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Case Studies

Organizations engage Marks Thomas to create environments that enhance the user experience as well as the surrounding community. These environments make a difference to all involved: users, occupants, designers, builders, and owners. We share stories about our work, methodologies, and approach to design on our blog, Viewpoints, and highlight select architecture projects in case studies listed below.


520 Park Ave Case Study

520 Park Ave: A Catalyst For Redevelopment
Marks Thomas designed the adaptive reuse of 520 Park Avenue, located in historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. Principal Tom Liebel chatted with the project’s biggest supporters on the building’s impact.

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Catholic Charities Case Study

Catholic Charities: Providing Low-Income Seniors with Secure, Affordable Housing
Many low-income seniors remain in unsafe settings much longer than they should because they have few affordable options. Find out how Marks Thomas and Catholic Charities are collaborating to create safe and inviting communities for older residents on limited incomes.

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Ashby Ponds Case Study

A New Model of Senior Living at Ashby Ponds
For over 30 years, Erickson Living has provided innovative retirement living solutions that fuse residential, amenity, and healthcare services. The most recent Erickson community designed by Marks Thomas embodies the personalized luxury and convenience today’s seniors desire.

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The SEED Foundation: Public Boarding Schools Pave the Way for Optimal Learning
More than a decade ago, the SEED Foundation launched a bold vision to create public boarding schools for underserved kids. With Marks Thomas as the master plan and lead architecture firm, SEED’s vision is now a reality and primed for expansion nationwide.

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Chase Brexton Health Care Case Study

Chase Brexton: Preserving the Past, Paving the Way for Affordable, Top-Quality Health Care
Chase Brexton Health Care started in 1978 as a one-room facility — and grew to a full-service health system with a rapidly expanding patient population. Find out how a century-old Baltimore landmark is enabling Chase Brexton to evolve and fulfill a vital community need.

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Miller's Court Case Study

Miller’s Court: From a Forgotten Factory to a National Model of Social Sustainability
When an innovative developer envisioned better housing options for new teachers relocating to Baltimore and teaching in the public school system, Marks Thomas transformed an abandoned 19th-century factory into a thriving living and working community.

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