Foundational Relationships: Design Collective

Throughout this year, Allen & Shariff is taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate the foundational business relationships that we have developed during our first 25 years. As we pause to spend time with our valued friends and partners, we are taking the time to share a little about who they are, the work we’ve done together, and why we’re proud to know them. 

Read about how we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary all year long at

Design Collective is an award winning, multi-disciplinary design firm that applies a holistic approach to every project. Their comprehensive solutions include architecture, planning, urban design, landscape architecture, interior design, and sustainability. Through superior client service, design excellence, and technical expertise, Design Collective enhances the experience of the people who occupy their buildings as well that of the surrounding community.

For President/CEO Fred Marino, a quality business relationship is all about professionalism, integrity, honesty, and accountability when mistakes are made. “Above all,” he stated, “[don’t] be defensive and point fingers—instead, work to solve the problem.” These are the standards Allen & Shariff strives to live up to, along with a deep commitment to problem solving, customer service, and sustainable design. We are proud to share these values with Design Collective.

Here are some of the projects on which we’ve partnered, both old and new, with one project in particular that we won’t soon forget—our corporate headquarters.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore – Baltimore, MD
Allen & Shariff provided MEP Design and Construction Phase Services for each of the structures planned for the Maryland Zoo Capital Improvements Project. These services included preparing complete MEP engineering schematic design documents, design development documents with design details and outline specs, construction documents with details and technical specifications, bidding assistance, and construction administration. The $60 million, 160-acre project is intended to transform the zoo from a local amenity to a regional attraction.

Allen & Shariff Corporation Elkhorn Office Building – Columbia, MD
Allen & Shariff provided the complete MEP/FP/IT services for our corporate headquarters in Columbia MD.  The building is a two story, 25,000 square foot class “A” office condominium. The single tenant top floor was designed as a package rooftop VAV system. Allen & Shariff incorporated several diffuser, lighting and control types as part of a showcase to use with clients. Complete IT network design was included along with card key access. The first floor was split into four tenant spaces with split system heat pumps, and the project included site lighting and storm drainage. Allen & Shariff moved in to their new headquarters in June of 1999, and is happy to be here almost 20 years later.

Citicorp Day Care Center – Tampa, FL
Allen & Shariff provided MEP and FP design services for the Citicorp Daycare Center in this award-winning office complex. The stand-alone, 47,000 square foot facility provides care for infants, toddlers, and after-school children. The HVAC system was designed to serve the needs of the current facility, as well as provide additional capacity for two future wings.

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