turner milsteinThe Milstein Center will be an academic hub in the heart of New York City’s Barnard College

By Knighthouse Media Editorial Staff

Founded in 1889, Barnard College has been known for its distinctive academic culture.  Located in New York City, it is dedicated to women’s education and the liberal arts. The school was actually founded as aresponse to neighboring Columbia University’s refusal to admit women.

Although today’s Barnard students are allowed to use the libraries of Columbia, Barnard has always maintained a library of its own. Lehman Hall was the site of Barnard’s Wollman Library from 1959 until 2015. In 2016, that building was demolished to make way for a new library: The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Teaching and Learning Center.

Vertix picVertix Builders offers clients the capabilities and experience of a large general contractor with the personal service of a smaller company.

By Tim O’Connor, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

The construction market today is often volatile. It’s a face-paced environment where labor is in short supply and everyone is pushing to get things done faster. Those competing forces can easily create tension among owners, contractors and subs, leading to an unpleasant and contentious building experience where someone is destined to leave unsatisfied.

Vertix Builders was founded in 2014 with a focus on reversing that trend and taking the culture back 30 years to when a person’ word meant something. “The idea behind our company is we wanted to get back to providing a high level of service and getting back to working with our clients in person as opposed to managing from afar,” Vice President Ted Laszlo says.

CDHCDH Partners plans to continue designing spaces that meet clients’ needs and stay forward-thinking over the next 40 years.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

CDH Partners takes a client-centered approach to designing spaces that make a difference. Every church, school and hospital the firm designs embodies the vision of the client to suit the needs of the congregation, students and parents or the community as a whole.

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.

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