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Preserving the Past

We possess solid analysis and design experience for mechanical, electrical and life safety systems related to historic structures and buildings of established historical significance.

Our background incorporates expertise for specialized ventilation, fire protection, lighting requirements, and access and security measures.

We are adept at providing innovative designs aimed at preserving the historic nature of facilities.

  • Representative Clients

    • MD Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD
    • Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
    • William Martin Building, Washington, DC
    • Trinity School Chapel, Ellicott City, MD
    • Winters Lane, Catonsville, MD
    • Numerous historic monuments/buildings in the National Park System, US Dept. of the Interior

James Brice House, Annapolis, MD

The challenge posed by restoration efforts at the Brice House was to provide mechanical and electrical systems that would meet the private owner's requirements for modern system capabilities, while preserving the historic character both inside and out, of this 1774 structure. EBL worked closely with the architect and historic consultant to achieve that goal.

Except for some electrical receptacles exposed in carefully detailed recesses in the baseboard, no other evidence of the mechanical and electrical systems were in evidence in the house. Communication and power outlets for small meeting and conferences were located in the center of the larger rooms, but were concealed beneath removable sections of the original flooring.

Air conditioning supply air and return air devices were crafted from wood or plaster to meet our specifications. Condensing units, which serve attic or basement mounted air handlers, were located remote from the house for both concealment and noise attenuation purposes, and were connected by buried refrigerant lines.

The James Brice House has since been purchased by the State of Maryland and is maintained by Historic Annapolis, Inc. They started a multi-year historic renovation to turn the house into a museum.




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