Hopkins and Porter Construction, Inc Improving Shopping Center's Sustainability

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Hopkins and Porter Construction, Inc is revamping its shopping center location in an approved eco-friendly way. Not only will the new and improved center fit the needs of the community, but it will also help create a more sustainable world.

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We actually started during the Jimmy Carter years when the energy efficiency movement was just begining. We would build anything that would save people energy and qualify for the energy tax credit money -- we have a long history of doing that.

Hopkins and Porter Construction, Inc is revamping and upgrading its Potomac Oak Shopping Center location in an approved, environmentally sustainable way in order to fit the needs of the growing community.

"Being environmentally friendly is more of a hot-button issue now; a lot more people are interested in how they can help the environment -- especially when it comes to water runoff that can lead to erosion of property and the pollution of larger water systems due to runoff of fertilizer and other chemicals," says Guy Semmes, President of Hopkins and Porter Construction, Inc.

Semmes also believes that the cost of the project will be worth the outcome, and that it will attract more people to the area, as well as more businesses.

Though the building already meets Chesapeake Bay's water drainage standards, Hopkins and Porter Construction, Inc are going above and beyond all for the sake of a greener tomorrow. Typically, homes and businesses will have a pond besides their property, which they use as a water runoff solution. The new shopping center, though, will use attractive gravel, multiple plantings, and an elaborate upgraded subterranean filtration system that will make sure any and all harmful waste is filtered out before it makes its way back into the Chesapeake Bay.

Hopkins and Porter Construction, Inc are not new to sustainability, having made scores of green home improvements like the installation of environmentally friendly countertops and low-flush toilets for clients over the years. Back in 2008, for instance, the company helped out a community church that was keen on doing the right thing for the environment. The team built rain gardens, which could filter parking lot water through its specialized planting, sand and gravel.

"We actually started during the Jimmy Carter years when the energy efficiency movement was just beginning. We would build anything that would save people energy and qualify for the energy tax credit money -- we have a long history of doing that," Semmes explains.

So when the shopping center needed a facelift, Hopkins and Porter Construction, Inc felt the need to do something more -- something sustainable.

"We had the room to expand, so we’re jumping on the opportunity to do so. We’re hoping this will attract those who live in the newer housing developments in the community," explains Semmes, hoping that others will follow in the company's green footsteps. "Homeowners and builders don't have to do ugly water management systems, they can do something more aesthetically pleasing while still functional."

The new storm water management system will be completed by September 2015. This will allow us to begin construction on approved spaces that will attract tenants that the community has asked for.

About Hopkins and Porter Construction, Inc

Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc specializes in custom building options. They can design or renovate bathrooms, kitchens, porches and more. They also have years of experience in custom home building. To learn more about their team of dedicated professionals, visit hopkinsandporter.com

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