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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Upgrades to 4 Buildings and Street Corners

The Project : To meet the Americans’ with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, the US Coast Guard commissioned Edgewater Construction Services to renovate 4 buildings and surrounding street corners to meet standards.

New ADA wash stations were constructed and finishes were installed in the restrooms of the Club Building. The Unaccompanied Personnel Housing required installation of new electric to supply the new ADA door operator on existing entry doors for handicap access and the wall-mounted paddle activators. The electrical service tied into the existing card reader system and fire alarm system. The third building, Community Service Building, required Edgewater to update the Men’s Locker room with ADA complaint sinks and fixtures, new electric and ADA door operator systems for handicap access. A supply building was updated with new electric and ADA door operators. Lastly, ADA ramps were installed along the street corners for Michael A. Healy Street.

The Challenge : All aspects of this working US Coast Guard station must remain mission ready.

Value Added : Edgewater Construction effectively scheduled and completed this renovation with no hindrance to the Coast Guard’s mission.

Client : United States Coast Guard
Location : Portsmouth, VA

James Collins, P.E., LEED GA
President

Email:

jcollins@edgewaterconst.com

Phone:

757.410.3166

Joined the Edgewater Team:

Jim is the President of Edgewater and started the company in 2006.

Background:

Jim Collins, a licensed civil engineer, has over 25 years of experience. Active duty in the US Navy prepared Jim to excel in vertical construction operations, estimating, project management, and contract administration around world for the Seabees and the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. Jim retired from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) where he gained construction experience from an owners’ point of view as a contracting officer. His vast experience prepared him to drive military construction projects through conceptual, design, and construction phases.

Education/Training:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA - Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Virginia Tech Blacksburg VA - Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
Affiliations:
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Certified LEED Green
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • U.S. Green Building Council
Richard Marano
Vice President

Email:

rmarano@edgewaterconst.com

Phone:

757.410.3166

Joined the Edgewater Team:

Vice President of Edgewater Construction Services in 2006.

Background:

Rich Marano is a civil engineering graduate of the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology who combined his degree in construction technology and took a different path, moving directly into the construction field. His career has upwardly traversed from assistant project manager to project manager to Vice President of Edgewater Construction Services in 2006. Rich’s resume shows achievements in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont in design-bid-build, design-build, construction management and general contracting. His experience in facility renovations and additions and new construction reached its highest point when Rich was assigned as Senior Project Manager for the Armada Hoffler Tower in Virginia Beach. This $86M project spanned 2 years and 13 floors (255,000 sq. ft.) of Class A office space, 300,000 sq. ft. of retail space and an adjoining a 22 floor 9 level cast-in-place parking garage with 1871 stalls.

Education/Training:
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester NY – Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
  • Suffolk County Community College Long Island NY - Associates in Construction Technology