April 16, 2012 | last updated June 4, 2012 12:03 pm

O'Connell Tower addition at St. Francis earns CREW award

HBJ FILE PHOTO
HBJ FILE PHOTO
The innovative construction of the John T. O’Connell Tower at St. Francis Hospital brings the latest technological advances, information systems and care delivery processes to a wide range of hospital services.

The John T. O'Connell Tower addition at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford — which doubled the size of the hospital's emergency department and replaced older operating rooms with state-of-the-art facilities — captured the Blue Ribbon Award, the highest award, at the 17th annual showcase hosted by CREW CT — The Real Estate Exchange, a Hartford commercial real estate group.

The new facility incorporates green construction, medical technology advancements and cutting-edge telecommunications.

"The John T O'Connell Tower continues St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center's commitment to provide the best possible care to all of our patients for their lifetime," said Christopher Hartley, senior vice president of planning and government relations at St. Francis.

Other Blue Ribbon honorees at CREW's April 4 event included:

• Best in Class, Industrial Category: F.W. Webb Plumbing Supply (Waterford) created a new, energy efficient 67,000-square-foot warehouse, showroom and office facility showcasing their environmentally sustainable products. The building features a geothermal heat system and solar technology.

• Best in Class, Commercial Category: Elmwood Plaza (West Hartford) for the environmental revitalization of the former Jacobs Brake facility on Newington Road in West Hartford. The site required extensive remediation, including installation of a "liquid boot" vapor barrier and storage of impacted soil under berms.

• Best in Class, Multi-Family Category: Dye House Apartments (Manchester), owned and developed by The Simon Konover Co., was honored for its successful multifamily development created through the reuse of a portion of the historic Cheney Mill complex. The project was also selected by attendees for the People's Choice Award.

• Best Specialty, Historic: Higher One (New Haven) leased new corporate headquarter space within the former Winchester Arms facility in Science Park. The project involved the reuse of two buildings constructed around 1915 with a contemporary style atrium connecting the two buildings.

• Best Specialty, Adaptive Reuse: Lego Brick House 2 (Enfield) transformed an empty 140,000-square-foot manufacturing/warehouse facility into a vibrant, comfortable office work environment for 350 employees.

• Best Specialty, Community Revitalization: Charter Oak Greenway (Manchester), a three- quarter mile length of multi-use trail, for its significant contribution to connecting public spaces to enhance the fabric of the community. It provides passive recreation and commuting options, and is the practice corridor for the annual Thanksgiving Day Race.

• Best Sustainable Development: Mary Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School (Hartford), with the theme of Education in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Responsibility, is the first school in Connecticut to achieve USGBC LEED Platinum certification.

• Most Significant Transaction, Office: 95 Glastonbury Blvd., Glastonbury, a 148,000-square-foot office building was sold by Cushman & Wakefield on behalf of Boston's CrossHarbor Capital Partners for $15,450,000.

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