OC is putting the finishing touches on a new home for Unitil, in Portland.
With Unitil’s Maine natural gas distribution business expanding, the utility’s operations center on Forest Avenue no longer met its needs. In 2014 Unitil purchased a building on Riverside Industrial Parkway with an eye toward improvements and expansion this year.
The project scope included a full interior refresh of the existing 60,000-square-foot building, plus 5,000 square feet of new office space, and the installation of a new, natural gas back-up generator. The project team’s leads included Guy Labrecque of CWS Architects, Roland Martin of Martin Construction Advisors, and Jacquie Agel of Unitil.
OC’s attention to detail and thoroughness throughout the RFP process earned them the job, and their proactive work ethic earned them the respect of the owner’s construction advisor Roland Martin.
“OC took ownership of this job from the start,” said Martin. “In my experience that mindset marks the difference between average and superior work. It’s an asset to any owner, and it is becoming harder to find. Ouellet looked deep into the project documents and far enough ahead to identify any glitches that might slow the job down. They were always anticipating and shepherding costs and risks. Their field operations are exceptionally well organized. The job site is impeccable and safety is clearly paramount. All of which gave the project team great peace of mind knowing the job was in very good hands. It’s been a pleasure working with OC.”