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Bureau of Engineering

Mission Statement: 

Engineering great communities. 


Tom Butler, Deputy Director of Public Works

Engineering, Development and Construction
9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, MD 21045

From concept to construction, the Bureau of Engineering is committed to quality project management of Howard County's Capital Improvement program. Projects include: bridges, parks, roads, sidewalks, storm drain systems, water and wastewater facilities.

Our role with the developer sector includes quality control of construction methods and materials, to allow dedication of facilities into the public system.

Our staff consists of engineers, surveyors, inspectors, technicians, and administrative support members, working together to ensure sound planning, design and construction inspection of the County's capital and developer projects.

The Bureau of Engineering is comprised of four divisions working collaboratively with one another: Surveys, Transportation and Special Projects, Utility Design and Construction Inspection.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Tom Butler, Deputy Director of Public Works (Engineering, Development and Construction), at 410-313-2414 or by e-mail. 


 The Howard County Design Manual, containing engineering design requirements, specifications and details, is available online:  


Howard County Design Manual - Volume I, Storm Drainage 

Howard County Design Manual - Volume II, Water and Sewer 

Howard County Design Manual - Volume III, Roads and Bridges 

Howard County Design Manual, Volume IV, Standard Specifications and Details for Construction 

Howard County Design Manual, Volume IV, May 1, 2014 Revisions Only 

Approved Materials List  


Hard copies of the Howard County Design Manual are available for purchase at the Real Estate Services Division, Department of Public Works, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043, as follows: 

Howard County Design Manual, Volume IStorm Drainage  

$ 40.00 (effective 9/1/2001) 

Howard County Design Manual, Volume IIWater and Sewer  

$ 40.00 (effective 9/1/2011)  

Howard County Design Manual, Volume IIIRoads and Bridges  

$ 50.00 (effective 9/1/2011) 

Howard County Design Manual, Volume IV, Standard Specifications and Details for Construction  

$ 75.00 (effective 9/1/2011)