Stamford and Hartford, Conn - Amenta Emma Architects – has been selected by the State of Connecticut Department of Construction Services to provide architectural design services for the renovation of the State Office Building at 165 Capitol Avenue in Hartford and construction of an adjacent new 900 (+) space parking structure. The $146 million construction project includes full renovation of the interior, replacement of all hvac, electrical, fire protection and elevator systems, restoration of the exterior limestone and complete window replacement to the historic 1931 building. The initial predesign phase will include programming of all state agencies located in the building and final positioning of the new parking structure.
Farmington, Conn – KBE Building Corporation (KBE) announced today that its Safety Director, Adam Peters, was named Construction Safety Professional of the Year by Associated General Contractors of Connecticut (AGC-CT). Another valued KBE employee, Jeff Guilbeault, was selected as a finalist for Construction Supervisor of the Year.
“We see it every day, but when an employee is recognized by industry peers for his superior work and commitment to excellence, it really highlights the quality of people we have around here. Adam and Jeff are great examples for all of us, and we’re all very proud of them”, said Mike Kolakowski, President and CEO of KBE Building Corporation.
ACG-CT’s criteria for the awards include:
- · A high level of leadership;
- · An understanding of construction principles and theory;
- · A record of professional and personal accomplishment;
- · A high skill level, developed through education and job experience;
- · The experience, discipline and focus to bring good judgment and skill together in various types of construction projects; and
- · An adherence to fair and responsible business practices.
As KBE’s Safety Director, Adam is responsible for ensuring optimal safety performance on all projects managed by KBE’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic offices. He is a 20-year construction industry professional. He joined KBE in 1999, working in the Safety Department for 10 years before being promoted to Corporate Safety Director in 2010. Under his leadership, KBE’s safety program has been recognized by several national organizations. Adam currently sits on the safety committees of the ABC-Connecticut as well as the Associated General Contractors-Connecticut. Engineering News Record recently invited Adam to serve on the awards jury for its annual Best Projects of the Year awards program, where he judged the safety awards component of the program.
Jeffrey Guilbeault, KBE Project Superintendent has worked in the construction industry since 1983 and joined KBE in 1997. A strong and proactive on-site leader with exceptional communication skills, Jeff has completed some of KBE’s largest projects, including the $70 million renovation of the University of Connecticut’s Student Union, which won the national Construction Management Association of America award. His other projects include the 200,000 sf Norwich Technical High School, and the Patapsco Hall, LEED Silver addition and renovation at University of Maryland-Baltimore County. He is currently the lead Superintendent on the $50 million, 185,000 sf renovation and addition to the occupied Harvard Ellis Technical High School in Danielson, which is currently 9 months ahead of schedule.
New England – The new IBC code now allows for multiple level wood structures and it is important to recognize how easily precast concrete can integrate with and enhance wood systems. Using these two building material systems together have resolved most of the owners’ major concern regarding the fire separation between retail and residential units as well as separation between the parking area and residential units.
Ken Siconolfi, of AP Construction emphasizes that “having only one material which would supply a three hour fire rating was critical”.
“Oldcastle Precast Building Systems brings schedule, cost and maintenance advantage by integrating precast concrete with wood structures”, writes Nesil Normile, Business Development with Oldcastle Precast.
The typical transfer deck components normally consist of 12” thick hollowcore plank, precast columns, allowing ample space for parking, and precast beams under the plank. Precast wall panels can also be utilized for elevator and stair towers as shear walls.
The precast concrete transfer deck solution fulfills the immediate fire separation requirement between retail/parking and residential wood structure. Three to four hour fire rating can be achieved, thus eliminating any need for fire spraying or other fire proofing applications. Precast also provides flexible design options. There is no need to line up upper wood structure load bearing walls with foundation walls. The hollow core plank allows long clear spans below. This is a great solution for mixed-use projects, with open parking, stores and offices under the multifamily housing units.
Installation of precast concrete deck systems are normally performed by experienced Oldcastle PCI qualified crews, with no weather restrictions (all year around) affecting production or installation, and typically done in one continuous mobilization. The crane can be set inside the building footprint, if site restrictions require. There are tremendous dollar savings on winter protection, as minimal heating is required for grouting and concrete topping only.
Similar projects were built by Oldcastle, including Boulders I and II in Exeter, NH, and 163 Franklin Street, Stamford, CT.
Haverhill, Mass – BWK Construction recently broke ground on a new 37,000 sf educational facility in Haverhill for Opportunity Works. Opportunity Works, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization that empowers adults with disabilities and their families. The new facility will be built on land abutting Northern Essex Community College and is slated to open in the fall of 2014. The building will include twelve specialized classrooms to offer a variety of integrated, multi-disciplinary supports and services.
