GMP selects energy center subcontractors


Green Mountain Power Corp. has selected dozens of subcontractors to build its downtown Energy Innovation Center on Merchants Row. The list is dominated by the following Rutland County businesses: Vermont Roofing, Tedesco Masonry, J.E. McLaughlin Inc., Royal Glass & Mirror Company, Rutland’s Magic Brush, Green Screen Graphics, Engineering Services of Vermont (electrical), civil engineers Enman-Kesselring Engineering, and Campbell Plaster & Iron. Other Rutland area companies are already at work, or will be working on the project: Structural engineer Steven Banik, Casella Waste Management, Lyle Welding of Poultney, Green Mountain Drywall of Wallingford, and Kitchen Encounters of North Clarendon. Other Vermont subcontractors include The Imagination Company, Bethel, which is designing and creating the public exhibit space; solar designer L.W. Seddon, Montpelier; Red Thread and Clay Point Associates, Williston; Interstate Electrical, White River Junction; GSK Climate Control, East Dorset; Commercial Door Company, Williamstown; and insulation specialist Dayco Inc., Sharon. The only non-Vermont subcontractors are Bay State Elevator; electrical design consultant Nextek, Pinnacle Window Solutions, which is building super-efficient fiberglass window systems; and Door Control Inc., which will install the building’s revolving door. Subcontractors for flooring, tiling and a rooftop solar system have not yet been selected. The EIC was designed by NBF Architects of Rutland; Russell Construction Services of Rutland is managing the project. “We are extremely pleased with the quality of the subcontractors and delighted that so many local businesses submitted winning bids,” GMP President and CEO Mary Powell said. “There is a tremendous amount of local talent, which will ensure we create an extremely efficient, customer-focused space that will create benefits for our customers statewide.” The EIC will be the focal point of GMP’s renewable energy and innovation efforts, including efforts to make Rutland the solar capital of New England, and an information resource for customers. The center will have office space, displays, interactive educational opportunities and informal classroom space. It will include a heat pump system and solar generation, and will be accessible for tours. Vermont Energy Investment Corp and Neighborworks of Western Vermont will co-locate some staff with GMP in the new facility. Construction began in March, and GMP plans to move into the facility, the former Eastman building, in the fall. The building is expected to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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