BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
April 2010 Update
On Saw Mill Road
Just as the economy seems to be turning the corner and the recession of 2008 - 2009 is giving way to a more optimistic outlook, we are encouraged that our patrons and volunteers will also be finding a silver lining at last, especially in the construction sector which suffered high unemployment.
Thank you for your interest in and support for our new Ann’s Place facility!
|Tom Harry (right) Consults with Architect John Doyle on left.
||2) Tom Harry Making Field Notes
In January we welcomed Tom Harry as our new Project Manager for the Final Phase. Tom comes to us with massive construction management experience in Connecticut and New York. If you want to get involved in our Ann’s Place project with in-kind materials or donated labor, call Tom at 203-362-9766 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our project has gained some momentum over the last few months with help from area tradesmen who are out of work and have so generously donated their time to help get us moving again, including mechanical operators, plumbers and carpenters. We are awed by your community spirit and giving! This contribution now enables us to take the next steps toward completion.
As we reported in the winter months, the incredible Mechanical Contractors Association members, led by John Barrasso, Executive Vice President of the MCAC, donated a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system and the sprinkler system. We are happy to say those installations are now completed and, with the HVAV system up and running, we have been able to take the chill out of a cold spring.
Their in-kind gifts represent an amazing savings for us. Member contractors who stepped forward include McKenney Mechanical, M.J. Daly, Tucker Mechanical and Grodsky. Trades participants included Tom Cassidy and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 777 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 777 and the United Associated Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 676.
Much of this project has been organized around getting materials and labor donated stage by stage, as we go. There are still opportunities to participate in the project with in-kind donations that help defray the increasingly high cost of construction. Importantly, your cash donations help us acquire materials to move forward even faster.
Donate now to be part of this amazing community project!
Your gift can help us complete this labor of love and furnish the building.
|Donate now to be part of this amazing community project!
Interior finishing work is again moving along with the support of the Carpenters Union Apprentice & Training Program volunteers under the able supervision of Tom Klucik. This is truly a learning lab that provides commercial construction experience for the trainees as they encounter and solve real challenges in the field. The north and south stairwells have been constructed and installed by the trainees, along with some generous hours from enthusiastic journeymen carpenters who were without jobs.
Before the end of May, we expect to see the installation of our elevator, which came to us for a fraction of the standard pricing, from the generous ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas, the leading producer of elevators in North America. We appreciate the involvement of the Elevator Union in connecting us. Susan Blumenthal and Steven Silver at The Pennysaver are kindly sponsoring the elevator, which is helping to cover its cost and upkeep
During May and June, we will be installing the very long and also long-awaited sewer system, a massive retaining wall and the parking lot, which will move the exterior site a giant step forward. We are working with Ed Kilian of Earthmovers and M & M Stone Creations. Prep work participants in the fall included Arrow Concrete who helped with the manholes, K & W Construction who provided some in-kind donations for parking lot prep, Ferguson Waterworks and Earthmovers.
We are moving closer to being able to install wonderful in-kind donations of tile from these fine sellers of tile: Waterworks, Tile America, Klaff’s and American Tile. These regional retailers are helping to add residential warmth to our new spaces
||Paul P. Dinto, CEO of Paul Dinto Electrical Contractors, Inc., is Chairman of the Building Committee. Paul is coordinating the labor and management sectors of the construction and gathering statewide support for the project, with additional support from John Farnham, Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut.
Paul is coordinating the labor and management sectors of the construction. He has been supported in gathering support by John Farnham, immediate past Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut and his successor, John Butts, as well as William Shannon.
We salute the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut, the Fairfield County Building Trades Council and the Fairfield County Building Trades Association who have always kept our project close to their hearts. On May 24, the Gilbane Company will dedicate a portion of the proceeds from their annual golf tournament to Ann’s Place.
We thank Basia Pontello, who served as Project Manager for the early phases of construction from 2006 through 2009. During the time she supervised the construction, Basia accomplished much and attracted many in-kind donations. We wish her well in her new endeavors.