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Asnuntuck Community College Ribbon Cutting

Enfield Builders of Enfield CT. was the General Contractor for the Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) new Tower Lobby and Student Center. A ribbon cutting was held on Wednesday, September 13th with DAS officials, Connecticut State College and Universities officials as well as local dignitaries on hand. The new area features Arnie's Cafe, student organization offices, an employee lounge, student lounges and comfortable spaces for students and the public to congregate, study, and grab a bite to eat. ACC's Follett Bookstore has relocated to the lobby area. The grand Tower Lobby and Student Center will be available to the students and community.




The Longmeadow Shops

Enfield Builders recently completed the addition to the Longmeadow Shops in Longmeadow Mass. The new building consists of three tenant spaces and a utility room. New building utilities were brought to the building to support gas service, sprinkler system, domestic water, electrical, and telephone. All services separately serve each proposed tenant space, individual service for owner usage, and the potential for expansion. Site work included all new underground utilities, storm water management, retaining wall at the rear of property, plantings, site fencing, site lighting, parking, and concrete/paver sidewalks to connect to the existing development.

The project also included the relocation of the adjacent drive through ATM of the existing Bank of America.


March 2017

The Additions and Renovation to Crystal Lake School Project commenced in April of 2014 and was completed in June 2016 well ahead of the contract completion date. The project was completed in three phases working in and around the completely occupied existing school. Along with the construction of the additions and renovations, significant site work was completed. That site work included access roads, parking, ballfields, playgrounds and significant site utilities.


July 2016

Enfield Builders recently completed the 36 Lewis Street project in Hartford. The 12 month project entailed converting the former commercial property into four (4) one-bedroom and two (2) two-bedroom apartments in a 'row house' style reconstruction for a total of six rental units. The two-story 6,742 square foot building was originally a house most likely built around 1840 by Austin Daniels. By the 1950s, it was the last building on Lewis Street to remain a private residence. It became an upscale restaurant in 1980's, then an after-hours night club called "Vibe" in the 1990's and had been vacant until the start of construction. The property is listed on the National Register of Historical Places in Hartford.








June 2016

Asnuntuck Community College held a groundbreaking on its campus on Thursday, June 16th. A new front façade is being constructed by Enfield Builders at the Elm Street campus in Enfield. The 62,823 square foot project will feature a Conference Center, Cyber Café, offices and lounge and a new two-story building entry. Asnuntuck's project, with a construction cost of $7,771,250, also includes a new roof covering for 170,000 square feet of the building.


May 2016

Enfield Builders recently completed the new firehouse in the Lake Garda section of Burlington CT. The project consisted of building demolition, removals, and legal disposal of an existing structure and the new construction of a 6,272 square foot Fire Station Facility. The new firehouse includes two bays, two bay work areas, a dispatch office, two offices, a day room, a kitchen, a multi-purpose room, locker rooms and storage areas. It accommodates three fire vehicles.  

Jacunski Humes was the architect for the $2 Million Dollar Project.


June 2014

Hardhats were the popular attire of the day as the official groundbreaking for the Crystal Lake Elementary school took place on June 3rd. Children from the school participated by throwing the first 100 or so ceremonial shovels of dirt for the project. Enfield Builders was named the General Contractor for the 18,000+ square foot addition which will be used to provide additional classrooms and expand core facilities and “renovate as new” the existing building meeting high performance building standards.

The Silver Petrucelli design proposes an addition of approximately 18,650 sf that includes classrooms and student support rooms, a cafeteria and serving kitchen, media center, science and art. Extensive site work will create separate bus & parent drop-off, additional parking, playscapes & additional playfields. When complete it is anticipated that this school will serve grades K-6 with 337 students. 

February 2014

Enfield Builders recently completed the new Friends Center for Children in New Haven. The two-story glu-lam beam structure was designed using LEED criteria and incorporates an active roof garden, geothermal heat pumps and locally manufactured and/or harvested materials. In planning a space for young children, Patriquin Architects paid particular attention to indoor air quality through the selection of low VOC materials and finishes, and design of fresh air ventilation systems. Each classroom has natural light, natural ventilation and direct access to the playgrounds and parkland beyond.

General Contractor: Enfield Builders, Inc.
Architect: Patriquin Architects
Owner: Friends Center for Children, Inc.
Cost: $2,769,000

Enfield Builders was the General Contractor for the new headquarters for the ACSTAR Insurance Company, a subsidiary of ACMAT Insurance, in Farmington Connecticut.

