City Dock Action Committee by Brennan Murray

Sea of Parking

Over the past nine months we’ve had the opportunity to be apart of an unprecedented and historic opportunity for the City of Annapolis. In response to the NTHP’s designation of City Dock as an endangered site, and the last ULI Baltimore TAP ‘Reclaiming a Local and National Treasure’ City Dock, The City of Annapolis and Historic Annapolis have banded together like never before to create the City Dock Action Committee. They have assembled a group of experts and stakeholders to lead an extensive outreach effort into the community and to prepare an implementation strategy moving forward. We have had the honor of engaging the public through workshops and community meetings to create a framework for the city to ‘Take Action’ at City Dock.

It was a full roster Tuesday night with two separate public presentations, the first being a public Action Committee Workshop, and the second a Ward One Community Presentation. BCT along with Wilson Hammond, Hord Coplan Macht, Moody Graham, Michael J. Dowling, and others presented the latest Consensus Plan that took all nine Action Committee teams’ comments, considerations, and recommendations into consideration to develop an actionable plan.

The nine Action Committee Teams:

  • Design/ Placemaking

  • Financial Tools/Development

  • Programming/Community Access

  • Parking/Pedestrian and Bike Connections

  • Maritime

  • Resiliency

  • Burtis House

  • Business/Property Owners and Retail

  • Community Benefits, Character, and Livability

Bryce Turner delivering the Consensus Plan to  Ward One Residents Association , Tuesday, 09.17.19

Bryce Turner delivering the Consensus Plan to Ward One Residents Association, Tuesday, 09.17.19

The overall community reception to the ideas presented was a positive one, with many citizens giving thanks to all the committee members for their effort put forth thus far. BCT is thrilled and humbled to have participated in such a historic committee. Following these latest meetings, all teams will go back and make their final recommendations which will be consolidated into a final report. This report will then be handed over to Historic Annapolis and the City of Annapolis to create an RFQ to implement the Action Committee’s final recommendations. The Action Committee is definitely on its way to reclaiming City Dock for the Citizen of Annapolis.

BCT announces new interiors studio director by MJ Dame

LAUREN REISER  Studio Director, Interiors

Studio Director, Interiors

BCT, the US-based architecture, planning, design and graphics firm, announces new leadership of their Interior Design Studio. Lauren Reiser, a graduate of Eastern Carolina University and a LEED Accredited Professional with 14 years of experience, joined the firm August 6. BCT’s interior design studio is known for its creativity and focus on the end user’s experience. The studio’s collaborative efforts with architects, both within and outside of BCT, and their clients, create high-quality, custom-tailored interior spaces for living, working and playing.

“We are very excited to have Lauren join the Interiors Studio,” Bob Gehrman, Senior Principal, said. “She brings an extensive portfolio working with corporate, multi-family, senior and assisted living, hospitality, restaurant, and retail clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Her experience in workplace design is especially important to our future growth. Lauren will play a leadership role with the goal of expanding the studio and offering greater services to our clients.”

Prior to joining BCT, Lauren served clients throughout the region including COPT, BGE and JLL. She has also had the opportunity to provide design services for Exelon and several Erickson Living communities throughout the US.

BCT announces new graphics studio director by MJ Dame

BRENNAN MURRAY  Studio Director, Graphics   

Studio Director, Graphics  

BCT, the US-based architecture, planning and design firm, announces Brennan Murray as the Studio Director of Graphics.

“Graphics has been a core service in our firm since our founding nearly 50 years ago, and we are excited to build on that history by welcoming Brennan back to our family, after several years away working in the DC market,” Bob Northfield, Senior Director of Architecture + Design said. “In addition to creating comprehensive environmental graphics packages for our architectural projects, Brennan’s creative skills will enhance our offering with developers, other design firms and real estate consulting firms around the globe.”

Throughout his career, Brennan has produced graphic design solutions for a variety of projects, from mixed-use town centers to large-scale, international planning projects. “His approach to design thinking is both collaborative and in-depth,” according to Northfield, “and it reflects an extensive knowledge of marketable place making solutions within mixed-use environments.”

With a strong background in identity + branding, print, exhibit, environmental signage + graphics and place making, Brennan has experience in mixed-use, retail, entertainment, hospitality, residential, and waterfront developments at any scale. Specific projects include: The Collection in Chevy Chase, Maryland; Stonebridge in Woodbridge, Virginia; Westfield Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida; Bahçeşehir Park and Mall of Istanbul in Turkey; and Airia Mall in Gurgaon, India.