Malloy assures construction trades Connecticut will get more projects underway

Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:46
Written by Keith M. Phaneuf   

New Britain - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told Connecticut’s construction workers Wednesday he’s doing his best to get more shovels in the ground.

Leaders of the Connecticut State Building & Construction Trades Council said that while they remain confident in the Democratic governor, they’re anxious to see more work get underway.

“We’ve got more work to do,” Malloy told council leaders as they gathered for their annual convention at the Institute of Business Technology and Development at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. “You know where I’m coming from.”

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Site work finally under way at Meriden’s Maloney High

Created on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:54
Written by Dan Brechlin   

MERIDEN — If a tree falls next to Maloney High School — but there was no ceremony to kick off the construction — then is the three-year project really under way? The answer Monday was an emphatic “Yes.” The $107.5 million school renovation had begun.

Workers were on site Monday morning and throughout the afternoon. Clearing trees on the north side of the school was the first step in the construction process. Starting the project after years of planning is something School Superintendent Mark D. Benigni said he’s excited about.

“After years of planning, we are now moving forward with the construction of a state-of-the-art high school for our students, staff and community,” Benigni said. “These structures will offer exceptional learning facilities as well as serve as a great community resource. When complete, Meriden will have a school facility to be proud of.”

The official groundbreaking ceremony for renovations will be held Thursday, about 56 years after the groundbreaking for the original Maloney, built in just under two years at a cost of $2.76 million.

The three-year renovation project includes improvements to the interior and exterior of the school, building a new classroom wing, demolishing an old one and modernizing the entire school.

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Groundbreaking For Jackson Labs

Created on Thursday, 17 January 2013 14:20
Written by AP   

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Thursday’s ceremony in Farmington comes nearly a year after the state of Connecticut signed an agreement with the Bar Harbor, Maine-based laboratory to construct the $1.1 billion research facility.

Under the deal, the state is providing $192 million in loans that will be forgiven once Jackson creates and retains 300 jobs by the 10th year. Jackson is also receiving up to $99 million in research grants over 10 years.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, UConn President Susan Herbst, UConn School of Medicine Dean Frank Torti and The Jackson Laboratory President and CEO Edison Liu  will be on hand for the ceremony, which is part of a full day of events.


New Public Safety Complex Officially Opens

Created on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 17:16
Written by JENNA CARLESSO   

HARTFORD — — The four-story, $77 million public safety complex on High Street was dedicated Wednesday, marking the opening of the new headquarters for city police, fire, emergency services and dispatch personnel.

City officials said they were eager to begin work at the facility, which is more centrally located than the department's previous headquarters at 50 Jennings Road.


New Britain's new police headquarters a dramatic improvement, residents say

Created on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 15:41
Written by Lisa Backus   

NEW BRITAIN — As Janet Peichert took a look in the SWAT team locker rooms designed to give officer’s equipment space and ventilation, it occurred to her how dramatically different the new police station on Chestnut Street is from the old onen less than a mile away.

“The word that keeps popping into my head is ‘repulsive’ when I think of the old station,” she said Tuesday after touring the new facility the night before. “I can’t believe the men and women who protect this city had to work in those conditions.”

But as interim Police Chief James Wardwell continually pointed out to Peichert and the other members of the Arch Street Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Monday night, officers have since moved in to a comfortable space that has been created to meet the needs of an active police department for years to come.

“We want this to be a training hub,” Wardwell said as he showed the group the third-floor auditorium which can seat 120. “We want to be able to have people from the region come here for training.”

From the sleek and functional lobby with an adjacent community room which will allow officers to interact more regularly with groups like Peichert’s to the fourth floor where the city’s dispatch communications will take place, the group was continually amazed at the state-of-the-art equipment and functionality of the space.

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Meriden City Council approves labor pact

Created on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:14
Written by Dan Brechlin   

MERIDEN — The city will be using a project labor agreement on the proposed $220 million renovations of Maloney and Platt high schools.

Mayor Michael S. Rohde cast a rare tie-breaking vote at Monday’s City Council meeting to ensure the use of a PLA. Republicans Dan Brunet and Kevin Scarpati, We the People members Walter A. Shamock Jr. and Bob Williams, and Democrats Steve Iovanna and Matthew C. Dominello Sr. opposed the PLA.

The vote to use a PLA, which came as an amendment by Majority Leader Brian Daniels, requires City Manager Lawrence J. Kendzior and the legal staff to begin drafting a labor agreement. The amendment would also require the establishment of a three-person committee — Rohde and two people he appoints — should there be any labor disputes.

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