Tower One/Tower East Assisted Living Community Completes Multi-Year, Multi-Phase Renovations

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 5, 2013 — KBE Building Corporation (KBE) has completed the fifth phase of renovations on the Tower One/Tower East assisted living community in New Haven, CT. Tower One, which opened in 1971, has been undergoing renovations since 2000, while Tower East, which opened in 1982, has been under renovation since 2012. The work is sponsored by the New Haven Jewish Community Housing Corporation.

The multi-year, multi-phase project consists of six phases that have converted approximately 40% of the 336 apartments in the two towers into assisted living units. The work has been performed in accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Assisted Living Conversion Process (ALCP). These ALCP units are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

At a cost of approximately $7 million, the first phase of the project renovated 40 apartments on six floors of the Tower One high-rise and constructed a 6,000 square foot dining room, a covered drop-off, a main entrance area, and one floor of resident services and administrative offices. The $2 million second phase renovated 20 apartments on two floors, the $4.2 million third phase converted 24 apartments on three floors, and the $5 million fourth phase renovated four studio apartments into three ALCP units on each of eight floors and added an exterior elevator.

At a total cost of $2.3 million, the fifth phase of renovations consisted of 14 apartment conversions on Tower East, two each on seven floors, plus kitchen renovations that included a new walk-in freezer and a walk-in refrigerator.

“We’re proud that the Tower One work was the first ALCP project in the entire country – for which we’ve received four separate HUD grants – and we’re very appreciative that KBE has been with us from day one”, said Mark Garilli, President and CEO of Tower One/Tower East. “It’s no mean feat to complete renovations to an assisted living facility while it is occupied, but KBE has been efficient and very respectful of our residents at each stage of the process.”

The next (6th) phase of construction for Tower One will begin in September 2013, and include six floors of renovations, with two ALCP conversions per floor, at a cost of $1.6 million.

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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