KBE Wins Top Honors For AFRC

MIDDLETOWN, Conn., June 26, 2012 — KBE Building Corporation earned a First Place Award for the Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) at the 2012 Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) 16th Annual Project Team Awards Banquet in the category of Best New Project over $10 million. 

Formed in 1952, the CBC is a networking organization that consists of representatives from every facet of the building industry, including owners, engineers, architects, attorneys, general contractors, developers, cost consultants, subcontractors, and suppliers. 

The $54 million, 203,000 square-foot AFRC facility in Middletown, Connecticut encompasses a state-of-the-art training center, a vehicle maintenance facility, and a field equipment storage facility for the Connecticut National Guard and Army Reserve. KBE Building Corporation was the Design-Builder for the project in a joint venture with DeRita Construction Company, with Kleinfelder as the Architect of Record. The construction phase was completed in just 16 months, a remarkable achievement given the scope of work, which included the removal of nearly 500,000 cubic yards of soil and rock from the site. The new Reserve Center features numerous “green” building measures, including a “green” roof, photovoltaic arrays, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. 

“We’re thrilled that the AFRC project continues to be recognized by leading industry awards programs such as the Connecticut Building Congress.” said KBE Principal and CEO Mike Kolakowski. “We are extremely proud of the work our Design-Build team produces, and value the excellent working relationships with our client and design partners that led to such a high-quality product.” 

Previously, the Armed Forces Reserve Center project won Best in Show from Connecticut’s Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., as well as the 2012 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies. 

The 16th Annual CBC Project Team Awards Banquet was held on June 12, 2012.

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. 

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