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SPECIALTY CONTRACTING: ELECTRICAL
Stafford Solar Project
Electrical Contractors Inc.
The $2.75 million project consisted of the installation of two
1.3 MW solar arrays at Stafford Middle School and a 954 KW solar
array at the Town landfill.
The combined 3.6 MW of solar capacity was a significant step
forward in green energy and energy independence for the town.
Standard Solar, the solar firm for which ECI provided electrical
contracting services, estimated the arrays will generate enough
electricity to offset all of the school's energy usage and most of
the consumption at the town's other municipal buildings. The solar
system is projected to save the town of Stafford more than $4.3 million over the next 15 years and almost $12.3 million over the next
25 years.
ECI encountered and overcame a series of challenges to make
the worthwhile project a reality. For instance, the array behind the
middle school was built on 60 acres of sloped land.
"The Middle School post mounting system had to be surveyed
for each and every location of the posts and then the holes for the
beams were rock drilled due to the adverse land conditions and
then set with 4,000 lb. concrete mix," ECI wrote in its application.
"At times the posts were drilled deep in order to keep with the
contour of the land that sloped downward on a 45-degree angle."

For the array on the town's closed landfill, ECI used a ballast
system with poured concrete as the support mounting system as
a safeguard against puncturing the landfill.

SPECIALTY CONTRACTING: MECHANICAL
Grace Farms
F+F Mechanical Enterprises Inc.
Grace Farms consists of eight separate glass pavilions with
curved glass exteriors and undulating roofs ensconced in the rolling
hills and horse farms of the picturesque New England countryside.
F+F Mechanical Enterprises accomplished the challenging task of
installing an HVAC system for the pavilions.
"This was a very challenging project," F+F Mechanical Vice
President Design and Coordination Joe Ferrucci said. "It required
a tremendous amount of coordination among our team and a level
of precision we had never seen, quite frankly."
There was the obvious challenge associated with heating a glass
building in the New England cold and cooling it in the summer. The
curved glass design by Tokyo architectural firm SANAA made the
pavilions unique, but added more challenges.
There was no ceiling space for any mechanical equipment and
the equipment could not be seen or heard in the quiet space of
the pavilions. Ductwork, piping and other equipment all had to go
underground. But F+F had no columns, square wall or right angles
to measure off of. F+F collaborated with the project team to create
a method for hitting their benchmarks: a virtual column grid in a
3D BIM model. They superimposed the grid on the project site and
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then employed a Trimble Total Station with GPS to lay-out hangers
and supports, duct, pipe and equipment.
The pavilions' unique design and building materials were not the
only challenge.
"I've never worked on a project where three quarters of the way
through construction you have to stop for a weekend so they can
host a wedding," Joe Ferrucci said. "That happened here."



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Summer 2018

The Next Step in Transportation
Connecticut’s Construction Apprenticeship Programs Strive to Maintain Their Edge
2018 Build CT Awards
AGC of Connecticut’s 2017 Industry Recognition Awards
CAAPA/ConnDot Paving Awards
The 2017 Arthur Gruhn Excellence in Construction Awards
#TimesUp for the Construction Industry?
2018 Build Connecticut Awards Dinner and 71st Annual Meeting
CAAPA Paving Conference
Ethics and Compliance Summit
Joint Forces Luncheon
CCIA/AGC CT – Young Contractor’s Forum
Move CT Forward Press Conference
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Intro
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - cover1
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - cover2
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 3
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 4
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 5
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 6
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - The Next Step in Transportation
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 8
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Connecticut’s Construction Apprenticeship Programs Strive to Maintain Their Edge
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 2018 Build CT Awards
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - AGC of Connecticut’s 2017 Industry Recognition Awards
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CAAPA/ConnDot Paving Awards
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - The 2017 Arthur Gruhn Excellence in Construction Awards
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 21
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - #TimesUp for the Construction Industry?
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 2018 Build Connecticut Awards Dinner and 71st Annual Meeting
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CAAPA Paving Conference
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Joint Forces Luncheon
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CCIA/AGC CT – Young Contractor’s Forum
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Move CT Forward Press Conference
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