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feature New Life for Old Buildings The newly renovated Waterbury City Hall. Waterbury City Hall showcases the skills used in ornamental architecture By Nick Gustav No one will ever be enthused to visit the tax collector at Waterbury City Hall, but the beauty of the refurbished 1915 building just might make it a worthwhile trip for city residents and anyone who appreciates ornamental architecture. Waterbury City Hall is part of a five-building historic district on the appropriately named Grand Street, and each building was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert, who also designed such well-known structures as the Woolworth building in New York and the U.S. Supreme Court. The 90,000-square-foot Waterbury City Hall had fallen into a state of disrepair over the years, prompting city officials to move their offices across the street to the old Chase Brass and Copper building and consider demolishing City Hall. But thanks to a $32 million renovation project completed in December, City Hall has been restored to its original luster. The project, which began in February 2008, involved Downes Construction Co. of New Britain, DeCarlo & Doll Architects and Luchs Consulting Engineers, both based in Meriden, and John Canning & Co. painting studios of Cheshire. The companies worked with New Yorkbased Jablonski Building Conservation Inc. to ensure that their work stayed true to Gilbert’s original vision for the building. 14 CONNstruction Summer 2011 14 / CONNstruction / Summer 2011 CONNs ructio umme 2011 011

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

CONNstruction - Summer 2011
Restoring Craftsmanship
How Hiring Preference Laws Could Impair Quality Craftsmanship
The Disappointing Performance of the NLRB
Specialty Contractors Benefi t from AGC and Vice Versa
New Life for Old Buildings
Maintaining the Tradition
Developing the FutureDeveloping the Future
New Perils for Contractors in the ‘Greening’ of Connecticut
The Associated General Contractors of Connecticut Annual Meeting – February 2011
Senator Richard Blumenthal at CCIA
CONNDOT Paving Conference
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Summer 2011