport operation, and attached maintenance building with associated meetings and support spaces. The building is to be a structural steel frame with masonry, glass curtain wall, and insulated metal panel exterior with a single-ply membrane roof. The operations portion of the building includes airport operations and control, pilot and passenger waiting areas, adjacent main lobby with elevator and grand staircase to meeting rooms on the second floor including an exterior observation deck. The maintenance bay is an attached 2200 square foot repair/restoration hanger. Moody-Nolan architects is the architect of record on the project.

MNCPPC - Parks & Recreation Auditorium

Riverdale, MD

The Parks and Recreation (PRA) Auditorium is a space that received a total makeover that was the impetus for renovations throughout the building. The original space, used solely as a hearing room for Board Commissioners, was dark and dank that featured a three foot sunken pit with raised walkway and viewing areas on the perimeter. Hazardous materials and poor air quality were also issues. The solution was to eliminate the environmental issues, remove the accessibility concerns with the sunken pit and transform the space into a vibrant and bright flexible space which, with the inclusion of new technologies, can be used for hearings, seminars, classroom and office space. The exposed structure and ductwork gives the space a modern, tech feel. The renovation and architectural character extended into the adjacent corridors and entrance lobby. *Derrick Adams completed while employed with FWA.

Maryland Food Bank

Individual experience of Derrick Adams, the Maryland Food Bank (MFB) Community Kitchen was a design/build effort with Mustang Construction, a local general contractor. The project consists of a 6,000 SF pre-engineered structure that is connected to the existing MFB warehouse which enables internal supply and connection with other MFB functions. The Community Kitchen provides adults seeking a new start in life by learning the culinary arts while providing underserved residents of Baltimore home-cooked meals. The project consists of a multi-functioned commercial kitchen designed for thousands of people per week with packing and packaging of pre-cooked meals. It also has offices for administrative staff, training/conference room space with observation windows into the kitchen along with the associated support spaces.

*Derrick Adams completed while employed with Arel Architects.

National Society of Black Engineers International Headquarters

Alexandria, VA

The National Society of Black Engineers was located at a nearby location and decided to relocate to a larger facility that better satisfied their spatial needs. This vacant 18,000 SF, 3-story, Class-C office building in Alexandria, Virginia was transformed into the Class-A corporate headquarters for NSBE. Many building systems were upgraded including HVAC and fire suppression. ADA upgrades were also accomplished. The project included executive and staff offices, upgrade to grade level parking deck, a student training center and modern conferencing rooms.

Maryland Food Bank Office Renovations

Halethorpe, Baltimore County, MD

Worked with the Maryland Food Bank to determine spatial needs and develop a program and concept designs for the expansion of the Baltimore corporate offices and distribution center. The worked produced was used by MFB to justify their expansion plans for the Board of Directors.

The office area doubled to over 12,000 SF and included a conference center, executive suite, ADA toilet room upgrades, and space for expansion. Additional areas within the facility were also designed for modifications as well as the building elevation and entrance.

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Mount Rainier Police Department - Interior Renovation

Baltimore, MD

The Mount Rainier Police Department project consists of the interior fit-out and renovation of 4,800 sf of the lower level of the police station. The new space is designed to house new offices, break room, simulation-training room, fitness center and other support spaces.