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Subcontractor Relationships are Very Important

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The success or failure of a construction project usually comes down to people.  The relationship between a general contractor and subcontractors is incredibly important.  When they work well together, the result is often a successful project.  This takes a high degree of trust and respect, teamwork, and communication. 

Needless to say, our subcontractor relationships are very important to us.  As much as we love getting compliments from our clients, it is always great to get such nice compliments from our subcontractors as well.  We recently got a nice letter from one of our subcontractors who worked with us on the Olneyville Housing project we thought was important to share.

"I wanted to let you know that this project was one of the better working experiences I've had. From the team in the office to the supervision in the field, the job was run the right way. It was an added bonus how prompt the payments were made, which made managing the job on my end so much easier.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that retainage was paid with this last check, didn't expect to see that till the end of the year.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this project"

Thank you to all of our subcontractors that help us in making our projects successful!

TRAC Builders Completes the 1852 Burgess Nightingale House

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TRAC Builders was hired by the owner of this 1852 Burgess Nightingale Historic Home on Prospect Street to complete a major renovation and addition while still preserving much of the historic features of the home. Although structurally sound, the owner decided to upgrade many of the rooms and living spaces to accommodate their growing family. Some of the amazing features include an outdoor patio what was enclosed and turned into a light filled day room as well as a state of the art kitchen. One of the most striking features of the property include the outdoor patio area added as well as the rooftop deck that is perched high atop College Hill offering spectacular view of downtown Providence.  TRAC was successfully able to complete this old meets new project by incorporating modern systems into the historic structure in order to preserve the historic integrity of the home.

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The property was recently profiled in the Providence Journal June Lifebeat section, titled "old places, new spaces". It was also featured in the Providence Preservation Society's 2013 Festival of Historic Houses.  TRAC Builders is a long time supporter of the Providence Preservation Society and continues to build a portfolio of high end urban and historic preservation projects.   

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TRAC Builders Completes $9 Million Affordable Housing Development for Olneyville Housing Corporation

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TRAC Builders was hired by Olneyville Housing Corporation to develop 40 new affordable homes and three new community spaces in the Manton Avenue area of Olneyville in Providence as part of Rhode Island Housing’s KeepSpace Community initiative- a holistic approach to community planning, design, and development.  Olney Village apartments are concentrated around the William D’Abate Elementary School where 12 formerly foreclosed properties and several vacant lots along 6 residential blocks were transformed.  This project required substantial renovations to be made to 11 existing buildings as well as 5 new construction buildings in previously vacant lots.  The new community spaces are occupied by the Olneyville Food Center, a food pantry providing emergency food provisions to more than 7,000 families per month as well as the Manton Avenue Project, a community group  that mentors and teaches theater and playwriting skills to children.

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TRAC Builders exceeded expectations on this project, allowing Olneyville Housing Corporation and their investors to reach an immediate return on their investment.  The project was released in phases, allowing OHC to lease up the apartments immediately upon release.  The day that the units were released to OHC, future residents were signing leases and moving in the next day.  All 40 apartments were fully occupied the day after the ribbon cutting ceremony.   

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Since the William D’Abate School is such a neighborhood asset and key element in the comprehensive revitalization strategy that Olneyville Housing Corporation is working hard to create, TRAC felt it was important to help OHC in their mission of neighborhood revitalization.  TRAC Builders has committed to make significant improvements to the school’s exterior over the summer months to further enhance the neighborhood improvements.  Stay tuned future updates on this exciting service project. To read the full press relase from RI Housing click link: RI Housing Press Release (pdf)

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TRAC awarded large school project

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TRAC Builders is excited to announce that we have recently been awarded the school upgrade project for the North Kingstown School District.  TRAC will be responsible for completing significant upgrades to 6 out of the 8 schools in the North Kingstown School District infrastructure.  These upgrades will be completed in an aggressive summer schedule while school is not in session and will be complete before the start of the 2013/2014 school year.  This project will add to the ever growing education portfolio including work with Brown University, RIC, Henry Barnard School, and Central Falls High School as well as the continued work to improvements in North Kingstown with the completion of Kingston Crossings just weeks away.  

TRAC Builders helps sponsor House Of Hope Event

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TRAC Builders is excited to be a sponsor for the House of Hope CDC, supporting their Castaway for a Cause Event on June 14th from 6-10 p.m. at Warwick Country Club. The event is to support Rhode Island's homeless popluation get the services that they need.

If you are interested in attending the event, information is provided at House of Hope CDC. TRAC Builders continues to be dedicated to help in the fight of homlessness and creating affordable housing in New England.