Awards of Excellence 2018
GTM Architects & Waynesboro Construction
Union Mills Phase 1

Union Mills Phase 1
Award of Excellence
Best Renovation

Project Team

Douglas Development - (Developer)
GTM Architects - (Architect)
Waynesboro Construction - (General Contractor)
Mackintosh Realtors, Inc. - (Broker)
The SK&A Group - (Structural Engineer)
Dwyer Engineering - (MEP Engineer)
Harris Smariga & Associates, Inc. - (Civil Engineer)

Executive Summary

Union Knitting Mills is a 53,000 SF mixed-use project located along Carroll Creek in Frederick, Maryland, incorporating office, retail, and restaurant uses. The historic 1-3 story brick structures, built between 1889 and 1925, were the site of the Union Manufacturing Company knitting mill. We were tasked with the preservation and adaptive re-use of the existing buildings, as well as the design of several additions to create a new building lobby and to replace a previously collapsed portion of the third floor.

The historic brick detailing and original freight elevators were restored, while new windows and structure were integrated with existing building components. Structural Insulated Panels were utilized to provide much needed thermal protection for the building and also to allow the heavy timber trusses to remain exposed. Additions to the building were designed to complement the rhythm, scale, and proportion of the original structures. Modern materials were used in cladding the addition to provide contrast from the historic brick facades.

A portion of the available office space on the 2nd floor within the building was built out to accommodate a software company desiring a unique office environment. The tenant was looking for an open concept design that blended a contemporary aesthetic with the building’s inherent industrial qualities. Exposed structure, brick, and ductwork on the interior all provide for a seamless joining of the modern and historic elements.

The 3rd floor 40’ x 210’ tenant area created programmatic and adjacency challenges but we utilized the space to efficiently organize the office into 2 halves. The open floor computer stations were located in the new 4,000 sf “glass box” half to reinforce the spatial feeling of openness, light and flexibility, while the offices, conference rooms and lounges were organized within the original masonry punched window half of the building.

Union Mills Phase 1


Signature Sponsor:
Clark Construction Company

Platinum Sponsors:
Brandywine Realty Trust  |   Glass Jacobson  |   The Tower Companies  |   Trammell Crow Company  |   Whiting-Turner

Gold Sponsors:
Akridge  |   Altus Group  |   The Bernstein Companies  |   Bohler Engineering  |   Brookfield  |   CBRE  |   The Chevy Chase Land Company  |   Chicago Title Insurance Company  |   Coakley Williams Construction  |   Cooper Carry  |   Danak  |   EDG2  |   Grosvenor  |   Grunley  |   JBG Smith  |   LCOR  |   Linowes & Blocher LLP  |   MetLife  |   National Building Museum  |   Penzance  |   Powers Brown Architecture  |   RCM&D  |   The RMR Group  |   Ruppert Properties  |   Transwestern  |   US Bank  |   Washington Gas  |   Washington Property Company