Kol Torah Synagogue

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Kol Torah Synagogue

North Point Builders provided General Contracting services for the Kol Torah Congregation in Pikesville, Maryland to construct their new 15,000 SF worship temple (Torah).

Prior to constructing their new Temple, the Kol Torah congregation held services in a renovated house in Pikesville. Eventually, an opportunity arose for them to purchase an area of land at a greatly reduced cost. At the time, this location was one of the few green spaces available for purchase in the area. Unfortunately, the open land was formerly used as a construction dump site. Due to the poor nature of the existing soil, North Point Builders and the Engineering team used stone piles to support the building and slab. This method established a solid foundation for the Temple and saved the congregation a large amount of funding.

After the foundation was formed, North Point Builders constructed the worship temple. The new building holds several areas including a central large multi-level sanctuary, social hall, men’s and women’s changing areas, classrooms, Rabbi’s office, commercial kitchen, and support areas.

North Point Builders was also responsible for completing the site development which involved grading, excavation,soil replacement, new utilities, stormwater facilities, parking, and other amenities.

Special Challenges

To incorporate traditions of the Orthodox Congregation, many Hebrew customs were woven into the building design and layout. For instance, the congregation refrains from operating mechanical devices on the Sabbath. As a solution, all lighting and HVAC systems were installed with automatic settings. The project also required that the sanctuary acoustics allow the Rabbi to speak without mic amplification. The custom designed sanctuary ceiling enables the audience to hear the natural voice from any point in the room. 

There were also many custom and high-quality components used in constructing this beautiful facility. For example, the building construction consists of various masonry and stone. Specifically, the split face masonry pays homage to the Jerusalem Stone from the Homeland. On a similar note, the polished granite interior floor was imported directly from Jerusalem. Furthermore, to allow natural light into the Sanctuary, a steel frame was constructed to hold large windows. Additionally, a custom wood millwork trim package was constructed in New York and installed. This ornate millwork now houses the Torah and other sacred artifacts possessed by the Congregation. For the hard work and highly skilled craftsmanship that occurred in the making of this facility, the project received the 2011 Craftsmanship Award from the Building Congress & Exchange.

Owner Kol Torah Synagogue
Location Baltimore, MD
Completion September 2011
Service General Contracting
Awards BC&E Craftsmanship Award
Portfolio Type Religious Facilities

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