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feature Community Service Award WINNERS Turner Construction stays local on Hartford hospital Many Hartford residents someday will find themselves or a loved one in need of medical treatment at the Saint Francis Hospital John T. O’Connell Tower in Hartford, so Turner Construction Co. thought it was fitting for Hartford residents to have a big role in its construction. Turner Construction was the construction manager for the project, and its project team established workforce goals that included hiring minorities, women and Hartford residents. Turner hired local contractors, trade unions and minority- and women-owned businesses to help with this project, which generated more than $1.5 million in wages. Turner assisted the minority- and women-owned businesses in being awarded contracting jobs by giving presentations, providing drawings and specifications and hosting several meet-and-greets at no charge. More than $14 million in contracts has been awarded to these local businesses. The professional staff of the Turner School of Construction Management volunteered to teach the local minority and women business owners technical, administrative, and managerial skills. The Safety Department provided free OSHA 30-hour training classes to more than 40 minority contractors, and more than 15 received certification at no charge. The Turner staff also volunteered to serve on an advisory board and as mentors to high school students, exposing them to careers in the construction industry for a period of more than two years. Staff members also hosted a construction jobsite seminar for students that included a one-hour presentation and a one-hour project tour. Turner Construction provided free learning opportunities, waived expenses and fees for all OSHA and business classes and provided materials, meals and training, with the total cost to the company exceeding $30,000. In addition, the staff volunteered more than 200 hours. Loureiro Engineering gives students a place in the sun Each October for the past 11 years, the employees of Loureiro Engineering Associates have selected a worthwhile community service project, and in 2010, the company focused on helping Wheeler Clinic’s Northwest Village School in Plainville. The school serves 50 towns, cities and school districts within the Hartford area and focuses on educating children and young adults from preschool to the age of 21 who have social- and emotionaladjustment issues, speech and language impairments, learning challenges and other disabilities. The project involved the construction of three outside learning environments. First, a 960-square-foot wooden pavilion was constructed with manufactured wooden trusses and a gabled, shingled roof. The pavilion is used as an outside classroom and recreation area. Secondly, a 400-square-foot greenhouse with brick pavers on a substrate base was built to be used for gardening and horticultural instruction. Finally, 15 planting beds in the school’s kitchen garden were refurbished with new wood edging, topsoil, mulch and decorative plants. These beds are used to grow herbs and vegetables for cooking classes and to teach agriculture. “We are immensely grateful to Loureiro Engineering for their vision, creativity, generosity and hard work,” said Susan Walkama, president and CEO of Wheeler Clinic. “These additions support our commitment to providing students with a broad array of accessible, interactive learning opportunities.” Loureiro provided all the materials, equipment and expertise needed to create the outside learning areas. In addition, 16 partnering companies donated items and services or reduced their prices to help complete the project. All told, 60 Loureiro Engineering volunteers put in 600 hours of work, and the company covered $45,000 in expenses. An additional $15,000 in equipment and materials came from partnering companies. CONNstruction / Spring 2011 / 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Spring 2011

CONNstruction - Spring 2011
Banking on our Future
Innovative Alternative Methods to Finance Infrastructure Projects on the Horizon
Ahead: 2011 Labor Front
Industry Survey Reveals Contractors’ Guarded Outlook for the Future
Executive Summary
2010 Training, Educational Programs and Safety Roundtables
Safety and Training
Legislative and Government Relations
Government and Industry Related Groups
Labor Relations
Member Benefits and Services
2010 Officers and Board of Directors
2010 CCIA Divisions and Activities
Turner Construction Company – Saint Francis Hospital
Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc. – Wheeler Clinic’s Northwest Village
CCIA Annual Membership Meeting & Holiday Reception
CRBA Fall Dinner Meeting
Index to Advertisers/

CONNstruction - Spring 2011