Bowie State University

Bowie, Maryland

As part of a team under the direction of Kling, the architectural firm completing a campus-wide facilities master plan for the University, Mr. Esposito and Mr. Fellingham assessed existing indoor and outdoor athletic, physical education, and recreation facilities of this Division II University relative to current and planned programs. Dr. Linhart assisted in the application of facility planning guidelines. Concluding that the athletic facilities were inadequate, insufficient, and outdated and that they did not match the needs of the athletic and recreation programs of the University, ICAC recommended:

  • Construction of a 61,895 NASF, 85,700 GSF Field House to address issues related to overall increasing numbers of students, increased numbers of resident students, and constrained space in the existing James Gymnasium and would include offices for the Athletics Department and locker room support for most of the teams, a NCAA-sized 200 meter 6-lane track with 4 tennis courts or 3 basketball courts inside the track, a Sports Medicine facility, and officials and team lockers, lounge, and support space;

  • Renovation of Outdoor Facilities to expand seating in the football stadium, resurface the outdoor track, provide an artificial turf field for year-round use, and redesign the unused baseball field into softball practice and game fields with lighting, dugouts, spectator seating, fencing, and press box;

  • Construction of a 40,270 NASF, 62,000 GSF Convocation Center seating 4,000 to support University community events, with a catering kitchen and lounges at the arena and press box levels for Presidential receptions, and the men's and women's basketball programs; and

  • Renovation of 62,797 NASF, 102,135 GSF James Gymnasium to improve the building's functional organization and relationships, address accessibility issues, and make it an inviting place for students taking physical education classes or recreating, with classrooms, a climbing wall, glass walls on the racquetball courts, lounges with food kiosks, while retaining its support for the women's volleyball team.

Bowie State 4 Shot
Views of Bowie State University's Athletic Facilities


Mr. Esposito and Dr. Linhart were also responsible for the facilities needs assessment and capital project recommendations for all the remaining academic and administrative units of the University and assisting Kling in completion of the Master Plan. They found that, despite recent campus additions of the Center for Learning and Technology (programmed by Dr. Linhart) and the Computer Science Building (programmed by Mr. Esposito), most of Bowie's remaining facilities and infrastructure did not meet the educational, administrative, student support, physical education, athletics, or recreational requirements typically associated with living and learning in the 21st century and found at other institutions-both within the State of Maryland and its peers. 

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