Gilbane Building Company Volunteers to Build New Animal Barn at Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center

Gilbane organizes project including a new barn and fence area for non-profit farm

Bristol, Connecticut – September 21, 2019 – More than 30 employees from Gilbane Building Company volunteered on Saturday, September 21 to build a small animal barn, install fencing and run electricity and water to four paddocks at Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center in Bristol, Connecticut. The project, organized by Gilbane’s Young Professionals group and Community Service Committee, aligns with the company’s ongoing commitment to community service.

Stephanie Greenman, Preconstruction Manager in Connecticut, was the main project coordinator for Gilbane. “This has been one of the biggest and most successful community service projects we’ve completed,” noted Stephanie. “Not only is it a great opportunity to work together, you also know it’s for a good cause. We’re happy we can support Shepard Meadows and their mission.”

The project was made possible in part by generous donations from subcontractors. Gilbane supplied the design review, materials, and manpower necessary to build the barn and paddock area. In the week leading up, staff performed extensive pre-planning efforts to ensure building day would be a success. Both Gilbane and Shepard Meadows are thrilled that Bartholomew “Bart”, the Center’s newly arrived “warrior horse” dedicated to their Veterans Program, will have a new place to call home. Shelly Pope, Ed.D. Executive Director of Shepard Meadows is beyond grateful, stating, “The generosity of Gilbane and the scope of the project is more than we could have dreamed. We have a tight budget, and every time we gently asked for one more favor – they said yes.”

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 45 office locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.

A builder in Connecticut since 1944, Gilbane has grown to become one of the largest providers of construction management services in the state.  With full-service offices in Glastonbury and Stamford, Gilbane is a leader in the delivery of comprehensive pre-construction services, construction services and construction administration for the public and private markets.

About Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center

Shepard Meadows was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organization. Our 26-acre farm is located on the top of Hill Street in Bristol, CT. We have a herd of 8 therapy horses, 1 mule and 2 goats. Our mission is to support the growth and well-being of all individuals, including those with special needs, by providing Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) in a safe, caring and professional environment. We are designated a Premier Center by our accrediting organization, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH). Visit our website at www.shepardmeadows.org for additional information.