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100 Light Street

Design Collective

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Chelsea Blahut, Hanley Wood LLC

Project Name

100 Light Street

Project Status


Year Completed



19,000 sq. feet

Construction Cost



Lexington MKP Management, LP


  • Structural Engineer: SK&A Engineers
  • : Lilker Associates
  • Electrical Engineer: Lilker Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Design Collective
  • General Contractor: Ecological Restoration and Management



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Project Description


Located at the nexus of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, 100 Light was a classic 1960’s modernist office tower, rising 35 stories above a monolithic 1.3 acre granite plinth. The outdated building was 70% vacant, with a leaky underground parking garage, facing new competition from the next generation of Class-A office buildings. The client sought to reaffirm 100 Light as the center of downtown Baltimore. The design team took an innovative approach to reposition the building, leverage available resources and transform the barren plaza and lobby of Baltimore’s tallest building into a vibrant urban garden. With sustainability informing all decisions, the design team set out to create unique solutions that not only celebrate the sense of place at 100 Light but also showcase how greening urban spaces can also serve as a model for stormwater retention and run-off quality.
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