Exploring the opportunities because “Connecticut’s industrial buildings are disappearing.”


Last night, the Connecticut Building Congress took an architectural tour of New Haven followed by a discussion of Connecticut’s disappearing industrial buildings and a case study on two connected projects at Yale.

The evening started with a double-decker bus tour of New Haven’s historic architecture. A number of exemplary structures were reviewed and discussed by the tour’s hosts – Christopher Wigren, advisor to the New Haven Preservation Trust and Channing Harris, PLA, ASLA, Senior Associate of Towers/Golde. Highlights included New Haven’s historic homes, Yale facilities and commercial buildings representing New Haven’s rich architectural history and diversity.

Back at the program venue, former engineer and current facilities manager of the Mason Temple, Lenard Bucher, led a walking architecture and history tour of the building, which is the oldest Masonic Temple in the state and located at 285 Whitney Avenue.

After a light buffet dinner, members and guests heard from Michael Forino, Project Manager at the Connecticut Trust of Historic Preservation. Mr. Forino discussed CTHP’s current “Making Places” project which seeks to survey and catalogue the mill complexes in Connecticut of which there are an estimated 3,000. This program provides grants to non-profits and municipalities to fund research, consultancy and grant writing, among other services.

“Connecticut’s industrial buildings are disappearing. The New Haven area has lost 67% of the factories built before World War I,” added Mr. Forino to drive home his point. On the tour in and around central New Haven, there was only one former industrial building that attendees saw that is left standing among the many that once drove the City’s economic prosperity.

Attendees were then treated to a review of a 2009 CBC Project Team Award recipient project – the renovation of the St Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale. Coincidentally, Douglas Orr, a founding member of the CBC, was the original designer of the St. Thomas More chapel. On hand for the evening’s discussion were David Coon, Senior Associate, Pelli Clark Pelli Architects, George Knight, Principal, Knight Architecture and Al Pacelli, Project Executive, Petra Construction. Each recounted their experiences with this exciting project, emphasizing the importance of coordination. Mr Pacelli explained, “you get everyone pulling together, but the degree of cooperation on this project – New Haven Police & Fire, Planning & Zoning, architect, builder – was incredible.” Mr. Knight added, “A good working relationship between the architect and the construction site superintendent is a crucial component of the team working together.”

The CBC will hold its next program on Tuesday, June 10th in the Bond Ballroom at Hilton Homewood Suites in Hartford for the 2014 Project Team Awards and Scholarship Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting. The Connecticut Building Congress will honor project teams that showed extraordinary collaboration in the execution of their projects from around the state. The CBC Scholarship Fund also will recognize this year’s scholarship recipients. Join us and meet representatives from the project teams, including building owners, architects, engineers, constructors, subcontractors, and subconsultants. Over two hundred attendees are expected at this annual CBC event.

Watch the video outlining the Project Team Awards here: http://tinyurl.com/CBC2014PTAVideo

Visit www.cbc-ct.org for registration and sponsorship opportunities.

For immediate release – May 14, 2014

Theresa Casey, FSMPS, CPSM
Executive Director
Connecticut Building Congress

Rich Bergan
Marketing Chair
Connecticut Building Congress

Photo Attached: Al Pacelli of Petra addresses the group with (L-R) David Coon, George Knight and CBC Past President Ron Goodin looking on


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