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feature A conversation Pasquale Q: Last year, the state’s construction services were consolidated into one agency, the Department of Construction Services, formerly the Department of Public Works. Part of that consolidation was the merger of the Bureau of School Facilities into DCS. How is that merger working out? A: Not all of the state’s construction was consolidated into this department. We’re talking about vertical construction only. DOT still does all the highways, bridges and horizontal construction. UConn does all its own work, but all the rest of the state work that’s not associated with federal properties is done by DCS now. 16 / CONNstruction / Summer 2012 With the Bureau of School Facilities, we do the plan review, the review of the design and construction process, and we review the requisition for payments on a regular basis based on progress, but we don’t hire the architects or construction people for school projects. That’s done through the local people. Some of the funding for that is their own, and some of it comes from a grants program with the state, and that’s a difference: Our projects are funded either directly by the bond commission or by the agencies themselves if they have some capital money to spend. I think the merger was a good idea. The state government was looking for some efficiencies by combining some agencies that appeared to have some services that could be shared, and that might help reduce the total overhead for the state. I think that’s beginning to work. In the beginning, I think there was a considerable amount of analysis and figuring out how to put these diverse pieces together into one group, but now that we’ve been through all that and cleaned up the details, it’s beginning to work, and there are some efficiencies. Frankly, there are some positions that were never refilled, and we seem to be getting by without some of those, so there were efficiencies in personnel, and then there are other efficiencies that are

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Summer 2012

Old School
Fiscal Challenges and Changes to School Construction Grant Process May Affect Contractors
Connecticut Apprenticeship Programs: On the Job Scholarship
Time is Money: A Formula for Improving the State’s School Construction Process
Spreading the Word: Terry Wooding, Chair of the AGC of America’s Building Division
A Conversation with Pasquale “Bud” Salemi
2012 Build CT Winners
Large Renovation – Greater than $20 Million: O&G Industries, Inc.
Small Renovation – Less than $5 Million: Petra Construction Corporation
Specialty Contracting – Concrete Award: Manafort Brothers, Inc.
Other Specialty Award: United Steel Inc.
Honorable Mention Specialty - Interiors Award: M. Frank Higgins & Co., Inc.
ConsensusDOCS Offer an Alternative to Perceived Standard Agreements ConsensusDOCS includes more than
2012 AGC of CT Build CT Awards & Dinner
CRBA Spring Dinner Meeting
CRMCA Annual Meeting
Index to Advertisers /

CONNstruction - Summer 2012