Norwalk, CT – The SoNo Collection, a newly constructed retail mall located in South Norwalk, was recently recognized by Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) with a Project Team Award of Merit in the Commercial/Industrial Large category. The project, owned by Brookfield Properties Retail, was a joint venture between Farmington-based KBE Building Corporation and Irvine, Calif.-based VCC (KBE/VCC).
The project team included: KBE/VCC, construction manager at risk; Brookfield Properties Retail, owner; CallisonRTKL, architect/designer; Wick Fisher White, MEP engineer; Thornton Tomasetti, structural engineer; United Steel, steel supplier/erector; Langan, civil engineer; and Mahan Rykiel, landscape architect.
The new 1 million sq. ft., three-story enclosed mall has street-level shops, along with an eight-story, 1.2 million sq. ft., 3,040-space parking structure. The center opened doors to the public in November 2019.
With a design and construction team of 13 firms, over 40 trade firms, and hundreds of on-site workers, open collaboration and communication was the only way a project of this scope would succeed. “Working together diligently and tirelessly, the entire team proved that were it not for their expertise, professionalism, cooperation, and experience, we would not have such a beautiful project that the entire Brookfield organization is proud of,” stated Brian Bacik, regional VP, Big Box Leasing|Development at Brookfield.
“The SoNo Collection project team worked tirelessly to pull off this impressive project,” said Mike Kolakowski, president and CEO of KBE Building Corporation. “Without the dedication and creativity of everyone, including owner, architect, engineers, trade workforce, and KBE/VCC, it would not be the success it is today.”
The CBC Project Team Awards program recognizes outstanding building projects that exemplify project team excellence and represent the best practices in teamwork by project owners, architects, engineers, construction managers, and trades.