Due to the increased demand for services and the high quality of its programs, Opportunity Works has grown dramatically both in the numbers of people served and in the scope of the programs provided. Today, nearly 210 people from across the Merrimack Valley and beyond take part in a diverse selection of support programs offered by the agency. Opportunity Works has maintained a satellite facility at 209R Summer Street in Haverhill for fourteen years.
Jane Harris-Fale, a lifelong Haverhill resident and the Executive Director of the agency, explained the pressing need to expand with a new facility. “Our Haverhill site is at capacity, serving many people with more involved needs, which requires more space”, she said. “In 2004, our Haverhill site served 19 individuals with 5 staff. The site now serves 42 people with 15 staff. The expansion is projected to allow us to serve nearly 100 people with some 35 staff by 2017. This major project makes me even prouder that Opportunity Works is recognized as one of the premier human service agencies in New England.”
Mayor Fiorentini stated that the city has strongly supported the new building project and will continue to do so. “We fully understand that Haverhill residents will be better served by this initiative by Opportunity Works. We also welcome the individuals from throughout the Merrimack Valley and beyond who will attend this new building, as well as their families and the dedicated professionals who serve within. This project will also contribute to Haverhill’s economic development with the addition of at least 20 new, well-paying positions over the next five years.”
Rep. Dempsey, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said that he has supported the work of Opportunity Works for years. “With this essential new facility, Opportunity Works remains on the cutting edge of serving the growing numbers of our friends and neighbors who deserve our support every single day. The Commonwealth is grateful for non-profit agencies like Opportunity Works that work so hard to fulfill that need. Future partnership opportunities between the agency and the college will also be of tremendous mutual benefit to the city and the entire region.”
Diane Fasulo, whose son attends Opportunity Works and a long-time advocate for people with disabilities, said the new facility fills a vital need in the area. “The need to support individuals with disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury grows each year”, she said. “My admiration goes out to the Opportunity Works staff for their dedication. It’s a top-rate program and I’m pleased to be part of it. This is like a dream come true! The new facility in Haverhill is a great project, a great opportunity.”
To make a gift or to view more information about the project, you may visit www.opportunityworksinhaverhill.org
Portsmouth, NH – The wood framing is underway for the final phase of Portwalk, an environmentally friendly, mixed-use development, which will include a 120-room Hampton Inn and Suites hotel and The Residences at Portwalk, a 113 unit luxury apartment building, all above a one-story, below-grade parking garage. XSS LLC and Cathartes Private Investments are developing the hotel and Cathartes Private Investments is developing the apartment complex. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, NH is the architect of record and construction manager for the Portwalk project.
“The wood framing is underway for the hotel and we continue to cast concrete slabs for the residential apartments,” stated the project manager for Pro Con Inc. “The installation of the hotel’s grade level granite veneer is complete and the installation is continuing for the apartments. Construction is progressing as planned and we expect the hotel to be completed in spring 2014.”
Cathartes, XSS, and Pro Con Inc have designed the hotel and mixed-use apartment building to achieve LEED certification. PCI is using regional & recycled materials in construction and has incorporated environmentally friendly design elements such as a white roof, over-sized windows, low-flow plumbing fixtures and LED lighting throughout the common areas and parking garage.
The Hampton Inn & Suites hotel will offer 96 guest rooms and 24 guest suites with living areas and kitchenettes. The 72,000-sf hotel will feature a large common room, bar and lounge area, breakfast room, indoor pool & fitness room, meeting room, and business center. The building’s first floor will house the hotel’s lobby, common areas, and retail space for future tenant fit-up. Floors 2 thru 5 will house the hotel’s guest rooms. An enclosed surface deck parking area and below grade parking garage with an entrance off Portwalk Place will offer parking for 240 vehicles.
The 152,000-sf luxury residential apartment complex will consist of a 5-story mixed-use building. The building will offer a variety of residential floor plans including studio, one, two and three bedroom units with an assortment of design configurations. The 113 apartments, located on floors 2-5, will each offer a fully equipped kitchen with wood cabinetry and granite counters, Energy Star stainless steel appliances, laundry area, living/dining room or great room, and master bedroom suite with granite vanity counter and marble shower surround, walk-in closet, and over-sized windows. Some floor plans include a raised ceiling and sliding terrace doors, offering scenic views of the City of Portsmouth and the skyline. The ground floor of the building will offer future retail tenant space and a private entrance, club room, lobby and elevator for the residences. A fitness center will be located on the second floor.
