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Herman Construction, Inc.


Jonathan Herman, President & Owner

Experience Summary

Thirty-eight  years experience in building construction, rehabilitation, and historic restoration, including over thirty years experience as owner of Herman Woodworking and Herman Construction, Inc. - expert in traditional and modern building techniques - project management, specification writing - a special focus on historic preservation and design.  Mayor of town of Sykesville from 1995 to 2009. 

Awards

  • 2013 Maryland Preservation Award for Excellence in Residential Rehabilitation -
    Wilson's Inheritance, Union Bridge
     

  • 2001 Howard County Historic Preservation Award  - Restoration of Dorsey Manor
     

  • June 1996: Historic Preservation Award - Baltimore Heritage Inc.
    Rehabilitation of 1 Upland Road, Roland Park, Baltimore
     

  • January 1996: National Historic Trust Preservation Award
    Exterior rehabilitation of Bloomfield, Sykesville


Selected Projects

2007-2009 Emil H. White Residence, 4400 Green Valley Rd, Union Bridge, Maryland
This 1830 classic brick farmhouse on 135 acres with an extensive array of classic outbuildings are being restored to their original condition.  This property is on the National Registry.  All restoration work will be in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior standards for historic restoration.

 2007-2009 Cockey’s Tavern,  216 E Main Street, Westminster, Maryland
This beautiful 8,000 square foot brick building built in 1822 has been an architectural landmark having been used as a boarding house, tavern, and worship.  This building has a special place in the heart of residents throughout Carroll County. An arson fire in 2000 severely damaged the restaurants kitchen and rear porch. Herman Construction was hired to completely renovate and restore the building for the Carroll County Historical Society for use as museum shops, offices, educational programs, community events and gift shops. The building has also been retro fitted to be fully accessible and meets ADA requirements. 

2007-2008  7607 Gaither Road, Sykesville Maryland
 Classic Carroll County Farm house circa 1840, complete restoration and renovation, including geo-thermal heating and cooling, new historically compatible addition, and reconstruction of two story front porch.   

 2007  4727 Barthelow Road  Virginia Sperry Sculpture Studio
Conversion of a traditional 1870 oak mortise and tenon bank barn into a sculpture studio. This project includes radiant slab heating and solar gain windows as well as metal “I” beams for the creation of a second story loft space.

2006-2009 St. Johns Lutheran Church- Blacks Mill Road Creagerstown
Restoration and renovation of an 1830 brick church. This building had not been used in over 60 years. Our work included replacement of floor joist, salvaging and re-milling and replacing the original heart pine flooring, fixing ground water infiltration, restoring all of the stain glass windows, replacing stamped metal roofing and restoring woodwork. Repair all interior plaster work.

2007-2008 172 East Main Street –Westminster formerly the Fat Cat Café
Extensive restoration and renovation of a severely fire damaged prominent historical building on Center and Main Street. This 6,000 sq ft building had been left open to the elements for nine months after a fire gutted its third floor. The renovation consisted of rebuilding the entire due to fire and water damage. It has been carefully restored to its pre-fire condition including all new services, plumbing, electric, HVAC, insulation, and now houses four new apartments. The character of the original building has been maintained.  We were able to salvage and restore most of the original woodwork including fireplaces, stairwells, flooring, trim, etc.  A new restaurant should be moving into the first floor by the beginning of 2008.

2006 Carroll County Historic Society – Cockey’s Tavern, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, Maryland
Exterior restoration of historic building, design all components and implement in accordance with the Secretary of The Interior Standards for Historic Restoration.

2006 Beirne Residence                                                
 
Renovations and construction of historically compatible addition. This job included custom built craftsman style windows, “Shaker Style” hand made custom kitchen cabinets, bluestone steps and patio, as well as ornate tile work.

2006 Dennis Residence “Linwood”                     
Exterior restoration of historic house and out six building in accordance with the Secretary of The Interior Standards for Historic Restoration. This project was done to the standards of State and Local Historic Tax Credits. The house restoration included repairing and replacing damaged structural components on the 115’ long wrap around porches as well as replacing all porch flooring with 4” vertical grain t&g wood flooring, stripped all paint from flat sawn balusters, made new handrails, steps, etc. The restoration of six historic outbuildings included, repairs to existing standing seam metal roofing as well as new standing seam terne roofing, decorative wood rot repairs were accomplished with epoxy resin and fillers, repaired and restored doors, windows, siding, etc.

2005 Restoration/Renovation Baker Residence
Interior renovation to a beautifully restored frame farm house previously renovated by famed Washington architect Hugh Jacobson. Modification of existing porch into a glass enclosed office space.

2004 - 2005 Lime Spring Farm - Private Residence Frank Property
This is a major restoration of historic farm, including a stone manor house and variety unique stone outbuildings is be used as a residence for Tom and Lois frank and their four children. This property is on the Baltimore County Historic Registry. The project scope includes complete interior and exterior renovations manor house and upgrades to all infrastructure. This design build project includes all architectural work, engineering, and the following repairs: stone foundation, demolish all non historic interior and exterior alterations, repair and replace rotted wooden structural members, install all new plumbing, electric, air-conditioning, basement slabs, insulation and new standing seam lead coated copper roofing, downspouts and gutters. Repair and replacement of windows, doors, repair, plaster work, woodwork, trim, installation of new heart pine floors and refinishing old floors. The project also included a new 1,000 sq. ft. historically compatible addition. Major structural work includes: the complete rebuilding of a 15’ high stone retaining wall at the bank barn, and the creation of a 24’ wide opening, supported by metal “I” beams place in the existing outside stone wall of the house, which created an entrance to the new addition.

