Firefly Technical Services
Architectural Engineering and Design. We provide Design and building permit services
for Residential, Commercial, and Marine construction.
We're FireFly Technical Services and we're glad you found us!
From design to Construction.
Permit services for any project.
Choose your own contractor or use one of ours.
We offer architectural and engineering services in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware.
Call us at 410-844-1532
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Living Shorelines & Marina
During this initial meeting, we will discuss the various options for your pier, revetment, bulkhead or living shoreline, including boat dock berthing needs, dock construction materials, and an overall boat dock layout. With this conceptual plan in mind, we will move forward to evaluate your specific site.
Site Plan Evaluation and Survey
Our dock design team will walk your site and evaluate the wave exposure, bottom substrate, tidal wetlands, erosion, regulatory permit restrictions and other site conditions which may impact the feasibility of your project.
With a preliminary plan and layout in mind, we will then initiate the waterfront survey and mapping process.
The objective of our waterfront survey is to obtain an accurate and detailed map, which we will later translate into a design. Firefly Technical Services uses the latest in drone technology to conduct our surveys. Drone technology allows us to measure and record with accuracy all of the existing conditions. We will also assess the surrounding structures to determine their impact your project.
Using the data collected from the drone site surveys, all land and in-water survey points are downloaded right from the survey data recorder to our computers. At this point, our experienced in-house drafting and design team uses state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD) software to map the details. The precision of this technology and mapping process allows for the best possible design in the final project phase.
The dock design and planning stage is most important to the success of your project. Using this information, our dock design team will evaluate and then prepare the best boat dock design and boat dock plans to meet your specific needs. Whether we have developed a customized pier, bulkhead or a large-scale plan for a marina, Firefly Technical Services will provide you and the construction team exactly what you envisioned.
Dock & Waterfront Permitting
Dock Permit Site Inspection
Firefly Technical Services offers an initial site inspection and marine permit consultation at no charge. We will schedule an initial evaluation so that we can best determine how any tidal wetlands, erosion controls, regulatory requirements, or other coastal resources on site may impact your application. Following our initial meeting, you will be provided with all necessary guidance to understand the general permitting process and concerns at your site, and the overall direction of your proposed project.
Dock Application Drawings
The dock application drawings are one of the most important components to the success of your permit and subsequent marine project. To initiate this phase, our design team will evaluate all of the critical data gathered to this point begin formulating your application drawings. Our design team also evaluates other variables including water depth, tide range, bottom substrate, wave exposure and erosion protection.
Dock & Waterfront Permit Applications
Firefly Technical Services has extensive experience preparing and submitting applications allowing us to speak the regulatory language, anticipate concerns, and provide the necessary application information. The end result is a solid regulatory relationship, a proven track record, and quicker permit approvals.
Regulatory Permit Representation
Following the submission of the permit applications to the regulatory agencies, they typically begin their permit review process. During this process, these agencies will often have questions regarding the proposed project plans. Firefly Technical Services will represent you throughout the application process by providing responses to any agency questions. We will also represent you in any Special Exception or Variance hearings.
Dock Construction Management
In addition to the design and permitting of your project, many clients choose to have Firefly Technical Services further assist them with the construction management phase. We can recommend a marine contractor that fits your need.
New Construction & Renovations
Firefly Technical Services ensures that each structure we design is respectful of its site, its neighbors, the environment – and is a clear expression of our clients’ vision.
Our design services include:
Determination of project scope and action
Completion of site investigation and evaluation
Permitting and zoning coordination
Schematic design development - including site plan, floor plan and exterior elevation
Onsite construction management
Every new building begins with considering the essence of the project, our clients’ goals, architectural precedents, the natural features that surround the site, and more.
We share our design concepts visually with our clients. Sketches, detailed drawings, computer renderings and three-dimensional models are among the tools we use to communicate design ideas. Consensus is built gradually, with input from all stakeholders.
Over their lifespans, most buildings will have many different owners and tenants and perhaps many different uses. Firefly Technical Services has significant experience in customizing or renovating existing spaces to accommodate expansion and reorganization.
With our extensive knowledge of construction types and building typologies, we are able to envision how an existing building might be transformed for its new purpose. We also carefully consider the flexibility of the new design, planning as much as possible for future adjustments to building needs.
Sketches, detailed drawings, computer renderings and three-dimensional models are among the tools which can be easily understood by owners, the design team and the construction team. Mutual understanding allows for a seamless, collaborative process, through which we determine the best design option. Design options also consider the phasing of construction work, which can be critical if users will occupy the building during construction.
Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Design
Whether you’re looking for a MEP consultant to augment your existing facilities team or a firm that can provide comprehensive and integrated MEP design services Firefly Technical Services can help.
Our Design Services Include:
We provide design services for both new and renovation projects in a broad range of applications including commercial, institutional and multi-family residential buildings.
Outsourcing your MEP design and drafting to a professional third party can give you an edge over your competition by speeding up the design process and enabling access to specialized skills, while reducing your personnel and infrastructure costs and allowing you to focus on growing your business.