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Auto Shops and Dealerships
Location: Rockville, MD
Built in 2014, the Lofstrand Service Building provides more than 13,000 square feet of industrial warehouse space for six auto shops and retail space.
Washington Gas needed to create a viable solution for converting the Lofstrand Service Building from electric to natural gas space heating while working with unique building challenges. Because of the building layout, tight property boundaries, water easement and required separation from other underground utilities, this project proved to be a challenge. While most property lines have a typical square layout, this building’s property lines were triangular. In addition to the unusual property lines, the tight property boundaries showed limited space between the building and the property line. When a building is too close to the property lines with no buffer zones, it limits space between the property line and building. Because there was already a water easement in that space, Washington Gas was needed to create a customized solution for running service and banking meters on the property.
Working in conjunction with project architect/engineer Steven Karr and Northern Pipeline (NPL), we were able to find a narrow path to run service to the Lofstrand Service Building.
By working closely with NPL and the customer, we were able to find the shortest possible service run to the meter bank location. The collaborative effort between the various groups allowed us to find the best option to provide a low-cost installation for Lofstrand Service Industries’ conversion to natural gas. By using natural gas for space heating, Lofstrand will save in monthly utility costs, have lower energy consumption and become more eco-friendly with less carbon emissions.
"We wanted to have more efficient, cost-effective heating and knew that switching to natural gas was the solution. Despite layout and property boundary challenges, Washington Gas figured out how to make it work. The team helping with the Lofstrand project was great.
- Steven J. Karr, President of AIA Inc.