KBE Building Corp. Completes Efficient Construction of Portland, Conn. Convenience Store, Gas Station

$300 million commercial construction firm continues tradition of retail building excellence

PORTLAND, Conn., Sept. 16, 2014 – In keeping with the efficiency of the convenience store model, KBE Building Corporation announces its completion of the new Cumberland Farms convenience store and gas station in Portland, Connecticut.

Despite harsh winter weather and other challenges, the $300 million commercial construction firm demolished the existing convenience store and 2-pump gas station and built a new 4,600-square-foot Cumberland Farms-branded convenience store and 8-pump gas station in its place.

“It’s exciting to have finished our first Cumberland Farms,” said KBE President and CEO Mike Kolakowski, who purchased KBE in 2007 with fellow senior executives Eric Brown and Simon Etzel.

Cumberland Farms provides residents in eight states with convenient access to gas, coffee, and food and beverage items, along with many everyday needs. The company has nearly 600 stores and more than 6,000 employees.

Located at 204 Marlborough Road, the Portland Cumberland Farms features freshly prepared hot sandwiches, a shake machine, and a state-of-the-art Chill Zone – all with a commitment to cleanliness.

“Cumberland Farms stores are known for being clean and pleasant,” said Kolakowski. “In construction, jobsite cleanliness correlates directly to safety, which is KBE’s priority.”

The winner of Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards of Achievement every year since 1995, KBE recently signed a partnership with OSHA to help facilitate voluntary safety improvements during the Jewish Senior Services Project in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

“Whether we’re looking out for our employees and sub-contractors on the jobsite or we’re spending time volunteering in the community, we make people our focus at KBE,” said Kolakowski.

Since its 2009 inception, the firm’s charitable giving program 50 Ways to Make a Difference has donated more than $1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable organizations in Connecticut and Maryland.

The Portland Cumberland Farms opened to the public on May 9. In addition to the Portland project, KBE was recently awarded two more Cumberland Farms projects in Connecticut. Construction for the Milford and Quaker Hill locations began in late May.

High-resolution photographs of the Portland Cumberland Farms are available here. Credit to Paul Burk Photography.




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. Learn more at www.kbebuilding.com.

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