2004   1031 East Monument Street- “Harbor House” Is a faith based initiative that will provide a 15 bed “safe haven” for Baltimore youths. This is a major restoration of an abandoned and badly deteriorated brick parsonage building. This design build project includes all architectural work, engineering, and the following repairs: interior and exterior renovations and repair work in accordance with local historic regulations, CHAP, COMAR regulations, and Baltimore City.  Scope of work included: complete interior demolition, excavate for  basement concrete slab floor, sprinkler system, security system, walls, flooring,  two sets of spiral stairs leading to sleeping lofts, alarm system, repair and replace rotted wooden structural members, install all new: plumbing, electric, HVAC, insulation, drywall painting carpeting tile, appliances fixtures… everything.

2003 – 2004.  Private Residence Owners: Mary and Howard Toy
Major restoration of historic stone and log buildings to be used as a residence. This project included a new historically compatible addition with terraced stone retaining walls creating a walled in garden. Complete interior and exterior renovations and repair work to meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Historic Buildings in preparation for State Tax credits. This building is on the National Registry.  Scope of work included: repair stone foundation, demolish all non historic interior and exterior alterations, repair and replace rotted wooden structural members, install all new: plumbing, electric, geothermal heating and cooling, radiant slab heat, insulation and standing seam metal roofs. Replace windows, doors, repair, plaster work, woodwork, trim, installation of new and refinishing old floors.

2003 Private Residence - Raver Farm
Major renovation of classic Carroll County Bank Barn, into a residence. This barn, which is owned by Anne Raver a writer for the N. Y. Times, is an excellent example of a sensitive renovation. “Green building” standards with high tech materials and techniques, were joined together with old world craftsmanship in harmony.. The owners concern for the environment and ecology are reflected in the materials and systems and are woven together in a playful So Ho industrial, energy efficient, Japanese, passive solar home. The work included, repair and replace rotted wooden structural members, install all new: plumbing, electric, HVAC, radiant slab heat, insulation and roof repairs. Repair and replace windows, doors, woodwork, trim, installation of lover sunshades, and refinishing floors.

2002 Private Residence - 11 Roland Mews, Cross Keys
Major renovation of a modern townhouse at the Cross Keys Complex, Baltimore City. This extensive renovation included the installation of a three story elevator, all new electric, plumbing, sheetrock, paint, etc. The most significant portion of the job a large volume of the custom made cabinetry and woodwork, for new kitchen, bathrooms, office, custom closets, entertainment centers, etc.

2002 Major restoration of the Benjamin Latrobe Spring House
This elaborate spring house which is owned by the Baltimore Museum of Art and is located on the west side of the museum in their formal garden area. Scope of work included, all new wood shingle roofing, rafter repairs, lead copper flashing, stone masonry, stucco, restoration woodwork, reproduction architectural fabrications, metalwork, lead paint removal, plaster, and painting.
Contact: Alan Dirican
 

2001 Major restoration of Dorsey Hall Manor
Wrote the specifications, designed interior, exterior renovations and repair work to meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Historic Buildings in preparation for Federal and State Tax credits and listing on the National Registry. Scope of work included: repair stone foundation, demolish all non historic interior and exterior alterations, repair and replace rotted wooden structural members, install all new: plumbing, electric, HVAC, insulation and roof. Repair and replace windows, doors, plaster work, stucco, woodwork, trim, installation of shutters, and refinishing floors. Acted as General Contractor, and Project Manager for all trades on this building project. 5100 Dorsey Hall Drive, Columbia Maryland. Dorsey Hall Manor LLC.

2001 Project Consultant for Ellicott City Colored School
Wrote all specifications, designed interior and exterior renovations and repair work to meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Historic Buildings and Howard County Department of Building Permits in preparation for Howard County bid documents.

2000 Major restoration Huntingdon Farm
Wrote all specifications, contract documents, executed all work on the restoration and renovation of this circa 1870 brick farm house. Acted as General Contractor, and Project Manager for all trades on this building project. 13180 Brighton Dam Road, Clarksville Maryland.

2000 Major restoration Montrose
Wrote specifications, contract documents, executed all work on the restoration and renovation of this circa 1830 wooden frame farm house. Scope of work included: repair and rebuild stone foundation, demolish all non historic interior and exterior alterations, repair and replace rotted wooden structural members, all new, plumbing, electric, HVAC, insulation and painting. Repair and replace woodwork, trim, refinish all wooden floors, and plaster work. Acted as General Contractor and Project Manager for all trades on this building project. 1830 Brighton Dam Road, Clarksville Maryland 13370 Brighton Dam Road.

1999 Historic farmhouse renovation/restoration, design for adaptive re-use as youth home, Acted as General Contractor, and Project Manager for all trades on this building project Springfield Hospital Cottage #9. Wrote specifications, contract documents, executed all work on the restoration and renovation of this circa 1880 wooden frame farm house. Scope of work included: repair and rebuild stone foundation, demolish all non historic interior and exterior alterations, repair and replace rotted wooden structural members, all new plumbing, electric, HVAC, insulation and painting. Repair and replace woodwork, trim, repair floors, plaster work, install cabinets, install shutters, etc.

1992 Restoration and rehabilitation of circa 1840 Bloomfield Manor Sykesville, Maryland.
Acted as General Contractor, and Project Manager for all trades on this building project, wrote specifications, contract documents, executed all work on the restoration and renovation of this wooden frame farm house. Scope of work included: repair and rebuild stone foundation, demolish all non historic interior and exterior alterations, repair and replace, windows, doors, rotted wooden structural members, all new plumbing, electric, HVAC, insulation, repair and replace trim, repair floors, plaster work, custom built and installed cabinets, install shutters, and painting.