Merritt Clubs Canton

Merritt Clubs Canton

Baltimore, MD 2019

Project Description

Merritt Clubs Canton originally opened in 2003 with a membership of approximately 1,500. With membership today topping 7,000, the club began to experience overcrowding. After evaluating how members were using the facility, the club determined that expansion was necessary. With a vision of more space for group fitness and the largest rooftop pool deck in Baltimore in mind, Merritt Clubs and Merritt Construction Services began to map out a plan to redevelop the location in 2015.

Located in an urban setting in the middle of a busy professional and retail center, the site was constrained and expansion options seemed limited. Ultimately, the redevelopment of Merritt Clubs Canton consisted of a $20 million, eight-story addition with a rooftop deck featuring two pools, a bar and a restaurant; 20,000 square feet of new, first-floor workout space; a ground-level, six-lane indoor pool; and six floors of garage parking. The main-level expansion included the installation of an indoor-outdoor turf area and an expanded children’s area, as well as a new café and lounge. The 25,000-square-foot rooftop pool deck is indeed the largest in Baltimore, and provides unparalleled 360-degree views of the city, a full-service kitchen and bar, elevator access, locker rooms and an outdoor shower.

The building’s aesthetic was designed to incorporate elements of the surrounding Canton community, with a nod toward the industrial history of the site’s location. For example, the building’s facade included materials such as corrugated metal, stainless steel mesh, metal framing and concrete.


Project Details

Architect: Urban Design Group
Construction Cost: $20 Million
Square Feet: 192,000 SF
Occupancy: February 2018

Club Entry Gate: Johnson Controls

Fitness Center - Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: InBody, MyZone

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Matrix Fitness

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Concept2 CTS Inc.

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Octane Fitness

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Active Solutions

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Rouge

Gorilla Bar System: Merritt Construction Services

Indoor Pool Dehumidifiers: Pentair

Laundry - Dryers: Wascomat

Laundry - Washers: Wascomat

Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Partition Plus

Medicine Ball Wall: Elemental Metalworks

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces: Active Solutions

Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Pools - Chemical Control Systems: CAT Controler

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Irvine Access Floors

Pools - Dehumidifiers: Seresco Technologies Inc.

Pools - Filtration Systems: Pentair

Pools - Heaters: Raypak Inc.

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: KAI Paragon

Pools - Lane Markers: AntiWave Pool Products

Pools - Lighting: Intellibrite

Pools - Sanitization Systems: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Pools - Starting Blocks: S.R.Smith

Architect Of Record

Urban Design Group
Baltimore, MD

Design Architect

Urban Design Group
Baltimore, MD

Aquatic Engineer

Paddock Swimming Pool Company
Rockville, MD

Landscape Architect

Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, Inc
Baltimore, MD

Design Consultant

Fabiano Designs
Montclair , NJ

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