Salisbury, Md. — Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF) officially opened the doors to its new location at 601 E. Main Street in Salisbury, Md., with a ribbon cutting and open house. In collaboration with SVN/Miller Commercial Real Estate, Silicato Development and Gillis Gilkerson, the firm relocated from the One Plaza East building after performing extensive renovation work to the vacant building once occupied by Hostess Bakery outlet and built originally as an A&P grocery store.

An architectural, engineering and surveying firm that began its practice in Salisbury in 1983, DBF works with an overall guiding principle of “Improving our Communities.” This project was, to their way of thinking, the perfect opportunity to practice that philosophy. Transforming the vacant building by designing the interior space and adding a conservatory-style facade (which faces the City Park and reinforces the Main Street corridor) is one way DBF is working toward that goal.

“We look for opportunities toward the greater pursuit to improve our community in any way we can through design and engineering,” said president of the firm Mike Wigley, AIA. “What a wonderful location this is for our clients and staff, and to repurpose a neglected building and turn it into something of an asset, all the better.”

The firm has grown from humble beginnings, starting from a one room office in the alley behind the Chamber of Commerce before expanding to three floors at One Plaza East and finally settling into their 13,000-square-foot office space at River Park Center. This new space offers a more collaborative working environment, bringing everyone together on one floor.