CEM Design has built a reputation for excellence in providing award-winning design and management solutions to hundreds of commercial and residential clients. Our primary areas of focus are historic restoration and renovation, and environmentally sustainable “green” design. While these may seem to be very different areas of expertise, we believe they are essentially complimentary. The most sustainable building conserves and reuses the embodied energy of an existing building.
Our residential commissions include numerous custom additions and renovations, including work on historic structures and accessible adaptations, through super-custom one-off houses. We have won numerous awards and recognition for our residential work from very diverse groups. A passive solar addition to a 1901 farmhouse in Dickerson, MD won an award from a local preservation organization, and was featured on Old Homes Restored, on the HGTV network.
Commercial work includes regional headquarters buildings for national corporations, general office tenant, professional office tenant and new construction, site analysis, and value engineering. We have also designed several restaurants and retail stores.
Institutional projects include a regional drug and alcohol clinic, assisted living facilities, half-way houses and a high school for indigent teens, two community centers for the City of Rockville, MD., and a new church for an Hispanic community.
Industrial work includes the laboratory for the company that produces the color-shift ink for the new U.S. currency, and several warehouses.
CEM Design was selected to be the Resident Architect for a federally funded demonstration project for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. Design and construction of the renovations required to comply with the Act were filmed for a PBS broadcast special.
We recently received an award for the restoration and addition to the 1764 manse Falling Green from the Maryland Historic Trust, with a special citation from Senator Ben Cardin. The manse was designed to LEED Gold standards, and is serving as the corporate headquarters for the Olney Boys and Girls Clubs.
CEM Design is committed to the principles providing comprehensive, personalized service; designing aesthetically appropriate, innovative projects that utilize state of the art materials and methods; and insuring that projects are completed on time and within budget. We have received several awards for our thoughtful, innovative designs, and numerous accolades for the thoroughness and accuracy of the documents we produce.
We are licensed architects in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, and Massachusetts, and we hold national certification (NCARB). We are LEED Certified by the US Green Buildings Council, Energy Star Partners, members of Green America and the Maryland Green Registry.