BELLOWS FREE ACADEMY

BELLOWS FREE ACADEMY

Owner: Bellows Free Academy
Project Size: 7,545 SF
Completion: April 2011
Contract Type: Construction Management
Architect: Arnold & Scangas Architects
Location: St. Albans, Vermont

Project Description

Connor Contracting, Inc. was contracted by Bellows Free Academy as the construction manager for the renovation of the existing auditorium and the construction of a 7,545 SF three-story addition to the school. This challenging renovation and addition required structural shoring of the existing roof system in order to remove existing load-bearing walls. When completed, the auditorium was renovated with a new enlarged stage area, new seating, lighting, and air conditioning. New support space includes green rooms, dressing rooms, accessible bathrooms, and storage areas. In addition, three new classrooms were constructed.

  • “I cannot think of another organization I would rather work with than Connor Contracting.They have always been very professional, prompt, and realistic in their cost estimates and project timelines. They know how to manage any concerns (change orders) and have been very honest and trustworthy when problems arise; communicating in a timely fashion.”

    Joseph Woodin
    Former President
    Gifford Medical Center
  • “Onsite coordination, communication and professionalism are just some of the greatest strengths of Connor Contracting. Every project within Gifford Medical Center is to be met with strict guidelines, dust control, ventilation, and isolation between active and non-active work areas.CCI has always provided exceptional service in maintaining these requirements, and that of the day to day operations of our organization.”

    Doug B. Pfohl
    Director of Facilities
    Gifford Medical Center
  • “We have found John Connor’s open and honest manner comfortable to work with.John has taken on the challenges of our budget and has offered many sound and insightful cost saving ideas. He has recommended capable yet affordable architects and engineers, as well as vendors and sub-contractors that are keeping up nicely with John’s high expectations. The decision to choose Connor Contracting as our general contractor has proven to be the right one.”

    Mark Provost
    Managing Partner
    Walker Mazda/Volkswagen
  • "Thanks so much for all of your hard work at Willard Mill in St Albans, and in Enosburg and Richford. Your commitment, attention to detail, and proactive view of the work, produced three successful and beautiful buildings. It was a true pleasure working with you. I’ll look forward to the next one."

    Sue Cobb
    Housing Vermont
  • "Our decision to choose Connor Contracting as the general contractor for our project proved to be the right one. John Connor, his brothers and their team, has provided us with exceptional service. He took a hands-on approach and was personally involved in every detail from pre-construction to budgeting to completion. John took on the challenges of our budget and offered many sound and insightful cost saving ideas. Strong communication skills and organization are qualities of John's. We found our discussions and formal meetings very productive thanks to John's preparation."

    Mark Provost
    Managing Partner
    Walker Mazda/Volkswagen
  • "I am pleased that we chose Connor Contracting for several reasons. One, transparency: You said good paper makes for a good understanding and you have worked hard at informing us along the way of changes. The project has come within a few percent of the bid price. Two, integrity: I have found you to be straight forward and honest throughout this project. Finally, quality: I believe we have a quality built office we can all be proud of. I am satisfied with the workmanship and your efforts to get things right in my suite and the building as a whole. I will be sure to recommend you to my colleagues, just like they recommended you to me."

    Dr. Joseph Nasca, MD
    Georgia Med Group
    Owner
  • "I had the distinct pleasure to work with Mike Connor and the entire team at Connor Contracting on our project in Enosburg. They rose to the challenge with high integrity, commitment to purpose, flexibility during adversity, and an enduring commitment to the best interests of all the parties involved.   Whether it was attention to detail in the bidding process with subcontractors, or coordinating with the sometimes arduous permitting issues every project faces, to dealing with subcontractor issues, I always knew that Mike had the best interests of the project at heart."

    Bob Duncan
    Duncan-Wisniewski Architecture
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  • "Your staff shows excellence in their daily routine work habits, their workmanship, and their personal contact with our staff, patients, and general public. They truly are an outstanding reflection on Connor Contracting."

    Theron Manning
    Strategic Projects Director
    Gifford Medical Center
  • "I had the pleasure to work with Connor Contracting Inc for the past 10 years. CCI was selected on (multiple) branch buildings (around the state) because of quality, ability to handle unknown site conditions, and meet our demanding schedules. Their ability to keep the same team leaders on each of our projects minimized our staff support needs."

    Gary W. Dean
    Merchants Bank
  • "I have had the distinct privilege of having worked with Connor Contracting, Inc. for better than ten years on a variety of projects ranging in size and complexity. Their sincere dedication to the success of the project is only exceeded by their forthright relationship with the owner. This has been demonstrated over and over again by their open book approach and the quality of their staff and crew. I would not hesitate to recommend the services of CCI."

