Herring Run Watershed Association

Educational, Non Profit, Award Winning, Sustainable

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“Herring Run - Growing a Green Building” involves the complete renovation of a 3,000-s.f. former bakery and a two-apartment residential building, which was purchased in 2004. The project, which has achieved Baltimore’s first LEED-NC Gold rating, is located near Herring Run Park in the Belair-Edison Main Street District.

The project is a natural extension of the owner’s vision to create:

› a place for children and families to learn about the environment, their role in it and how “green” can be beautiful and functional.

› a community asset with a 40-seat educational space available to community organizations, non-profit organizations, and others.

› an attractive and functional office space for staff, visitors, and volunteers in which to carry out HRWA’s environmental mission.

› a sustainable building that will be efficient to operate and that will illustrate green building technologies that are adaptable to Baltimore row-house construction and renovation.


Design Team: Steve Ziger; Darragh Brady

Team: Morris Ritchie Associates, Inc. - Structural Engineer; Henry Adams Inc. - Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

Owner: Herring Run Watershed Association

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Construction Cost: $800,000

Area: 3,000 sf

Completion: 2009

Program: offices, educational space, green roof

Photography: Alain Jaramillo


  • 2009 Special Recognition Award — USGBC Maryland Chapter


Sustainable Design

LEED-NC Gold Certification was achieved for integrated use of sustainable design elements. For the materials and indoor environmental quality portion of the project, we re-used most of the interior stud partition wood for the moldings throughout. Linoleum, recycled fiber walk-off mats, low-VOC paints, caulks, and low-emitting materials were used as a matter of course. The contractor did an extraordinary job of managing the demolition recycling and managed to train a whole new cadre of subs in green construction. They also did an exceptional job in tracking down materials that fit the regional, FSC and rapidly renewable requirements.