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Photo courtesy of Consigli Construction.
ONE RESTORED CAPITOL, PLEASE.
HOLD THE EXPENSES AND PUT A RUSH ON IT.
BY STEVEN H. MILLER
THE RESTORATION OF THE NEW YORK State Capitol building in
Albany, N.Y. was a complex, multi-pronged project, a long overdue effort to turn back the clock on decades of deterioration and
damage to a legendary building. In 2009, Consigli Construction of
Milford, Mass., an AGC of Massachusetts member, began work on
the fourth and ﬁnal phase of the project, when the recession hit
hard. It became the target of political pressure to save the taxpayers
money, and by the spring of 2010, Consigli found itself producing
estimates of the cost to shut the project down.
Then a new governor, Andrew Cuomo, took ofﬁce in January
2011, and announced a different strategy to save money: accelerate the schedule.
The completion date was moved from July 2014 to Dec. 31,
2012. In May 2011, Consigli agreed to the challenge, slashing its
remaining construction time nearly in half.
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Despite the numerous complexities of a large project performed
in a building that was open and in operation on a 24/7 basis during
construction, an approval process that involved heavy consultation
from the state Ofﬁce of Government Services, and a requirement
of 118 unique mockups (many of which were modiﬁed several
times), Consigli actually shaved an additional two months off construction, completing in October 2012 with a 99.6 percent safety
score. Without decreasing the scope of the project, they saved the
taxpayers $2.4 million. For this difﬁcult accomplishment, Consigli
Construction won the Alliant Build America award in the category
of Best Building Renovation.
A PROBLEM BUILDING
The state Capitol is a structure of historical and architectural
signiﬁcance, a designated National Landmark, the second largest
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