BKM provided MEP services for the renovation/addition to Baltimore County’s Westside Men’s Shelter. The design addressed renovations to 8,400-square-feet of the existing facility, which was only able to house a total of 110 men. The addition to the facility created a one-story 15,000-square-foot, 154-bed shelter to serve the community’s male homeless population by providing shelter, privacy, and job and health services.
The shelter includes sleeping areas, working kitchen, cafeteria/dining space, healthcare exam rooms, laundry services, social services rooms, administrative offices, and a large Resource Center with conference room space for hosting workshops. Additionally, there is an outdoor garden area to provide fresh produce for food preparation.
Multiple air handling units were provided along with a dedicated exhaust system with make-up air unit for the commercial kitchen equipment. Due to the facility requirement to serve as a disaster relief site if necessary, a standby generator with capacity to meet the building’s full load was provided. DDC controls were designed to interface with the central monitoring location for Baltimore County. The building’s design achieved LEED Silver certification with various sustainable features: 44% interior water use reduction, 21% energy cost savings, and 88% of construction waste diverted.