Saint John's Community Center in Brunswick
“Ouellet has been very respectful, accommodating, and helpful every step of the way. Because we are a non-profit, this project required a unique general contractor to have the patience to adjust to the gaps in our staff and expertise. Myself and everyone involved at All Saints Parish are very pleased with the leadership, attention to detail, quality control, and professionalism that Ouellet has shown throughout the project.”
Peggy Keegan, Volunteer Construction Project Manager, All Saints Parish
In Fall of 2017, the Diocese of Portland chose Ouellet Construction as its general commercial contractor, along with multiple local vendor partners to help build the Saint John’s Community Center – a multipurpose event center set on the campus of St. John the Baptist Church and St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick. Plans to build the community center began back in Spring of 2016, as the need for the center became imminent. In late Fall, 2017, Ouellet officially broke ground on the new building.
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The new multipurpose facility is 15,000 square feet, and includes a large open space that serves as an auditorium, gymnasium and cafeteria. The facility also includes a kitchen, a stage, a music room, a meeting room, an adoration chapel, and many other amenities.
- Weather Challenges: Sheltering the concrete from the weather was necessary due to the time of year (winter). It was crucial to keep the concrete above freezing during frigid temps.
- Structural Aspects: The project required structure load-bearing masonry towers, which we constructed ahead of the structural steel.
- Safety Protocols: We built the towers in staggered pairs, with two of the towers constructed at any given time. To do this successfully and avoid disaster required specific and high-quality equipment, careful coordination, in-depth expertise, and strict adherence to safety protocols.
- Gymnasium Specifications: The building was designed for a variety of purposes, including functioning as a gymnasium. Achieving floor flatness was crucial for this function. We used laser screen technology to accomplish floor leveling to avoid excessive pouring and minimize the chances of the floor not being level.
- Stage Requirements: The building was also designed to act as a “Gymnatorium.” In addition to there being a flat section for exercise activities, we also built a stage section, which called for specific types of lighting and sound requirements.
- Stone Exterior: The building features a full stone exterior, constructed using a traditional building method while integrating it with modern construction methods. The majority of the building is skinned with natural 4 to 6-inch thick granite blocks, serving as an ode to the 130-year-old St. John’s Catholic School, which sits a mere 200 feet away.
“St. John’s Catholic School played an important part in the lives of my three children and having been personally involved with All Saints Parish for many years, this project holds special meaning for me as well,” said Mike Ouellet.
“This has been a dream for the school for 30+ years, and they have been fundraising for it for a long time, so it’s wonderful to be a part of bringing this project to fruition. All Saints is so wonderful to work with,” said Luke Ouellet.
“As a company, we love to work in Brunswick. We get to see how our work in the community affects the economy and residents. It’s significant work for us in which we take a lot of pride. It’s more than just helping a client – we are making a difference in our community,” said Luke, on behalf of the Ouellet Construction team.