'Comfort Link' gets 20-year state contract

Maryland Watch

June 20, 1996

The state Board of Public Works yesterday awarded a 20-year air conditioning contract to a partnership between the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and Monumental Investment Corp., a move expected to save the state $1.5 million in energy costs.

State officials chose the Comfort Link partnership to cool its 310 and 311 W. Saratoga St. office complex via chilled water in lieu of replacing 35-year-old equipment. The state was scheduled to replace the equipment under a program to do away with chemicals that cause holes in the stratospheric ozone layer, which restricts harmful rays from the sun.

BGE and Monumental will generate the chilled water air conditioning beginning in the spring of 1997 from the former Hamburger's building in Charles Center, which they acquired earlier this year for roughly $1 million to use as Comfort Link's headquarters.

Comfort Link also will supply air conditioning to two buildings downtown owned by the Fidelity & Guaranty Cos.

The Saratoga State Center will be the first state facility with a private energy supply.

Pub Date: 6/20/96

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