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Whitman, Requardt & Associates LLP

 

 

Main Office Location:

801 South Caroline Street

Baltimore, MD 21231

Additional Offices:

Richmond, VA

Fairfax, VA

New Port News, VA

Blacksburg, VA

Lynchburg, VA

Houston, TX

York, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Wilmington, DE

Services: Drinking Water, Waste Water, Transportation, Planning, Building/ Facilities, Civil/ Land Development, Marine, Environmental, and Water Resources

History:

Whitman, Requardt and Associates was founded in 1915 by Ezra B. Whitman, William J. Norton, and Paul B. Bird as Norton, Bird and Whitman.  Major Whitman, local World War I war hero and founder of The Engineer’s Club, pioneered the design of the first rapid sand filtration plant to serve a major city while working as Baltimore Water Engineer.

Mr. Whitman acquired a reputation for innovation as one of the designers of Baltimore’s Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant – the first central plant for a large city in the United States. The small firm quickly became known for its expertise in water and wastewater projects.

Whitman, Requardt and Smith, renamed after the company reorganization in 1925, accepted its first major project – a water tunnel, 20 miles of pipeline, and a water filtration plant rated at 32 million gallons a day (MGD) for the City of Albany, New York. Benjamin Smith, a partner who worked for the company since 1916, opened an Albany office to oversee the project.

To aid the World War II war effort, the firm designed and constructed arsenals in Edgewood, Maryland; Huntsville and Red Stone, Alabama; and Rocky Mountain, Colorado. Benjamin Smith separated from the partnership in 1943 and maintained ownership of the Albany practice. Major Whitman and Mr. Requardt renamed the firm Whitman, Requardt and Associates (WR&A) and acquired six new partners. At the height of the war, WR&A staffed 700 employees.

In the 1960’s, WR&A diversified its practice by offering highway transportation and building design services. The firm ventured into marine engineering during the 1970’s and designed two of the largest graving docks in the world for Bethlehem Shipbuilding and Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company.

These high-profile projects elevated WR&A to a national leader in Drydock Certification for the U.S. Navy and design of ports, piers, bulkhead, and shipbuilding facilities.

With an increasing need for mass transit facilities, WR&A expanded its transportation services and participated in the planning and design of subways, light rail lines and commuter rail lines and their related stations, bus and rail maintenance facilities and aerial structures for both the Maryland Transit Administration and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Today, WR&A maintains its relationship with both agencies as well as the Delaware Transit Corporation (DART).

Recognizing the importance of land planning as the population increased and moved from the city to the suburbs, the firm offered residential and commercial land development engineering services. Projects included the White Marsh Regional Mall in Maryland and the new towns of Joppatowne, Columbia, and St. Charles.

Services included complete utility infrastructure, roads and lot layout. In the 1980’s, WR&A expanded the staff to include architects, mechanical and electrical engineers, and interior designers to adapt to the needs of the clients and the changes in society, development, and technology.

Today, the firm provides complete architectural and engineering services to industry as well as academic and research institutions in both the public and private sectors. Projects range from the planning and design of communication satellite assembly and test facilities, 400,000-SF federal government office buildings, aircraft maintenance hangars, flight simulator buildings, university dormitories, national aquarium, military training facilities, and schools (http://www.wrallp.com/history/tabid/154/default.aspx).

Selected Projects:

Symphony Woods Park

CSXT at MD 450

Air National Guard HQ

Ballenger-McKinney

I-95 Newark Toll Facility

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Written by Kelsey Stonecipher

January 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Posted in Uncategorized