The H. Chambers Company

Clients & Work

  • The H. Chambers Company Corporate Offices
    Baltimore, Maryland

BACKGROUND

Having spent over 40 years in the firm's North Charles Street headquarters, designed and built by Chambers in 1964, the business had changed so that a new and more efficient space plan was needed. However, the old headquarters, on three levels, had no room for expansion. Chambers had evolved to provide state-of-the-industry master planning for private clubs, architecture, full-service purchasing and installation in addition to interior design and those groups, which function as a unit, were spread throughout the building.

This is a space in which to grow for another 100 years.

OUR APPROACH

Chambers knew that it was committed to remaining in Baltimore City, the city of its birth over 100 years before; it knew it wanted the various disciplines to have proximity to each other, on one floor; it hoped to find a "green" building to reflect its commitment to environmental design; and it needed a space that was easy to access for the employees and for national and international clients.

RESULTS

When the principals looked at the largest office building in the State of Maryland they knew they were home. This building, of over 1.3 million square feet, was the old Montgomery Ward Distribution Center in South Baltimore, close by Interstate 95 and within minutes of Baltimore Washington International Airport. And it had been adapted to office space using green construction techniques. Chambers focused on contrasting the rough architecture of a warehouse with sophisticated materials such as fine woods, South African slate and a wall of water. The interior was planned so that on entering the offices the visitor looks through the entire space to the beautiful park beyond and so that the enormous resource library, one of the largest in the business, is central to all who need it. Each of the Chambers services is within steps of all the others for quick consultation and effective use of time. This is a space in which to grow for another 100 years.