The 9,000 square foot facility features a stone veneer, a striking two story entrance tower and exposed timber trusses throughout the building. Quisenberry Arcari Architects of Farmington designed the building.

 

October 2012

Enfield Builders is the Construction Manager for the renovation and addition to the Sherman Library in Sherman CT. The new building will blend with the historic setting and provide the community with a modern library to allow for today’s needs and tomorrow’s future growth. The library including the main floor, lower level and refurbished barn will be 9,706 sq. ft. including renovation of the existing library and our historic barn. The new addition will be 4,040 sq. ft.

The new Sherman Library will retain its charm, special ambience and historic significance as well as:

  • Improve areas for collections and displays
  • Enhance shelving for multimedia collections
  • Build children’s program and activity room
  • Create quiet reading and study area
  • Establish a programming room with access for community usage
  • Provide space for young adult activitie
  • Expand and redesign staff areas
  • Meet LEED Certified Standards ( Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design is an internationally recognized green building certification system) with green materials, better lighting and a more efficient heating system

Construction will begin immediately and is expected to take 9 months to complete. The architect for the project is Tuthill and Wells with offices in Avon CT.

September 2012

Ribbon Cutting at the Highwatch Recovery Center

The past four years have not been good for Litchfield County, which has been hampered by a staggering economy and downturns in the building trades. Paradoxically, that very downturn was a benefit for High Watch Recovery Center, a treatment center for those suffering from addictions, as it quickly completed construction of its spacious Comprehensive Patient Care Building, a wing that was dedicated in a ceremony held Tuesday afternoon.

Among a list of people she thanked during ribbon-cutting ceremonies, president and CEO of High Watch Janina Kean included Enfield Builders, “who showed up every day—something not that common with contractors”—and completed the work in only 10 months from the time of the groundbreaking in summer 2010. “I was impressed,” she said.

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December 2011

Enfield Builders Inc. Chosen for $7.3 Million Addition to Hanover School in Meriden

MERIDEN — Construction on an eight-classroom, $7.3 million addition at Hanover School for all-day kindergarten is under way as the Board of Education prepares itself for another difficult budget situation.

City dignitaries dug into the soil Friday, as they launched the official groundbreaking of construction for the wing. They stressed the importance of implementing full-day kindergarten despite the economic circumstances.

“It’s what is right and best for the kids,” said School Superintendent Mark D. Benigni. “All of the data and research supports all-day kindergarten.”

What we are doing here today is important,” said School Building Committee Chairman Matthew C. Dominello. “The children are the future of our community.”

It will not only educationally benefit all students that enter kindergarten, but it will raise the bar for every grade that follows,” he said. “We want to send a message that education is a top priority.”

Actually implementing all-day kindergarten is a plan that is now in its third decade, after being a hot topic in the late 1990s and the formation of an all-day kindergarten committee in the 2000s. For Board of Education President Mark Hughes, it was a long time coming.

“We have had some issues along the way,” Hughes said. “We have always been aggressive in moving the plan forward.”

Once opened, the wing will be open for students in the Hanover district, as well as Casimir Pulaski School, which is already overcrowded. The rest of the district would continue to attend their local elementary school.

November 2011

Enfield Builders Inc. has been named the General Contractor for the new Corporate Headquarters of ACSTAR Insurance, a subsidiary of the ACMAT Corporation. ACSTAR writes virtually every type of surety bond. The company’s expertise and experience over the years have grown from primarily environmental, pollution, and remediation type contracts to nearly every type of surety obligation.

The new headquarters will be located in Farmington Connecticut, and has been designed by the architectural firm of Quisenberry Arcari Architects LLC., also of Farmington.

The 9,000 square foot building features a stone veneer, a two story entrance tower and exposed timber trusses throughout the building. Construction began in October, and is expected to take 12 months to complete. 

September 2011

Hundreds and hundreds of Enfield residents turned out on a beautiful morning Sunday to participate in the town of Enfield’s annual 9/11 Memorial Tribute.

This year's event had a different feel, as a pair of steel beams from the World Trade were unveiled as part of the 9/11 Memorial Garden on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on America.

The 18-foot-long pieces of the north face of the North Tower are mounted on columns at a 45-degree angle. Enfield Builders provided the labor necessary to construct the forms and pour the concrete for the foundations used to make the memorial a permanent reminder of the 9/11 tragedy.

A pictorial montage appeared in the Enfield Patch, depicting the town’s tribute to the fallen 9/11 heroes.

