We are pleased to announce that the Miss Porter’s Dining Hall project, completed in March 2021, has received the AGC Build CT Award for CM/GC Mid-Sized Renovation ($10-$30M). Designed by Centerbrook Architects and Planners, O&G self-performed all general trade package work for this 39,958 SF New / 33,622 SF Reno, $12.5M project.

The Build Connecticut Awards Program honors and showcases exceptional projects in the Connecticut construction industry. This prestigious biennial competition recognizes the construction management/general contractor firms and the subcontractor/specialty contractor firms for their professional roles in the winning projects.

Miss Porter’s Dining Hall (aka “Main”) was originally constructed in 1831 and has always been the jewel of the campus. The O&G project team went to great pains to preserve and enhance the historic character of this structure while transforming the space into a contemporary dining hall.

The project incorporated modern aesthetics and expanded the original seating area to accommodate 400 students at once. 

The team identified many challenges during the preconstruction phase, including an aggressive schedule, a challenging design to preserve the historic nature of the space, and a significant amount of MEP work. The team recommended breaking the work into four phases. Routine meetings with the design team were held, and the O&G team was persistent in achieving consensus and getting the responses needed to expedite the work.

The O&G project team fostered trust early on, resulting in cohesion that ultimately enhanced productivity. To that end, O&G was able to return a portion of the contingency funds to Miss Porter’s which was impressive considering the challenges of the pandemic, aggressive schedule, and the project’s complexities related to the historic nature of the building.

The renovation and expansion of Main was an integral part of Miss Porter’s strategy to achieve full enrollment. A more personalized experience for the students and alumnae is fostered through this new physical space. Reunions with up to 300 people have taken place here. The tremendous sense of pride the space brings enriches the overall educational journey.

“In June 2020 we began renovation of the most iconic buildings on campus, Main. As we navigated a global pandemic and worked to create a more inclusive community, the work on Main took on greater importance. We are proud to have completed the project in about ten months, enabling our students to create memories in a space that is so much a part of their journey. We couldn’t have done it without O&G and are incredibly grateful for their management and support,” said Christine Pina, Chief Advancement Officer of Miss Porter’s School.

Learn more about this project by reading the nomination here.