Green Light on Green Building

Green Building LogoI’ll have to admit, I wasn’t always a fan of green building.  Early reviews of green systems and their associated payback periods weren’t adding up to substantial value for most clients.  For this reason Harman did not pursue green building much in the early years unless asked.

However, today technologies are improving and making things like solar panels, LED lighting and skylights a more viable and affordable option for some of our clients.

In the last few years HCI have undertaken a number of large solar panel projects and have been able to include “day-lighting” into some of our industrial projects through the use of skylights.  If you are in Harrisonburg, VA stop by and check out Weaver’s Flooring America.  We added onto their warehouse space in 2014 where we were able to incorporate skylights throughout.  As a result during the day when you walk through the warehouse it’s easy to believe the lights are on, when in reality they are not.

“Pretty cool” is what I often hear after showing the skylights off.  Through the use of prismatic skylights, the light is dispersed evenly and hot spots are eliminated.  We incorporated the same system up at Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s (SVEC) distribution center in Mt. Jackson, VA.  Over the years day-lighting has become more and more popular and a efficient means to saving on a company’s overhead cost.

Over the last six years, Harman Construction has ramped up our efforts toward green building and becoming a leader in sustainable construction.  We are excited to have been a part of eight Green projects with six of these projects being LEED Certified jobs.  These projects have ranged from a metal building warehouse/office for SVEC to dormitories for Eastern Mennonite University.  Our latest green project is for a six story Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Northern VA.

Green projects can demand much more attention in their planning and delivery, but with a seasoned team here at Harman we are more than willing to step up to the plate and deliver.  As part of our commitment to building green we currently have three certified LEED AP’s on staff here at Harman.

Technology advancements in the green building envelope and green building systems analysis are making it easier to find the best solutions for each project.  Today there are tools that can measure multiple systems quickly, which can help us make smart, informed decisions.

Each project is unique, so finding the best solution for one project is not always the best solution for the next.  Today’s tools can help us optimize efficiency and give owners the biggest bang for their buck.

Our team is excited about what the future holds for green building and we will continue to be on the leading edge of delivering smart solutions for our clients.  If you want to talk to someone about your next building project, please give us a call.  We’d love to hear from you!

-Ryan Strite

Business Development Manager

Team Member Spotlight – Ryan Strite

Here at Harman we are privileged to have such a great team of people working for our clients. Once a month we will be highlighting one of our team members so that you can get to know them a little bit better.

Ryan StriteThis month the spotlight falls on our Business Development Manager Ryan Strite. 

Ryan joined Harman in 2004 as a project manager before switching to business development seven years later. His past experience managing projects strengthens his ability to help clients put together projects that are well thought out.

Here are a couple questions we asked Ryan about his own experience at Harman and what he believes makes Harman a great place to work and a great company to do business with:

What has been your favorite project with Harman? 

  • That is really hard to answer. Each design project is so fulfilling for me and each one is unique in it’s own way. I love being able to help a client take their dreams and help turn that dream into a reality. That for me is extremely fulfilling.

What have you come to appreciate and value about the Harman team? 

  • Our Harman team truly cares. They love the work that they do and they handle that work with commitment and integrity and I think it shows because at least 75% of our customers are returning customers – which speaks volumes about our team here at Harman.

As a former athlete, how does that experience help you in your job today?

  • In college I was a point guard in basketball. As a point guard it was my job to put people in position to succeed. It’s the same in my work, my desire is to put people in a position to succeed, either as a team member or as a client. Not only that, but the whole design-build process is a collaborate team effort, and so knowing how to work together is vital to everyone’s success.

Outside of Harman, what other things do you enjoy in your down-time?

  • I love spending time with my wife and two children. Right now our daughter is playing t-ball and I love seeing her play and grow in that environment. We also like to get out to the mountains and just spend time together and on occasion I get a fishing trip in here and there.

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