SAK Construction, LLC which specializes in the repair of aging water and sewer pipes and has boomed as municipal systems reach their limit, has opened a new regional headquarters in Arbutus.

The Missouri company, founded in 2006, won contracts last year to do work on the systems in Baltimore City and in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, Chief Information Officer Jim Kalishman said.

The Arbutus center, a 7.5-acre site at 1405 Benson Court, will house the regional headquarters for SAK, which anticipates announcing tens of millions of East Coast contracts in the coming months, Kalishman said. The Baltimore contract, which SAK hopes to start work on this spring, concerns 58,000 feet of pipes, Kalishman said. The Board of Estimates approved an $18.2 million contract SAK to do work in West Baltimore in November.

SAK performs "trenchless" construction using "cured in place pipe" technology to insert a liner into existing system. The technology allows the company to complete repairs manhole to manhole, rather than opening the street.

SAK, which has worked in cities across the country and has about 350 employees, expects over the next three years to hire about 50 people for the Arbutus office, a mix of managerial, administrative and construction positions, Kalishman said.

"It's a great launching pad for us to be in that location in the Baltimore area," he said. "If you look at the industrialization and urbanization of the country, a lot of these things are crumbling and need to be repaired or replaced."