Beth El Congregation



The Beth El Congregation in Pikesville, MD chose A.R. Marani to perform a phased renovation of their Infant/Toddler wing followed by Preschool wing under a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) contract. The Infant/Toddler wing, originally built in 1959, was gutted back to the existing structure and asbestos abatement performed. Existing columns and bearing walls were removed and relocated to provide a new and more efficient layout. Extensive shoring systems were required before proceeding with this work. All new systems were installed including plumbing, electric, AV & IT, HVAC, classrooms, ceilings, windows, security doors, bathrooms, flooring, cubbies and a commons area.

We began demolition of the Preschool wing, originally built in 1886. This wing included 6 classrooms, restrooms, offices, kitchen, conference room, reception area, Spiritual room and Mikvah and was completed in time for the Preschool to re-open on time in early September 2016.

A new canopy was added at the drop-off area, new sidewalks front and rear, landscaping and the exterior of the entire building was power washed and rainscreen siding applied to a section at the entryway. Temporary classrooms and administrative offices were moved to the second floor. The second floor remained in use for the duration of the phased first floor renovations.

The 2nd project was the renovation of the last two classrooms of the preschool wing with the same spec finishes, casework, and lighting utilized in our initial renovation. The 3rd project was the renovation of the Women’s restroom and sitting room.

Project Details:
Architect Cho Benn Holback + Associates –
Infant/Toddler & Preschool
Levin/Brown Associates, Inc. – Kitchen
Size 118,339 sf
2,000 sf
Cost $3.5 Million