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Station runs on two sides of the parcel. This meant there could be no site access from two sides. Access was achieved through an adjacent major infrastructure project. The project team worked hard to ensure minimal interruption to local businesses and residents. As the building progressed, the project team encountered two unanticipated conditions that posed problems for the schedule and the budget. Drill work immediately showed that the intended plan for aggregate piers needed to be changed. The soil contained industrial debris, unsuitable fill, and boulders. The project team solved the problem by excavating the debris until undisturbed material was encountered. Crews then installed the aggregate piers at shorter lengths and placed structural fill atop the piers to the original bottom-of-structure elevation. The innovative thinking of the project team avoided any delay to the project’s completion. Moreover, the new plan cost the owner nothing due to the credit for the shortened piers. The design professionals designed to budget and Andron delivered the project below the guaranteed maximum price, returning money to the owner from the contingency. Chuck Winter, senior project manager, said: “Our greatest strength comes through collaboration. On this project the owner, designers and contractors all came together in as close to a seamless team as I have seen in my 25 years as a builder. Projects with great challenges often bring great rewards. We are proud to be part of the team that produced the first LEED-Gold affordable housing project in Connecticut.” Large Renovation – Greater than $20 Million: O&G Industries, Inc., Torrington, CT The Taft School, Horace Dutton Taft Dining Hall, Watertown It’s not often that a building project successfully transforms part of an aging building into a new and dynamic space. Happily, this is what happened when O&G completed this challenging renovation at the Taft School Campus in Watertown. The school’s trustees created a demanding agenda for the project. The new facility had to remain at the heart of the campus, retain the character of Taft’s oldest building, embrace modern technology, and win LEED Silver certification. To meet the school’s environmental goals, the project team installed several low-energy use systems including an air-handling system to minimize wasted energy. This system uses a heat wheel to extract heat from the exhaust air and precondition the outdoor air before heating or cooling is performed. This action significantly reduces the load of the HVAC system and operating costs to the school. Other systems include a large rainwater collection system used in conjunction with low-flow water fixtures. This led to a reduction in potable water demand and a 93 percent reduction in wastewater. The final result was a facility that exceeded Taft’s expectations and realized LEED Gold. Materials – both inside and out – were carefully selected to replicate the character of the original building. Collegiate-gothic style cast stone was chosen for window surrounds, arches, and roof rakes. This clever practice saved both time and money and earlier earned the project team the 2010 Cast Stone Institute Excellence Award. The interior of the building was finished with wood paneling, custom stained glass windows, and elegant light fixtures. In the end, current and future generations of Taft students have become the benefactors of a magnificent new dining facility and educational space. This $27 million facility will undoubtedly serve the students of Taft well into the next century. Gregory S. Oneglia, vice chairman, O&G Industries, Inc. commented, “O&G is proud of the exceptional effort and dedication displayed by our team on the Taft Dining Hall project. In the end, their management skills and craftsmanship helped create a project which will remain a centerpiece on the Taft campus for the foreseeable future.” Support is our strength Fabricating & Erecting United Steel, Inc. is the largest fabricator and erector of structural and miscellaneous metals in Southern New England. Having both a high-tech fabricating facility and skilled erecting crews makes us uniquely qualified to support your needs for cost, quality, and on-time delivery. Certified for simple bridges and complex structures, certified erectors. 164 School Street East Hartford, CT 06108 Tel. 860-289-2323 Fax 860-289-6350 860-289-2908 513063_UnitedSteel.indd 1 20 / CONNstruction / Summer 2012 2/17/11 8:48:55 AM

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