BBL and HVCC host tour for Herningsholm Vocational School of Denmark Students

BBL Management Group’s Jamie Margelot was honored to provide a tour at two of BBL’s construction projects for ten students from Denmark.  Hudson Valley Community College partnered with Herningsholm Vocational School to host the students who were here on a college program to learn about American culture.  All ten were students in carpentry or furniture making programs and touring an active, substantially sized construction site was at the top of their list.  BBL was delighted to be one of several tours the Denmark group participated in.

The group first toured Colonie Senior Services Center’s King Thiel II Senior Community, an active site in multiple stages of construction.  The 120,000 square foot, 99 unit, three-story senior living facility was the perfect site to tour because, just across the parking lot stands the nearly identical, fully constructed King Thiel Senior Community.  This rare opportunity allowed them to see both an active site, and what the finished product will look like once construction is complete.  The parking lot was being sub graded in preparation for permeable pavement while the interior was in varying stages of construction.  From recently framed walls to areas that were being prepped for finishes, the students had a lot to see and were intrigued with it all.

For the second tour, students visited what is soon to be the Capital Region’s largest medical facility outside of a hospital.  This three-story building on Wellness Way houses Community Care Physicians and CDPDP, and was an excellent opportunity for these ten students to visit.  As you approach the facility, it is apparent that the design does not match a typical conventional medical building façade.  With decorative exterior metal panels, the building is modern and creates quite a presence with its size.  The group looked at everything from the wood framing to the custom mill work.

Our tours included the Senior Project Managers for each location; Rob Curto led the group at Colonie Seniors’ King Thiel campus, and Matt Jennings took the lead at CCP/CDPHP’s Wellness Way facility.  Both fielded many insightful questions and comments from the students.