July 2011

Enfield Builders Awarded Contract to Expand the High Watch Treatment Center in Kent Connecticut

High Watch Recovery Center in Kent, established on Joy Farm in 1940 as the first 12-step recovery community in the world, broke ground on July 10th on a $2.2 million expansion of its offices, which will include a new medical building.

The ceremonial ground breaking was held with Kent First Selectman Bruce Adams, state Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30th), and state Rep. Richard Smith (R-108th), among those on hand.

"The addition of new units for nursing and therapy will further enhance our culture of providing a beautiful and comfortable environment for patient care and treatment," said Janina Kean, High Watch president and CEO.

The current offices of the recovery center were once the barns for Joy Farm.

A few renovations and 70-plus years later, "High Watch will soon have a state-of-the-art medical building to compliment our state-of-the-art treatment for drug and alcohol addiction," Ms. Kean said.

While the medical building will directly impact the level of patient care and staffing, the new community conference center in the new space will also allow High Watch to expand its family program and public education outreach.

The medical building will add 5,800 square feet of one-story construction, plus 4,300 square feet of renovation of existing areas.

The expansion will not increase the number of beds at the facility, but will add  services to residents, their families and the community.

Jacunski Humes Arichitects, of Berlin designed the new space. The anticipated completion date is May 1, 2012.

June 2011

By Kim Velsey, Hartford Courant

LegoEnfield — After converting one of its former manufacturing buildings into offices, LEGO Systems, Inc. is now hiring new employees to fill the 125,000 square-foot space as sales of the iconic toys continue to soar.

LEGO has hired about 75 new employees at its North American Headquarters in the past year; bringing the total to 545 and is continuing to hire, brand relations director Michael McNally said.

Since restructuring in 2003-04, the Danish toy company has experienced U.S. sales gains for six straight years, with dramatic gains during the recession. In 2010, LEGO exceeded $1 billion in U.S. consumer sales for the first time, and saw a 28 percent increase in consumer sales.

"You can imagine that translates to needing back office support," said McNally. The jobs—there are currently about 25 openings—are full-time, permanent positions in human relations, sales and marketing, supply chain management and operations.

As part of the restructuring, LEGO sold its buildings to an outside firm and leased back space. The conversion project transforms a 1970s manufacturing building into offices, meeting spaces, customer service call center that is expected to be staffed by as many as 100 employees during the busiest times of the year and a revamped model shop, where about a dozen employees design and construct models and displays.

The building also includes a test store, where employees will experiment with prototypes for retail displays, window features, materials and in-store events, McNally said. He added that the decision to add the new feature stemmed from the company's growing retail business—LEGO now operates more than 50 stores across the country.

The project—larger than the 80,000 square-foot addition anounced last summer—was designed by Moser Pilon Nelson Architects in Wethersfield and completed by Enfield Builders, a local contracting firm. Construction costs; not including design and furnishings, totaled $7 million, said Dennis Brennan of Enfield Builders. "They needed the space very quickly," he said.

The design incorporates natural light with big windows and skylights, Moser Pilon Nelson said, with 22-foot trees in an indoor atrium and a 20-foot tall glass wall on the east side of the building with automated drapes that open and close depending on the location of the sun.

Ten years ago the company's future was much shakier. In the 1990s, the company employed 1,200 people in Enfield, before it moved industrial operations to Mexico and other locations, shearing the local workforce.

In the early 2000s, LEGO embraced "lifestyle" products, launching LEGO clothing, video games, movies and theme parks. The company did everything in-house, including hiring an entire staff of video game developers, said McNally—neglecting the plastic bricks construction sets that made the company famous.

Financial distress-especially the $188 million operating loss the company reported in 2003—prompted the company to regroup and adopt a back-to-basics focus on the plastic bricks. Tie-ins with the Harry Potter series, "Star Wars" series and "Indiana Jones" series helped drive sales.

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April 2011

Enfield Builders, Inc. of Enfield Connecticut was awarded the contract for the renovation of the lower level of the Newington Town Hall to make way for the Transition Academy for older high school students with special needs.

Two rooms in the east wing of town hall, where the planning and building departments were until recently, will be renovated for the program.

The planning and building departments have been relocated to temporary offices on the lower level of town hall, near the police department, where permanent offices will eventually be created.

The entire project is estimated to cost $1.3 million. The Transition Academy is scheduled to be completed in time for the next school year and the new engineering and building offices will be ready later in the fall, Town Manager John Salomone said.

Money for the project is coming from a number of sources, including a $278,000 federal grant, $220,000 in federal stimulus money, $170,000 from the education capital improvements budget and $380,000 from the town's capital improvements budget.

