NMC Members & Community Partner News

Munger Construction Honored in Varco Pruden Hall of Fame Competition

Two Category Awards: Building Retrofit and Warehousing

March 18, 2021 – Branford, CT; – Pat Munger Construction Company, Inc has been named to Varco Pruden’s 2021 Hall of Fame for its American Polyfilm project, rated Best in the Warehousing Category, and for The Lee Company Building 2 project, rated Winner in the Retrofit Category.

The highly competitive Hall of Fame Awards are presented annually to the independent authorized VP Builders whose work reflects innovation and excellence using Varco Pruden building systems by creating exceptional architectural appearance, efficient design, and effective end use. “The Hall of Fame is proof positive that our builders continue to challenge the boundaries by seeking new and innovative ways to prove that Metal Building Systems are the system of choice,” said Paul Day, Varco Pruden president.

A VP pre-engineered steel building designed by Terry Architecture provides American Polyfilm, a Branford, CT manufacturer, with a new 27,400 SF facility, most of which is dedicated to warehousing but also provides office space, a two-story lean-to mezzanine and a separate structure to house the entire site’s utilities.  Munger completed construction in December 2020.  The building features panel rib walls, continuous beam framing, single slope galvalume roof and below eave canopies above the overhead doors.

The Lee Company, a Westbrook, CT manufacturer hired Munger to renew Building 2 into a 26,000 SF meeting and training center.  The retrofit, designed by architect Tom Gribbon, was completed in August 2020.  The original manufacturing facility was leveled to its main frames and its secondary framing roof purlins and wall girts were replaced.  The renovated facility features ThermalClad™ wall panels that offer superior thermal performance with an attractive profile along with a single slope galvalume roof.  Large moveable partitions enable space flexibility for training, meetings, catering and dining. A high-performance audio/visual system enhances the environment.

“We are very proud to be recognized by Varco Pruden Buildings as a 2021 Hall of Fame award winner,” said David DeMaio, Munger president. "These projects highlight the advanced architectural vision, engineering expertise and technical construction capability of the Munger team."


About American Polyfilm

Since 1998, American Polyfilm, a family-owned company, produces made-to-order blown polyurethane films serving medical, performance textiles, protective garments, food processing and petroleum markets. 


About The Lee Company

Since 1948 The Lee Company has been a leading innovator in miniature precision fluid control products for aerospace, Formula 1 racing, oil exploration, automotive, off-highway equipment, machine tools, medical and scientific instrumentation, and ink-jet printing.


About Varco Pruden Buildings

Varco Pruden Buildings, a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc., is one of the nation’s largest building-solutions companies with a network of over 1,000 builders across the United States and Canada.  Through advanced engineering and proprietary building products, VP provides innovative steel building solutions for low-rise commercial and industrial applications – including offices, warehouses, schools, manufacturing and retail projects. www.varcopruden.com.

About Pat Munger Construction Company

Since 1968, Munger has delivered a great experience for industrial and commercial customers who benefit from cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient, and environmentally sound buildings that facilitate a relationship among people, technology and space. As a turnkey Design-Build general contractor we collaborate with architects and building owners to integrate the optimal technology from leading suppliers into well-designed, value engineered new buildings, additions and renovations.  Proven by an array of successful projects, repeat customers, skilled and loyal people, Munger works to build lifetime relationships earned each day on each project.  www.mungerconstruction.com


O&G Industries Leads $54.6M I-84 Safety, Operational Improvement Job

O&G Website; February 25, 2021

The Connecticut Department of Transportation's (CTDOT) $54.6 million I-84 Safety and Operational Improvements project in West Hartford, awarded to O&G Industries Inc., is based upon the mitigation of traffic congestion and safety concerns that can arise in heavy traffic situations.

This two-stage project, financed by the state and designed by BL Companies, started in March 2020 and should be completed in summer 2023. Additional parties involved in the project include Urban Engineers Inc., hired as the construction engineering and inspection consultant.

The project runs west and east along I-84. From the west, it begins at the Farmington/West Hartford town line and ends at the Park Road on-ramp and from the east and 500 ft. east of the Ridgewood Road overpass and extends 200 ft. east of the Mayflower overpass.

Ghazi Alsaqri, CTDOT's project engineer, addressed the initiative's benefits and positive impacts.

"The existing traffic volume within the project limits is at or near capacity, and combined with closely spaced interchanges, results in congestion and weaving concerns on this section," he said. "A review of the three-year crash data between 2012 and 2014 revealed a total of 159 crashes with 48 injuries and one fatality on I-84 WB, and a total of 202 crashes with 90 injuries and one fatality on I-84 EB. The crashes seen most prominently in this time period — rear endings, sideswiping, fixed-object crashes — are indicative of issues related to congestion and vehicle weaving maneuvers.

