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SAIC Breaks Ground on Enormous Eco-Friendly Building in California

A crowd gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) new 80,000 square-foot facility in California, Md. Thursday, Oct. 7. The building, located behind the Olive Garden and Red Robin resaurants along Rt. 235, will house more than 385 employees by late 2011.

Like many of SAIC's buildings, this one is being constructed with the goal of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification. 

Acting Business Unit Manager Jim Thigpen said the company is, "Looking forward being a good neighbor in Southern Md., while taking care of the environment." Thigpen stated SAIC continues to be a leader in this field.

The building will benefit employees, allowing them to move into one consolidated building locally, and Thigpen said the new facility would result in benefits to SAIC's customers and the local community as well. He thanked the project leaders pushing the project forward and local developer John Parlett.

SAIC employs 6,100 in the state of Md. and was named the top information technology employer in 2008 by the Washington Business Journal.

Delegate John Bohanan stopped by to offer well wishes for the venture. "We are very priveleged to be breaking ground as others close down," he said, commenting that SAIC's $18 million investment will delight the employees who live and work in Southern Md. "SAIC making this commitment is very significant."

St. Mary's Board of County Commissioners President Jack Russell also spoke, calling the groundbreaking, "very auspicious" and expressing appreciation of SAIC's intentions to plant deep roots in St. Mary's County.

For more information about this Fortune 500 scientific, engineering and technology applications company with revenues of $10.85 billion last year, click here to visit their website. 

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