KBE Building Corp. Awarded $79-Million Project at University of Connecticut

Firm to build new 727-bed residence hall with STEM component at Storrs campus

STORRS, Conn., Oct. 8, 2014 – The University of Connecticut has chosen KBE Building Corp. to design and build a new $79-million multi-story residence and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) building at its main campus in Storrs.

KBE will serve as Design-Builder and Constructor for the 210,000 s/f building, which will contain a STEM educational component and 727 student beds, including 23 that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The new building will be located west of Sherman Field and adjacent to the existing Hale and Ellsworth dormitories.

The project is the first project awarded under the University’s Next Gen building program, and it is pursuing LEED Silver certification. Field construction will commence in November of this year, with completion slated for summer 2016.

“KBE has 19 design-build projects completed or currently underway – it’s an excellent delivery method that provides benefits to everyone on the team – the owner, the design team, and the constructor,” said KBE principal owner and CEO Mike Kolakowski. “We were recently chosen as Design-Builder for the new Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse project in Torrington, a landmark project that has been four decades in the making. Now we’re looking forward to working with our outstanding team of designers and consultants for our latest project at UConn.”

Newman Architects was chosen by the University of Connecticut as the Bridging Design Architect and the University’s Design Consultant during the Construction Phase. BVH Integrated Services is also serving as Engineer during the Bridging Documents phase.

The design team for the new STEM residence hall also includes Architect of Record JSA Architects from Portsmouth, N.H., who previously teamed with KBE on the very successful Kellogg House residence hall design-build project at the University of Virginia; Structural Engineer DiBlasi Associates; Civil Engineer BL Companies; and Mechanical, Engineering, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineer WSP.

KBE has completed six university residence halls as Design-Builder and Constructor, providing nearly 2,000 beds for students at Western Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University, the University of Maryland, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the University of Virginia, and the University of Connecticut.  KBE has completed eight projects at the University of Connecticut, including

  • Design-Builder and Constructor for the award-winning 138,000 s/f, 450-bed Garrigus Suites Residence Hall;
  • General Contractor for the award-winning, LEED Gold-certified, 20,000 s/f renovation and addition to McMahon Dining Hall; and
  • Construction Manager at Risk for the award-winning 130,830 s/f addition and 99,870 s/f renovation to the University’s Student Union.

The STEM residence hall is part of Governor Dannel Malloy’s Next Generation Connecticut (NGC) initiative, designed to greatly expand educational opportunities, research, and innovation in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines at the school during the next decade, with the overall goal of creating an infrastructure that supports Connecticut’s most important industries, including high-tech manufacturing.

One of the most ambitious state investments in economic development, higher education, and research in the nation, NGC will transform the University into a top public research institution that fuels Connecticut’s economy through new technologies, highly skilled graduates, and the creation of high-wage jobs.

“By building the very first component of the NextGen initiative at UConn, we’re helping reinforce that Connecticut remains in the vanguard of many technologies, especially precision manufacturing,” said Kolakowski. “That goes hand-in-hand with our 2014 philanthropic focus on informing and engaging the public with the State’s rich history – and its continued success – with technical education and careers.”

On June 9th, KBE presented a $500 scholarship to one young man and one young woman from each of Connecticut’s 17 active technical high schools. The scholarships will be applied toward the students’ educational expenses for post-high school education in construction, architecture, engineering, or any building trade, including plumbing, electrical, and mechanical.

KBE has also completed eight technical high school projects throughout the state – more than any other firm. The $60.5-million renovation and addition to J.M. Wright Tech in Stamford opened in August 2014, and the $52.3-million renovation and addition at Harvard H. Ellis Tech in Danielson is scheduled for completion in fall 2014.

KBE is also the founding sponsor for a Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) documentary about the State’s manufacturing industry. Set to premiere on October 23, Made in Connecticut is part of a year-long, multi-platform initiative is designed to explore modern manufacturing and the role of innovation within companies that are located – and thriving – right here in Connecticut.

Both the scholarship awards and the sponsorship are part of KBE’s corporate philanthropic 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 $1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland. This year’s beneficiaries were students within Connecticut’s technical high school system.

High-resolution renderings of the University of Connecticut’s new STEM residence hall are available here, courtesy of Newman Architects.





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 is celebrating its 55th year providing 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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Rendering Credit: Newman Architects, Bridging Design Architect and the University’s Design Consultant during the Construction Phase