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Agostini Construction and Bacon Construction Companies Inc.

Strong family ownership and customer-direct service for 47 years

Since 1967, family-owned and -operated Agostini Construction and Bacon Construction Companies Inc. (Agostini/Bacon) have excelled in construction management and general contracting throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Now entering the third generation of Agostini family ownership, the mission of both companies remains the same: “to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction through the abilities of exceptional, well-trained employees working as a team to produce projects of the highest quality in the least amount of time, in a safe and enjoyable environment.”

Hands-on ownership

As one of the top 400 largest construction companies in the country, Agostini/Bacon serves as a construction manager or general contractor in a competitive bid or design-build position, delivering hands-on management. “John Agostini originally founded Bacon Construction in 1967, and Agostini was founded in 1984,” explains Kerrie Puglia, marketing manager for Agostini/Bacon. “The company has been under the direction and primary ownership of John’s son, George L. Agostini, since 1984. George’s son, Steven Agostini, is now stepping into a leadership role, as well.”

According to Puglia, it is Agostini/Bacon’s family ownership that sets the company apart from other large players in the area. “Our owners are very involved directly with our clients in order to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction,” she adds.

This hands-on approach has helped Agostini/Bacon achieve a well-respected reputation amongst a range of commercial, industrial and educational clients in the public and private sectors. Based in East Providence, R.I., Agostini/Bacon employs approximately 100 professionals, many of which have been with the company for a decade or more.

“We are recognized for employing highly skilled professionals at all levels of our business,” reads Agostini/Bacon’s website. “As one of the longest tenured firms operating in this region, our key personnel average 14 years of service or more. Our experienced staff of estimators, supervisors and project managers is one of the best safeguards a client can have in protecting their construction investment.”

The family-owned firms are also able to deliver a range of in-house services, going a step above and beyond a traditional construction management role. Agostini/Bacon hand delivers rough carpentry and concrete foundation services as a certified union contractor.

Award-winning projects

While the economy has caused a slow down for many regional contractors, Agostini/Bacon’s work has remained steady, especially in the education sector. Currently underway is the $87.5 million Franklin High School, a new 306,000-square-foot facility and the three-phase, $69 million Somerset Berkley Regional High School (SBR). “SBR consists of a new 222,826-square-foot high school, along with new roads, parking lots and athletic fields,” details Puglia. “We’re delivering a turf football field surrounded by a synthetic track and also new tennis courts and a concession stand and maintenance buildings.”

In Newport, R.I., the Claiborne Pell Elementary school (CPE), which opened in fall 2013, has been acknowledged with a Green Ribbon Award for environmentally-friendly design. The prestigious award, given by the U.S. Department of Education, focuses on schools striving to reduce environmental impact, utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education.

CPE includes design features such as reflective roof materials, low-velocity ventilation and optimal orientation for daylight. Additionally, the school has participated in the garden-to-table initiative, among other student outdoor programs. Nationally, only 39 public schools have received Green Ribbon awards, including six Rhode Island public schools.

On the higher education end of the spectrum, Agostini/Bacon recently completed the Johnson & Wales University’s Cuisinart Center of Culinary Excellence addition and is gearing up to break ground on the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) $68 million Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences (CCFS). According to a news release from URI, CCFS will triple the amount of space for teaching labs and nearly double the space for research labs, serving as a significant upgrade from the circa-1950s design.

The main level of the five-story, 135,000-square-foot structure will include eight general chemistry teaching labs with support space, a 240-seat lecture hall, a 105-seat lecture hall, a study room and administrative offices. Level two will feature five organic chemistry teaching labs, an advanced chemistry lab, instrumentation lab and a 35-seat classroom with office space. Agostini/Bacon began site preparation in December 2013 and completion is slated for spring 2016.

With a steady backlog and vast opportunity in the education market, family-owned and -operated Agostini Construction and Bacon Construction Companies Inc. continues to build on nearly 50 years of trusted general contracting and construction management backed by hands-on ownership.

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