Magazine article Journal of Property Management

A Neighborhood Defined: The Legg Mason Tower Helps Define the Harbour East Neighborhood of Baltimore and Is an Iconic Piece of Baltimore's Skyline

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

A Neighborhood Defined: The Legg Mason Tower Helps Define the Harbour East Neighborhood of Baltimore and Is an Iconic Piece of Baltimore's Skyline

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Baltimore is a bustling, diverse city that has always been defined by its neighborhoods, it has, in fact, been called a city of neighborhoods--with each section of the city boasting its own unique personality and culture. And these neighborhoods continue to evolve.

Case in point: Harbor East. Located at the base of Interstate-83 in downtown Baltimore, Harbor East was designed as a quintessential live, work, play neighborhood. It has a blend of residential buildings, upscale hotels, restaurants, Class-A office space, retailers and a waterfront promenade. One of the neighborhood's defining properties is the Legg Mason Tower.

Completed in 2009, the building quickly became a central high-rise in Baltimore, attracting a strong tenant mix and earning accolades in the building industry. It earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and it was one of six developments in the country recognized by the Urban Land Institute with the WaveMaker Award in 2009.

MAKING A STATEMENT

The Legg Mason Tower is a Class-A office building that serves as the investment management company Legg Mason's world headquarters. Founded in Baltimore, Legg Mason has remained loyal to its roots by keepings its headquarters in its home city.

However, Legg Mason did not always call this building home. The firm's former headquarters was in the Transamerica Tower in downtown Baltimore. When Legg Mason's leaders decided to change locations, they wanted a property that would make statement to its employees, prospective employees, partners, shareholders and the community at large. That's when the firm set its sights on the new Harbor East neighborhood.

"Perhaps the most compelling case for an organization to relocate its offices to Harbor East is found in a testimonial given by Jody Clark, the former director of real estate for Legg Mason," said Tim O'Donald, president of Harbor East Management Group, which developed the property. "She said, 'Attracting the best and the brightest employees is a key driver of our business. We have found that the quality of our office space directly relates to our employees' enjoyment of working for our company and to their overall productivity. To this end, we search for space that incorporates current design styles, a vibrant live, work and play neighborhood, and leading-edge technologies, including green initiatives. Moving to a state-of-the-art LEED-certified building helps to illustrate to our employees, as well as our partners and shareholders, that we have a continued commitment to do our part in protecting the environment.'"

A MODERN MARVEL

The 24-story, 600,000-square-foot Legg Mason Tower quickly became an iconic asset in Baltimore's skyline with its sculptural, sleek tower. The property is also part of a larger complex that includes a 1,150-car, five-story underground garage, the Four Seasons Hotel and the Four Seasons Private Residences.

Renowned architects HKS/Hill Glazier Studio, in association with Beatty Harvey Coco Architects, designed the glass high-rise. The base of the building is clad with a combination of jura limestone and Virginia Mist granite, punctuated by a glass and steel curtain wall. The tower above is finished in a panelized curtain wall system utilizing clear low-E coating, which minimizes the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that can pass through glass--thus, improving the windows' insulation. …

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