The Public Works Experience is the vision of a dedicated board of professionals from the public and private sectors, who are committed to enlightening the public about these vital services.
To demonstrate the value and importance of Public Works.
An increased awareness of Public Works, and the vital nature of infrastructure in sustaining our quality of life, health, and environment.
Completed in 1915, the Eastern Avenue Pumping Station is a working part of Baltimore City's sanitation system. The building is a designated landmark, and pumps some 25 million gallons of sewage each day to the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Do you live or work downtown? Then everytime you wash your hands or flush the commode, that dirty water travels right through this building, on its way to an intensive cleaning process, then to nature in Back River.
The original pumps were steam-driven, and five stories tall!
Coal-powered boilers that made the steam to drive the pumps were located in the back. This picture shows where barges could pull right up and unload their coal by conveyor, into giant storage bins in the roof. Coal then trickled into the boiler fires to keep the steam going.
In the 1960's, the steam pumps and boilers were removed and replaced with sleek new electric pumps.
In 1982, the City's Department of Public Works turned the old boiler room into a public works museum and built Streetscape, where the public could come and see artifcats and learn about public works.
Today, visitors can learn about public works at the PWE, and tours of the working pump station can also be arranged. And, in the coming years, some big improvements are coming - both to the pump station and PWE!
Interseted in learning more about the history of the building? Download the Landmark Designation Report below.
David Openshaw, Chair, Ligon and Ligon
Ray Buscarini, Treasurer, Whiting-Turner (retired)
Cristel Sias, Secretary, Everyday Consulting
Matthew Brazis, Whiting-Turner
Andy Cooper, Whitman, Requardt and Assoc.
Steven Hawtof, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
James Langley, CPE, Inc
Bill Leibbrandt, Gray and Son, Inc.
Richard Luna, Interim Director, Baltimore Department of Public Works
Margaret Byars Martin, PE, MDOT, State Highway Administration (retired)
Gabriel Martino, Granite Works
Kraig Moodie, RJN Group
Dave Montgomery, Sr., Baltimore Department of Public Works (retired)
Lily Openshaw, Chesapeake Blue and Green, LLC
Odessa Phillip, Assedo Consulting
Howard Stevens, Pascale Stevens, LLC
Denise Watkins, Rummel, Klepper and Kahl