Potomac Marketplace

RANSON, W.Va. — A joint venture partnership between Heidenberg Properties Group and Strategic Real Estate Partners announces the $35.9 million acquisition of The Potomac Marketplace in Ranson, W.Va.

The 370,000 square-foot shopping center is anchored by a 61,000 square-foot Weis Supermarket, a 122,000 square-foot Home Depot, an 88,000 square-foot Kohl’s and a 15,000 square-foot Petco, according to a news release. The center is 92 percent occupied and has approximately 51,000 square feet of inline store space and outlots, which offer an array of popular restaurants including Panera Bread, Dunkin’ Donuts, Glory Days Grill, California Tortilla, Roy Rogers and John’s Café.

“In acquiring The Potomac Marketplace, we obtained yet another grocery-anchored shopping center in the best location in the market,” Robert Heidenberg, president and chief executive officer of Heidenberg Properties, said in the news release. “The presence of Home Depot and superior performing restaurants enhances the tenant mix and provides shoppers additional reasons to visit this center. We believe that we are adding The Potomac Marketplace to the portfolio at the right time, as the trade area is poised to take advantage of catalysts for housing growth.”

The population in the trade area grown 35.6 percent since 2000, reaching 31,700.

The acquisition marks the joint-venture partners’ sixth acquisition overall and the third since November 2016.

Pa. environmental services firm makes moves

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Baxter Group Inc. recently announced that it acquired the basement waterproofing company Steven E. Jaymes Contracting, expanded its radon division and joined forces with a local HVAC company.

As a result of incorporating the Steven E. Jaymes Contracting, Baxter Group Inc. will now offer waterproofing, wall stabilization, renovations and home and building improvements.

Baxter also recently partnered with building performance analyst Patrick Aaron of Total Comfort Inc. Adding Aaron gives Baxter’s residential and commercial clients a free consultation that includes in-depth environmental investigations, testing and remediation services, recommended changes to existing HVAC systems, and recommending products for improving indoor air quality.

With its growth, Baxter Group has added staff to its radon division. Jarret Rine and Alex Cox are now a part of the field crew, while Mark Delaney manages the administration of the division.

RoosterBio Inc. graduates from incubator

RoosterBio Inc. has announced that it will graduate from the bioscience and technology incubator, the Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc., according to the Frederick County (Md.) Office of Economic Development.

The company will expand into 14,000 square feet at 5295 Westview Drive in the Offices at Westview at Frederick. The company has 25 employees and plans to double that number within the next few years, according to a news release.

“We are thrilled for RoosterBio’s success and pleased to have the facility and environment for technology and biotech businesses to grow,” Kathie Callahan Brady, FITCI director, said in the news release. “RoosterBio is a perfect example and model for future biotech companies to learn and aspire to.”

RoosterBio was founded in 2013 and occupies approximately 4,000 square feet at FITCI, according to the release. The new space on Westview Drive will be built out for offices, research and development laboratories, stem-cell manufacturing and warehouse space.

The new facility will have a lab operation, performing manufacturing research and process development, as well as product manufacturing and distribution.

“RoosterBio has been able to flourish in the Frederick biotechnology ecosystem,” RoosterBio Chief Executive Officer Margot Connor said in the release. “FITCI gave us the platform to launch our company, prove our business model and secure funding. As our business continues to thrive, we’re excited to continue on our aggressive growth trajectory and significantly expand our stem cell biomanufacturing operations in Frederick.”

Bob Wrightson, senior vice president of Avison Young, said his firm is pleased to welcome RoosterBio to the Offices at Westview.

“RoosterBio wanted to find a location that would maximize creativity and provide a positive work environment for their employees,” he said. “The Offices at Westview provides a beautiful campus setting, strategic location with ample amenities and newly renovated buildings. The campus is not a traditional office park in that it appeals to a variety of tenants including office, medical, technology and now biotech.”

RoosterBio has been working closely with Frederick County Frederick County Office of Economic Development on the expansion.

The project was approved for Fast Track Permitting, and a pre-submittal meeting was held with key economic development partners including the Planning and Permitting Department, Avison Young, Bates Architects, Berkshire Hathaway, OED and RoosterBio.

Fast Track Permitting is an economic development tool used to expedite projects through the development process while adhering to all established standards.

Meritus Medical Center’s critical care staff earns national award

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The members of the critical care staff at Meritus Medical Center pose with their notification of the award for excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Meritus Medical Center was one of four Maryland hospitals recently given a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

The AACN recognized successful improvement of patient outcomes and work standards and practices from the critical care staff, moving them from the bronze designation the unit received in 2013, to the new, three-year silver designation.

