We are currently in the process of developing our training facility building that will host state of the art training, AV equipment, and supplies for new property inspectors. Our school, course and individual classes have been approved by the State of Connecticut, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and all national requirements. EPA classes will be taught as well as continued education programs.
We received our building permit in October and hope to have it completed early December. We will keep everyone updated on the process throughout to both keep you informed and to see what it takes to construct this type of building.
The first step that went into the construction was planning. We had to consider several questions:
What was the full use of the space? What features would be added to it for training purposes? This included things such as a split system and radiant heat so it can be used to train inspectors on what is not currently in the building. We decided to leave sections exposed to train on that aspect as well as many others.
Once this was done we needed consultation from an architect. We worked with our friend Keith at KO Home Design and completed the proper drawings then received approval from the town’s building department, environmental department, fire marshall and zoning. Once this was complete we received our permit within 3 months. This is typically a 5 to 6 month process, but we were able to shorten it because we knew what we wanted.
In most cases, it would go out to bid but in this case we worked with our skilled friend Dillon from D.R. Carpentry, so the bid process was not necessary. It is very important to have a great contractor who has your back during the construction process. It’s helpful to have another professional who can get ahead of potential issues and knows to have those necessary discussions. As with Keith and Dillon, we will continue to work with all proven contractors who we have great experiences with.
The next phase is to start construction. During this time, you can expect some curveballs coming your way (they almost always do). We decided to use piers for the foundation as opposed to a full foundation wall so we can teach inspectors how to inspect piers. While we were digging, we ran into an unknown drain pipe where the pier is supposed to go (of course!), so we needed to immediately address it. Once accomplished, we were back on track. We were ordering beams to go on the piers and ran into order challenges due to guess what (yes COVID), so it took about a day to determine what was comparable and readily available. Plenty of phone calls later, we got a lucky break and found what we needed. If the weather holds up, the next step will be pouring in the concrete.
We’re very excited about this new facility and look forward to keeping you all in the loop as we prepare to launch it!