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Tenafly Schools Hire Tri-Con to Improve Facilities

Wed March 13, 2002 - Northeast Edition
Chris Volker

Major renovations are taking place in the Tenafly School District in New Jersey. Tri-Con Construction Company Inc. has been awarded the contract for additions and alterations to Mackay, Maugham, Smith, Stillman, Middle and High Schools. DMR is the architect for the project.

The Tenafly School project is right up Tri-Con’s alley, so to speak. The company is a full-service general contracting and construction management firm that has been in operation since 1988. It has extensive experience in corporate, educational, correctional, judicial, transportation, ecclesiastical and industrial facilities.

The Tenafly School District project consists of four, 6,000 to 10,000 sq. ft. of classroom, science room, library and gymnasium space, as well as 1,000 to 6,000 sq. ft. of renovations to existing facilities at six locations. The project is scheduled for completion by Sept. 30, 2002.

According to Robert Castronova, project executive of Tri-Con, the project is progressing smoothly. “The overall project involves all six schools in the district but the middle school and high school portion of the project has been completed,” he said. “Each remaining school is undergoing various renovations and/or additions. The majority of the renovation work will be undertaken during the summer months since school is out of session.”

Castronova stated that various heavy equipment has been used on the project. Cranes were utilized for structural steel erection. Excavators, backhoes, rollers, forklifts, concrete pumps and various other heavy equipment was or will be used during various phases of the project. At the end of the project, when paving takes place for the parking lots and driveways, graders and pavers will be in operation.

“One aspect of the project that was especially challenging was the fact that the soil at the Stillman and Maugham schools was unsuitable to build on,” said Castronova. “A mass excavation took place and excavating was performed to depths as deep as 6 to 8 ft. The soil was removed and trucked off site and suitable material was trucked in, placed and compacted. This did not only affect the footings but the entire footprint of each building.”

The subcontractors used on the job are primarily New Jersey-based companies. Intercounty Paving Associates LLC is the site contractor and J.G. Schmidt Steel handled the structural and miscellaneous steel fabrication and erection. Other subcontractors are: Ciro Randazzo Builders Inc. and N. Salvaterra Construction Company Inc. (masonry work); and G. Panetta & Sons Construction Inc. (concrete work).

Tri-Con also is currently working on a $17.2-million project for additions and alterations to the Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater, NJ. The project consists of one free standing 54,600-sq.-ft. classroom, science room, administrative building, one 21,800-sq.-ft. cafeteria and gymnasium addition, one 9,100-sq.-ft. music room addition, 27,600 sq. ft. of renovations to existing facilities at three locations, as well as extensive site work modifications throughout the existing 34-acre campus. SSP Architectural Group of Somerville, NJ, is the architect. Completion is scheduled for Aug. 25, 2002.

Other projects recently completed by Tri-Con are: the $13-million New Athletic Complex at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, NJ. The project consisted of a new 15-acre, 3,000 seat stadium, including a field house, storage building, grandstands with press box and elevator tower, football/soccer turf field, synthetic running tract, two grass baseball fields and three synthetic tennis courts. Clark, Caton & Hintz was the architect on the project.

Additionally, the $12-million Freddie Polhill Law and Justice Complex for the city of Orange, NJ, was completed. The project consisted of a new state-of-the-art, two-story, 48,000-sq.-ft. facility to accommodate the Police Department, Municipal Courts, City Council, and other administrative departments. The Goldstein Partnership was the architect.

Tri-Con has previously received an award for “Safety Excellence” by the Building Contractors Association of New Jersey, local chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America on May 19, 2000, as well as recognition from a variety of industry organizations for various projects.

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