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designed to withstand uplifts from hurricanes, but we've also used
a lot of shear wall to accommodate for seismic conditions," Bertozzi
says. The complex also includes bracing for hanging water pipes,
water heaters and other essential building elements.
Live Oak worked closely with project engineers Sitecast to plan for
water, sewer and electrical utility access to the property. The largest
water main near the site was a 24-inch main located across the nearby six-lane divided highway. Other options included a 10-inch water
main that would not be able to supply a sufficient amount of water
to the buildings' fourth floors.
The company ultimately worked with Charleston Water Service
to create a water loop that tapped into the 10-inch water main as
well as another line adjacent to the site. A booster pump was used to
increase the water pressure to the apartments.
Live Oak has extensive prior experience with many of the subcontractors on the project. "We have a great group of subs we do
repeat business with, from the framers to electrical contractors to fire
sprinkler installers," Bertozzi says. "They perform very well for us
and know how to perform within the markets we serve.
"Everybody we work with is an integral part of the team; we know
we can't perform our projects alone," he adds.

Busy in Old Saybrook
Live Oak and its project partners are also hard at work on Post at
Main, a $24.8 million, Class A apartment community in Old Say-

brook, Conn. "Now is one of the busiest times we've had on the job,"
Bertozzi explains, noting that roughly 300 construction personnel
are on site.
The community's eight apartment buildings are in various stages
of completion including electrical and plumbing rough-ins, framing
and site work. Each of the buildings at Post at Main are three stories
and contains 24 units. The buildings feature wood frames with stone
facades and vinyl siding.
In addition to the eight buildings, the complex includes a
clubhouse building with an Internet cafe, a resort-style pool and
a fitness facility with shower areas. Portions of the clubhouse can
also be opened directly onto the outdoor pool area through the use
of four sliding panel doors. The site also includes a dog park with a
pet washing station and a walking trail. Post at Main is located near
Saybrook Station, a train station located on a train line that runs
from Boston to New York City, Bertozzi notes.
The buildings' trusses are designed with multiple pitch heights
that enable units to retain high ceilings while meeting the city's
maximum height requirement of 60 feet above sea level. Each
building is 37.5 feet high at its ridge and includes nine-foot high
ceilings on the first and second floors, with vaulted ceilings of similar height on the third floor. The pitch of the roof changes in various
places, he adds.
One challenge faced on the project was the absence of a sewer
connection. Live Oak and property owner GM Saybrook are awaiting final approval from the Connecticut Department of Energy and
Environmental Protection for a large 20-foot-deep septic system
to serve the site. "Creating a sanitary system for an entire project is
definitely unusual, but we've spent a lot of time working through
that on the state and local level," Bertozzi says. "Other than that, this
job has gone very well for us, and we have a good group of subs in
this market who have performed very well for us."

Beyond Residential
Bertozzi's construction industry experience includes serving as
co-owner and operator of a successful multifamily turnkey renovation company in Jacksonville, where he started his career. In 2005,
he began working with Summit Contractors Group as an assistant
superintendent and project manager. While there, he helped establish two partnerships, Summit Contracting Services and Southeast
Coastal Drywall. He has also worked as an estimator, business development manager and division manager.
Bertozzi continues to build on the experience positive reputation
he has gained during his career. One of his goals is to further diversify the company's projects beyond the multifamily commercial sector.
Live Oak also performs commercial sector tenant improvement projects including industrial construction. The company recently hired a
senior project manager to manage its relationships with commercial
clients. Ongoing commercial projects include a 45,000-square-foot
office/warehouse space build, a fitness facility and a church sanctuary, all located in Jacksonville.
"The multifamily market is a great market and very active right
now, but we know that can't last forever," Bertozzi says.

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