IT Innovation at Harriet Tubman Cultural Center

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Howard County, Md., MD

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About the Program

Category: Information Technology (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

It was incumbent on the IT team to fully outfit a new Historic Harriet Tubman Museum, the first of its kind in the Baltimore/Columbia corridor of Maryland. The age and structure of the former high school building which was opened in 1949 posed issues for technology, such as cabling. The IT team began work on the Harriet Tubman project on August 28, 2020. They met with contacts from the various offices to determine requirements for the state-of-the-art building. Working from August 2020 to September 2022, the team successfully prepared the Museum for its opening on September 17, 2022. This complex project was immense. It required that the team coordinate work with several contractors, state entities, and many county offices and departments. The team members’ level of customer service expertise enabled them to lead in the design and implementation of the technology for the entire building. Team members worked on site throughout the project and ensured all computers, fax machines, phones, printers, conference room audio visual equipment, fiber and internet functioned prior to opening day. They accomplished this astounding achievement without impacting residents.