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Awards of excellence.

MECHANICAL

DENRON PLUMBING AND HVAC, LLC

Sustainable Building Award

Bedford Falls

BECHTEL FRANK ERICKSON ARCHITECTS

BENCHMARK SENIOR LIVING

The project required a mechanical contractor who could meet an aggressive schedule and recommend value engineering changes, delivering the project within budget, while providing a product to be LEED Platinum certified. A redesigned chiller plant allowed Denton to reduce the installation and operating costs. The new equipment selections were particularly important as the building design limited the space available for mechanical equipment. Denon had to develop the means and methods to allow for the removal and reinstallation of replacement equipment for future change outs. Bedford Falls is one of the first assisted care facilities to obtain LEED Platinum status in the United States. Denron was a key contributor to the successful conclusion of this green project.

Other ABC members:

Hampshire Fire Protection Co, Inc.

Metro Walls, Inc.

North & South Construction Services

ELECTRICAL

IRISH ELECTRIC CORP.

Castle In the Clouds--Electrical Renovations

TMS ARCHITECTS

CASTLE PRESERVATION SOCIETY

This was not an ordinary rewiring project for numerous reasons. The exterior walls were stone, the interior walls were terra cotta tile covered with plaster, an existing fire suppression system, cooling system, intercom, and central vacuum system were all hidden behind the plaster-covered walls and ceilings along with the cloth wiring from 1914. The old cloth wiring was carefully removed and replaced with reproduction cloth wiring to keep with the esthetics of the time period. The original light fixtures were taken down, rewired and reinstalled. Removing wiring in plaster ceilings and walls without damaging the plaster work can be a challenge. The Dining Room ceiling was a particular challenge with hand-painted artwork. Irish Electric had to meet a strict completion schedule due to previously scheduled spring events. During the winter months frequent snowstorms made the ability to reach the Castle impossible at times. Irish Electric brought some of the more basic fixtures to their shop to rewire them in order to keep the project moving. This was a fascinating project considering all the incredible craftsmanship involved.

Other ABC members:

NorthEast Electrical Distributors

Rexel CLS

COMMERCIAL UNSER $2 MILLION

NORTH & SOUTH CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, LLC

Center for Assessment

A.G. ARCHITECTS

CENTER FOR ASSESSMENT

The Center for Assessment was looking for property of its own and settled on the Christian Science Church building in downtown Dover. The church had decided to sell the building and add onto a smaller building that existed on the property, The first of several hurdles was a subdivision of the existing property and a change of building use to allow two separate owners to occupy the same piece of land. Long hours turned into months of civil design and creative solutions. The existing church sat on a mound of ledge. With new drainage structures and other utilities to be installed blasting and removing ledge in a downtown setting was a challenge. Using energy efficient design from the geothermal heating to smart wiring allowed the constantly traveling employees of the Center to remotely turn the heat in their office up or down prior to arrival. The system required 15 separate heat pumps and miles of duct work and water lines. The church building had the windowsills in their sanctuaries high above the site line and the basement had low ceilings due to the ledge. The floor of the sanctuary was raised almost 3 feet to create a comfortable window sill height in the new offices and create a ceiling height in the new basement conference room that was functional. North & South was able to maintain the historical character of the building.

Other ABC members:

Skillings & Sons, Inc.

ABC Self Insured Trust for Workers Compensation

COMMERCIAL $2-$5 MILLION

FULCRUM ASSOCIATES

LaBelle Winery

BMA ARCHITECTURAL GROUP

AMY LABELLE AND CESAR ARBOLEDA

In addition to the building Fulcrum was contracted to develop the 3-plus acre vineyard for future wine production. The setting was perfect to accommodate the hospitality goals of the project but provided challenges for construction. Being sited into the side of a hill required an approx. 25 foot cut in the grade to provide for production space in the building. Five 3,300 gallon, 23-foot-tall tanks were placed using a specialty compact crane inside the building. The tanks arrived with no means to be seismically restrained. Fulcrum engaged local engineers and worked with the manufacturer in Italy to devise a plan to provide adequate restraints to meet local codes. The multi-use occupancy required certain fire separations; essentially the entire exterior of the building was hung and taped three times. LaBelle Winery broke ground at the beginning of 2012 and through design changes, schedule and site challenges doors were opened in October.

Other ABC members:

BK Systems, Inc.

Deventry Construction, LLC

Gate City Electric

Granite State Acoustics, Inc.

Hampshire Fire Protection Co, Inc.

J. Lawrence Hall Co, Inc.

Kaloulas Painting

North & South Construction Services

Secondwind Water Systems, Inc.

Superior Fire Protection, Inc.

Williams Scotsman, Inc.

COMMERCIAL OVER $10 MILLION

FULCRUM ASSOCIATES

The Center at 17

DENNIS MIRES, THE ARCHITECTS

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE HEALTH SYSTEMS

The project called for a complete gut and renovation of cast-in-place concrete, waffle slab structure, the demolition of an approx. 9,000 sf single-story wing, the complete reconfiguration of the site and a new two-story addition. The structure posed many challenges. It had five different floor levels. Waffle slab floor construction made penetrations and openings difficult. The two gymnasiums served their original purpose well but were lacking the height to comfortably fit a second level. The building was completely surrounded by street construction for nearly the entire project duration. Deliveries had to be coordinated with street closures. Much of the envelop construction tasks had to be coordinated closely with the city's work. An elaborate bracing scheme was devised to permit walls to be removed and replaced safely. Coordinating plumbing fixtures and vertical duct penetrations with a workable floor plan was a monumental challenge. The unique and varied geometry of the building made air sealing difficult and added to what was a complex and demanding project.

