On June 12, 2012 the Department of Construction Service (DCS) won an Award of Merit for new construction from the Connecticut Building Congress for its design-build work for the Regional Training Institute for the Connecticut National Guard at Camp Niantic. DCS won the same award in 2011 for the Readiness Center at Camp Niantic.
The Connecticut Building Congress Award exemplifies project team excellence and represents the best practices in teamwork by project owners, architects, engineers, construction managers and trades. Each year, CBC recognizes projects whose team members have met or surpassed goals and achieved higher project quality through this close collaboration.
In any endeavor, especially in construction, it is important to have the right team of people who communicate well and have the same vision of success regarding the project. To that end, DCS would like to recognize the architect firms of Newman Architects and Svigals & Partners along with contractor Fusco Corporation and the construction administrator Skanska USA Building, Inc. who were collectively responsible for the success of this project.
This group provided excellent leadership to the design-build team and worked closely with the Connecticut National Guard and the Department of Construction Services. Thanks to their innovate solutions and problem solving abilities, the construction was successfully completed five months ahead of schedule and within the approved budget. The RTI facility exceeds the LEEDS silver requirement and has since achieved gold certification.
The facilities DCS has constructed at Camp Niantic and throughout Connecticut have been invaluable in supporting Connecticut National Guard units in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as more recently in the mobilization of Guard units in response to Hurricane Irene. The DCS project staff take great pride in building these important facilities. The Regional Training Institute (RTI) is the latest addition to this vital set of resources for the state and country.
The RTI is an 83,000 square foot multi-story facility that will provide classroom space for up to 288 students and 14 teachers and will support permanent administrative personnel. The institute also provides for residential areas for troops, as well as kitchen and dining facilities.
The work included new construction, site demolition and prep work, site improvements, utilities and landscaping. The Institute will feature state of the art telecommunications and is rated as LEED Gold regarding its environmental design elements.
The project has utilized over $30 million in federal funds and about $4 million in state bond funds. The project created about 300 jobs in Connecticut.