I-91 redevelopment brings O&G Industries, CT's largest privately held construction firm, to Wallingford

CT Insider

Christian Metzger

WALLINGFORD — O&G Industries, the largest privately held construction firm in Connecticut, is moving into a new 9,992-square-footoffice space at 900 Northrop Road, the firm announced recently.

The office is within close proximity toI-91 North and South. The move comes after the state awarded O&G a major contract to carry out the reconfiguration project of I-91,1-691-and Route 15 Interchange in Meriden.


Choyce Peterson Commercial Real Estate Specialists carried out the lease negotiations on behalf of O&G and the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

To better coordinate the construction efforts, the Torrington-based firm sought out a centrally located office much closer to the interstates where they would be housing their Heavy Highways Division staff overseeing the project until its completion.


The office won’t be used to house any of the group’s construction equipment and the space is set aside so that the project team might be closer and manage the work more efficiently, officials said. Upon moving in, multiple suites will be redesigned to accommodate the new office’s layout requirements, as well as a potential lease extension and expansion option, should O&G look to pursue nearby projects.


While there is no guarantee that O&G would make the location a permanent office, according to Vice President of Choyce Peterson Charlene O’Connell, the firm could end up staying in Wallingford long-term as it pursues several more projects within the area.


“Securing dedicated office space for state contractors proves mutually beneficial for both O&G and the local economy. Not only does it provide a comfortable environment for the construction team, but it also helps local office building owners fill vacancies," O’Connell said.


O&G is the main contractor awarded with carrying out the second phase of the state’s $500 million highway redevelopment project, focused on an area which studies have found is one of the state’s most congested roadways. One  particularly notorious segment of the interchange, the southbound, one-lane off-ramp connecting I-91 with Route 15, routinely causes traffic to back up by as much as a mile.


The work on the second and third phases of the project are expected to last until2029, with work beginning early next year focusing on restructuring the northbound and southbound interchanges between I-91 and the other highways. New interchanges will be added betweenI-91 and Route 15, with existing exit ramps widened and redeveloped to free up flow of traffic. The work will take place along a

4.2 mile span, primarily aroundI-91.


O&G has worked with the state DOT on other road-paving projects primarily along the western half of the state, with a fleet of over 1,900 rollers, pavers, and tractors. Overall the company seemed satisfied with the new space and moving into it in the near future.


Vice President of O&G, John Rouleau, complemented O’Connell for securing what he felt was an ideal space for their operations.


“Once again, she worked tirelessly to negotiate favorable lease terms on our behalf, securing office space ideally suited for our current needs while ensuring flexibility to accommodate any future requirements. Her efforts have provided us with a workspace solution that aligns perfectly with our objectives."