Roses For Autism is the first business venture for Growing Possibilities, a nonprofit organization founded by Ability Beyond Disability. The renovations allow for improved operations and increased rose production by expanding the retail facility, creating greater packing room space and improving the efficiency of the greenhouse. "The vision of Roses For Autism is to create a replicable model for employing adults with autism" said Jim Fanning, President and CEO of Ability Beyond Disability. "So, the renovation also includes a new classroom environment for individuals who participate in the organization’
Munger was general contractor for this wood frame handicap accessible addition. Along with work performed by its own employees, Munger managed a team of sub-contractors who "stepped up and did a great job", said Roy Lamberton, Munger's Project Manager. "Our challenge was to meet the Town of Guilford's historical aesthetic requirements, create a low maintenance exterior, construct a roof line that blended with the existing structure and to complete the project within an aggressive four month window."
Governor Danell Malloy and state representative Pat Widlitz attended the groundbreaking ceremony along with other community leaders who were essential in securing funding for this project.
About Roses for Autism:
Founded in 2009 by Ability Beyond Disability, Roses for Autism [2011 CT Business of the Year] brings together the legacy of Pinchbeck Rose Farm, [the largest rose farm in New England], with a new transitional program that teaches people on the autism spectrum the skills they need and provides valuable work experience to be successfully employed in their community. Adults and young adults work in an integrated environment where they grow, cut, package and ship nationwide 16 varieties of roses year-round. http://www.rosesforautism.com
About Pat Munger Construction Company, Inc.:
Since 1968, Munger has delivered a great experience for industrial and commercial customers in Connecticut. Customers benefit from cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient, and environmentally sound buildings that facilitate a relationship among people, technology and space. As turnkey general contractor we work in cooperation with architects, designers and end users in order to integrate the optimal technology from leading suppliers into well-designed new buildings, additions, repairs and remodeling. Our value engineered solutions apply the best mix of pre-engineered steel, structural steel, wood and masonry with sustainable construction and “green” building practices. Munger professionals embrace and maintain LEED AP credentials and other important certifications and proficiencies. Client operations remain in full swing with minimal disruption from site planning and construction through certificate of occupancy. Proven by an array of successful projects, repeat customers, skilled and loyal people, Munger’s reputation as a quality builder shines brightly. http://www.mungerconstruction.com