Linden Park Apartments in Bolton Hill receives notable honors from The American Institute of Architects

April 09, 2018

On October 13th, 2017, Linden Park Apartments was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2017 Excellence in Design Award as well as Honorable Mention for the Good Design = Good Business Award at AIA Baltimore’s 2017 award ceremony. The awards highlighted Linden Park’s redevelopment team of Somerset Memorial Partners, Wiencek + Associates, and Hamel Builders.

The renovations of Linden Park Apartments, completed in 2016, transformed an obsolete 1967 highrise in Baltimore to preserve affordable housing for seniors. The redevelopment acted as a catalyst in the neighborhood by restoring critical functionality to meet the needs of the residents and the surrounding neighborhood.

Originally built as one of the earliest HUD 202-financed projects in the country, the project suffered from years of neglect and was left un-renovated until 2014. The architect, Wiencek + Associates, devised a modern design that provided a renewed exterior facade by introducing floor-to-ceiling windows at the end of the building, along with enclosing the under building driveway to create a new leasing office, wellness suite and salon. The building was completely transformed to a safe, healthy, energy efficient and amenity-rich community with Universal Design standards. Once a liability, Linden Park is again a thriving community that allows senior residents to age in place in the neighborhood they call home.

Owner: Memorial Development Partners, LP
Architect: Wiencek + Associates, Architects + Planners
Contractor: Hamel Commercial
Civil Engineer: STV
Structural Engineer: Meyer Consulting Engineers
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Setty & Associates

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Linden Park Apartments was also awarded Special Recognition for the 14th Edition of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design for Aging Review Awards. Each year the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community invites architects, designers and providers to submit projects that represent conscientious design that advances environments for senior living to the jury for review. The selected winners are then highlighted in a juried exhibition and book that become a reference for senior housing providers, developers, advocates, architects, interior designers and other design professionals.

The jury selected Linden Park with a Special Recognition award due to the transformation of the 1960’s highrise building in Baltimore and the creation of space for outside service partners to provide on-site services to the community’s residents. The jury highlighted how Linden Park’s redevelopment improves the lives of the residents, allows them the opportunity to age in place and brings an overall renewal to the neighborhood. The award highlighted Linden Park’s redevelopment team of Wiencek + Associates, Architects + Planners and Somerset Memorial Partners.

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