Annapolis & Chesapeake Bay Visitors Center

Annapolis, MD

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 Annapolis
Engineer:  Bay Engineering