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Affordable Housing Community Breaks Ground in Arlington

Group on site with tractors at Berkley project

The Harkins team attended the groundbreaking of The Berkeley project on Thursday, May 31st in Arlington, VA.

The Berkeley will be a new 256-unit affordable apartment complex for repeat client AHC Inc. Built in the 1960s, it is currently made up of two five-story apartment buildings. These buildings will be demolished in phases, scheduled five months apart with intent to achieve separate occupancies for each individual building by Arlington County. They will be replaced with a two-level subterranean parking garage and two new five-story affordable apartment buildings.

The first building will be comprised of 125 residential units and the second will have 131 additional residential units. The buildings will be constructed to VHDA standards, designed to achieve Earthcraft Gold certification. The exterior of the buildings will have TPO roofs, a veneer mix of brick, cementitious siding, metal panels, and stacked balconies. Additionally, the Four Mile Run trail will be widened and there will be increased access to the waterfront through additional access points. Site amenities will include a community center, fitness room, playground, and outdoor sport court.

Groundbreaking Photos

Heritage Overlook Celebrates Final Phase of Redevelopment

Team celebrating final phase of Heritage Overlook redevelopment

The Harkins team attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Heritage Overlook project on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Glen Burnie, MD.

Heritage Overlook is the second and final phase of the redevelopment of the former Burwood Gardens public housing project, developed in partnership with The Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County (HCAAC) and Pennrose Properties, LLC. Harkins Builders built Phase 1 which was a 100-unit wood frame independent senior building built in 2014. Phase 2 consisted of 30 townhome units in four buildings and 70 garden apartment units in three buildings. These buildings were all wood frame, clad with brick and cementitious siding to match Phase 1.

Renovations included a 5,000 sf community center with a multipurpose room, fitness room, computer room, mail room, management and leasing offices, and maintenance space. The community center includes a separate space for a new chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anne Arundel County, which will provide learning and enrichment activities to benefit children in the community.

In a recent survey, Mike Hale of HCAAC said, “The project looks awesome and everyone involved should be very proud. The Harkins construction team assembled on both phases is the best I have ever worked with. We could build any building there is…thank you for all your efforts!”

Ribbon Cutting Photos

Empowering the Next Generation:
Harkins Emerging Leaders

Harkins team is all in - hands in on emerging leaders!

By Mike Ebrahimi
Senior Vice President, Construction Operations

In 2012, Harkins engaged The Center for Leadership and Innovation at UMBC Training Centers to develop and implement a customized, three-year Emerging Leaders program (ELP) to unleash the potential in some of the company’s most promising young leaders. Employees are nominated and carefully selected by the Harkins executive team. Over the course of the program, the Emerging Leaders have grown measurably more skillful in key leadership practices, such as organizational accountability, crucial conversations, building effective relationships, LEAN facilitation, team building activities, and delivering effective feedback and feed-forward to name just a few.

The result of this program has been a total cultural transformation with teamwork, collaboration, and accountability at its foundation. Empowering our emerging leaders has had an extraordinary impact on the way we now do business. By combining their talent, outside-the-box and intuitive thinking, constant challenging of the status quo, and expansive use of technology with our executive team have opened unlimited opportunities at Harkins. Additionally, we’ve found the experience of these leaders creates a domino effect that expands throughout the organization.

This program has engaged nearly 50 leaders in our organization over the past six years, with the third ELP group now underway. Because of this program, we are better poised today to lead this company into the next 50 years.