Spring 2013 


Our new address is:
7402 York Road, Suite 201, Towson, MD 21204

Telephone and fax numbers remain the same.
T: 410.296.3990   F: 410.296.3898

The format of our website has been changed from flash to html format. Now you can view our website using smart phones and tablets. The web address remains as www.peladesign.net.


To welcome the new beginning, we created a new logo. The design of our logo was inspired by the shape and the symbolism of a four leaf clover.

The four leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, the three leaf clover. It is hard to find, but lucky to have. According to the legend, the four leaf clover brings hope, faith, love, and luck to their finders. The mystique of this symbolism is very much still alive. As we look forward to the awakening of the world and new life of the spring we are pleased to share the new logo with you. While we are reminded of the clover this time of year, P.E.L.A. Design would like to wish you good fortune and good luck and a life of ease, comfort and prosperity for many years to come.


Although, like most of the nation, it was no easy sail in 2012, PELA did its best to provide high quality design for its clients. Listed in the following are highlights of our project for each month of 2012.

Cottages at Berlin, Town of Berlin, MD
PELA completed the design for this wellness-conscious senior housing development. The main features include a community center, a walking trail system, a putting green, a shuffle board and a croquet field as well as rain gardens, landscape infiltration areas and a submerged gravel wetland. The project is currently under construction.
Dundalk Avenue Streetscape Design, Baltimore, MD
PELA completed the streetscape design for Dundalk Avenue from Eastern Avenue to the City-County Line, an important gateway to Baltimore City. In additions to the improvements to traffic at various intersections, several streetscape improvements have been recommended to achieve the following goals: 1) improving the visual quality of the corridor, 2) enhancing the identity of the area, 3) traffic calming, 4)providing pedestrian amenities, and 5) ensuring pedestrian safety. The project is currently under construction.
Charles Street Streetscape Design Project,
Baltimore, MD

PELA completed streetscape design for Charles street from University Parkway in the north and 25th in the south. The landscape design features include median planting, intersection enhancements, street tree planting along sidewalk, other accent planting with seasonal interests. A special feature is the Art Plaza located on the widened sidewalk displaying artwork, sculptures and gardens. A community information meeting was held in March 2012.
Roland Avenue Improvements, Baltimore City, MD
Roland Avenue, a major arterial, goes through one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Baltimore City, MD, Roland Park. It was the community’s desire to transform this street into a complete street that initiated the project. The recommendations include various traffic calming measures: planting bumpouts, textured crosswalks, bike lanes, entrance improvements to Gilman School and Bryn Mawr School, new street trees as well as bio retention tree pits. A community meeting was held in April 2012.
North Avenue Streetscape Design, Baltimore, MD
It was the strong desire from the community to improve both the safety and the streetscape of the North Avenue corridor that initiated this project. The goals identified by the community are to improve the spatial and visual quality of the corridor, to create the feel of a narrowed street space for traffic calming purpose, to ensure a pedestrian friendly environment, to improve the traffic safety, to improve quality of life and to enhance the vitality of the community. A community meeting was held in May 2012. http://www.orangeconeproject.com/category/northavenue/
Coppin State University Science and Technology Center, Baltimore, MD
The proposed landscape features for the new Science and Technology Center include: 1) site landscaping, 2) streetscape design for North Avenue, 3) grand staircase, 4) the quad, 5) green roof, 6) quad step garden, 7) east terrace gardens with permeable paving and wood deck, 8) tree-lined path, 9) south and west gardens, 10) parking lot landscaping, and 11) Coppin Garden as community vegetable garden. This project is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
U.S. Embassy, Surabaya, Indonesia
The U.S. Embassy compound in Surabaya is finally completed, after more than three (3) years of construction. The project received LEED Silver Certification. The landscape features include entrance plaza and entry/motor court with granite pavers, consular garden, staff garden, open play lawn, grass meadow, planters on plynthe, stormwater management facility landscaping, streetscape, stabilized gravel pathway, interior drive and parking lot landscaping and a green roof.
Veteran Administration Out-Patient Centers
PELA has been involved in the preparation of concepts for several Veterans Administration Outpatient Centers around the country. Typical tasks include the preparation of the landscape plan meeting the local landscape code requirements, the design of memorial garden, healing garden, green roof, staff garden, etc., parking lot and loading area screening, entrance or entranceway beautification, stormwater management facility landscaping and more.
Purple Line Light Rail, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, MD
PELA completed landscape design services for the preliminary concept design for ten (10) of the twenty (20) transit stations and one maintenance yard. Sustainability design strategies were integrated throughout the design process. The main goal is to provide landscape intervention and mitigation for transit stations and the transit corridor. PELA is currently working on the preliminary landscape design for the transit system corridor, areas between stations.
Anne Arundel Community College Truxal Library Addition and Renovation, Arnold, MD
PELA completed the landscape design for this project in 2011 and provided construction phase services in 2012. The design features include an entrance plaza, a seating area, permeable paving path, planting beds with a perennial/grass mix, micro-bioretention areas, tree-lined paths and an extensive green roof on top of the Library addition. The construction of the project was completed and the dedication ceremony was held in October 2012.
MD 4 Pedestrian Safety Improvements
This project is to improve the pedestrian safety along MD 4/Pennsylvania Avenue from MD 458/Silver Hill Road to DC line. Series of micro bio-retentions areas were proposed along both sides of the road, which would become a prominent streetscape feature of MD 4. Other landscape/streetscape recommendations include median planting, intersection enhancements, ornamental pedestrian-scale street lights, screens, landscape buffers, tree preservation, and reforestation.
Woodlawn Museum and Vistor Center, Montgomery County, MD
This project was a historic preservation/adaptive reuse of an 18th century Quaker barn and a carriage house. The proposed landscape features included a stone seat wall, low maintenance planting, wood fencing, wood deck, a tar and chip surfaced Barnyard for special events and parking, and an ADA compliant tar and chip surfaced pathway system. Rain gardens and landscape infiltration strips were strategically located for Stormwater Management as well as visual enhancements. All existing trees within the project area will be preserved. The encroachment of the critical root zones will be minimized. The bid document was completed.
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