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Davis, Bowen & Friedel receives AIA Chesapeake Bay Award for the design of Rehoboth Beach City Hall
November 24th, 2020
The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Chesapeake Bay has recognized Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., (DBF) with a Citation award for the design of the Rehoboth Beach City Hall and Police Station complex.
This year’s AIA Chesapeake Bay 2020 Excellence in Design Awards celebration was held virtually on November 5th; narrated by DBF Architect, Kevin Shertz, AIA. A panel of judges from AIA Savannah reviewed nearly 30 submissions of exceptional architectural design projects within the Chesapeake Bay region. Entries in residential and non-residential categories, both new construction and renovation/addition sub-categories were recognized and awarded.
Rehoboth City Hall | PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVIS, BOWEN & FRIEDEL, INC.
Comprised of over 47,000 SF, the Rehoboth Beach City Hall renovation and addition were designed to upgrade a functionally deficient facility. The municipal facility serves as the city’s primary public service/public safety building and includes city administration departments, Alderman’s court, mayor and commissioner chambers, a convention center and a police station encompassing a 911 dispatch and emergency services center. The addition is comprised of three stories above the basement level and houses all the departments, extending the first floor from the new entrance on Rehoboth Avenue to provide the public easy access to the city hall and the convention center.
When designing the new structure, public safety was the city’s number one priority as the existing police station had become obsolete to modern day public safety standards. To address these concerns, the new facility provides complete separation of public parking from the area needed for public safety vehicles to provide security to those entering and exiting the station. While both the police department and the city hall share the same building, it was paramount for both entities to function independently from each other to meet each department’s individual needs.
Another goal of the renovation was to create a more prominent street presence along Rehoboth Avenue. To effectively address their needs, the design was broken down into three forms that emulate facades of neighboring buildings using brick and cast concrete similar to the material used for Rehoboth’s other civic structures, which include the library and the nearby fire station.
With the assistance of past and present mayors Sam Cooper and Stan Mills; City Manager, Sharon Lynn; and a task force of commissioners and concerned citizens, the design team was able to assemble a cohesive design that would integrate all four city buildings into one central location. While incorporating building features similar to the existing street façade, the design encouraged continuity along Rehoboth Avenue’s historic streetscape.
“We jumped into this project eight years ago with the goal of transforming this outdated and separated complex into a unified sustainable facility – one that reflected the coastal nature of the city, maintained its’s historical aesthetics and put visitor and pedestrian safety at the forefront With the assistance of the city and citizens of Rehoboth Beach, EDiS Company and Whiting Turner Contracting we were able to accomplish that. We are profoundly grateful to see this project recognized for its impact,” noted Michael R. Wigley, AIA, LEED AP, who is DBF’s president, and principal architect for the project in a statement.
Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. provided architecture, master planning, civil engineering, surveying, and landscape architecture services for this project. Chris Cullen, AIA and Carlos Moreno, Assoc. AIA, were key contributors providing architecture services, Cullen serving as a project manager. Andrew Welch, P.E., served as lead structural engineer, and Tim Metzner, PLA, LEED AP ND, headed the team’s civil engineering and landscape architecture teams. Eric Tolley, PLS, oversaw surveying.