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Boland - Making Buildings Better Since 1960

By Alex Keown

Boland, a leading commercial HVAC solutions company, has called Montgomery County home for 63 years. The third-generation business delivers sustainable, strategic, and energy-efficient building solutions for partners across Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

The company, which employs more than 400 associates, offers a holistic approach to designing, installing, operating, and modernizing equipment and systems to ensure buildings are running as efficiently as possible.  

Since Boland was founded by Louis Boland, Sr. in 1960, the company has seen steady growth, delivering building and energy solutions to countless clients across the region. Sean Boland, grandson of Louis and current president, said the quality of service to clients has enabled Boland to become the biggest HVAC solutions company in the region.

“We’re really proud of what we have accomplished and the way in which we serve our clients,” Boland said. “We’ve been in Maryland a long time. It’s a really nice location with a lot of great markets. Being here has also allowed us to work with and help our neighbors.”

One industry where Boland’s expertise plays a critical role is life sciences, which has become a cornerstone industry in Montgomery County and Maryland over the past few decades. Boland has become a unique partner through the careful design of highly efficient energy solutions that optimize research and development operations within many of the state’s largest life sciences companies. “We are partnering with companies looking to improve overall energy efficiency, and ultimately their bottom line,” Boland said. 

Beyond life sciences, Boland has seen growth in other areas, including data center expansion in Frederick County, as well as in Northern Virginia - known as the biggest data center market in the country.


There are a lot of noteworthy trends in the marketplace for both life sciences and data centers. One trend is a move towards decarbonization, the elimination of carbon dioxide emissions. Another trend is an increased use of electric heat, which lowers utility costs, increases energy efficiency, and improves the bottom line.

Additionally, since the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Boland noted there has been an increased focus on indoor air quality and filtration. “We want people to be comfortable in their workspace,” he said. “Throughout the pandemic we talked with clients about different ways to clean the air that building occupants breathe, and the right level of air filtration for a given space.”

When talking with clients, Boland said it’s important to understand what their end-use goals are and then tailor a plan with Boland’s capabilities to achieve the right objectives.

“However you would like to make your building better, we have the experts to talk to you about temperature, humidity, and energy efficiency. We’re also happy to talk about occupant comfort, project financing, and how your building can impact your business goals.” Boland said. “With a team as large as Boland, we’re equipped to help with any phase of a building’s life cycle.”

Not only does Boland provide HVAC services to the region, Boland pointed to its own workforce development programs, including an apprenticeship program for service technicians that allows the company to attract and retain talent. With open positions in sales, project management, accounting, and service, Boland said there are multiple career pathways and educational backgrounds that lead to a fulfilling position within the company.

Learn more about BOLAND

Maryland Life Sciences Updates

BioHub Maryland, an initiative to accelerate the state’s life sciences industry, is partnering with Platoon 22, a non-profit dedicated to ending veteran suicide through successful reintegration, to reskill and upskill military veterans for rewarding careers in the life sciences industry. BioHub Maryland is an initiative of the Maryland Tech Council, the largest technology and life sciences trade association in the state. Click here to read the full press release.

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