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SLAM Construction Services receives 2021 DBIA New England Award

The new four-story 48,500 SF 28-unit facility with 42 age in place beds to accommodate the needs of residents with autistic spectrum aging (Paul Burk Photography)

GLASTONBURY, CT – March 9, 2022 — S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS) received the Design-Build Institute of America New England Region (DBIA NE) Gold Award for the design and construction of the Chapel Haven Schleifer Center SAIL building project, located in New Haven, Connecticut. SLAM CS accepted the award at the 2021 Design-Build Project Awards Banquet held on March 3, 2022, at the Sheraton Framingham, Massachusetts.

The SAIL project won the top prize among three design-build projects completed within the New England Region during the period of December 2019 to November 2021. The award is given to a design-build project that best demonstrates team collaboration and innovation, efficiency, and value. SLAM’s design build team exemplified these attributes by creating great value for the client through a single point of contact for design and construction.

The integrated design and construction team at SLAM worked with Chapel Haven on the second phase of the Schleifer Center campus expansion project to design, budget and build a new four-story, 48,500 sf residential, educational, and community facility to meet the needs of autistic spectrum aging adults.

The SLAM team developed constructability options, phasing, project logistics, and a design program that resulted in a neighborhood transformation for Chapel Haven residents, staff, and the surrounding community. The new building completes the pedestrian courtyard space, offers a new entrance to the campus, accentuates the Emerson Street building facade, incorporates community interaction, and offers residents previously unavailable programming, wellness and continuing care options.

For more information and visuals on the SAIL project please visit the SLAM website here.

For more information on all winning projects, please visit DBIA NE.

The pedestrian courtyard space (Paul Burk Photography)

S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS), a subsidiary of The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM), is a full-service construction management company specializing in pre-construction, construction management and design-build services for the education, healthcare and corporate markets. As a single point of responsibility, SLAM’s comprehensive construction services integrates architecture and engineering to provides clients with quality, continuity and efficiency. SLAM CS is in Glastonbury, CT. For more information on SLAM CS please visit