KBE Wins Design-Build Gold Award from DBIA, New England Region

| December 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
Armed Forces Reserve Center in Middletown, CT

Armed Forces Reserve Center in Middletown, CT

Middletown, CT  – KBE Building Corporation of Farmington was recognized for its outstanding design-build work on the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Middletown as winner of the 2013 Gold Award for Building Construction by the Design Build Institute of America, New England Region, at its annual meeting and awards presentation on Dec. 11. Not only did KBE successfully meet all the project milestones, but also earned the USACE equivalent of LEED Gold and developed an environmental plan to protect an endangered species of turtle found on the building site. The $54 million project encompassed a 164,000sf structural steel and masonry-clad training center; a 36,000sf vehicle maintenance facility, and a 4,000sf unheated field equipment storage facility. The center included classrooms; a weapons simulator and weapons vault; SIPRNET center for secure communications; assembly area; and physical fitness facility. KBE designed and installed several efficient energy systems including high-efficiency heating and cooling systems; a solar hot-water heating system; and solar panels and photovoltaic arrays. Other green building features included the use of recycled building materials; bio-retention basins; a gradual slope designed to slow and control storm runoff and serve as a natural purification system; and a 10,000sf “green” roof covered in low-maintenance plants – the first green roof in the nationwide reserve program. -more- Environmental concerns on the project weren’t limited to construction. “One benefit of design-build projects is they allow for a very responsive and collaborative process,” said Mike Kolakowski, President and CEO of KBE. “The initial RFP called for a two-story building, but working together with the project architect, we offered a revised design of a four-story building that reduced the building’s footprint by 19 percent. This change reduced the impact of the building on grading requirements, storm water drainage, and adjacent wetlands.” This design solution also allowed better location of all major storage areas, including the Army Reserve’s Field Equipment Storage, the National Guard Unit Storage, the Army Reserve Unit Storage and the Arms Vault to a point with at-grade access and optimum relationship to the staging and loading facilities – a significant and welcomed change from the original program. “Few people familiar with this project believed it would be completed on time and within budget, but a quality project was delivered on time and within budget,” said Diane McCartin, USACE Project Manager (ret.). “KBE […] established an excellent on-site team that employed efficient management of construction as evidenced by completing the $54 million project in 14 months. They managed their subcontractors efficiently to reduce down-time to meet the demanding schedule.”

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