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May 2016  |  Newsletter

President's Letter

In this special edition of our newsletter, we feature highlights from the 21st Annual Blue Ribbon Awards and Showcase, held April 27th at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill. Many thanks to our event co-chairs, Colleen Sheridan of RM Bradley and Jennifer Gosselin of CBRE New England for the well-attended and well-run event. Thanks also to their committee members, Jorie Andrews, Hinckley Allen, Stan Dynia, GZA, Lisa Chapman, Performance Environmental Services, Candace Cunningham, Robinson & Cole, Shirley Harpool, Harpool Commercial Realty, Edward Shelton, MacDermid, Reynolds & Glissman and Janet Wheeler, University of Hartford.


Congratulations to all of our honorees for their achievements this year.


Thanks to our Event Sponsors: BL Companies, Construction Solutions Group and vanZelm Engineers and to our Media Sponsors: The Hartford Business Journal and New England Real Estate Journal.


Jennifer Marks PhotoJennifer Marks, President

CREW CT 2016 Blue Ribbon Awards Committee


Top row, left to right: Stan Dynia, Carolyn Bligh, Edward Shelton, Master of Ceremonies Richard Mulready, Past-President Janet Wheeler, Shirley Harpool

Bottom row, left to right: President Jennifer Marks, Lisa Chapman, Co-Chair Jennifer Gosselin, Co-Chair Colleen Sheridan


Blue Ribbon Program Wrap-Up

Downtown Hartford's 777 Main Street took top honors at the April 27th event. Opened in 2015, the apartment complex was developed by the renovation of the former Hartford National Bank building, an iconic example of mid-century modern architecture designed by renowned architect, Welton Becker, FAIA. During project development, the building was listed on both the Connecticut and National Registers of Historic Places.

777 Main is a model of sustainable historic redevelopment and features 285 modern apartments, mixed-income housing, 60,000 sf of commercial space, a 250-car garage and 12,500 sf of communal space on the historically restored 26th penthouse level. It is the largest apartment building in Hartford's Central Business District. The project is designed to meet LEED Platinum standards and as a net-zero energy building.

The project team included Developer Becker & Becker Associates, 777 Main Street LLC, Winn Residential, Crosskey Architects, and the Connecticut Regional Development Authority.


2016 Blue Ribbon for Best Overall Project
777 Main St, Hartford

Additional projects honored with Blue Ribbon Awards were:

Best Specialty Project-Community Revitalization: Mansfield Town Square, Mansfield

Best in Class Education Project: CREC Academy of Aerospace & Engineering, Windsor

Best Specialty Project-Historic: Spectra Boutique Apartments, Hartford

Best Specialty Project-Adaptive Re-Use: CREC Discovery Academy, Wethersfield

Best Sustainable Project: Connecticut Highway System Service Plazas, 23 Statewide

Best Interior Design Project: Denali Retail Store, Westfield Mall, Trumball

Best in Class Multifamily Project: Forest City Transit Oriented Development, Stratford

Best in Class Commercial Retail: Jordan's Furniture, New Haven

Best in Class Healthcare Project: New Milford Hospital Arnhold Emergency Department


CREC Academy of Aerospace & Engineering, Windsor was recognized by vote of the event attendees with the "People's Choice Award."


Click here for additional photos from the Blue Ribbon Awards Event.

Thank you to our photographer: Photos © J. Fiereck Photography

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Thanks to Our Current 2016 Sponsors!


BL Companies


CohnReznick LLP

Community Investment Corporation (CIC)

First Niagara Foundation

Hutensky Capital Partners

The Fidelity Family of Title Insurers:
Chicago Title / Commonwealth Land Title / Fidelity National Title

Phase Zero Design

The Simon Konover Company

Whittlesey and Hadley, P.C.


Fuss and O'Neill, Inc.

Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc.

McCarter & English, LLP


Peabody Office

Unity Construction Group



Bligh Graphics, LLC
Burke Reprographics LLC
CBRE New England
Clohessy, Harris & Kaiser Architects, LLC
Cohn Birnbaum & Shea P.C.
Colliers International
Halloran & Sage LLP
Hinckley Allen
Interscape Commercial Environments
KBE Building Corporation
MetroHartford Alliance
Murtha Cullina LLP
Performance Environmental Services
Red Thread
Robinson + Cole, LLP
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc.
Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.


More Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Contact: Janet Wheeler

Become a CREW Member TODAY! Conact: Kelsey Rath

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