At Home in Berks

A monthly publication of the Home Builders Association of Berks County, At Home in Berks latest issue celebrates the inaugural Greater Reading Chamber Alliance Building Berks Awards. Featured on the cover is Randy Peers, CEO of the GRCA, and Patrick Dolan, President of Dolan Construction. The numbers were impressive for this inaugural event, no doubt from significant project such as the Reading HealthPlex Project. The total construction investment for the projects entered is over $462,000,000. Additionally, there were over 2,000 jobs created and 825 jobs retained over the life of these projects. The total square footage of space constructed or renovated was over 3,341,000 SF, indicating a very strong construction and real estate market over this period. Read the full article here.


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GRCA Building Berks Awards

Recognized for the inaugural Building Berks Awards to honor outstanding real estate and development projects, Dolan Construction received three awards for the Alcon Precision Device Project, the Abraham Lincoln Project, and the Fritz Island Project. The awards were given from the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance for projects that have contributed positively to the local economy and the quality of life in Berks County. Work on the project in involved included the following: 

Abraham Lincoln: This multi-family housing and adaptive reuse project included conversion of 104 hotel rooms into 50 apartment units.

Alcon Precision Device: A manufacturing project consisted of converting a structural steel fabrication plant into a precision medical device manufacturing facility.

Fritz Island: This project consisted of new construction of two buildings for the administration and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant site.

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Excellence in Construction Award


The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) recognized contractor firms for top area construction projects. Dolan Construction received an Excellence in Construction Award from ABC for the Alcon Precision Device Expansion Facility Project.  

The project converted a steel fabrication shop into a medical device manufacturing facility for a global leader in eye care. The Owner stated from the initial meeting that the schedule for the project had to be met as the construction completion date was only the first hurdle on their way to meeting a critical production start date. After construction, the Owner had to demonstrate compliance with additional federal and international regulations in order to begin production. It was clear time could not be lost during construction. 

Despite several challenges through the course of the project, including a significant change in sprinkler requirements from FM Global requiring new water service and sprinkler redesign mid project, the team was able to deliver the project on time and in budget for Alcon’s target delivery date.  This project yielded a successful outcome for both the construction team and the Owner. 

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Berks Catholic Celebrates New Addition

Berks Catholic celebrated the opening of its new addition, the John R. Post Learning Center. The addition is complemented with the renovations to the athletic fields, providing a new turf field for multiple sport use. The addition houses 6 new classrooms, including a STEM lab, and a large commons area providing a unique learning space for study halls and student gatherings. Additionally, the cafeteria was significantly increased offering needed space to the student seating area. An outside seating area also provides space for the students to eat and congregate. The addition provides a modern addition to the growing population of Berks Catholic High School.


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