Bowie City Hall and Police Headquarters

Bowie, MD Completed - 2011
Project Highlights
  • 80,000 sf
  • New Construction
  • LEED Gold Certified
  • 2014 Honorable Mention, Baltimore AIA
  • 2011 Wintergreen Award, USGBC Maryland

An integrated design.

Bowie City Hall and Police Headquarters is the city’s new civic hub, bringing together local government, an emergency command center, and the police. The City of Bowie is a historic yet expanding and vibrant municipality, and the facility drives cooperation between these three sets of occupants in terms of functionality, prominence and visibility.

Both in plan and building section, the site was the catalyst for the integrated design solution, informing how the new building could respond to the site’s natural features. The curvilinear nature of the site required a design solution that would absorb the land form to capture the natural connections between the community, the views to the lake, and the surrounding landscape.

The organic shapes inspired by the site are integrated within the office spaces and suites, spaces better accommodated by orthogonal shapes. Traditional, modular materials—such as red brick and stone that resonate with the Bowie community—were incorporated into the building’s elegant, smooth forms.

The building’s connection to the site is enhanced by the building’s sustainable features, including its convenient location near public transportation, green roof, native planting, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality measures.

The new facility celebrates the open accessibility and transparency of city government, as symbolized by the welcoming lobby grand stair and the extensive use of glass and windows throughout the design. This transparency was also manifested in the design process, bringing together disparate user groups in rich collaboration.