Project Description


Philip Merrill Environmental Center
Annapolis, Maryland

Photo by Prakash Patel

Winner of multiple awards, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Headquarters building was the first ever recipient of a LEED Platinum certificate. It was selected as one of the top 10 work places in the world in 2001 by both Architectural Digest and Business Week. Other awards include the 2001 Top 10 Green Building award from the National AIA Committee on the Environment, the 2001 Grand award for Building Team Project of the Year from Building Design & Construction magazine and the 2003 NOVA award from the Construction Innovation Forum.

The project involved restoration of a 30 acre site within the Critical Area Zone of the Chesapeake Bay and construction of a 40,000 square foot office and education facility over structured parking.

In addition to supporting the Foundation’s administrative, advocacy and education programs, it serves as a model of beautiful and environmentally sustainable design.

Clark Construction Group
Total Cost

Green Buildings
Significant Site Constraints
Specialized Equipment

Synthesis realized that this was the biggest project we would ever do and that we wanted to do it right. Other firms seemed to be all about banging out the job and were not looking at the owners as partners. In hindsight, with so many moving pieces, the financing and the different expectations from stakeholders, hiring Synthesis was the best decision we made.
Chuck Foster, Chief of Staff, Chesapeake Bay Foundation