Bird Construction Seton Recreational CenterBird Construction’s Seton Recreation Facility project will provide a focal point for a growing Calgary neighborhood.

By Tim O’Connor

As a new community in south Calgary, the Seton neighborhood doesn’t have an identity yet. Some destinations are in place, such as the local shopping center, others, such as a cinema, are nearing completion, but much of the urban district is still under construction, including a new high school. Bird Construction is helping to change that by building the 30,697-square-meter Seton Recreation Facility, a $133 million facility that will serve as the center of the community.

The recreation center will bring a host of needed amenities to the community, including a 50-meter, 10-lane competition pool with competition dive tower and diving boards; a water park with a surf-riding area; two multipurpose ice rinks; three gymnasiums; fitness rooms and equipment; and a 200-meter running track. In addition to facilities for physical activities, the building will provide Seton with space for artistic endeavors.

EllisDon Mohawk College picEllisDon is putting the processes in place to build more net-zero energy buildings in Canada by constructing the first at Mohawk College.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Mohawk College’s The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation will be Ontario’s first net-zero energy institutional building, producing as much or more energy as it consumes when it opens in 2018. “We applied for a government grant and one of the things we thought was important was to differentiate ourselves from other applications for that fund,” Chief Buildings and Facilities Officer Tony Cupido says. “In doing that, we recommended the building be a net-zero energy building.”

The Canada Green Building Council announced a Zero Carbon Building Framework that will become the standard for zero carbon buildings in Canada. The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation was selected as one of 16 national pilot programs to help demonstrate the council’s new Zero Carbon Building Standard and validation process.

“This project was funded by the Government of Canada’s $20 million grant, which does not happen often because they rarely get involved in the post-secondary education construction sector,” Cupido explains. “The $20 million investment is the single largest federal infrastructure funding in Mohawk’s 50-year history. A key requirement is to have all the work completed by April 2018 and that was a challenge for us, but we are certainly at or near our target.”

Agostini Bacon pic copyAgostini and Bacon Construction have proved their capability to take on larger-scale projects.

By Tim O’Connor

When the owners of Agostini Construction and Bacon Construction decided to rebrand to give each of the separate but entwined companies a more focused identity, the hope was that both businesses would be better able to take on larger projects. Two years later, the plan is working.

Both firms specialize in public construction in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, primarily schools, but Agostini was repositioned as a firm focused on construction management projects while Bacon remained a dedicated general contractor. Demand for the construction manager at-risk approach to building has been on the rise for several years and by dedicating Agostini to that kind of work the owners believed they would showcase its competency.

“We got involved in a lot of smaller construction manager projects to really prove that we can provide those CM services,” Marketing Manager Kerrie Puglia says. “A lot of owners and architects were satisfied with how we handled those smaller jobs, which is what led to the large projects.”

Kitchell picKitchell manages the delivery of two new educational buildings for Solano Community College with a third underway.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

With its roots in general contracting and construction management services, Kitchell was selected to provide program management services for three design/build buildings for Solano Community College in Fairfield, Calif. In 2012, Solano Community College embarked on a $348 million multi-year construction program to support the construction of new buildings, renovation of existing buildings, infrastructure improvements, site acquisition and equipment purchases and selected Kitchell CEM to manage the program.

Three of the recent projects are being delivered by the design/build process. The first two – the Biotechnology and Science Building at the Vacaville Center in Vacaville, Calif., and the Automotive Technology building at the Vallejo Center in Vallejo, Calif. – were completed summer 2017 for fall occupancy. Solano Community College’s main campus is in Fairfield and where the third design/build project, the Science Building, is now under construction.

Fraser ConstructionFraser Construction is on schedule and in control with USCB’s Hospitality Management Campus expansion.
By Bianca Herron

Joe Harden founded Joe Harden Builder Inc. forty years ago as a general contractor specializing in construction for the hospitality sector. Today, the company is known as Fraser Construction Company LLC

The Bluffton, S.C.-based company over the years expanded its service offerings to include design/build, sustainable buildings and construction management, while retaining a strong portfolio of hospitality and clubhouse projects.

“We’re really good at managing high-end commercial projects and provide a high attention to detail,” Vice President of Operations Jay Fraser says. “Although some companies are low cost and others are high in production, we like to think we’re the commercial version of a high-end homebuilder.”

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