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'We used quite a bit of foresight to keep
everyone safe and get the job done.'
Construction has in the marketplace is its longevity, which Johnson says
gives the company an exceptional knowledge of the local market and
the subcontractor base. What's more, that longevity means customers
can feel confident that they can trust Newfield Construction to do the
"If you look through our portfolio, you'll notice right away that
we've completed multiple projects for many of our clients," Johnson
says. "This is a testament to the quality of work we do. Clients recognize the value we bring to the construction process and they invite
us back to work with them again and again,"
The longevity of Newfield Construction in the marketplace is
mirrored by the tenure of the employees that work there. Johnson says
more than half of the company's employees have been there for at least
20 years, giving the company a strong sense of continuity as well as a
strong knowledge base. "I think that goes a long way," Johnson says.
Passing the Test
The company's strong knowledge of the overall market has been an
asset they bring every project. The company's successful work on
John F. Kennedy High School was no exception. Johnson says the
recently completed work, included an extensive classroom and gymnasium addition and renovation and extensive work on the outdoor
athletic facilities including the construction of a new synthetic turf
field. Although the work was challenging in some aspects due to the
nature of working in an active school environment, Johnson says
Newfield Construction was able to execute the project flawlessly.
"We continue to be a go to provider of construction services in
the school construction market in Connecticut," Johnson says. "It's
a fairly small market, but if you look at the volume of educational
work performed in this state, I'd say were certainly in the top three."
Newfield Construction was selected to build a 45,000-square-foot
addition to the existing school building and perform extensive renovations to the existing admin offices, completed in the summer of
2015. However, upon completion, the school district added the phase
of constructing a new synthetic softball and football field that was
completed in early October 2016.
As with any school related project, the challenging aspect of work
was completed, without disruption, while classes were still in session.
This included removing a 50-foot section of the building for tie-in of
an elevated connector to the new addition with students occupied
the surrounding areas. "We had to use quite a bit of foresight and planning to keep everyone safe and get the job done," Johnson says.
The company presented the school district with site logistics,
phasing and safety plans early in the process and incorporated the
feedback it received. "We probably went through a dozen versions
of the phasing and site logistics plans," Johnson says. "It took a lot
of preconstruction planning to develop a phasing and logistics plan
that worked for all parties."
To further help things along, Newfield Construction incorporated
the phasing and site logistics plans into the bid documents so that
trade contractors could see right away what the they had planned.
"We had complete buy-in from the get-go," Johnson says.
On the John F. Kennedy High School project, as with most recent
projects, Newfield Construction embraced electronic documentation
and BIM as means to help visualize the project before setting foot
on the site. Johnson explains that technology has been a critical
element of how Newfield Construction manages projects.
"We're changing as an organization to more of an electronic model
in how we manage our projects from start to finish," Johnson says.
The company's adoption of advanced technology is emblematic
of how Newfield Construction is preparing for the future, Johnson
explains. As long as Newfield Construction continues to embrace
change it expects to continue to hold onto its leadership position
"I think as the industry changes, we're changing as a company,
too," Johnson says.
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