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Employees took a trip around the globe this week at the 17th Annual International Potluck in the Rockville office. The potluck was a great success and showcased the international flavor of our employees. Dishes filled two buffet tables and offered something for everyone. 

The annual international potluck is one of the ways Soltesz shows appreciation to its employees, providing the opportunity for team building and enjoyment. 

Soltesz surprised its staff with a thank you breakfast! Our staff has been working around the clock to meet the needs of our clients. We are very grateful for the numerous projects we have been awarded in the past year. Our engineers have been an integral part of securing these projects because of their dedication to our clients. A buffet of fresh fruit, egg pockets, oatmeal, bagels, and a juice bar was very much appreciated by all.

Jim Gotsch, Senior Associate in our Leonardtown office, was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Maryland Building Industry Association's "1st Annual Southern Maryland Associate of the Year" award. The MBIA Awards of Excellence honors the outstanding individuals that highlight exceptional work in our industry. The MBIA Awards of Excellence will be held on November 15, 2017 in Hanover, Maryland. 

Soltesz recently participated in the 2017 Chi Epsilon Fall Career Fair at University of Maryland on October 20, 2017. The career fair was for students interested in seeking full-time career opportunities and internships with engineering firms across the Metropolitan Area. 

Soltesz employees raised over $1,000 to help the residents of Puerto Rico recover after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. This donation will provide essential supplies to help children and their families keep clean and healthy during this time of crisis. 

Urban Atlantic and Kaiser Permanente is getting closer to its goal to bring about 850 employees to Prince George's County. A groundbreaking celebration for the new 200,000 square foot facility at the New Carrollton Metro Station commenced on October 4, 2017. New Carrollton has grown immensely over the past five years. The 49-acre mixed-use development is planned to include 1.3M square feet of residential space, 1.1M square feet of office space, 150K square feet of retail space, and a hotel. 

The La Plata Rotary Club held it's biggest event of the year on October 1, 2017. The Lobster Festival has taken place every year since the inception of the club in 1975. Participants enjoyed amazing food, live music, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and much more.

Dave Cooksey, Senior Vice President in our Waldorf office, has been a member of the Rotary Club for many years. The Lobster Festival supports scholarships, donations, and community service activities. 100% of the money raised goes to local scholarships and charities throughout Charles County.  

On Sunday, September 24, 2017, the 26th Annual Baltimore Washington Ride for Kids was held at Turf Valley Resort with over 230 participants and volunteers in attendance. Over the past 26 years, this Baltimore Washington Ride for Kids event has raised $3,800,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). The PBTF is the largest non-governmental source of funding for research, treatment, and family support for children with brain tumors.

Soltesz sponsored the 2017 Maryland Housing Conference on September 20, 2017 in Baltimore. The Maryland Housing Conference is the largest and most comprehensive housing forum in the state. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has been partnering with the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) for the past 15 years. Community development leaders, housing authorities, home builders, legislators and more came together to discuss solutions and opportunities for home ownership in Maryland.

Soltesz likes to start and end the season with a smile. Summer started with an appreciation gift for all employees with a summer shirt. The Rockville office enjoyed the last bit of summer on September 8, 2017 with a huge BBQ. This annual BBQ was a little different this year with more employees and more groundbreaking projects.

Fall is right around the corner and Soltesz is shaping up to have a very strong year with new pursuits, growing our offices, and building new relationships.