KBE Building Corp. Renovates Third Restaurant Depot in Northeast

Cranston, Rhode Island project comprises 76,000 square feet of renovations, additions

CRANSTON, R.I., May 29, 2014 – KBE Building Corporation, a $300 million construction firm with regional offices in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, has started renovations for its third Restaurant Depot project – this one in Cranston, Rhode Island.

KBE will serve as General Contractor for the project, which comprises the renovation of an existing 50,000-square-foot building, plus the addition of a 10,000-square-foot enclosed area and a 16,000-square-foot covered parking area. Work will include paving, site grading, and storm drainage modifications.

“It’s always a pleasure to renovate Restaurant Depot stores,” said KBE President and CEO Mike Kolakowski, who bought the firm with Eric Brown and Simon Etzel in 2007. “KBE has also built restaurants and grocery stores throughout the Northeast, and our Restaurant Depot projects bring that work full-circle.”

Founded in 1990, Restaurant Depot supplies quality products from large cash-and-carry warehouse stores to independent food businesses. It has emerged as the leading low-cost alternative to other foodservice suppliers throughout the U.S.

KBE and Restaurant Depot share a commitment to safety: KBE has won Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards of Achievement every year since 1995 and recently signed a safety partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Restaurant Depot guarantees product integrity and freshness at stores and during transport.

In addition to the Cranston Restaurant Depot, KBE recently won bids for the Downtown D.C. Harris Teeter and the Tennessee Naval Commissary and Exchange. “During the past decade, education and senior living have emerged as our top markets,” continued Kolakowski.  “But we’re still going strong with retail and food industry-related projects.”

Building isn’t the only way KBE helps feed the community. As part of its charitable giving program, “50 Ways to Make a Difference,” KBE recently donated $2,000 to Hands On Hartford, an organization that provides meals to hungry children and seniors in Hartford, Connecticut. Since 2009, KBE staff members have donated more than $1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable organizations in Connecticut and Maryland.

Renovations to the Cranston, Rhode Island and Chicopee, Massachusetts Restaurant Depots are scheduled for completion by spring 2015 and summer 2014, respectively. KBE completed renovations at the Hartford, Connecticut Restaurant Depot in May 2013.

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 retail, educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, and institutional 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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