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Fitzgerald’s Heavy Timber Construction has worked on numerous projects which have involved converting old buildings into alternative uses.   The staff continually enjoys the challenge of converting these historic structures into new use, taking a vacant building that might otherwise be demolished and putting it back as a contributing resource for the larger community.

Mr. Fitzgerald himself has numerous experiences and a unique expertise in the consultation, development, design, reuse and construction of new and historic projects and continues to reach out to the community to educate and encourage the preservation of these buildings.  In cooperation with local libraries as well as non-profit organizations such as the Frederick County Barn Stormers Organization and the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, Mr. Fitzgerald has led numerous talks and lectures ranging in subjects from rigging and lifting a building to recognizing maintenance and repair issues.  When it comes to covered bridges Mr. Fitzgerald has led volunteer efforts to rebuild the Loys Station Bridge and put a new roof on the Roddy Road Bridge.

Mr. Fitzgerald has also produced several multi-media presentations on various subjects of preservation, restoration and construction that have been tailored for different audiences, including like-minded professionals and concerned citizens. 


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Maryland Public Television's "Outdoors Maryland"   Historic Barns of Maryland
Various, Maryland
Maryland Public Television's "Outdoors Maryland"

Historic Barns of Maryland  

Newsletter of the Shamrock Restaurant, Vol. 33, Issue 2, Fall 2010   Shamrock Shenanigans
Thurmont, Maryland
Newsletter of the Shamrock Restaurant, Vol. 33, Issue 2, Fall 2010

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Restoration of Roddy Road Covered Bridge over Owens Creek near Thurmont.   "Bridging the gap to a new look" - Frederick News Post, June 07, 2009
Frederick, Maryland
Restoration of Roddy Road Covered Bridge over Owens Creek near Thurmont.

Volunteers converge on the Roddy Road covered bridge over Owens Creek near Thurmont early Saturday to replace the worn ribbed metal roofing with standing seam metal. (Photo by Sam Yu)  

Conversion of 1788 Stone End Barn to Residence.   "At home in the barn: Couple preserve a piece of history" - Frederick News Post, June 07, 2009
Woodsboro, Maryland
Conversion of 1788 Stone End Barn to Residence.

The Clarkes' home was once a barn. The stone-end structure was originally built in 1788 and rebuilt in 1908 after a fire. (Photo by Skip Lawrence)  

Structural Repair of Failure in Timber Framed Tabernacle Building   "Structural Concerns Force Closure of Purcellville Roller Rink" - Leesburg Today, June 11, 2009
Leesburg, Maryland
Structural Repair of Failure in Timber Framed Tabernacle Building

Heavy vertical or horizontal loads on the frame of the building, as can be occur in severe weather, could cause sufficient structural stress to result in a potential for public harm.  

Standing Seam Sheet Metal Roof over Historic Covered Bridge   "Volunteers replace roof on historic bridge" - Gazette.Net, June 11, 2009
Thurmont, Maryland
Standing Seam Sheet Metal Roof over Historic Covered Bridge

Workers remove the old roof from the Roddy Creek covered bridge. Fitzgerald's Heavy Timber Construction Inc. lead the effort, along with 20 volunteers. (Bill Ryan photo)  

1861 Bank Barn Conversion to Woodworking Shop   "The return of the Barnstormers Tour" - Frederick News Post, June 14, 2009
Frederick County, Maryland
1861 Bank Barn Conversion to Woodworking Shop

The structure was stripped to its skeleton, as the pine siding was planed to remove the paint and reinstalled inside the barn. New poplar siding was installed outside and a new roof system was built.  

Barn Restoration Consultant Presents Simple Repair Solutions   "Barnstorming for ideas," Frederick News Post, March 3, 2009.
Frederick, Maryland
Barn Restoration Consultant Presents Simple Repair Solutions

Barn restoration specialist Dean Fitzgerald, president and CEO of Fitzgerald's Heavy Timber Construction, gives a presentation on relatively simple solutions for repairing and preserving old barns. (Photo by Bill Green)  

Historic Preservation Expert Gives Seminar on Period Barn Construction Techniques   "Barn expert talks construction, history in library series," Frederick News Post, January 11, 2009.
Thurmont, Maryland
Historic Preservation Expert Gives Seminar on Period Barn Construction Techniques

Barn restoration and preservation specialist Dean Fitzgerald explains the construction principles found in old barns common to the region during a seminar. (Photo by Skip Lawrence)  

Rehabilitation of 3 Story Brick Warehouse for Office Space   "Fisher renovations approved by city," Gazette.net, July 24, 2008.
Frederick, Maryland
Rehabilitation of 3 Story Brick Warehouse for Office Space

Frederick's Historic Preservation Commission unanimously approved plans to rehabilitate the three-level former warehouse.  

Restoration Company Furnishes Performance Bond for Timely Completion   "Challenging renovation begins," Gazette.net, July 10, 2008.
Frederick, Maryland
Restoration Company Furnishes Performance Bond for Timely Completion

The company posted a performance bond of $350,000 to ensure the building's rehabilitation within 18 months. In that timeframe, the rehabilitation must be complete and have a certificate of occupancy.  

Excerpt From Frederick News Post Article, January 31, 2007   "Local company builds them like they used to," Frederick News-Post, Jannuary 31, 2007.
Woodsboro, Maryland
Excerpt From Frederick News Post Article, January 31, 2007

For about 15 years, the company has worked to build and restore timber frame structures, from covered bridges and churches to woodsheds, smokehouses and barns. (Photo by Sam Yu)  

Preservationists Develop Park Pavilion at Historic Covered Bridge Site   "Bridge pavilion to be rebuilt," Frederick News Post, January 21, 1998.
Frederick, Maryland
Preservationists Develop Park Pavilion at Historic Covered Bridge Site

Dean Fitzgerald said his group plans to develop a park pavilion where one used to exist near the bridge. According to Mr. Fitzgerald, the pavilion was vandalized and destroyed in the late 1970s.  

The Leader Article, January 31, 1997.   "Bridge will span another century," The Leader, January 31, 1997.
Frederick, Maryland
The Leader Article, January 31, 1997.

The Leader Article, January 31, 1997.  

"...there isn't a more solid, long-lasting construction..."   "Wooden structures given new life," Frederick News Post, November 25, 1996.
Frederick, Maryland
"...there isn't a more solid, long-lasting construction..."

Frederick News Post Article, November 25, 1996.  

"Detail makes the difference between a building that simply lasts as long as a mortgage and a building that lasts multiple generations."    American Builders Quarterly, Spring 2009 - Volume 19
Thurmont, Maryland
"Detail makes the difference between a building that simply lasts as long as a mortgage and a building that lasts multiple generations."

American Builders Quarterly, Spring 2009 - Volume 19