The Beacon Award for Excellence is a significant milestone for the mix-model hospital unit employing 54 registered nurses in its staff of 72. Primary critical care services for patients admitted by an intensivist or through trauma services are provided, and since July 2010, services began for intermediate care patients with similar diagnoses, but in a different stage of their disease.

The award nomination highlighted the unit’s teamwork approach to create great patient experiences; focused bedside handoff between nurses as a standard process; and improved outcomes and effective communication through nurses’ participation in multidisciplinary committees, a unit task force to identify areas for improvement, job shadowing, regular rounding on the unit, team building activities and the use of forums, staff meetings, huddles and mass communication for messaging.

Callas awarded projects at Saint James School

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This artist’s rendering depicts the expanded Alumni Hall gym at Saint James School in Washington County, Md. Callas Contractors has received the contract for construction management of the project. Scott Bowen of MSB Architects is the lead designer.
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An artist rendering of the Pohanka Fine Arts Building to be built at St. James School in Washington County, Md. Callas Contractors has received the contract for construction management of the project. Scott Bowen of MSB Architects is the lead designer.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Callas Contractors has been awarded the contract for construction management of two projects at Saint James School near Hagerstown, Md.
The work includes construction of the 22,000-square-foot Pohanka Fine Arts Building and the 29,700-square-foot addition/expansion to the Alumni Hall gym.
Scott Bowen of MSB Architects is the lead designer for the buildings.
The Pohanka Fine Arts Building will include a recital hall (stone building); gallery/student commons; new classrooms and studios for music, ceramics and fine art painting; and a media area for digital arts such as graphic design.
Construction will begin in the summer with plans to open for the 2018 fall semester.
The project was named after Geoff Pohanka (Saint James Class of 1976) of Pohanka Auto Group, as he is a major donor for both The Fine Arts Building and Alumni Hall.
Plans for the Alumni Hall gym expansion will include multiple courts for wrestling and basketball athletes and an expanded locker room area for Saint James sports teams and guest teams during tournament play.
This addition will help in accommodating teams and guests for the popular Saint James invitational tournaments.
Both projects will run concurrently with an estimated total cost of approximately $12 million.
The renovation is also planned for current locker rooms in the basement of Cotton Hall.
Based in Washington County, Md., near Hagerstown, Callas has been a longtime supporter of Saint James and will continue to help guide the school in future endeavors.
Callas President Tim Campbell is a 1976 graduate of Saint James.


Shenandoah University

WINCHESTER, Va. — Shenandoah University and Wesley Theological Seminary, both affiliated with the United Methodist Church, have again partnered to benefit the church and young leadership coming through their ranks. An agreement between Shenandoah and Wesley offers a streamlined approach for those who feel a call to leading the church and faith-based nonprofits from both a clergy and lay perspective.

A 3+3 fast-track agreement will allow Shenandoah University undergraduate students to forgo their senior year and take classes at Wesley Theological Seminary instead. The credits will then transfer back to Shenandoah as electives. The program will begin in Fall 2018.

Shenandoah already offers fast-track approaches from undergraduate to graduate programs as evidenced in several pre-health to professional degree programs. For example, qualified students who seek to become physical therapists or pharmacists can come to Shenandoah to do their undergraduate work and then matriculate into graduate programs after their junior years, before four years of undergraduate work have been completed.

PSU Mont Alto awarded LaunchBox funding to support entrepreneurial activities

MONT ALTO, Pa. ― As part of Penn State President Eric Barron’s Invent Penn State initiative, Penn State Mont Alto is one of four commonwealth campuses to receive a three-year, $50,000 grant to develop the LaunchBox ― an incubator to help aspiring entrepreneurs develop their ideas and take their products and services to market.

Begun in 2015, Invent Penn State is aimed at spurring economic development, job creation and student career success by combining entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training and incubation, funding for commercialization, and University-community collaborations to turn research discoveries into valuable products and services, according to a PSU release.

Penn State Mont Alto students and faculty will be engaged in the LaunchBox at every stage, said Francis K. Achampong, Penn State Mont Alto chancellor.

“Faculty will design internships for students enrolled in programs such as our information technology and business programs. Students will work with aspiring entrepreneurs in designing business and marketing plans, websites and prospectuses to attract angel investors. Faculty and students will also serve as members of the LaunchBox Advisory Council along with local and regional business leaders,” he said in the news release.

