From Retail to Resources – KBE Wins Two More Industry Awards


Construction firm wins industry awards for retail and institutional projects.

FARMINGTON, Ct., May 31, 2016 – Two of KBE Building Corporation’s (KBE) largest projects of 2015 recently received recognition from the industry.

Jordan’s Furniture, in the Major Renovation category, received the Award of Merit in the 2016 Project Team Awards competition from The Connecticut Building Congress and the Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College received the Outstanding Historic Renovation Project from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Library Association (ALA).

KBE served as Construction Manager at Risk for the $17 million Jordan’s Furniture renovation, which opened its doors in December 2015. Located at 40 Sargent Drive in New Haven, Jordan’s Furniture features unique structural aspects including the “World’s Largest Ropes Course” and a Las Vegas-style fountain equipped with lasers and a light show.

In addition to the unique entertainment features of this structure, Jordan’s Furniture was a challenging project for the construction team. Team members had to navigate around a 60-foot wide, five-story high printing press support structure that was placed in the middle of the building. Coordination and team work was essential on this assignment and KBE excelled at the challenge.

The Connecticut Building Congress Annual Project Team Awards event will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

Jordan’s Furniture, New Haven | Project Highlights

The 193,000 s/f project, designed by architect BL Companies, encompasses the following scope:

  • renovation of existing building (two stories and mezzanines), formerly the home of the New Haven Register.
  • new entrance feature, signage feature, and canopy
  • new exterior doors and interior partitions
  • new single story detached pump house totaling approximately 514 square feet
  • roof patching
  • exterior site work including demolition of pavement; sidewalks and tree removal; utility coordination; new paving; plantings; concrete and brick paving; storm and sanitary drainage including infiltration system; off-site water line

Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College in New London received the Outstanding Historic Renovation Project award for excellence in library interior design.

Opened in 1976, the original Shain Library was fortress-like in appearance, aloof and somewhat forbidding, with heavy façades of corduroy textured concrete, narrow slit windows, and an entry bridge that passed over a sunken, waterless moat.

KBE Building Corp.’s preservation project transformed Shain Library into a fully-functioning, modern, academic library while maintaining its integrity and history as a landmark at Connecticut College.

The awards ceremony will be held at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL on June 26, 2016.

Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College | Project Highlights

  • $9 million renovation and addition
  • 41,000 square feet of renovations to the existing 3-story library
  • 4,600 square feet of additions, including a new 3-story entrance with clerestory, enlarged windows, and mechanical and electrical upgrades
  • re-purpose several areas while adding collaboration rooms, seminar rooms, office spaces, and a 24-hour café and outdoor gathering area

The project was designed by Schwartz/Silver Architects of Bostong.

High resolution photographs of the completed Charles E. Shain Library are available below.

Caption: Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College before KBE Building Corporation began the renovation.

Photo Credit: KBE Building Corp.

Caption: The new, modern Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College after KBE Building Corporation completed the renovation.

Photo Credit: KBE Building Corp.

High resolution photographs of the completed Jordan’s Furniture are available below.

Photo Credit: Chris Lawhorn 
Caption: Eager locals await the grand opening of Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven, CT

Photo Credit: Paul Burk Photography 
Caption: The 68 ft. Jordan’s Furniture sign was crafted out of 315 individual aluminum chairs

Photo Credit: Paul Burk Photography 
Caption: The World’s Largest Ropes Course at Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven

Photo Credit: Paul Burk Photography 
Caption: Interior at Jordan’s Furniture New Haven

About KBE Building Corporation

KBE has managed more than $4 billion in construction volume during the past two decades alone and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally. With offices in Norwalk and Farmington, CT, as well as 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 $300 million firm provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the retail, educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, and institutional markets.

KBE’s team of 120+ construction professionals and support staff is deeply committed to the firm’s corporate philanthropy program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference. Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate more than $1.7 million and 11,734 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland.

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