- Client: Erickson Retirement Communities
- Project Size & Type: Fast Track
- Address: 703 Maiden Choice Lane
Baltimore, MD 21228
Size & Type of Project – Fast Track
Modeled on a self-contained college campus concept, Ann’s Choice is a new retirement community located in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania. The 103 acre campus was developed on a former military airport.
The campus has four separate residential neighborhoods. Each of the four neighborhoods has five residential buildings. The average residential building is five stories comprising 120,000 gross framed square feet. Each neighborhood has its own two-story, 50,000 square foot community building. Some of the community buildings have indoor pools and TV studios. The residential buildings and community buildings are connected via a series of enclosed conditioned links and bridges. Some links are 5 stories tall. The approximate framed area of new construction is 2,500,000 square feet on a 103 acre campus.
Design work for the first neighborhood began in August 2001. Construction commenced eight months later. Design and construction proceeded in a phased, sequential manner. Occupancy was similarly phased. Currently, neighborhoods 1, 2 & 3 and the maintenance building are complete and occupied. Neighborhood 1 was occupied in June 2003 and Neighborhood 3 in 2009. Neighborhood 4 is 50% designed and is on hold pending economic improvement in the housing sector. To date, construction costs have been approximately $225 Million.
MCE Scope of Services
Meyer Consulting Engineers was retained to provide complete structural design services for the entire campus. Our work encompassed the schematic, design development, construction document, bidding and construction administrative phases of the work. Predesign services included a structural feasibility study to determine cost-effective framing systems. Due to the length of the project, this study was regularly updated to reflect market availability and cost changes.
Key MCE personnel include Mr. Lawrence Nagielski, P.E. (Principal-in-Charge) and Sanjoy Bose, P.E. (Senior Project Structural Engineer/Project Manager).