Gateway Innovation District Redevelopment Scenarios

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

You'll learn about:

  • Characteristics of innovation districts and the techniques communities can use to encourage innovative activity 
  • Economic and demographic characteristics of Howard County and how redevelopment can fit into the county’s overall future goals
  • Inherent benefits of high-density mixed-use activity for fostering an innovative business culture 

What are the outcomes of a comprehensive report on future development for the Gateway Office Park in Columbia, Maryland? This poster charts the next steps to enhance the viability for redevelopment and explore the economic possibilities of the area. It lays out key issues and goals for impending planning efforts and establishes a framework of development options for the next 25 years and beyond. These options encompass the key planning issues of economic development, transportation, housing, and urban design.

Three alternatives for development are proposed, with the common theme of developing the site as an innovation district (best defined as a spatial geographic model that stimulates economic growth by clustering entrepreneurs, startups, business accelerators, and incubators). This poster first examines the feasibility of transforming the office park into a regional hub of innovation. It then proposes strategies to spur innovative activity at the site, within the framework of the three alternatives. Howard County will use this research as a resource in creating a redevelopment plan for the Gateway Office Park.


Pranita Ranbhise , Hyattsville , MD (see bio)
Aaron Goldbeck , University of Maryland , Washington , DC (see bio)
Molly Carpenter , Washington , DC (see bio)
Derek Lombardi , University of Maryland , Hyattsville , MD (see bio)