Kaestle Boos Architects of New Britain is the architect for the project.

November 2010

 Enfield Builders Inc. was recently named General Contractor for the new Combat Pistol/Military Police Qualification Course (CP/MPQC) and 25 Meter Zero Range in East Haven, CT. The primary purpose of this project is to construct a Combat Pistol/Military Police Qualification Course and a 25 Meter Zero Range (25M ZERO) at the East Haven Rifle Range in East Haven, Connecticut.

The Combat Pistol/Military Police Qualification Course is a dual purpose facility and is used to train and test soldiers on the skills necessary to detect, identify, engage, and defeat stationary personnel targets in a tactical array and to provide realistic and effective Military Police marksmanship training with 9mm, .38 caliber, and .45 caliber pistols. The Range consists of a 16-lane, fully contained, 25-Meter Zero Range used to satisfy the MRF Range training requirements. When completed, the range will consist of 8 Firing Lanes, 56 Stationary Infantry Targets, 8 Stationary Silhouettes, In addition, the project includes the construction of three Ammunition Breakdown Buildings and two Control Towers. Architect for the project is the Benham Companies of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The $8 Million Dollar project is due to be completed in April 0f 2011.

October 2010

 Enfield Builders has been named Construction Manager for the Sherman Connecticut Library Building Project. The new building will blend with the historic setting and provide the community with a modern library to allow for today’s needs and tomorrow’s future growth. . The library including the main floor, lower level and refurbished barn will be 11,991 sq. ft. including renovation of the existing library and our historic barn. The new addition will be 6,325 sq. ft.

The new Sherman Library will retain its charm, special ambience and historic significance as well as:

  • Improve areas for collections and displays
  • Enhance shelving for multimedia collections
  • Build children’s program and activity room
  • Create quiet reading and study area
  • Establish a programming room with access for community usage
  • Provide space for young adult activities
  • Expand and redesign staff areas
  • Meet LEED Certified Standards

Budgeting for the project will begin immediately. Construction is slated to begin in March of 2011.

August 2010

 On August 13, the town of New Milford held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the new Community Ambulance headquarters building located in New Milford, Connecticut. Several hundred people were in attendance including the mayor, town officials, and residents of New Milford and surrounding towns.. The new 10,000 square foot facility, designed by Silver Petrucelli architects out of Hamden Connecticut, is more than twice the size of the previous facility. The new building has garage space for six ambulances, a community room which can be leased out for lectures and private functions, a board room for staff meetings, bunk rooms for men and women, new lavatories, a decontamination room where volunteers can get clean after an emergency call, and a 4,000 sf training room. For years, the association has had to rent off site facilities for training exercises and meetings. The new facility came in under budget, and was completed in 12 months.

June 2010

Enfield Builders was named Construction Manager for an office renovation project for Lego Systems of Enfield, CT. The project involves the conversion of currently vacant industrial warehouse space into Class A office space occupied by various departments within the company. The new space will be occupied by, among other things, Lego’s Human Resources Department, a call center, Lego’s finance department, as well as their modeling department. The project is expected to begin in August, and take 6 months to complete.

May 2010

 Enfield Builders, Inc. was on hand for the ribbon cutting at the new Groton Senior Center in Groton Ct. The ground breaking for the building, completed under budget and nearly 4 months ahead of schedule, was attended by hundreds of senior center members and local townspeople. The ribbon cutting was followed by refreshments and tours of the new building.

Enfield Builders was named the General Contractor for the new senior center in 2009. The 40,000 sf building was designed by Quisenberry and Arcari Architects from Farmington, CT The building features computer rooms, exercise facilities, a great hall for meetings and presentations, a full commercial kitchen, and specialty shops for its members such as a barber shop/hair salon and general store. The total cost of the project was $8,000,000 and it was completed in 12 months.

March 2010

Enfield Builders was recently awarded the contract for the renovation and addition to the Hayden Station Fire House in Windsor Connecticut. The new building will be constructed with an all brick exterior, blending in with the original building, constructed in the 1960’s The entire structure will incorporate sky lighting and more energy efficient systems. The construction will provide adequate training and vehicle storage space, update mechanical and electrical systems, provide more equipment storage and men’s and women’s locker facilities.

The Windsor Fire Company #2 (Hayden Station Fire Company) was formally founded September 28, 1950. It is a volunteer fire station, with approximately 30 members.

The architect for the project is Lawrence Associates of Manchester, CT.


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