Shain Library Renovation Receives Excellence in Construction Award


ABC Connecticut awards KBE Building Corp. with three prestigious honors.

NEW LONDON, Ct., Feb. 2, 2016 – Connecticut College students and staff members have already expressed their admiration for the Charles E. Shain Library. Now its construction team has been officially recognized with an award from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc (ABC) – Connecticut Chapter.

Staff members from KBE Building Corporation (KBE), Construction Manager at Risk for the renovation, received the 2016 Excellence in Construction Award (Institutional) at the Chapter’s 14th Annual Excellence in Construction awards ceremony, held at Aquaturf in Southington on January 28, 2016. KBE also received the “Best of the Best” General Contractor Safety Award, the most prominent safety award in the state, and the Spirit Award at Thursday’s ceremony.

The Shain Library project comprised 41,000 square feet of renovations to the existing 3-story library, plus 4,600 square feet of additions, including a new 3-story entrance with clerestory, enlarged windows, and mechanical and electrical upgrades.

The renovation was carefully planned and executed with zero injuries, zero claims – and delivery three months ahead of schedule.

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.

Caption: The original stairway at Charles E. Shain Library before KBE began construction.

Photo Credit: KBE Building Corp.

Caption: The upgraded stairway at Charles E. Shain Library.

Photo Credit: KBE Building Corp.

About KBE Building Corporation

Located in Farmington, CT, Norwalk, CT, 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 $4 billion in construction volume over the two last decades alone and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally. Learn more at

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