Early in 2004 it became apparent that the metal fabrication facility the company had been renting would not be able to support the volume of steel and ornamental metal work demanded by our customers. A search began for a suitable facility. A lifelong resident of the Bridgeport area, the owner wanted to stay in Bridgeport if possible. After realizing that there were no existing buildings that would meet the company’s needs for fabrication space, the company worked with BEDCO and the City of Bridgeport to locate a property to rehabilitate.
The new home for All Phase construction was to be located at 480 Bunnell Street – a brownsfield redevelopment site in the Seaview Avenue industrial corridor.
Design challenges for the team included accommodating the structural steel and miscellaneous metal fabrication operations which required high ceiling heights, overhead cranes and access doors for large, unwieldy steel building components.
The building also needed to provide office space for its management and administrative staff, as well as house its general trade operations and equipment.
Since the city had marked the area for development of an industrial park, the building also had to meet lot coverage and aesthetic standards set by zoning and the newly forming Seaview Avenue Park Association.
The design team was up to the task and in a few short months the plans were approved for a steel & block building that covered approximately 20,000 sq ft of ground with a mezzanine for offices and support facilities.
The company broke ground in June of 2006 for the new building with a mix of in-house trades and subcontractors tasked with getting the structure up in a compressed time-frame because the company had completely outgrown the facilities it was in.
Construction of the building took 8 months from the first shovelful of dirt to move in. The accelerated schedule was made possible by the coordinated effort of our in-house trades and construction management team. The integrated delivery model for this project has served as a model for subsequent projects that had similar time constraints.