KBE Building Corp. Starts Structural Demolition at Connecticut College's Shain Library

$300 million commercial construction firm expands students' knowledge, opportunities with library addition

KBE Building Corporation has started structural demolition at Connecticut College's Shain Library in preparation for a $9 million renovation and addition that comprises more than 45,000 square feet.

KBE is Construction Manager at Risk for the renovation and addition at Connecticut College, one of the state's most prestigious liberal arts schools. The project comprises 41,000 square feet of renovations to the existing 3-story library, plus 4,600 square feet of additions, including a new 3-story entrance with clerestory, enlarged windows, and mechanical and electrical upgrades.

In addition to making architectural finish improvements, KBE will re-purpose several areas while adding collaboration rooms, seminar rooms, office spaces, and a 24-hour cafe and outdoor gathering area. During construction, KBE will erect temporary protection around the library's books and archives.

The Shain Library renovation is one of many innovative projects KBE has completed on the prestigious campus. Since 2005, KBE has completed more than 300 facilities improvement projects as part of its asset reinvestment initiative, including the award-winning LEED Gold-certified New London Hall Science Center and the LEED Silver-certified Fitness Center.

The Shain Library renovation and addition is scheduled for completion in summer 2015. KBE is also Construction Manager at Risk for the school's boiler replacement project, scheduled for completion in fall 2014.

In addition to helping expand students' minds, KBE has been undergoing an expansion of its own. Along with senior living, higher education and K-12 schools have emerged as the firm's top markets. "We've come a long way from being primarily a retail builder," said KBE's president and CEO, Mike Kolakowski. "We're now admired for our building success at schools throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic."

KBE has also managed construction for several Maryland institutions, including Hood College and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

High-resolution photos of the structural demolition are available here:

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About KBE Building Corporation

Regionally located in Farmington, Conn., and Columbia, Md., KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. KBE has managed more than $2.5 billion in construction volume over the last decade and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine's top 400 construction companies nationally.

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