News Releases and Media Advisories

Market House Geothermal Work Starts Monday

Annapolis, MD (1-21-12) Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announces that installation of geothermal wells outside the historic market house at City Dock will begin Monday, January 23 with completion expected in about six weeks.

This final phase of air conditioning upgrades on the west side of the Market House will be concluded in three stages, each stage lasting two weeks.

Somerset Well Drilling, a Westover, Maryland based geothermal contractor, was selected to install the geothermal wells in a competitive bidding process in December 2011.  Fresh Air Concepts, a Howard County-based HVAC contractor, is completing the second phase of the air conditioning project that was started last spring.  

The installation of the closed-looped geothermal wells is expected to achieve significant energy savings for the City compared to a conventional air conditioning system.   Additionally, a geothermal system will require less maintenance than a conventional system.

The wells work with the earth’s somewhat-constant subsurface temperature, along with a heat exchanger, to add and take away heat from the Market House. 

Pedestrian traffic will not be affected and one lane of traffic will be open on Market Place during construction.  Also, delivery parking in Hopkins Plaza will be available on weekdays until 11:00 a.m. 

The overall budget for Market House renovations is $500,000.  The City has a $96,000 federal grant to defray the $290,000 cost of the geothermal system, as well as $250,000 of matching bond funds from the State of Maryland for the overall improvements to Market House.