Build Group Breaks Ground on Solar Carport Project at Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Bay Pines, Florida

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The San Francisco based design / build contractor begins the second installation of their patent pending adaptable array system, Solumbria.

"Build Group's innovative Solumbria product revolutionizes canopy design and allows us to give clients ultimate flexibility," said Burke Kascha-Hare, Director of Federal Business Development at REC Solar, Inc.

Build Group, Inc. ( today announced that the company has broken ground a 1.6 MW solar support canopy project for long time client REC Solar, Inc. at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bay Pines, Florida. The project includes installation of 167 units of Solumbria, Build Group’s patent pending system that adjusts to fit any photovoltaic panel regardless of manufacturer.

Build Group will keep the busy parking lots open throughout installation by sequencing the work to accommodate automobile and pedestrian traffic. The implementation team will post prominent signs and perform careful preplanning of logistics to ensure the safety of hospital staff, patients and visitors during installation.

The project incorporates 123,194 square feet of elevated structure and is designed to withstand winds of 135 miles per hour. The installation will utilize REC 225 watt photovoltaic panels.

“We are proud of our proven track for business continuity at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers,” said Eric Horn, Build Group’s Chief Operating Officer, “Solumbria allows us to expedite installation thereby minimizing impact on business operations.”

"Build Group worked with us very successfully at the VA Medical Centers in West Los Angeles and Martinez, California. They deliver high quality construction and proactive service while keeping the VA's busy parking lots in full operation,” said Burke Kascha-Hare, Director of Federal Business Development at REC Solar, Inc. “Their innovative Solumbria product revolutionizes canopy design and allows us to give clients ultimate flexibility.”

With 13 MW under construction or in design to be completed by year end, Build Group’s other notable solar structure projects include: another 7 MWs for REC Solar at the West Los Angeles, CA Veterans Affairs Hospital; .504 MW for REC Solar at the Martinez, CA Veterans Affairs Hospital; 1.6 MW for RQ/Berg Joint Venture at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina; 8 MW for Chevron Energy Solutions at various campus throughout Eastside Union High School District in San Jose, California and 9 MW for Solar City at various school districts in Lancaster, Chico and Davis, California.

About Build Group and Solumbria

Established in 2007, Build Group is a privately held California Corporation with more than 230 employees in San Francisco. The company provides general contracting services to a diverse clientele and specializes in multifamily residential, mixed-use, office buildings, solar support structures, parking garages, retail and restaurants. Build Group self-performs structural concrete and provides service to other general contractors through its sister company, Pacific Structures. For more information please visit

A patent pending design of Build Group, Solumbria provides adaptable and upgradeable structural steel solar support structure solutions for private and public projects. For more information on Solumbria please visit

About REC Solar

REC Solar, a Mainstream Energy company, is an industry leading solar power provider specializing in grid-tied residential and commercial installations. With more than 8,000 systems installed in 16 states across the USA, REC Solar has been committed to lowering the cost of solar power through efficient processes, innovative products and outstanding customer service since 1997. For additional information on REC Solar visit or call 1-888-OK-SOLAR (888-675-6527).

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