Frederick, Seibert & Associates, Inc. - Civil Engineering, Surveying, Landscape Architecture - Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia


The Centre at Hagerstown

Client Type: Commercial
Service Performed: Civil Engineering,Environmental,Landscape Architecture,Planning,Surveying


A project that began as a feasibility study for a major mall developer in 1996 continues to grow, prosper, and have an impact on the region. The Centre at Hagerstown presently consists of over 650,000 square feet of retail stores ranging from the couple thousand square feet Subway to the 200,000 plus square foot Super Wal Mart. In addition, there are various outparcels that a few of the following companies represented: McDonald's, Pizzeria Uno's, TGIFridays, IHOP, and Wendy's.

The initial work on this project for Petrie Dierrmann and Kuhn was to determine the feasibility of constructing such a large facility on a 180 acre parcel of ground, West of Interstate 81 between the Hagerstown Route 40 interchange and the Salem Avenue Route 58 Interchange. The study involved a comprehensive look at the following items: water and sewer, infrastructure adequacy, availability of gas and electric, natural systems constraints (i.e. flood plans, wetlands, soils, slope of land). In addition, a very thorough impact study of the site access to Maryland Route 40, Maryland Route 58 and Interstate 81 was completed in conjuction with The Traffic Group, who was responsible for the traffic study. All offsite utilities proposed to be extended to the shopping center were analyzed to accommodate the ultimate development of not only the shopping center itself but also adjacent land proposed for either retail and residential uses. A comprehensive feasibility study and cost estimate were assembled, with information pertaining to the development of this site to meet State and City Ordinances, for presentation to the client.

Once the decision was made to move forward, FSA prepared the complete set of engineering construction documents for the proposed regional shopping center and all necessary on and off site infrastructure improvements. This engineering and design included direct coordination with City and State officials for a new water tank for the City of Hagerstown near the existing West End Reservoir, a pump station on site large enough to handle the shopping center and all future commercial/residential development surrounding the Centre along with upgrades to the Route 40 Interchange with Interstate 81. In addition, FSA worked with the Maryland Department of the Environment, FEMA and the Army Corp of Engineers to remap a section of the 100 year flood plain to accommodate the Centre's layout.

The Centre at Hagerstown's regional impact continues to affect the development of the Route 40 / I-81 interchange region. Today thirteen years later, FSA continues to provided engineering services for multiple aspects of development in this area. Recently the Shoppes of Hagerstown, a sf Shopping Center that is anchored by Best Buy, opened for retails with a variety of stores and restaurants. Hagers Crossing, a Planned Unit Development, behind the Centre at Hagerstown continues to grow with construction continuing on Phase II and the design of a Multi-plex development adjacent to the Community Center. FSA continues to be involved in regional master planning and development of this region.