UMBC Davidge Hall

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Industry: Historic Rehabilitation

Project Overview

Davidge Hall, a historic gem in the heart of Baltimore, is the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere continuously used for medical education. Originally built in 1812, this three-story, circular domed building constructed with heavy timber, steel, and massive brick walls, required meticulous restoration to preserve its architectural and historical integrity.

This project included the restoration of the brick facade, cornice repair/replacement, and slate roof work. ECRS was selected to provide access solutions to facilitate this delicate restoration work while navigating multiple project challenges: 

Historical Sensitivity: As a building of great historical value, any restoration work requires careful planning to preserve its structural integrity and historical features. The access had to be completely freestanding and counterweighted so as to avoid penetrations into the historic facade.
Complex Architecture: The unique circular dome and the presence of two superimposed round amphitheaters posed significant challenges for construction access.
Safety Requirements: Given the building’s active use and location, ensuring the safety of both the construction workers and the public was paramount.List item

Project Overview

To address the challenges of restoring this historic building, ECRS worked with the client to deploy a comprehensive suite of solutions to fit their project needs, including a counterweighted freestanding system scaffolding, cable hoist, stairs, debris netting, temporary fencing, and more. 

The restoration project at Davidge Hall is on track to be a resounding success, enhancing the structural integrity and aesthetic appeal without incident. ECRS’s involvement in this project exemplifies our commitment to excellence in managing complex historical restoration projects. Through our expertise in providing tailored access solutions and comprehensive construction support services, we contributed to preserving Davidge Hall for future generations, ensuring its continued use as a landmark of medical education.

Engineering and Design Services
Custom Scaffolding
Wall Access Scaffold
Cable Hoists
Stair Towers
Scaffold & Debris Netting
Public Protection Solutions
Temporary Fencing 
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