Construction management firm improving central heating plant at prestigious institution
NEW LONDON, Conn., April 28, 2014 — Warmer weather may be on its way, but KBE Building Corporation is focused on another source of heat. The firm is serving as Construction Manager at Risk for the $5,000,000 Connecticut College Central Heating Plant Improvements Project.
The project, which recently began, comprises the removal of three aging boilers and their replacement with four new flexible watertube ones. Other supporting equipment, including de-aerators, pumps, and chemical treatment systems, will also be added and fed by a brand-new electrical infrastructure.
Because of the heating plant’s age, asbestos abatement must be completed before demolition can begin. KBE will oversee all minor structural and architectural modifications made to accommodate the renovations. The entire project is expected to be completed by late Fall 2014.
New London’s Connecticut College is a private, co-ed institution founded more than 100 years ago. Highly selective, the school is a top producer of Fulbright winners among liberal arts colleges. “We’re proud to build for a school as prestigious as Connecticut College,” said KBE President and principal owner Mike Kolakowski.
The boiler isn’t KBE’s first project on the campus, however: The firm has overseen more than 300 facilities improvement, renovation, and addition projects there since 2005. In addition, KBE built Connecticut College’s award-winning, LEED Gold-certified New London Hall Science Center and its LEED Silver-certified Fitness Center.
With building and renovation projects for colleges and universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, KBE has made higher education a leading market sector. The firm has recently managed construction at several Maryland institutions, including Hood College and University of Maryland Baltimore County, as well as many Connecticut campuses, including University of Connecticut and University of Bridgeport.
About KBE Building Corporation
Regionally located in Farmington, Conn., and Columbia, Md., KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. KBE has managed more than $2.5 billion in construction volume over the last decade and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally.
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