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Connecticut SLAM Completes Multiple Projects at the University of Hartford West Hartford, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative and S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS) recently completed the design and construction of two renovation projects and provided construction management on a third at the University of Hartford campus in West Hartford. These projects include the interior renovation of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and an addition and renovation to the Gengras Student Union (GSU). SLAM CS also provided construction management services with JCJ Architecture as the architect for the renovation of the sports center natatorium. The Maurice Greenberg Center project involved the 5,800sf interior renovation of the second-floor library, which has been transformed into new space for the university’s Center for Judaic Studies, that now contains offices, teaching and seminar rooms, and a research library display of ancient artifacts and historical/ rare books. Renovations also included the demolition and replacement of the exterior curtainwall of the south elevation, new interior improvements, and HVAC upgrades to the 10,140sf sports center

Gengras Student Union

natatorium. This renovation included the creation of a new courtyard in front of the indoor pool. The Gengras Student Union project provided a 3,000sf addition and renovation of 82,260sf. The project features the expansion and improvements to gathering and recreational spaces, common areas, dining space, offices, and meeting rooms. The student union has transformed the current patio into modern community spaces for students, faculty, and staff, while providing a concept of Main Street to student life services. The former Suisman Lounge area serves as an expansion of the Career Services Center and new gathering

Greenberg Research Library

Hawk Lounge in the Gengras Student Union

Aerial of the natatorium

spaces designed to promote collaboration and encourage students to participate in student organizations and activities. SLAM was also able to include deferred maintenance work, sustainable upgrades, LED lighting, and two new

air handler units. The expansion and renovation required was an occupied renovation that was a multiphased approach to minimize disruptions and maintain the functionality of the student union during construction.

BVH Opens New HQ

Top row (l-r): Thomas St. Denis, Gregory H. Van Deusen, Karl F. Frey. Bottom Row (l-r): James W. Ohlheiser, George Iskra

KBE’S EVER-EXPANDING PORTFOLIO OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROJECTS KBE Building Corporation has proudly built more than 2 million square feet of facilities on higher education campuses throughout the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic. Our clients include University of Connecticut, University of Virginia, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, University of Maryland, Connecticut College, Hood College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Wesleyan University, and more!


Bloomfield, CT – BVH Integrated Services, a multi-disciplined consulting engineering firm, recently announced the opening of its new headquarters, which complements the firm’s other location in Newton, Mass., that also recently underwent a renovation. The new Connecticut office is located at 206 West Newberry Road in Bloomfield and boasts 24,000sf of space to accommodate its 105 current employees. The building, which was previously the home to CREC Museum Academy for preschool and kindergarten, underwent a total renovation to create a space that

meets the needs of BVH’s company culture and engineering process. The new office space includes multiple collaboration stations, state-of-the-art technology, an employee café, and an open floor plan to help foster interaction and creative thinking. The firm also announced the following leadership changes: James W. Ohlheiser, PE, LEED AP, chairman of the board; George Iskra, PE, board member; Karl F. Frey, P.E., CEO; and Thomas St. Denis, P.E., LEED AP, president. Gregory H. Van Deusen, PE, senior vice president, will remain part of the senior management team.

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