Bowie City Hall – New City Hall


Grimm & Parker Architects

Bowie, Maryland

Construction Cost:
$23.7 Million

Project Size:
80,000 gsf


The scope of this project includes complete design services for technology systems to include: telecommunications cabling systems (data/voice/RF video) with associated supporting infrastructure, audiovisual systems with associated supporting infrastructure, access control / video surveillance security sysems and acoustics, noise & vibration control. The New City Hall will house the Bowie Police Department and most of the City Government’s administrative offices including the City Manager, Planning & Economic Development, Information Technology, Finance, Human Resources, Community Services, and Animal Control. The primary spaces to receive technology: the new Council Chambers, public meeting spaces, conference rooms, fitness room, and an emergency command center. Design highlights include the new Council Chambers which features broadcast and recording capabilities, the ability to edit/add character generation or graphic layovers in real time during council sessions and recording capabilities between the Council Chambers and the television studio in an existing building. Common areas throughout the building will receive digital signage to include flat panel displays that will feature room scheduling and other building information. Specified systems include: audiovisual presentation & remote control systems, program/speech audio reinforcement, audiovisual recording, digital annotation devices, video recording & broadcasting. Project responsibilities include cost estimating and project management through Construction Administration for all technology systems. In consideration of owner comments and requirements, Convergent Technologies provided future proofing of all audiovisual infrastructure and planned infrastructure for wireless access points. Additional project responsibilities include the development of acoustical criteria for all acoustically sensitive spaces throughout the building. The City recently procured a General Contractor for $10 Million less than project estimates. This project has been completed since Fall of 2011.


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