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A 30-person architectural, engineering and interior design firm based in Columbia, Arium has a diverse roster of clients.

It designed Howard County’s first microbrewery (Jailbreak Brewing), new office space for the Columbia Association and a repurposed Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School in Hanover.

“At Arium, we’re highly focused on the needs and goals of our current clients,” said Brian Frels, a principal at Arium. “As such, we’re always proud of the projects and successes we are experiencing in the moment. However, most of our pride is derived from our committed team and the long term clients they allow us to serve.”

Founded in 1988, Arium has eight LEED-certified professionals on its staff and designed the new Maryland Energy Administration headquarters, which was awarded a LEED gold designation.

“Through the loyalty and advocacy of our repeat client’s, over the past few years, we have been privileged to have been trusted with, and having ultimately delivered, designs for several of the largest and most successful projects in our firm’s history.

“While we are well into 2020 and the COVID 19 pandemic, the firm is continuing to be awarded new projects with new clients and assist existing clients in navigating a dynamic environment,” Frels said.

Clients applaud Arium’s work.

“Our staff is interacting with other departments more than they ever had before,” said Susan Krabbe, chief financial officer for the Columbia Association, which oversees the planned town of Columbia. “Everybody that comes to visit remarks on how beautiful it looks.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2020 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate awards.