Annapolis & Chesapeake Bay Visitors Center
The sustainable site development at the Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay Visitors Center, locally referred to as Gotts Court, serves to create the first impression as visitors approach Annapolis and serves an example of green building techniques.
Located within the Annapolis Historic District, the site is designed as an urban integrated complete stormwater system with interconnected rain gardens (6) and makes use of recycled and refurbished materials as well as native plants. The entire parking area is permeable and collects and filters rainwater before discharging into the six rain gardens and on to a closed storm drain system. The Maryland Department of the Environment provided a $767,000 in grant funding for the project. Shelley Rentsch, Partner of Annapolis Landscape Architects led the design and construction phases of work.
Client: City of AnnapolisEngineer: Bay EngineeringAwards:
- 2015 Chesapeake Stormwater Network BUBBA (Best Urban BMPin the Bay Award) – First Place in the Ultra-Urban BMP category
- 2010 Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County Public/Private Initiative Award
- 2005 City of Annapolis Recreation and Parks Greenscape Program, Business Volunteer Award