14B — May 29 - June 11, 2015 — Green Buildings — M id A tlantic

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Direct Energy Solar is expanding from a 14,400 s/f space to a 42,852 s/f building Merritt Construction Services to retrofit Direct Energy Solar location in Columbia, MD C

in Maryland, Direct Energy Solar is expanding from its cur- rent 14,400 s/f space at Merritt Properties’ Henkels Lane prop- erty in Annapolis Junction to Merritt’s 42,852 s/f Riverwood building in Columbia. Merritt Construction Services will com- plete the building renovation in preparation for the move. “Astrum Solar, now called Direct Energy Solar, has been a Merritt customer for several years, and Merritt has been a customer of theirs as well,” said Merritt Properties CEO Scott Dorsey . “We are more than happy to be continuing

OLUMBIA, MD — Merritt Construction Services , the construc- tion arm of Merritt Proper- ties , announced that the firm has been chosen to renovate Direct Energy Solar ’s (for- mally known as Astrum Solar) new location in Columbia. The full-service solar provider plans to add 240 new jobs during the next three years to its Maryland headquarters. Thanks to renew- able portfolio standards, tax credits and clean energy grants, the solar power industry is booming. To accommodate their expected workforce growth here

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our partnership with them, and we are certainly excited to assist with their expansion as both a landlord and a general contractor.” The retrofit will include a complete exterior and interior face-lift. Inside the building, Merritt will be creating an open workspace environment with numerous meeting and huddle rooms throughout, as well as two large training rooms, a mother’s room, a wellness room and a large staff break room. On the exterior, Merritt will be adding dock doors for a new loading area in the warehouse portion of the building. In addition, the roof will be replaced, the store front will be replaced and an entirely new window line will be added to the building. Merritt Construction Servic- es has begun demolition of the current space and expects the renovations to be completed by June of this year. n Arbor Day planting HARRISBURG, PA — K&W Engineers and Con- sultants , located in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, spent the afternoon of April 24th volunteering for Arbor Day. Eleven staff members worked at the McNaughton and Schiavoni Parks to plant 150 trees. K&WEngineers and Consul- tants specializes in providing civil engineering and consult- ing services that include land development / site design, traf- fic / transportation, municipal engineering, comprehensive watershed management, water / wastewater design, environ- mental permitting, landscape architecture and survey. n K&W Engineers participates in


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