Green Mountain Power has selected Russell Construction Services of Rutland as construction manager for the companys new Energy Innovation Center on Merchants Row. The decision comes after a lengthy bid and interview process involving nearly a dozen companies from throughout Vermont. Russell brings a tremendous sense of vision and purpose to the project, an intimate understanding of the issues associated with a major downtown project, and an understanding of the importance of the project to the company, the city of Rutland and the state of Vermont, GMP President and CEO Mary Powell said. We had a tremendous field of candidates, but our selection committee was unanimous in their choice of Russell as the best possible manager for the project. As construction manager, Russell Construction will work with NBF Architects and GMP officials to oversee all aspects of the Energy Innovation Center project. Russell will work with NBF to develop a formal construction timeline, and will manage the entire subcontractor bid process and budget, manage safety and regulatory compliance at the site, and manage all day-to-day construction work. The EIC will be the focal point of GMPs renewable energy development efforts, including efforts to make Rutland the solar capital of the northeast, and an information resource for customers. The center will include office space, displays and interactive educational opportunities. It will include a heat pump system and solar generation, and will be accessible for tours. Vermont Energy Investment Corp and Neighborworks of Western Vermont will co-locate some staff with GMP in the new facility. Russell will begin working on the preconstruction planning process with NBF immediately, with a target date to begin construction of March 1. Mold and asbestos mitigation in the building is nearly complete. GMP expects to move into the new facility, in the former Eastmans Building, by Oct. 31. John Russell III, the third-generation president of the company, said the project, like the restoration of the Paramount Theatre a decade ago, would be a legacy project for his company. GMPs plans for the Eastman Building will have an extremely positive impact on downtown Rutland, much like the Paramount restoration, Russell said. This is a transformational project for the city, and we wanted to be a part of it from the minute we heard about it. We are proud to be able to play an important and continuing role in downtown Rutlands revitalization. Steve Costello, GMPs vice president for generation and energy innovation, said Russell was selected from a field of strong finalists. We see this as a true partnership, Costello said. There is a great fit with Russell, and we believe the company will do an excellent job on the project. Russell Construction Services is part of the John A. Russell family of companies, founded in Rutland in 1934 by Russell IIIs grandfather. My grandfather and father built our reputation by doing what was right for each client and our community, Russell said. This project will allow us to continue that tradition in a very meaningful project, a project we will be proud to showcase for generations to come. About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small utility in America.