Eastern Family Resource Center

Baltimore, MD

BKM provided m/e/p design services for the new construction of Eastern Family Resource Center (EFRC). The 80,000-square-foot, three-floor facility provides shelter for underserved women, children, and families of the community.

This new facility replaced the county’s former outdated EFRC on MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s campus at 9100 Franklin Square Drive, which was often overpopulated. The center functions as both a shelter and resource center, expanding the facility's ability to offer social services, low-cost health services, and support programs run by Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services. The new shelter space in the EFRC was designed specifically to cater to the needs of those entering the shelter, enhancing the quality of care for its adult and youth patrons as well as partnering agencies. The facility's design included various unique spaces: flexible office space, commercial kitchen/dining, child care/development space, outdoor play area, workshop space, educational space, family-style suites, temporary housing for homeless individuals with dedicated separate space for men and transitional housing, and a bed-bug incinerator.

Rooftop air handling units serve this facility with DX cooling and gas-fired heat. Space temperature control is maintained via VAV terminal units complete with HW reheat coils. A new gas service was provided and solar domestic water heaters were designed to meet the primary hot water needs of the facility. Gas-fired water heaters were included as back-up.

The facility's 277/480V service is fed via a 3000A main distribution switchboard with a 2000kw diesel generator. The generator feeds a 3000A generator switchboard which then feeds three ATS's (one emergency with bypass isolation and two optional standby). There are then secondary switchboards fed from each ATS. The building's lighting is a high-efficiency fluorescent lighting system with standalone nLight lighting controls. Careful design considerations were implemented to meet the seismic requirements of the building. The electrical systems were designed to withstand the effects of earthquakes and vibrations since the resource center is a designated emergency shelter. The lighting was designed to withstand high impact and high abuse situations. The facility is anticipating LEED Silver certification.

Project Details

  • Client Baltimore County Property Management
  • Size 80,000 SF
  • Cost $26 M
  • Architect Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.

Sustainability Details

  • Anticipating LEED Silver
  • Solar domestic water heating
  • Air-to-air heat recovery air handling unit
  • High-efficiency condensing boilers
  • High-efficiency pumping systems with integral VFDs
  • Heating coils with 2-way modulating valves
  • Variable air volume air handling system with VFD
  • Air-side economizer cycle for air handling unit system
  • Enhanced energy management through DDC system
  • Demand controlled ventilation
  • Outdoor air delivery monitoring
  • Refrigerant management (HFC refrigerants)
  • Indoor pollutant source control
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures for water reduction
  • Occupancy sensor-controlled lighting
  • Occupancy sensor-controlled receptacles
  • High-efficiency fluorescent lamps and ballasts
  • Multi-level switching for greater control and reduced light output