"The region has grown and with that, the foundations built previously are no longer feasible for the increased volume," he added. "I-84 was constructed in the early 1960s to support regional mobility and commerce; and as the region has grown over the past 60 years, so has daily traffic. Upon its completion, the sections being improved will achieve project goals of increased commuter safety, local and regional commerce and freight mobility."

An additional lane is being added on I-84 WB between Exits 39A and 43, which extends 9,500 ft. Additionally, for the I-84 EB direction, a lane will be added between Exit 40 and 41, which extends 2,800 ft. The lane additions in both directions are feasible via the replacement of the Berkshire Road bridges to accommodate them.   Read More>>>


ThayerMahan-UConn Team Begins High-Resolution Seabed Surveys of Thames River

ThayerMahan Press Release, February 11, 2021

ThayerMahan, Inc., a world leader in autonomous maritime security solutions, completed an underwater survey using its SeaScout system to capture high-quality hydrographic imagery of Connecticut's Thames River.  The survey is being conducted under a National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology (NIUVT) project in conjunction with the University of Connecticut (UConn)'s Department of Marine Sciences.

For more information on ThayerMahan's subsea capabilities:  https://www.thayermahan.com/sectors/subsea-infrastructure

ThayerMahan's SeaScout system is an actively stabilized towed vehicle with synthetic aperture sonar and multibeam echosounder payloads. The system generates ultra-fine resolution (3cm x 3cm) beamformed imagery and interferometric bathymetry of undersea cables, boulders, rocks, and seafloor characteristics in real-time. For example, individual anchor chain links are visible and discernable in the image shown below:

SeaScout Image:  Anchor and lumber on the bottom of Thames River near New London ferry docks

SeaScout Image:  Anchor and lumber on the bottom of Thames River near New London ferry docks
The two-year project will locate and monitor the shifting boundaries of key biological habitats and short-term, small-scale changes in bathymetry important to the health of the Thames River and Long Island Sound ecosystems. Baseline data will be re-evaluated to identify changes in the region and enhance security within the New London port area. 

Michael Connor, ThayerMahan's President and CEO stated,
“ThayerMahan is thankful for the NIUVT project and is very excited about our partnership with UConn. This project, leveraging ThayerMahan's ability to rapidly gather high-quality imagery in real-time, is an important step toward safely developing the Blue Economy offshore and enabling the safe and secure use of our harbors by commercial and government vessels.  All ships, particularly those carrying environmentally sensitive cargoes and munitions, should be able to operate in restricted waters confident that neither obstructions nor threats lie in their path.  Our seabed imaging capability can make that a reality today.  ThayerMahan is proud to support the State of Connecticut and the future of the Port of New London.”

Read the full press release

Learn How Cirtonics Corporation is Serving their Community and Other Companies

Blue Innovation Symposium, February 4, 2021

Cirtronics, a woman-owned small business out of New Hampshire, shared a five minute overview of how their company is helping others. Watch today to learn more about the great things they are doing in their local community and the defense community as a whole.

Watch the Blue Innovation Symposium Flash Talk here.

SeaChange Resources Blue Innovation Symposium 2021 Flash Talk

Blue Innovation Symposium, February 3, 2021

Listen in as Kim Parrott shares about a collaboration that led to creative thinking during the pandemic. The collaboration launched new programs both for the NMC and SeaChange Resources that are benefiting Members and non-members alike. Invest five minutes to learn what they are working on now.

 Watch here.

R&D Technologies Inc J850 Capabilities Webinar

R&D Technologies is hosting a J850 webinar this February. See the most advanced Stratasys PolyJet 3D printer live in action and learn how it impacts our 3D parts business.

Register now.

See the official invite email here.


Bartlebys unleashed: ‘Citizen scriveners’ answer maritime society’s call

The Day; January 9, 2021

In its weekly email blast last Sunday, the New London Maritime Society put out a call for help transcribing the 19th century whaler's journal the society's Custom House Maritime Museum acquired last year.

Within a day, 31 people had responded, “citizen scriveners” eager to start deciphering the writing of the anonymous crewman — or crewmen — who chronicled voyages of the bark Merrimac, which sailed from New London on July 17, 1844. At least four more had signed up by the end of the week, Susan Tamulevich, the museum’s executive director, reported Saturday.

It seems she hit on the perfect pandemic diversion.

“I didn’t expect so many,” said Tamulevich, who brainstormed ways to advance the project while recovering from foot surgery. “The society’s email blast goes out to more than 4,000 people every week and we know more than 1,000 people open it. That’s why I put so much effort into it. Plus, we’re on Facebook.”  MORE>>>

The New London Maritime Society is an NMC Community Partner.

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