Middle Branch
Fitness & Wellness Center
Baltimore City Recreation & Parks

Community is at the heart of the Middle Branch Fitness and Wellness Center, creating a multi-purpose building and a recreation hub, a place of nature and activity.


Construction Cost
$23 Million
Year Completed
Square Feet

Team Members Involved

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Marianne K. Crampton, PE
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Steve McCalmont
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George Bakalyar
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Seth Glasser​
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Amanda Pizza, PE


Architect | GWWO Architects

800 Wyman Park Drive # 300
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 332-1009

Project Overview

The project upgrades an existing community center, renovates the pool, and creates additional fitness and wellness amenities. The site will feature a shared use trail, fitness loop, a new Ripken artificial turf field, and a soccer field. Future phases will include a dog park and basketball courts.

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MK is providing civil engineering and landscape architecture services on this task order under a BCRP Open-End. MK also prepared cost estimates at concept, schematic, and design milestones, and supported value engineering exercises throughout the project.

The 20-acre site was previously a Baltimore City incinerator facility. Waste from the incinerator site had been disposed of on site and created a layer of ash material that had to be tested and mitigated. MK worked with MDE in the early stages of the project to develop a plan to properly cap the contaminated soil with existing clean fill material available on site, which avoided costly haul-off to approved disposal areas.

The park is also located in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area. Our design was mindful of the limitations imposed by this designation and the additional permitting required. MK negotiated off-site tree mitigation, as necessary.

Baltimore County Public Schools Northeast Elementary School No. 2

This new school created an environment which mirrored its original greenfields site. Using submerged gravel wetlands, colorful landscaping, and a bridged swale, MK’s site design integrated existing natural features.


Frederick County Public Schools Blue Heron Elementary School

A new elementary school in Frederick County was created in response to growing population and development in the County. This school required extensive coordination with the developer of the adjacent community.

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Mother Seton Academy Mother Seton Academy Gymnasium

By thoughtfully designing and programming a tiny lot, the Mother Seton Academy gained a learning garden, pocket park, and outdoor classroom for their middle school students.


Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS) Severn Center

The Severn Center is a project 20 years in the making, a multi-purpose center created for children, youth, families, seniors – a place of community involvement and impact.

Image Credit: Murphy & Dittenhafer