As BGE marks its 200th anniversary this year, the company has announced the addition of large-scale murals to the storage tanks at the company’s Spring Gardens campus in South Baltimore. The site is located near the I-95 and I-395 interchange at one of the major gateways to Baltimore. The murals will depict images synonymous with Maryland: blue crabs, thoroughbred racing and the Star Spangled Banner.
“We are proud of our heritage as the first gas company in North America and we want to reflect our appreciation of Maryland,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO of BGE. “As part of Baltimore’s iconic skyline, we are pleased to help welcome visitors to our hometown.”
The Spring Gardens campus is one of BGE’s longest continuously operating sites, with gas operations beginning there in 1855. Today, the site is still a hub for natural gas and electric operations and is the home of a regional customer contact center. It is a base for more than 600 of BGE’s 3,200 employees.
The site was once home to telescoping gas holder tanks that rose and fell as they filled with gas. Those tanks dated back to the early 1900s and were eventually dismantled in the 1990s. Today, the site’s liquefied natural gas facility allows for safe, compact storage and enables BGE to deliver a lower cost, reliable supply of natural gas to customers when gas demand increases. BGE customers in central Maryland use all of the gas from the facility.
BGE has invested in environmental enhancements at the site over the decades. Today it is a Wildlife Habitat Council Certified Wildlife at Work site and National Audubon Society Certified Bird-Friendly Habitat. BGE’s largest solar power installation is also located at Spring Gardens and supplies enough electricity to power the operations of the site’s regional contact center.
Work on the murals will begin in April and is expected to be complete, weather permitting, in June when BGE officially celebrates its 200th anniversary. As the project progresses, updates, photos and videos will be posted here.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.