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EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.’s New Headquarters Slated for LEED Platinum Certification
Hunt Valley, Maryland (26 July 2011)—EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (EA), a leading provider of environmental, engineering, and program/construction management services, announced today that construction has started on its new headquarters, which is planned for LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and will serve to centralize the company’s regional offices and accommodate its continued growth.
“We are delighted to be staying in Baltimore County, where EA has been headquartered for over three decades,” said Ian MacFarlane, EA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Selecting Merritt Properties’ Schilling Green II, a building complex to be constructed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s rigorous LEED Platinum specifications, clearly reflects our company’s strong commitment to our employees and to environmental sustainability.”
“We intend to leverage this opportunity to organize our resources in a manner that is not only reflective of our culture and values, but positions us to more efficiently serve our customers,” added Michael Battle, EA’s Chief Operating Officer. “More than 200 employees, currently operating from four separate office locations, will be brought together in a single, highly collaborative work environment.”
“For nearly 40 years, Baltimore County has provided the business environment, technical talent, and innovative thinking that EA needs to thrive,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We are thrilled that EA has chosen to expand their headquarters and add new jobs here.”
“EA’s commitment to investing and creating new jobs in Maryland speaks to the quality and availability of our workforce, our strategic location, and the supportive business climate that the State and our partners in Baltimore County offer to businesses,” said Secretary Christian S. Johansson, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development. “This is a great example of the positive impact that state and local governments can have when they leverage resources and work together to help businesses expand and create jobs.”
EA will be the first tenant of Merritt Properties’ Schilling Green II, occupying two full floors, and will be the sole tenant in the annex building to be constructed adjacent to Schilling Green II, which will serve as the future home for EA’s nationally accredited ecotoxicology and biological testing laboratories. In total, EA will occupy 75,400 square feet of space in the two buildings. Located at 225 Schilling Circle, EA’s new headquarters also offers employees access to light rail service that extends from Hunt Valley to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Schilling Green II complex is scheduled for completion in August 2012.
“To meet the highest level of LEED certification, specific green building strategies are incorporated into the design, which will result in exemplary environmental and health performance,” explained Scott Dorsey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merritt Properties. “For example, energy consumption will be reduced with an enhanced building envelope, efficient HVAC, high-performance lighting, photovoltaic panels, and a building Energy Management System.”
Similarly, water consumption will be decreased through the use of water-efficient restroom fixtures, as well as landscaping with native drought-tolerant plant species and efficient irrigation heads. Indoor air quality will be enhanced by a carbon dioxide monitoring system, increased ventilation, and use of low volatile organic compound materials. Additional sustainable features will include delivering HVAC via an under-floor air distribution system, paired with a variable refrigerant volume system to provide independent zoning control.
In addition, sustainable construction practices are being employed on this project. A single-story building on the site was razed to make way for the new office and annex. The construction waste will be recycled as building materials—diverting debris from disposal at a landfill. With demolition completed, construction began on the new buildings earlier this month.
About EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
EA provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management solutions to a wide range of government and industrial clients. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, EA employs more than 450 professionals through a network of 23 offices across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. In business for more than 37 years, EA has earned an outstanding reputation for technical expertise, responsive service, and judicious use of client resources. For more information about EA, visit http://www.eaest.com.