“Our property won the Building of the Year Award due in part to the outstanding Ashforth management services. The best decision we made was to buy the building and the next best was to engage Ashforth to manage it.”

William H. NickersonPresident, Eugene A. Hoffman Management, Inc.

Address: 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford, CT

Services: Construction Management

Construction Type: Public/Private Institutional

Size: 89,000 sf

Contract: $8,600,000

Architect: Newman Architects, LLC

Project Description:

  • The work comprised of major interior renovations to five floors of an operational, downtown library built in the early 19th century.
  • The library remained open during the renovation requiring the work to be broken into 5 major phases and several sub-phases to accommodate the library’s operations and minimize interruption of services.
  • Extensive new millwork paneling, bookcases and study carrels. New circulation desk built around future needs and technology integration has been built on the main floor.
  • Installation of a new computer network with integrated fiber optic links within the building to service the increasing demands to provide public access to the internet and multi-media.
  • Renovations of the original 1910 lobby and adjoining Friends Bookstore and Seven Day Books to original splendor while improving lighting and security.  Work included new marble floor in entry, restored plaster mouldings and new ceiling.
  • Installation of lifts on multi-level floors and renovation of toilets to provide handicap access.
  • Close interaction with the owner, owners representative and architect to provide a timely completion of phases. Extensive modifications and adjustments to the scope of work to accommodate new technology and changing program requirements.
  • Construction management services included: budgeting, design review, value engineering, contractor bidding (23 bid packages) and award, scheduling, and construction based on release of phases as funding was available.

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