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KBE Building Corp. Wins CBC's 'Project Team of the Year' Award for K-12 Schools Category

Connecticut Building Congress recognizes KBE's stellar teamwork during $30 million Carrington Elementary School project

Connecticut's premier networking organization for building professionals, the Connecticut Building Congress, has bestowed its coveted Project Team of the Year Award upon KBE Building Corporation's project team for Carrington Elementary School. The project was also recognized with a First Place award in the K-12 Schools category.

KBE, a $300 million commercial construction firm regionally positioned in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, served as Construction Manager at Risk for the newly built $30 million elementary school located at 24 Kenmore Avenue in Waterbury, Connecticut.

"We are thrilled to have won this award from the Connecticut Building Congress," said KBE owner and CEO Mike Kolakowski, who bought the firm in 2007 with longtime senior executives Eric Brown and Simon Etzel. "K-12 schools has emerged as one of our top markets, and it feels great to be honored for our work within that sector."

Eligibility for the CBC's 2014 Project Team of the Year award required a project that exemplified team excellence and represented best practices in teamwork by project owners, architects, engineers, construction managers, and trades.

The CBC also considered the following criteria: documented team cooperation/collaboration from conceptual design through project completion (60%); the team's approach to the project's unique challenges (20%); the ability to meet the owner's budget and schedule constraints (10%); and the project's social, economic, or sustainable design considerations (10%).

Among the factors that helped drive the project's selection as an award-winner:

1. Met the City of Waterbury's objective to create a vital, neighborhood-based school that meets both increasing enrollment needs while maintaining a strong, neighborhood community for students and their families.

2. Overcame the challenges of unexpected rock, blasting, contaminated soils, and an extensive sitework requirement - and still met the schedule while maintaining good neighborhood relations.

3. Used BIM technology to effectively communicate with neighbors and correct misperceptions about the school's "visual dominance" over the neighborhood.

4. Worked creatively with the Owner, Architect, and State of Connecticut Bureau of School Facilities to accommodate early bid package release in order to meet the schedule changes.

5. Exceeded the City's local resident and minority/women employment goals, with some long-lasting employment success stories.

6. Brought to life an exceptional building program and architectural design that creates a vibrant learning center, particularly gratifying for students who had been attending the deteriorating, 30-year-old former school.

KBE received the award at CBC's Project Team and Scholarship Awards Banquet on June 10 in Hartford.

High-resolution photos of Carrington Elementary School are available here. All photo credits: Paul Burk Photography.

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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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