Under Armour’s newest office space, Building 37, converted the former Sam’s Club at the former Port Covington Shopping Center into a 170,000 sq. ft. work space for the company’s finance and IT department. Under Armour is calling the building Phase 0 of its new approximately four million sq. ft. campus at the former waterfront shopping center. Under Armour plans four future phases at the 50-acre campus and unveiled its master plan today at the Urban Design & Architecture Review Panel (UDARP).
Under Armour currently has 1800 to 1900 Baltimore-based employees and needed the space immediately as it is adding approximately 300 employees each year. Building 37 was completed at the end of last year and can accommodate up to 600 employees. Under Armour’s current headquarters and campus is at Tide Point in Locust Point with offices also at McHenry Row.
The new office building was designed by architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which will also head up the design of the 50-acre campus. The Sam’s Club had a 130,000 sq. ft. footprint and Under Armour constructed an additional 40,000 sq. ft. mezzanine level in building. Building 37 includes a 350-person auditorium; 29 conference rooms with audiovisual technology, 14 of which have video conferencing capabilities; its IT help desk; open stairwells; collaborative workspaces; and, “double-height perimeter spaces,” which can also be used for events.
Building 37 also features the Humble & Hungry cafe with a local organic menu; The Bank Shot, a local family-owned company serving freshly brewed coffees, lattes, and teas (opening in spring); and, an Under Armour Performance Center fitness venue which opens up to an outdoor basketball court.
New walls of windows bringing natural light into the space were installed facing the Patapsco River with views of the Port of Baltimore and Key Bridge. Under Armour worked with South Baltimore’s Sandtown Millworks to convert wood extracted from Tide Point into large tables. The interior features concrete floors, as well as wood, steel, and glass accents; walls covered with televisions; larger Under Armour signage; and, big pictures of Under Armour athletes and models.
The exterior is painted black and features a wall facing north showcasing billboards of Tom Brady, Steph Curry, Jordan Spieth, Misty Copeland, Bryce Harper, and other Under Armour teams and athletes.
Frank Grauman of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson said the entire space was designed around cultivating creativity and bringing people together.
Construction of the space took less than 18 months.
Images courtesy of Jeffrey Totaro Photography