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With Third Commissary Project, KBE Helping Feed and Clothe Military Families in Three States

Annapolis - Commissary

Annapolis – Commissary / Paul Burk Photography

Memphis, TN – Memphis, TN – KBE Building Corp. located in Farmington, Conn. and Columbia, Md,  has been chosen to renovate its third Department of Defense commissary/Navy Exchange project on the East Coast.

KBE will serve as general contractor for renovations to the main store at the Navy Exchange located in Memphis, Tenn. The $2.5 million project will include the interior renovation of 49,700sf of retail space, plus the conversion of 3,625sf of storage space to retail space.

After the renovation, the Navy Exchange will continue to sell quality goods and services to military members, retirees, and their families.

KBE recently completed construction of the new $27 million, 132,000sf  joint commissary and navy exchange in Annapolis and  Connecticut’s $14.5 million, 57,000sf  Groton (New London) commissary.

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“Thanks to this third project, commissaries and Navy Exchanges have become a cornerstone of our federal projects,” said KBE president and principal owner Mike Kolakowski. “We’re making a positive impression with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), and other organizations.”

Known for safety and efficiency, KBE builds its commissaries and exchanges on time and on budget. But the firm also prioritizessustainability. The Joint Commissary and Navy Exchange in Annapolis is pursuing LEED Silver certification, meeting the stringent certification criteria with a number of sustainable measures, including its unique process for conserving onsite rainwater.

“Government-owned projects have become a strong market for us, especially in Maryland,” said Robert Baumann, VP of Field Operations for KBE’s Mid-Atlantic regional office. “But it’s always a pleasure to work for the benefit of the military — whether it’s through construction or through our charitable giving program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference.”

Since 2009, KBE associates have donated more than $1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable organizations in Connecticut and Maryland.