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Annapolis Market House Renovation

HVAC system renovation plays important role in the renovation of a centuries-old market house.
  • The Annapolis Market House features high ceilings, open spaces, and a window counter-Gannett Fleming

    High ceilings, open spaces, and a 24-seat window counter overlooking the waterfront greet shoppers. 

City of Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland

Our Role
Mechanical, Structural, Electrical, Civil/Site.

5,000 square feet
Construction Cost
2 years
  • Idle for years, this prime spot on Annapolis’ waterfront is open for business.

The Market House in Annapolis, Maryland, is a gathering place for locals and tourists seeking good food and the historic vibe of this centuries-old market. But between the humid Maryland summers and the heat emanating from tenants’ appliances, the facility’s overpowered heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit failed to provide customers with a comfortable experience. Gannett Fleming was retained to study the HVAC system and recommend a solution to keep tenants and customers cool and happy.

What We Did

Gannett Fleming provided mechanical, electrical, structural, and civil engineering services for the installation of 22 closed-looped geothermal wells as part of a ground-source heat pump system. In planning the design and construction, the team considered the historic nature of the building, its location at the state capital’s city dock, and the pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the area. Gannett Fleming designed improvements to the sidewalks, stormwater drainage inlets and pipes, and provided LEED® analysis of the proposed landlord and tenant fit-outs, drainage system investigation, documentation of existing conditions, and City Council testimony. 

Key Features

  • Installation of geothermal wells in three phases accommodated delivery truck traffic
  • New vendor layout, shiny counters, and 24-seat bar with window seating transform the look of the long, low space
  • Construction work was scheduled in three phases to accommodate traffic flow
  • All HVAC equipment is housed within the structure to leave the historic site’s perimeter unchanged.

Awards & Recognition

  • Outstanding Project Award, 2014, American Council of Engineering Companies of Maryland, Engineering Excellence Awards.

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