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United Therapeutics Receives 2014 IDEAS2 Merit Award

The United Therapeutics Corporation's World Headquarters Campus in downtown Silver Spring recently received the 2014 IDEAS2 Merit Award for its aesthetically pleasing and practical building connector. The IDEAS2 Awards are sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction for Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel.

Land use and zoning attorneys Bill Kominers and Susan Reutershan served as lead counsel in obtaining land use and related approvals for the Campus' building connector, which spans 90 feet across a public street and connects two buildings on the Campus at the upper levels. The connector, which was modeled after a DNA strand double helix, accommodates a  four foot elevation change between the two buildings. Bill and Susan are shown at left with Avi Halpert from United Therapeutics and representatives from other 2014 IDEAS 2 Award winning companies, including Stranix Associates, EwingCole, Inc., DPR Construction, Inc., and Baltimore Steel Erectors.

United Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of unique products to address the unmet medical needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions. To learn more about United Therapeutics, visit http://www.unither.com/index.html and to view the full list of 2014 IDEAS2 Award winners, visit https://www.aisc.org/content.aspx?id=29638.

Bill Kominers is a land use and zoning attorney who represents developers and businesses (particularly biotech companies) and large planned developments before administrative agencies and courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia in planning and regulatory proceedings involving rezoning, master plan amendments, subdivisions, adequate public facilities examinations, site plan reviews, special exceptions, variances, and building and occupancy permits. Susan Reutershan is a land use and zoning attorney who has extensive experience in representing nonprofits and biotechnology companies, commercial and residential developers, individual landowners, and corporations before administrative bodies and courts in all phases of land use and development throughout Maryland.

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