The LaunchBox Advisory Council will serve as the incubator’s governing body, overseeing business competitions, selecting seed funding recipients, liaising with a paid student worker to facilitate LaunchBox activities, and organizing an annual entrepreneurship forum on the Penn State Mont Alto campus.

The campus is partnering with Home Again Concepts LLC to provide a convenient location for the LaunchBox in Chambersburg’s hub zone where aspiring entrepreneurs can “rent a desk.”

Renters will have access to business resources such as Wi-Fi and conferencing space, as well as a 3-D printer and computers with design software, to help the entrepreneurs with product design and prototyping.

The entrepreneurs can also draw up to $5,000 for incubation and other incidental costs for a number of months while they develop their ideas and prepare to transition their products and services to market.

Penn State Mont Alto will collaborate with other businesses and organizations to provide additional resources to the LaunchBox. These will include workshops and speakers on topics such as business plans, patents and trademarks, and help in accessing venture capital, business loans and modern financing tools like crowdfunding. Collaborators include the Small Business Development Center, the Franklin County Area Development Corporation, the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, the Chambersburg Area Development Corporation, and Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners.

Planning for the incubator has begun, according to Achampong. More will be announced as soon as funding is dispersed and arrangement for the space is complete. He is excited about its possibilities.

“The LaunchBox will be a hub where students, faculty and community partners can network and develop their ideas together. Successful business launches will help develop a culture of entrepreneurship that further distinguishes Penn State Mont Alto,” he said.

Barron’s $30 million Invent Penn State initiative is meant to leverage Penn State’s research and entrepreneurial spirit to bring ideas, products, and services to market. Students, faculty, and campuses are working with businesses and communities across the Commonwealth to improve the lives of people in Pennsylvania and throughout the world.

Morgan-Keller Construction begins The Lofts at Downtown Crown

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This rendering by Lessard Design shows The Lofts at Downtown Crown, three-building condominium complex in Gaithersburg, Md. Morgan-Keller Construction recently began work on the five-story, 219,000-square-foot complex that will include 128 contemporary condominium units.

FREDERICK, Md. — Morgan-Keller Construction, which has offices in Frederick and Columbia, Md., recently began construction of a three-building condominium complex in Gaithersburg, Md.

The five-story, 219,000 square-foot complex in the Crown planned community will include 128 contemporary condominium units constructed from a podium slab of approximately 60,000 square feet, according to a news release from the company.

At-grade parking will be provided for the residents.

“Morgan-Keller is pleased to have the opportunity to build this new multi-family community,” Jerry Bowman, Morgan-Keller’s executive vice president, said in the release. “Multi-family construction continues to be a strong market for Morgan-Keller.”

The buildings will have a factory brick exterior to resemble reuse of an industrial space. The interiors will have oversized windows, loft spaces, interior courtyards and modern finishes and fixtures.

Other amenities in the community include numerous restaurants and shopping, according to the release.

The developer is Streetscape Partners and the architect is Lessard Design. Construction began in April and is anticipated to finish in October 2018.

Morgan-Keller Construction is a general contracting and construction management firm. For more information, visit www.morgankeller.com .

HCC adds new cybersecurity course

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hagerstown Community College will offer a new cybersecurity class, CYB-223 Cybersecurity Select Topics, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Aug. 28 in the Advanced Technology Center.

Students will be exposed to current topics in cybersecurity and be introduced to cutting-edge cybersecurity research. Topics include general computing, networking, security, privacy, forensics and mobile devices.

Under a grant funded by the National Science Foundation, this unique elective course will feature lectures from Johns Hopkins University graduates and students, focusing on cyber research at JHU. CYB-223 is a three-credit elective course, open to all students within the Cybersecurity program at HCC. Students must complete CYB-101 before registering for this course.

For more information about the course, contact HCC instructor Michael Blackburn at mcblackburn@hagerstowncc.edu. To register, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/webadvisor.

Frederick chamber plans for 22nd Expo

FREDERICK, Md. — The Frederick Chamber of Commerce is planning for Business Expo 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Frederick Indoor Sports Center, 1845 Brookfield Court, Frederick.

According to the chamber’s website, this will be the 22nd annual expo. It’s billed as “the largest business trade show in Frederick County.”

Registrations are being taken for booths or tables. Sponsorship opportunities also are available at several levels. And the chamber is taking advance reservations for attendance, which is free.

For more information, visit www.frederickchamber.org/frederick-expo.html.