Northern Chesapeake Builders Corporation (NCBC) was founded in 1964 by Norman E. Rockwell. Mr. Rockwell was a civil engineer and had been working for The Rouse Company prior to starting NCBC. Mr. Rockwell was joined by his son, Norman E. Rockwell, Jr. in 1974, who has been running the day-to-day operations of the company since 1983.
NCBC has constructed over 3.5 million square feet of commercial office, retail, medical, and warehouse buildings in the Baltimore-Washington vicinity.
In addition to constructing new buildings, NCBC has also completed over 12 million square feet of tenant interior build-out including standard offices, retail stores, secure S.C.I.F. space, high end corporate suites and government offices in addition to rail-served warehouse facilities.
NCBC has worked with many local, national and international firms, such as Martin-Marietta, Ciena Corp.,Volvo International, Coca-Cola, Rhone Poulenc, Hancock Insurance Co., Dole pineapple Corp., Travelers Insurance, The Rouse Co., Gulf Oil, Howard County Government, Burger King, Armour Swift Eckrich, Michelin Tire Co., Johns Hopkins Hospital and many others.
We can provide a list of references, names and telephone numbers, if requested.
Creative design, economical construction, and tight scheduling characterize Northern Chesapeake Builders Corporation, an experienced organization with impressive credentials in the metropolitan Baltimore area.
Clients for whom we have performed include a number of the most respected companies in the area…companies engaged in a diversity of research and development, light manufacturing, and distribution operations. Our talents also have been called upon by governmental, professional, and recreational organizations.
Not a, “bid and build,” type of firm, Northern Chesapeake Builders offers a full spectrum of services to clients who must have buildings for specific needs, attractively constructed within a realistic budget.
We invite your attention to examples of our accomplishments shown on our website. They tell more of our story than we can put into many words. If you are impressed, and we think you will be, we would very much appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate how our capabilities can be applied to your special building requirements.
A group of dentists and doctors, sensing the requirement for a central facility to serve a patient’s total medical needs, brought their idea to Northern Chesapeake. Our response was this attractive professional office complex priced well within the owner’s budget.
Working with the architectural firm of Calvin Kobsa and Associates, we combined our experience with the owner’s medical knowledge to design and construct a facility for a specialized use. The design completely satisfies all of the peculiar requirements.
The need was for a 50,000 ft. manufacturing, office and warehouse facility for this young and dynamic social theory of the head ski company. It presented a challenge and that the owner had a tight budget, a very short completion schedule, and very specific requirements on the functional aspects of the build.
Northern Chesapeake and it’s architect A. S. Abell, working with the president of the firm and his department heads, created this fine structure which completely at all the owner’s specifications. The contemporary design of sand-finished stucco, san-spray aggregate panels, and bronze duranotic aluminum work with tinted glass, blends with the woodland setting to produce one of Colombia’s most attractive buildings.
Rouse and Associates, Philadelphia, had a very attractive piece of large commercial acreage and a strong hunch that there existed a real market for office space in the East Towson area. The officers of the rouse organization, the principles of Ianniello-Hofmann Associates, architects, and the northern Chesapeake organization formed a design team which produced the eminently attractive and marketable executive type office park comprising six buildings for a total gross space of 150,000 ft.
Having fully satisfied the owners requirements on cost, aesthetics and scheduling, Northern Chesapeake and then proceeded with the construction; a nine-month project which has proved to be completely successful from the standpoint of each of the participants.
The young and successful firm, Michel Warehousing Corp, recognizing a need for a “high end” rail served warehousing facility in the council area, enlisted the services of Northern Chesapeake Builders for a complete design and build turnkey project, which resulted in the attractive, functional 213,000 square feet brick structure depicted above. It is presently occupied by Black & Decker and the Noxell Corporation.
The Michel organization, as experts and specialists in the field of public warehousing, understood that their involvement on any other than a superficial level in the construction of such a large facility would necessarily impair their ability to service their existing accounts and to acquire new clients. Realizing this, they made their requirements known to Northern Chesapeake and, with the stipulation that final design and budgets were subject to approval, place the whole problem in our hands. One year later (the project was built in two phases) the building was complete, occupied and on budget.
When three acres of Sheppard Pratt property became available, a group of young investors forestall the marketability of condominium medical space within the medical oriented area of Towson. Being acquainted with Northern Chesapeake Builders’ successful involvement in two large medical centers now in operation, the investment group felt that a complete design and build, turnkey arrangement with Northern Chesapeake would answer their needs.
Now under construction, this four story 55,000 square feet medical office building is fast becoming the crime Center for Private medical practitioners in the North Baltimore area; not surprising when its location among the three largest hospitals and its proximity to Charles Street, the Beltway and Towson are considered.
Northern Chesapeake’s experience in the medical field facilitated communication with doctors and dentists as well as with the lender, whose services were of paramount importance.
Northern Chesapeake Builders’ responsibility here was to create a complete and modern recreational facility. It includes a 14,000 square feet clubhouse, eight tennis courts, a swimming pool, a championship 18-hole golf course, and complete formal dining facilities for a membership of 600 families. The project was completed in seven months, at a cost of $1,000,000. Architect was Calvin K. Kobsa.
A special problem here was to design a 600 foot long warehouse facility to resemble a low level office-type building appropriate to the “new city” look of Columbia. Our solution was this interesting design of brick and glass, introducing vertical elements to create the illusion of individual blocks, thus playing down the effect of the long facade.
The building, which comprises of some 90,000 square feet of industrial warehouse space, was completed in four months from groundbreaking to occupancy. The Rouse Company, project owner, imposed rigid specifications on the design and construction with respect to time, cost, and function. The structure is a fine example of the ability of Northern Chesapeake Builders to translate demanding specifications into an attractive finished product.
The one billion dollar international automotive firm, Volvo, Inc., in the negotiations with the rouse Co. and with Northern Chesapeake builders bought a complete site and building package on the basis of design sketches and inflexible cost schedules. The project was completed and occupied in seven months, on budget and is possibly the most attractive building in the Columbia area.
In the three years since completion, the increase in sales volume realized by the Volvo people has necessitated an increase in size of the facility of some 54,000 s.f.; Volvo and Northern Chesapeake plan to begin the expansion at the time of this printing.
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