Lexington Market

This $40 million transformation of Lexington Market is an extensive project to modernize the historic landmark to create a vibrant destination and local hub for dining, gathering, arts, and entertainment. First opened in 1782, Lexington Market is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the longest continuously operating public market in the country, and it has been a mainstay in downtown Baltimore for more than 200 years. The renovation focused on preserving that history and modernizing the facilities to build on the market’s cultural significance. The long-awaited restoration includes construction of a new South Market building, future rehabilitation of the original East Market, and demolition of a 1980 addition, known as the Arcade, to make way for a pedestrian plaza. CEI provided full civil and structural designs for the new 61,000-SF market on more than 2 acres, expected to open in 2022.


  • The new, 2-story South Market features 24,000 SF of indoor and outdoor retail and dining space, 32,000 SF of kitchen and utility space, and a 5,000-SF area for public events.
  • In order to satisfy stormwater management requirements on the constrained site, our team maximized green space in the outdoor plaza and employed an underground Modular Wetlands System to treat runoff without sacrificing usable space.
  • The South Market features steel framing with a clerestory span at the center of the roof to allow in additional light at the top of the building.
  • Due to its proximity to a Baltimore Metro Subway line, the eastern side of the South Market required special considerations for foundation designs. Our team utilized a deep foundation system to avoid any impact on the existing tunnel.