    Joe Greene, AIA
    Principal
    Joseph Architects, LLC
  • "Connor Contracting is a well-run, professional business whose focus is on a customer’s needs and customer service. We had the best of results on our most recent project. We got what every customer wants; a job well done, on time and at the agreed price. I would recommend them to anyone."

    Rob Hirss
    Operations Manager
    St Albans Cooperative Creamery
  • "Selecting Connor Contracting to oversee the CVHHH building expansion and renovation was one of the most astute business decisions ever made by our organization.  The 'Connor Crew' was professional in every way- not only in their construction expertise, but in their respect for our staff and our working conditions.  They met deadlines, brought in exceptional subcontractors, and made what could have been a very difficult time quite fun.  We are grateful for the experience they shared with us over a three-year period."

    Eileen Blake, RN, MHSA
    Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice
  • "What a terrific addition to our company! Our Shelburne Road branch has already received much positive attention...Quality work that will serve our customers and staff with distinction."

    Thomas Leavitt
    Executive Vice President
    Merchants Bank
  • "I have had the pleasure of working with John Connor and his team at Connor Contracting for approximately five years. Connor Contracting was highly recommended as an organization with great experience in helping businesses see a project from investigation to completion. John [and his brother] Fred helped us assess the strengths and challenges of each site and at the same time were meeting with our Board members and key staff about what was needed in a new facility and what kind of a project we could afford. The construction of our new school and administrative building was completed last summer. The project came in at the budgeted amount and we experienced no program delays throughout the entire project (approximately 9 months). We are very pleased with our new home and greatly appreciate the efforts of the entire team at Connor Contracting."

    Greg Stefanski
    Executive Director
    Laraway Youth & Family Services
  • "I would recommend, and have recommended, Connor Contracting to anyone who is looking for a General Contractor. Every step of the way [during our renovation], we felt that we were presented with all of the options and related costs when decisions had to be made and that we were in control of our project. This is invaluable when construction is not your area of expertise!"

    Janice Guyette CPA,CFO
    Washington County Mental Health
  • "Throughout the entire process, Connor Contracting taught us about important construction details, clarified options available to us, and shared with us your expertise. They even hung in there about paint colors! We now have a beautiful building that is fast becoming the hub of our community. Thank you for making it such a grand building and for ensuring a process that was well-researched, carefully documented, and monitored with integrity – all with a great smile!"

    Bent Northrop Memorial Library
    Trustee Board
  • "We appreciate all the efforts that Connor Contracting put into creating our magnificent freezer which has already made our daily efforts so much easier. In particular, we appreciated the clear communications, the willingness to collaborate and the attention to detail and doing things right while keeping an eye on costs. Your staff was at all times courteous and professional."

    Brian Tyrol
    Cad Cut
  • "It is a real pleasure to work with a company that treats customers, subcontractors, and design professionals with honesty and integrity. This happens at Connor Contracting, starting with the Owners and continuing down through all of the people we work with on the construction site."

    Steve Poole
    Vermont Heating & Ventilation
  • "We have been working with Connor Contracting for a number of years and enjoy every aspect from the office staff, estimators, project managers and owners. The pride they show in the projects they do, along with their team of people and the work ethic behind them, makes them an all-around great company to deal with."

    Kim Robare
    The Glass Connection
  • "Having had the pleasure of working with Connor Contracting on a number of projects in the past and present, I would like to say it is a pleasure working with a company that is exceptional in completing projects in a timely manner while always having quality in sight. The strong communication between owners and subcontractors is also a key part of success in Connor projects."

    Bruce Pelkey
    Operations Manager
    Firetech Sprinkler Corp
  • "As an Interior designer I always look forward to my projects with Connor Contracting. They have a great attention to detail, a professional staff and they are a pleasure to work with. Whether it’s a commercial or residential project, finish details are important. Project managers meet with me regularly, ensuring that the designer, owner and contractors are in agreement. That is vital to a successful project."

    Robyn Steward
    Allied ASID
    Allen’s Kitchen and Bath
  • "The very first time I interacted with Connor Contracting was approximately 17 years ago. They were hired to renovate an old carpentry shop into a conference center. At the time I was very impressed as to their professionalism, attention to details during construction, and their ability to finish on time and on budget. Since that time I have hired them for other projects and have never been dissatisfied with their performance."

    Dick Ethier
    Director of Facilities
    Vermont State Colleges
  • "Over the past several years we have had the privilege of working with Connor Contracting as a pre-qualified subcontractor on several projects within the Central Vermont area. It has truly been a pleasure working with the competent staff employed by this firm. From the owners and the office staff to the skilled laborers in the field, commitment and attention to detail is a top priority. We sincerely appreciate the open lines of communication as well as the ability to solve the unforeseen but inevitable problems that surface on any project."

    Stuart Clark, Jr.
    President
    Mid-Vermont Electric, Inc.