CM&B Completes 125,000-SF Lifestyle Center for the
Carpionato Group in Avon, CT
Danvers, MA, and New York – Despite challenges presented by the pandemic and significant site preparation, CM&B recently completed Carpionato Group’s new development at Avon Village Center, located on Route 44 in Avon, CT. The project, which began in the summer of 2019 and was completed in September 2021, is a ground-up lifestyle center totaling over 125,000 SF; it includes five New England-style buildings anchored by a 44,760 SF Whole Foods Market. Before a shovel hit the ground, the CM&B team tackled complex site work involving challenging logistics coordination with town entities and state utilities, as well as wetlands and conservation committees.
“Clearing the site involved relocating the main artery (Climax Road) and building a network of new, temporary roads that allowed for traffic during site preparation,” said Tom Tassinari, Senior Vice President and Division Manager at CM&B. “We also cut the site down 20’ and flattened the hill to prepare for construction. With clear communication and coordination with Avon town officials, our team achieved this complex task, paving the way for the first shovel to hit the ground in November 2019.”
Early engagement and planning were key to the success of this project and never more critical as shutdowns caused by the pandemic hit just four months later. Bringing a project of this magnitude online during COVID-19 presented multifaceted and unprecedented challenges. When industry-wide projects were being put on hold or abandoned altogether, CM&B continued work without any delays or work stoppage.
Additional Project Details
- Rocks taken from the site were used to create a retaining wall and a rock garden
- The site has three underground water retention systems, the largest taking up 75 percent of Whole Foods Market parking lot
- A total of 200,000 cubic yards of material was removed off-site over a span of nine months involving:
- 12,500 tri axles (dump trucks)
- Major coordination with the town as trucks could only run-on specific roads on certain days
- The largest day included 150 trucks hauling out, with an average of ten dump trucks hauling five-six loads a day