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New England Healthcare Engineers Society
NEHES 2012 Fall Conference
Wednesday October 3rd

MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA
Session: Sustainable Design & Construction


Tanya Cutolo AIA LEED AP BD+C - Director, Design and Business Development O,R&L Construction Corp.
chair, CTGBC Healthcare Committee

Nick Michnevitz AIA - Principle, MBH Architecture
co-chair, CTGBC Healthcare Committee

Understand and implement sustainable design and construction practices in healthcare projects. Case study example of implementing the USGBC LEED for new construction for a medical office building. The economic, patient service and community benefits.

Conference Theme: Revolutionizing Tomorrow's Healthcare Environment

Sustainable Healthcare design and construction is tomorrow's reality, today’s revolution. Learning and implementing sustainable strategies for healthcare building projects is a necessary step towards environmental, community and economic responsibility.

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Todd Renz, as chair member of CTGBC, attended the Power On ceremony at IKEA in New Haven today. Said to be the largest solar installation in the state: the rooftop system is 118,000 SF and consists of 3,920 panels that officials say will reduce carbon dioxide by 836 tons, the equivalent of powering 95 homes for a year.

(Dan Etsy, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection & Todd Renz, President of O,R&L Construction, in front of the IKEA rooftop installation)



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Plainfield, CT: O,R&L Construction is proud to announce the completion of the Plainfield's Backus Emergency Care Center. A ribbon-cutting event with a tour of the facility was held on Tuesday, June 26. In attendance were Plainfield’s First Selectman Paul Sweet; David Whitehead, President & CEO of Backus Hospital; Dr. Robert Sidman, Chief of Emergency Services for Backus Hospital; Robert Duval, Deputy Fire Chief and members of the community.

This 13,000 SF Design Build development project included pre-construction services consisting of site development, state & local zoning approvals and building design for both shell and interior fit-out. Besides the state, town and hospital requirements, this building also received CON approval and passed DPH inspection/review. The center contains 12 treatment rooms, convenient care for non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services.

The sustainable characteristics of this building include: construction waste management, IAQ management-which included air filters during and after construction; low VOC materials were utilized and a green seal cleaning process for the final cleaning. As the project developed, there was no increased stormwater runoff into the DOT system.

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Topping-Off Held at the Construction Site of Ulbrich's New Storage Facility in Wallingford

April 20, 2012 Wallingford, CT With construction underway on the new Ulbrich storage facility for Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals, Inc., a topping off event was held today. The topping off celebration (or topping out) usually marks the moment the highest structural beam is swung into place and welded into position. Today’s event included the signing of a beam and a symbolic tree that was placed at the top of the structure and is used to commemorate the event. Dignitaries in attendance were The U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, Wallingford Mayor William W. Dickinson, Jr., and three generations of the Ulbrich family - Fred, Chris and Jonathan.

Constructed by O,R&L Construction Corp. this 17,000 SF design build project will be a  pre-engineered manufacturing storage building that was developed in response to the structural collapse of the existing building. The new building will consist of a metal pre-engineered frame, insulated metal panels, standing seam metal roof with loading docks and overhead door access. The sustainable initiatives on this project include construction waste management, concrete recycling, reuse of existing site pad, and the facility will be built on a remediated brownfield site.

Left to Right Mayor William W. Dickinson, Jr., Jonathan Ulbrich, Chris Ulbrich and Fred Ulbrich.

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Todd Renz was quoted in Business New Haven on the State of Construction in Connecticut:

So How We Doing?

Article by Tom Violante in Business New Haven

F. Todd Renz, president of O, R & L’s construction division located in Branford, says the market began to slide downhill after 2008.

“I think that, in 2010, the market bottomed for a lot of companies,” says Renz, noting that his company employs about 800 people within four divisions, with 35 directly involved in construction. “We began seeing a pickup in 2011 with a little more activity. A lot of those projects that were on hold now are starting to resurface. In the corporate and industrial areas, we’re beginning to see more planned-type work, looking at efficiencies in adding additions to existing structures.”

Renz says that though local construction companies seem to be the hardest hit, he sees some activity in the building needs of the healthcare industry and those companies that are international with facilities in Connecticut.

“I would say that the projects are generally smaller and more sporadic,” says Renz. “We’re not getting a great amount of calls from new companies. The calls are specific to our past clients who are looking for integrated projects, where we’re combining design and construction while looking at energy efficiencies of the project.”

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Backus ER facility set to open in Plainfield in July

Source: norwichbulletin.com

The William W. Backus Hospital should have no difficulty meeting its projected
July deadline to open its emergency care center in Plainfield.

Pat Parillo, site supervisor for O,R&L Construction, the general contractor
for the project, said the mild winter weather has been helpful.

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