Wednesday, May 13, 2015

This Week on Carroll Creek - May 11, 2015

Improvements are in full swing down at the Creek, with all sections at different levels of construction. Follow along with our blog to be 'in the know' on the status of Carroll Creek Park.

Looking West to the East Street bridge in the back ground.  The green reinforcing steel will be the new walls for the Mill Pond and Fountain.  The Mill Pond Fountain will be lit and the largest of the fountain/ponds.  The Contractor has planned the work so that this pond will be the final fountain pond to go into service. Water levels at this point will be at least to the top of the green rebar and will cover the flat concrete within the rebar walls.

Standing on the East Street Bridge looking to the East (the old Union Mills building is the left), you can see the full  layout of the Mill Pond as the bulging north and south walls of the creek gives an idea of the magnificence of this planned creek widening and fountain. 

 A rendering of the creek improvements and pedestrian access at the proposed Union Mills improvements.

With all the talk of fountains, we thought you might want to see the massive structures that make the fountains work.

The three structures pictured are the underground fountain pumping vaults.  There are four total being installed along Carroll Creek.  One has already been installed at the Galleria Fountain (See the picture below), near the Delaplaine and is nearly complete.  Of the three pictured above, one will be installed at the turning basin which is located to the south side of East Patrick Street. The remaining two pumping vaults will be buried on the north side and south side of the Mill Pond Fountain.  All work is scheduled to be completed between October and December of this year.

 Fountain at the Galleria (Delaplaine) with the pumping vault buried just beyond the fountain.

And amid all of the construction, we wanted you to know the ducks and new babies are doing well! 

About the Next Phase of Carroll Creek Park
This next phase of park improvements will include new and widened multi-use paths, landscape planters, lighting, water features and crosswalk improvements. The work will occur primarily between Bentz and S. Market Street and between the Delaplaine Arts Center and East Patrick Street. More than $100M in new and renovated private construction is planned along the new park/path sections which will eventually result in hundreds of new jobs and increased state and local tax revenue.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Inspiring Offices: LTD Creative

The location of LTD Creative used to be grocery store warehouse with wonderful hardwood floors.
Photo by Mary Kate McKenna Photography.
In The City of Frederick, business spaces go beyond basics. Here, unique offices allow businesses to cultivate creativity, express their company's culture, and create a work environment that inspires.  From industrial to classic, artsy to funky, historic to high tech, spaces abound to meet a variety of needs. 

Inspiring Offices is a feature that will highlight some of the creative and unique office spaces in Frederick.

Find Your Own Inspiring Office

If you are looking to open or expand a business in Frederick, we can help.  Contact us, and let us help you find your own inspiring office space so you can build your dream.  

In the meantime, we will be highlighting one funky, cool space a month and perhaps you can be inspired to do creative things to your own space. 

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek inside this month's inspiring office in Frederick - LTD Creative.

May 2015 Inspiring Office - LTD Creative

LTD Creative is a strategic web and graphic design firm.  Their knowledge base encompasses vast expertise in the association community, including work with education, medical, science, travel, and housing organizations. LTD Creative helps clients achieve their objectives with targeted materials which deliver powerful messages and inspire action.

We recently met with Louanne Welgoss, Principal & Business Relations, and Timothy Finnen, Principal & Creative Director in their cool studio space. They gave us a tour and answered a few questions about their great space and what inspires them. 

1. Why did you choose your current office location and how long has LTD Creative been located here? 
We have been here since 2006 and we chose this location because we want to work downtown where we can walk everywhere. We were previously in a smaller space on E. Church Street.

LTD Creative staff Timothy Finnen, Louanne Welgoss, Evan Wiegand, Lauren Noll, and the office dog, Maggie. Photo by DED.

2.  Was it “move in” ready or did you have to design/fit it out?
It was almost move in ready, we took down a wall and custom painted and added some touches to make it more personal, like custom doors and ceiling tiles.

3.  What inspirations did you use to decorate/design the space?
We love color and we let the staff pick the colors of their office cubes, as long as it matched the overall color palette!

Colorful cubes at LTD Creative. Staff is encouraged to pick their own colors from a master palette.
Photo by Mary Kate McKenna Photography.

4.  What are the most unique aspects about your office space?
It’s in an old grocery store warehouse and has wonderful hardwood floors.

5. What do your employees like best about the office space?  
Free parking, bright colors and the openness.

Bright colors and open atmosphere are two of the many attributes the employees love.
Photo by Mary Kate McKenna Photography.

If YOU know of any interesting office spaces, let us know and we will put them on our list to feature!