The exterior design of both the hotel and the apartment building will feature granite, pre-cast concrete, brick veneer, fiber cement panels and fiberglass cornice molding. The hotel entrance on Portwalk Place will feature a curved canopy with metal panels and double sliding glass doors.
Portwalk is a phased development that features luxury residences, a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel and the Harbor Events and Conference Center, retail and restaurant space. When completed, Portwalk will include four buildings located between Deer, Hanover and Maplewood streets in downtown Portsmouth. Phase I; the Residence Inn by Marriott and the Harbor Events and Conference Center, was completed in June 2010. Phase II; The Residences at Portwalk, was completed in the fall of 2011. Phase III; The Hampton Inn hotel is expected to be completed in April 2014 and the mixed use retail space and residential apartments are scheduled to be completed in August 2014. The four buildings are connected by a thoroughfare called Portwalk Place, which is aligned with the Vaughan Mall walkway and creates a large pedestrian loop that connects Congress Street with Deer Street. The master planner of Portwalk was Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston and the consulting architect was DeStefano Architects of Portsmouth.
Tocci Building Companies, (Tocci) has completed construction of Chelsea Place, a new 56-unit residential complex located in historical Chelsea, MA. Tocci worked with Khalsa Design Inc. and Cambridge-based Oaktree Development LLC on the 80,000 square foot project to offer luxury apartments within an accessible proximity to downtown Boston. The project brought a new meaning to the term “fast track” by using modular technology to complete the apartment complex within one year of the construction start date.
Using Oaktree Development’s unique, patented GreenStaxx System, Tocci strategically built the apartment complex by using 80 pre-fabricated modulars. The pre-designed and pre-engineered multi-level “stacks” of residential units were then fitted together like Lego blocks and, once stacked together, finishing touches were applied to the project. Prior to Chelsea Place, Tocci successfully completed the modular construction of Park87, an apartment building in Cambridge, MA comprised of 54 factory-built rental units.
Commenting on Tocci’s use of modular design, Chief Enabling Officer John Tocci emphasized the benefits of the construction approach. “This project is truly notable not only for its high quality construction and sustainable features, but for the incredible speed at which this project went from conception to completion with so few complications,” Tocci said. The completed project broke ground in November 2012 and steel began going up in January 2013. In comparison to a traditional project schedule, a modular project schedule enables residences to be ready for occupancy 30% to 50% sooner and reduces the project timeframe by approximately five to six months.
“Because site preparation and module fabrication processes occurred simultaneously, the project has reached completion and is ready for occupancy within less than a year from its start date,” commented Project Manager Victor Guller. Another recognized benefit of modular construction is that the units are constructed in a climate-controlled facility, allowing for improved quality control over conventional job site construction and reduced length of building time. Additionally, the minimization of construction time, material purchases and waste ultimately decreases project costs by about 10% to 20%.
The apartment complex contains one, two, and two-plus bedroom units that range from 700-1,000 square feet. Additionally, each unit features an open concept kitchen equipped with high-end stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and custom cabinets, and walk-in closets in each bedroom. The complex also features ground parking and over 2,100 square feet of community space, including a welcoming lobby, community room, bicycle storage area, fitness center, and an outdoor patio gathering area.
Rockland, Mass – Integrated Builders began the second phase of construction on the 700,000 square foot development at the new Riverview Technology Park on Woburn Street in Billerica, MA. On behalf of Calare Properties and Hackman Capital, Integrated Builders began Phase II of construction on September 1st and project completion is scheduled for December 2013.
Originally constructed in the 1960s and early 1970s, the buildings located within the new Riverview Technology Park will offer tenants 100,000 – 500,000 square feet of facilities for creative offices, research and development, and light manufacturing. Integrated Builders’ work on the project is aiding in the transformation the buildings to create a modern space that suits the needs of growing companies. Within the past year, the Integrated Builders team has built a 400-car parking lot and a new lobby entrance and façade for the 495 Woburn Street building. The second phase of construction will include interior demolition, addition of 90 new windows and saw-tooth skylights, electrical upgrades, and a new façade. Moving forward, improvements will continue once the building begins to lease.
Integrated Builders was selected as general contractor for this project due to the firm’s extensive background in developing spaces for office, manufacturing, and biotech clients. William Manley, Founder and CEO of Calare Properties, expressed his confidence in the abilities of theIntegrated Builders team.
“We are proud that we’ve been able to collaborate with Calare Properties and Hackman Capital on such top-tier projects,” commented Jay Dacey, President of Integrated Builders. “Most recently, our work together at 112 Barnum Road in Devens led to the project receiving the Boston Business Journal’s Deal of the Year Award, and Riverview Tech Park is on target to be as equally an impressive project.”