KBE Builds Excellence at JSS and UConn Storrs

The new senior living community for Jewish Senior Services

Senior Services in Bridgeport, Conn. / Don Couture Aerials









Hartford, CT – The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus at Jewish Senior Services (JSS) in Bridgeport, Conn., and the Next Generation Connecticut Hall at University of Connecticut in Storrs were both recognized by the ABC-Connecticut chapter’s annual Excellence in Construction awards.

The Jewish Senior Services project took the top award in its category, while the Next Generation Connecticut residence hall at UConn won the merit awards in its category.

The new Next Generation Connecticut residence hall / Robert Benson Photography

KBE provided construction-manager-at-risk services for the Jewish Senior Services complex, a 372,000sf skilled nursing and assisted living facility featuring the state’s first household model of care.

The award-winning team included Perkins Eastman Architects (architect of record), Fuss and O’Neill (landscape architect), Kohler Ronan (MEP engineer), Pereira Consulting (civil engineer), and Weidlinger Associates (structural engineer).

New Jewish Senior Services community fitness center / Paul Burk Photography

KBE also was design-builder and constructor at risk for the new, $85.5 million Next Generation residence hall complex in Storrs for UConn’s Next Generation initiative to support science, technology, engineering, and math programs.

The project was completed in record time, despite the worst winter on record and the complexities of building on the tiny site, with adjacent work underway and the need to tie into other underground utility improvement projects.

The design-build team overcame one of the worst winters on record to meet UConn’s schedule. / Robert Benson Photography

The UConn project team included: JSA Architects (architect of record), DiBlasi Associates (structural engineer), BL Companies (civil engineer), WSP Flack + Kurtz (MEP engineer), and Peter Doo Consulting (LEED consultant). Newman Architects served as bridging architect, with BVH Integrated Services as MEP bridging architect. Both Newman Architects and BVH were closely involved throughout construction as UConn’s design consultants.


The new, $78.7 million Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus provides 24 households incorporating 14 private bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as dedicated short-term rehabilitation and memory care, and 18 assisted living units. It also offers other community services including home care, hospice, adult day programs, a 16,200sf community fitness center, an auditorium, a synagogue, and a library.

The 210,000sf, multi-story Next Generation Connecticut residence hall  provides 727 double bedrooms, including 27 ADA compliant beds. The hall also includes a lobby, living room, game room, meeting rooms, laundry, and the Innovation Zone and Idea Lab collaborative workspace and tools, such as mobile whiteboards, laser cutter, 3D printer, and more. Certified LEED Gold, it includes solar plumbing, solar photovoltaic arrays on the roof, a green roof, a reclaim water system, and high-efficiency major equipment.

“We are honored to receive these awards from ABC Connecticut,” said KBE owner and CEO Mike Kolakowski. “It’s important that we support organizations like CT ABC because of the value they bring to our industry. Their efforts to advance merit shop opportunities are evident and greatly appreciated by many.”
KBE has been a member of CT ABC since 1983. The $300 million firm’s past awards have included the “Best of the Best” Safety Award for General Contractor, the 30 Year Award, the EIC Spirit Award, the Merit Cup Award, and awards of excellence for projects in various categories.