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communityserviceawardWINNERS Building a Foundation Chapel Construction is recognized for renovating the Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic. By Nick Fortuna Stone has served on the non-profit clinic’s board of directors for the last 12 years, including four as board president, so he knew how invaluable the clinic is to the more than 2,500 abused and at-risk children who receive counseling and social services there annually. “The clinic bid out the project competitively, and Chapel made sure that we were the low bidder,” Stone said. “We didn’t want anyone else getting in there, and we were the lowest bidder by about 30 percent. The basement looked like a dungeon. It was like an old coal bin when we started, and now it’s beautiful. This space had never been used before and unless someone had a good imagination, they would not have been able to visualize the transformation that was about to take place.” During construction from January to May 2007, Chapel Construction gutted the entire basement and cut windows into the walls to make the space seem less enclosed. In nominating Chapel Construction for the award, the clinic noted that the project was quite complex, involving “design, excavation, demolition, load-carriage considerations, masonry and stone work, insulation, waterproofing, window and door installation, flooring, HVAC, emergency-exit provisions, framing, dry-walling, painting, electrical, plumbing, and storage considerations.” The community room, which the clinic named in Stone’s honor because of his many contributions, gained new hardwood floors and trouffered ceilings. One of the main challenges involved building temporary support structures so that support columns in the middle of the basement could be removed, allowing the entire room to be unobstructed. Now, the converted basement is in constant use, according to the clinic’s staff, and hosts more than 10 meetings a week, in addition to community breakfasts, client intake sessions, Department of Children and Family meetings, staff training sessions, board meetings, union meetings, and tutoring classes. “It’s great because anytime we have a board meeting or any kind of committee meeting, they meet in the Louis Stone Community Continued on page 37 If there are two organizations Louis Stone knows inside and out, they are his construction firm, Chapel Construction, and the nation’s oldest outpatient mental-health clinic, the Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic. So when an opportunity arose to bring the two New Haven-based entities together for the benefit of his community, Stone was able to jump right in. Stone, the CEO and managing partner of Chapel Construction, and his firm accepted a Community Service Award from the Connecticut Construction Industries Association (CCIA) at the group’s annual membership meeting in December after spearheading a renovation project at the clinic’s headquarters. He put together a $400,000 project to refurbish the aging facility’s 2,800-square-foot basement and build a community room that would serve as the clinic’s main space for meetings. CONNstruction / Spring 2009 / 35

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Spring 2009

CONNstruction - Spring 2009
The Proving Year
AGC’s Building Division – Where the Value Shines Through
A List Worth Checking
In Defense of “Special Interests”
The Vexatious Litigant
Your Industry Association Membership - Now More Than Ever
Executive Summary
CCIA’s Executive Committee and Officers for 2009
CCIA Board of Directors 2009
Association Activities
Education and Training
Legislative-Lobbying and Government Relations
Labor Relations
CCIA Division Officers
CCIA Staff
Plenty of Parking
Building a Foundation
Connecticut Roadbuilders Fall Meeting
UCAC Annual Scholarship Auction
2008 CCIA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Reception
Diggers/Mixers/Fixers Golf Outing
AGC/CT Industry Recognition Awards Dinner
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Spring 2009