S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS) was recently honored with a 2015 Merit Award for Building Construction from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) New England Region for its work on the Music Department and Mattison Auditorium at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut. This is the team’s third award for this project. Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut (ABC) honored the team last year with an Excellence in Construction Best in Show Award and the Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) presented the team with the 1st place award in the Small Projects division of their Project/Team Awards.
“This is our 12th project at Kent School using the design-build delivery method,” said Eugene Torone, President of S/L/A/M Construction Services, who accepted the award for the SLAM project team. “Our success in consistently delivering high expectations and value without sacrificing quality throughout all 12 projects across the Kent School campus serves as a testament to the design-build delivery method.”
This project presented many construction and sequencing challenges. SLAM’s design-build team took on the task of managing an extremely invasive project for a facility that needed to provide uninterruptible services to the school. With SLAM’s design-build approach, they were able to anticipate these challenges and incorporate design solutions into the bid documents. It was most important to detail sequencing within the bid documents to allow contractors a full understanding of the project expectations.
This $6.3 million renovation, which was designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative and built by S/L/A/M Construction Services, included expanding the stage area, opening the existing ceiling to the truss work and upgrades to the walls, floors and seating in the house. The final auditorium space, which seats 350 people, is multi-functional and used for music, theater, lectures and movies. Additionally, a new gallery space and lobby create an interior link between the dining hall and auditorium. An elevator tower was constructed between the buildings and the third floor was transformed and repurposed into the music department which created teaching, practice, rehearsal and recording facilities.
The winners were announced at the DBIA New England Annual Meeting in Framingham, Massachusetts on Thursday, December 10, 2015. For more information on all winning projects, please visit dbiane.org