St. John Properties Breaks Ground on New R&D/Flex Office Building in Maple Lawn
- Oct 09, 2012
St. John Properties, Inc. started construction at the end of September on a 42,620 square foot single-story building in its Maple Lawn Corporate Center park in Maple Lawn, a 600-acre mixed-use business community located in Howard County. This is the company’s final R&D/flex office product constructed in the Maple Lawn Corporate Center.
11850 West Market Place will feature 16-foot ceilings with suite sizes beginning at 2,520 square feet and rear loading docks. The exterior of the building will be brick and glass. It is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and will have high-energy HVAC units, energy-efficient motion sensor light fixtures, double pane insulated glass, white TPO roofing membrane, dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals and the use of low VOC paint and adhesives. Storm water runoff is managed by utilizing a state-of-the-art system that minimizes the effect on local waterways.
Maple Lawn is located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor section of Howard County, 22 miles from Baltimore and 28 miles from Washington, DC. It is a mixed-use community offering a “Main Street-style” environment, with office space, research and development/flex space, medical buildings, restaurants and retail, as well as a residential component that can support more than 1,300 units. Plans also call for a full-service hotel and conference center.
St. John is developing Maple Lawn in a joint venture partnership with Greenebaum Enterprises, Inc. that includes 388,000 square feet of existing office space, as well as the development rights for more than 800,000 square feet of office space. Last month, the Baltimore-based company also started work on 8135 Maple Lawn Boulevard, a four-story, 138,000 square foot Class “A” office building in Maple Lawn’s Business District.
“We continue to experience an extremely high demand for flexible office space among users looking for a strategic position within the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor region,” stated Jerry Wit, senior vice president, marketing for St. John Properties. He added that the latest project “is perfectly suited for professional service companies, satellite offices or light manufacturing and production organizations seeking to tap into the momentum of this strong marketplace. The leasing pace for each of our Maple Lawn R&D/flex buildings has exceeded our expectations.”