KUCHMA CORPORATION

Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Area: Various
Completion: Ongoing since 2006

DESCRIPTION
Since 2006, Antinozzi Associates has been retained by the Kuchma Corporation for various on-call residential design services, including both residential housing units, retail spaces, and corporate office fit-outs in the heart of downtown Bridgeport.

The Shoppes and Residences at Bijou Square at 323 Fairfield Avenue are a five-story, mixed-use, private development project in the City of Bridgeport. The entire horseshoe-shaped building encompasses a total of 126,700 SF, including 9,400 SF of retail on the first floor. The remaining 117,300 SF consists of one and two-bedroom units ranging from 800 to 1,250 SF. Access to the City’s Central Business District, retail shopping, entertainment, bus/railroad transit station, and major highways are all within close proximity of the housing complex. The structural framing for this project consists of a load-bearing, pre-fabricated, metal stud wall system. The entire building is fully-sprinklered. The design also allows for controlled security access to the property and a private outdoor courtyard available to residents.

In 2007, Kuchma asked Antinozzi Associates to provide conceptual designs for a potential residential building in the Golden Hill section. This design contained fifteen (15) stories of luxurious living space with great city views. The modern (and green design) would have added to the ever-growing redevelopment of downtown Bridgeport. Subsequently, we were approached to develop other design concepts for the Golden Hill development. Two phases to this development were identified – Phase I of the development was completed in 2013 and is comprised of 12 market-rate, 614 SF apartments on Broad Street, with a beautiful tree-lined pedestrian linkage to the city and easy access to theatres, restaurants, and shops. Phase 2 includes the development of fifty (50) more residential units, a senior center, a restaurant, and a fitness center – yet to be constructed.

“Throughout the 46 years of our existence, we have had the good fortune of being involved in residential, industrial, commercial, institutional and mixed-use buildings and developments. Therefore, we feel privileged to have worked with architects, engineers, designers and planners ranging from some of the country’s largest firms to one person shops.

Without hesitation, we at Kuchma Corporation consider Antinozzi Associates to be an absolute top of the list firm. We have worked with them on many projects during the past 35 years and, no matter how large or small the size of the requirement, their principals and staff have treated us as though we are their most important client and they service us as though we are their only concern. Antinozzi Associates has completed projects with us that include commercial renovations, additions, gut rehabs and ground-up new construction for use as banks, offices, schools, retail, restaurant and multi-family residential buildings ranging in value from $50,000 to $ 236,000,000.”

-Philip Kuchma, President and Founder, Kuchma Corporation