Roland E. Powell Convention Center Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA)

Ocean City, Maryland

Architect: Becker Morgan Group

The Roland E. Powell Convention Center is a focal point for entertainment in Ocean City and this vital event and entertainment destination has been undergoing significant renovations and expansions through separate projects, while remaining operational.   WFT performed MEP/FP design and construction administration services for these exciting projects:


WFT supported the Architect in performing a Market & Economic Analysis in preparation for the Phase 3 expansion project.  Following that, the design team was selected for the Phase 3 renovation and 30,000 sf addition to the Convention Center.  The scope of work included expanding the exhibit hall, adding a bay front gallery, a business center, special event suite, meeting room, restrooms, other support space, a loading dock, and improvements to 65,000 sf of existing space. A unique feature included in electrical design will “tune or adjust” the color of Exhibit Hall LED lighting to closely match existing HID fixtures in an adjacent exhibit when they are used together. HVAC modifications include conversion of existing electric resistant heating to new hot water heating, new cooling towers, air handling units, centrifugal chillers and associated pumps, and conducting a life safety assessment in order to facilitate a building-wide life safety upgrade.


This exciting project involved conversion of an existing ballroom and exhibit hall into a new two-story performing arts center as Phase 2 of Convention Center modifications.  The expansive Performing Arts Center features a 16,000 sf auditorium with 1,216 fixed seats on two tiers, a 2,400 sf proscenium stage, state-of-the-art sound equipment, orchestra pit, two VIP dressing rooms, separate group dressing rooms for men and women, a green room, ticket office and concessions area. The fly gallery and curtains are controlled by a touch screen computer. Tiles hanging from the ceiling, along with the woodwork and fabric walls absorb sound and minimize reverberation while providing prime acoustic quality. The versatile venue hosts concerts, theatrical productions and seminars.   Completed on-time and under budget.