EllisDon Mohawk College picEllisDon is putting the processes in place to build more net-zero energy buildings in Canada by constructing the first at Mohawk College.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Mohawk College’s The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation will be Ontario’s first net-zero energy institutional building, producing as much or more energy as it consumes when it opens in 2018. “We applied for a government grant and one of the things we thought was important was to differentiate ourselves from other applications for that fund,” Chief Buildings and Facilities Officer Tony Cupido says. “In doing that, we recommended the building be a net-zero energy building.”

The Canada Green Building Council announced a Zero Carbon Building Framework that will become the standard for zero carbon buildings in Canada. The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation was selected as one of 16 national pilot programs to help demonstrate the council’s new Zero Carbon Building Standard and validation process.

“This project was funded by the Government of Canada’s $20 million grant, which does not happen often because they rarely get involved in the post-secondary education construction sector,” Cupido explains. “The $20 million investment is the single largest federal infrastructure funding in Mohawk’s 50-year history. A key requirement is to have all the work completed by April 2018 and that was a challenge for us, but we are certainly at or near our target.”

Agostini Bacon pic copyAgostini and Bacon Construction have proved their capability to take on larger-scale projects.

By Tim O’Connor

When the owners of Agostini Construction and Bacon Construction decided to rebrand to give each of the separate but entwined companies a more focused identity, the hope was that both businesses would be better able to take on larger projects. Two years later, the plan is working.

Both firms specialize in public construction in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, primarily schools, but Agostini was repositioned as a firm focused on construction management projects while Bacon remained a dedicated general contractor. Demand for the construction manager at-risk approach to building has been on the rise for several years and by dedicating Agostini to that kind of work the owners believed they would showcase its competency.

“We got involved in a lot of smaller construction manager projects to really prove that we can provide those CM services,” Marketing Manager Kerrie Puglia says. “A lot of owners and architects were satisfied with how we handled those smaller jobs, which is what led to the large projects.”

Kitchell picKitchell manages the delivery of two new educational buildings for Solano Community College with a third underway.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

With its roots in general contracting and construction management services, Kitchell was selected to provide program management services for three design/build buildings for Solano Community College in Fairfield, Calif. In 2012, Solano Community College embarked on a $348 million multi-year construction program to support the construction of new buildings, renovation of existing buildings, infrastructure improvements, site acquisition and equipment purchases and selected Kitchell CEM to manage the program.

Three of the recent projects are being delivered by the design/build process. The first two – the Biotechnology and Science Building at the Vacaville Center in Vacaville, Calif., and the Automotive Technology building at the Vallejo Center in Vallejo, Calif. – were completed summer 2017 for fall occupancy. Solano Community College’s main campus is in Fairfield and where the third design/build project, the Science Building, is now under construction.

Fraser ConstructionFraser Construction is on schedule and in control with USCB’s Hospitality Management Campus expansion.
By Bianca Herron

Joe Harden founded Joe Harden Builder Inc. forty years ago as a general contractor specializing in construction for the hospitality sector. Today, the company is known as Fraser Construction Company LLC

The Bluffton, S.C.-based company over the years expanded its service offerings to include design/build, sustainable buildings and construction management, while retaining a strong portfolio of hospitality and clubhouse projects.

“We’re really good at managing high-end commercial projects and provide a high attention to detail,” Vice President of Operations Jay Fraser says. “Although some companies are low cost and others are high in production, we like to think we’re the commercial version of a high-end homebuilder.”

Barr and BarrBarr & Barr’s Experience Helps Bring a New Science Center To Amherst College.
By Chris Kelsch

Even for long-standing universities known for their excellent liberal arts programs, there is no getting around the fact that STEM education is extremely important. Like other schools, Amherst College has seen its math and science curriculums grow tremendously in recent years. To meet this demand, Amherst enlisted Barr & Barr, a longtime partner with the university, to build its New Science Center. 

In July 2018, the school will open the four-story, 250,000-square-foot New Science Center with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. The center will include a science commons that will unite the five wings of the building. Barr and Barr info box 3

It will also include classrooms, teaching labs, a library, café and informal learning areas for students. In addition to the new building, improvements will be made to the infrastructure that serves the building as well as the Greenway Dorms. These upgrades include steam, chilled water, stormwater, sanitary sewer, electric and tele-data utilities. 

BallBall Construction uses its years of experience in building cost-effective recreational facilities to deliver a new ice rink and community center for the town of Pelham, Ontario.

By Jim Harris

The town of Pelham, Ontario, is looking to one of its region’s leading recreational facility builders to complete a portion of its new town center.

Haselden Longs Peak Hospital copyHaselden Construction’s use of prefabrication delivers the new UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in record time.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Haselden Construction has been known for construction excellence and customer satisfaction in the Rocky Mountain region since 1973, when Jim Haselden started the family business. Because of its reputation and ability to take on a large-scale projects with an aggressive schedule, the company was chosen to build UCHealth’s new Longs Peak Hospital.

“We are a family business, but also a business family and I strongly believe that’s what sets us apart,” President and CEO Byron Haselden says. “We have a very strong family culture in the Rocky Mountain Region and attract a lot of people with those same values and who support each other. Our differentiator is our culture and people who are committed and take pride in their work. We have great people who do great things.”

The Centennial, Colo.-based company prides itself on fulfilling its customers’ needs completely by providing solutions-oriented services, including real estate development, virtual design and construction and self-performing work. “At Haselden Construction, our vision is to be a great builder,” the company says. “Our purpose is to fulfill our customers’ needs completely.”

BancroftBancroft Construction balanced classic style and modern technology to restore perhaps the most iconic feature within Longwood Gardens.

By Tim O’Connor

In 1906, Pierre du Pont, a 36-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist, purchased a former arboretum in southeast Pennsylvania to save the trees from a lumber mill. In the years that followed, du Pont used the grounds to satisfy his love of gardening and by the 1920s it had blossomed into a full public conservatory call Longwood Gardens.

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