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July 11, 2018

National Coast Guard Museum Association Expands Pre-Construction Team

Connecticut firms A/Z Corporation and GEI tapped to provide critical pre-construction services

New London, CT The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. (NCGMA) announced today it has expanded its project team with the hiring of two Connecticut firms to assist in ongoing pre-construction work. A/Z Corporation, headquartered in North Stonington, CT, has been selected as the pre-construction manager. GEI Consultants, with offices in Glastonbury, CT, will provide geotechnical services.

“Hiring these two experienced construction firms is an important step forward for the future National Coast Guard Museum and the Public Access Project,” said Richard J. Grahn, President of the NCGMA. “Beginning with the review of the schematic design and cost estimates, A/Z Corporation will work closely with our architects and engineers to analyze the estimate and schedule and recommend construction methods and materials that will achieve the greatest possible cost savings for this world-class project.”

The work of GEI Consultants will be evident the week of July 16 as test borings commence at the Museum site and the planned location of the pedestrian bridge from Water Street to the river side of the tracks adjacent to Union Station. The test borings will provide important data that will inform the ongoing design process. Following approximately one month of test borings, the samples will be analyzed.

Specifically, GEI will be conducting 14 borings in total, which are expected to take three to four weeks to complete.  Beginning the week of July 16, GEI will have a barge adjacent to the Museum site to conduct the waterside borings.

Grahn explained, “We are excited that these critical test borings are proceeding, but also want to be clear with the public. This step is only one part of the pre-construction process and will help our project team to determine next steps. After approximately a month of activity, the site will be quiet again as we assess the impact of the test results and refine the structural design based on that information.”

Perry Lorenz, President & CEO commented, "A/Z Corporation is tremendously excited to contribute to this undertaking of transforming the vision for the museum into a landmark facility that honors the legacy, mission, service, and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard."

Michael Carrosoto, Senior Consultant shared, “GEI Consultants Inc. is honored to be a member of the National Coast Guard Museum Design Team.  As one of the oldest military organizations, the United States Coast Guard is rich in history and culture and to have a museum to showcase this in a city that is also steeped in military and maritime history is very special.  Being part of such a momentous project is an incredible opportunity that we are extremely proud of.”

The NCGMA continues to raise funds to establish a digital-age Museum and a waterfront centerpiece in New London adjacent to Amtrak and the ferries including the future home port of the USCGC EAGLE. The Museum is being designed for Pre-K through Adult audiences with a STEM Discovery Center, multiple exhibit floors and gathering spaces. The Capital Campaign has raised $36.1 Million toward its goal of $100+ Million, which includes Federal and State funding as well as significant private fundraising.

About the NCGMA

The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization with a mission to establish the future National Coast Guard Museum, which will educate, engage and inspire visitors by honoring the courage and skill of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard through a variety of artifacts, exhibits, interactive experiences, and educational programs designed to their accomplishments in the past, present and future.

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Contact: Drew Forster, Director of Communications                                                                dforster@coastguardmuseum.org                                                              
860-443-4200