Submitted by O&G Industries, Inc.
Celebrating its 100th year in business, O&G Industries, Inc., of Torrington, Conn., has seen tremendous evolution from its early years as a supplier of construction materials and road builder to a nationally recognized industry leader.
In 1961, O&G’s Building Group was established. Its first job was renovating an elementary school in Bristol, followed by a ground-up build of the 200,000sf Torrington High School. From there, the company completed one school after another, expanding its portfolio quickly.
In 1972, O&G took on its first construction management job, the Kent School Athletic Complex. The challenging economy of the late ’70s inspired the use of construction management in publicly funded jobs, including schools; the new Forbes School in Torrington was the company’s first. Over the next decade, O&G successfully delivered more than two dozen separate construction management projects.
O&G has built more than 300 schools – public, independent, and higher education – including more than six million sq. ft. of sustainable, net-zero, and LEED-certified space. In 2022, O&G completed Buckley Elementary School in Manchester – Connecticut’s first net-zero public school. According to project engineers, CMTA, the school is on track to be net-zero certified by January 2024. Work is underway on two additional schools in Manchester, both being constructed to meet the same net-zero qualifications.
O&G’s current roster of projects includes two of Connecticut’s largest multi-phase high school projects: Farmington High School and Torrington Middle and High School.
The Farmington High School project, designed by TSKP Studio, is a new, 3-story, 236,000sf facility. This 21st-century learning environment will be efficient, compact, and organized in Learning Communities. Each Learning Community comprises classrooms, group break-out spaces, and faculty workrooms. Program spaces include a multimedia production studio, visual and performing arts, career, technical, and science technology programs.
The new 310,000sf Torrington Middle and High School, designed by SLAM, includes the District’s Central Administrative Offices. Separate entrances and wings for a 3-story middle school and a 4-story high school are connected by a common area on the main level. The administration offices are located on the fourth floor of the high school wing and will have a separate entrance.
The middle school will feature specialty program environments, including STEM spaces and a computer coding lab that mimics spaces students will encounter in the high school. Classrooms are arranged in learning communities. The high school will include modern spaces that provide hands-on training opportunities for students to acquire skills for the growing fields of health and wellness, business, and STEM/high tech.
Now in its centennial year, O&G is led by the third and fourth generation of the Oneglia family. The company excels at vertical construction in markets beyond education, including healthcare, commercial, industrial, manufacturing, municipal, transit, utility, infrastructure, water/wastewater and athletic venues. O&G’s Heavy Civil Division performs road, bridge, and dam construction, as well as large-scale site work and power and energy projects. The company’s product portfolio includes the distribution of aggregates, concrete, asphalt, and masonry products.