Other ABC members:

A.H. Harris & Sons

Associated Concrete Coatings

Granite State Plumbing & Heating, LLC

Interstate Electrical Services

Kaloutas Painting

Mas-Con Corporation

Metro Walls, Inc.

Multi-Weld Services

Overhead Door Company

Streamline Waterproofing & Caulking

INSTITUTIONAL/ PUBLIC $2-$5 MILLION

NORTH & SOUTH CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, LLC

Our Lady of the Angels

ENTERPRISE ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS

PORTLAND CATHOLICS DIOCESE

North & South was hired as the framing, roofing and exterior shell contractor. Large prefinished glu-lam timber frame arches would make up the structure for the main worship area. Eight tractor trailers delivered the timbers which had been individually wrapped from the factory to protect the finish and had to be protected throughout the course of erection and the construction process. The timbers weighed over a ton a piece. North & South crew of 16 completed the erection of the timbers in five days and got them covered. The roof decking was laminated southern pine 2 3/16" thick with a specification calling for a minimum of 1 3/4" nail embedment into the structure. The decking would have to be hand nailed with 20 penny galvanized spikes. With the decking in place the roof crew began a 12,000 sf, seven-layer process to cover the frame in three weeks. The gothic-style windows were supplied without any casings. The custom-shaped window trim was developed and fashioned on site. Throughout the project it seemed that every task had liking equipment and staging that required strict attention to safety. Daily plans were put into place to address the potential fall protection issues that could arise.

Other ABC members:

Godin Associates, Inc.

ABC Self Insured Trust for Workers Compensation

INSTITUTIONAL/ PUBLIC OVER $10 MILLION

NORTH BRANCH CONSTRUCTION, INC.

Kingswood Regional

Schools--Phase 2

CMK ARCHITECTS

GOVERNOR WENTWORTH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Phase 2 construction began in June 2010 with major underground utility reconstruction, site work and foundations. Up to 180 workers were on site daily to complete the work before students returned for the fall semester. During summer 2011, up to 300 workers were on site each day. Demolition led to discovery of hidden asbestos and unbraced concrete block walls. On-site construction was completed over three months ahead of schedule, including 90,000 sf of additions and 325,000 sf of renovations. Sustainable construction was used to complete the project to Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools standards, including the implementation of the largest geothermal ground heat exchanger system in the state of NH.

Other ABC members

Accessibility Systems, Inc.

All Ways Accessible, Inc.

Construx, Inc.

EnviroVantage, Inc

Granite State Plumbing & Heating, LLC

Hampshire Fire Protection Co, Inc.

Jeremy Hiltz Excavating, Inc.

Longchamps Electric, Inc.

Multi-Weld Services, Inc.

S.L. Chasse Steel

S.D. Szetela, LLC

Streamline Waterproofing & Caulking, LLC

TZS Contracting Services, Inc.

Signature Press

ABC Self Insurance Trust for Workers Compensation

HISTORICAL RESTORATION

COBB HILL CONSTRUCTION

The Bridges House

TMS ARCHITECTS

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

The original Bridges House was built in 1836. Since 1969 it has served as the official home for the NH governor. This project increased the capacity of the property to host larger events and extend its use. The original kitchen was enlarged. The old, converted 2-story carriage shed was demolished down to the main floor and built back up as a single-story great room. The old oil-fired heating system was replaced with three new HVAC gas-fired systems. A major challenge was to carefully install the ductwork for the new system within the original structure. Additionally, the foundation was laid stone and was above--and directly adjacent to--the new kitchen addition's foundation. The stones had to be uncovered and mortared in sections. Sixteen different interior designers were brought in to design a section, room, or area of the house, creating a challenge to meet their needs and schedules.

Other ABC members:

EnviroVantage, Inc.

Associated Concrete Coatings

Metro Walls

Bow Plumbing & Heating

ABC Self Insured Trust for Workers Compensation

DESIGN/BUILD

PRO CON, INC.

Sustainable Building Award

Residence Inn by Marriott

PRO CON, INC

XSS, LLC

Pro Con designed the hotel's exterior to complement the existing structures in the neighborhood. Environmentally beneficial strategies were incorporated to achieve LEED Gold Certification. Pro Con had to sort, test, remove and dispose of over 5,000 cubic yards of unsuitable soil. The 21-day delay--sorting and testing--impacted the construction schedule. Additional and longer work shifts were required. Existing high-voltage overhead utility lines scheduled to be moved prior to construction, could not be moved for six months. Geopiers for the building's foundation were redesigned to allow installation without interfering with the utility lines. The site's close proximity to the ocean caused challenges during the winter months. All materials had to be tied down and crane operations were scheduled according to weather. The city of Chelsea honored the hotel in 2012 by naming it the "Project of the Year" at its Annual Community Awards ceremony.

Other ABC member:

Associated Concrete Coatings

Denron Plumbing & HVAC, Inc.

Hampshire Fire Protection Co, Inc.

Mas Con, Corp

Streamline Waterproofing & Caulking, LLC
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