Our Roots

Founded in 1921 by two engineers from Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School, BBE started as The Bartlett Brainard Company and served many clients in the Hartford region. In 1925, James H. Eacott, Sr. joins the firm and manages the business operations. Over the next 34 years, both the company and the scope of work grew and in 1959, the Eacott family became sole owners. As a corporation with family-owned values then and now, our strength in the community continues and four generations of family history back up everything we do. We honor our history as we continue to move forward, carrying with us the integrity, reliability, service and professionalism that have become the hallmarks of our business.

Throughout these 95 years, we have understood the value of supporting the industry and were instrumental in forming the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut (1947)*, The Construction Institute at the University of Hartford (1975) and in encouraging employees to participate in training and mentoring opportunities to promote excellence in construction.

*AGC of CT Fun Fact – (1947 Burton W. Bartlett, Founding President; 1958 James H. Eacott, Sr., President; 1980 James H. Eacott, Jr., President; 1992 James H. Eacott, III President). BBE is the only company in Connecticut to have had four Presidents at the AGC.

  • Normand D. Brainard graduates from Yale University - Sheffield Scientific School.
  • Burton Bartlett graduates from Yale University - Sheffield Scientific School.
  • James H. Eacott graduates from Bliss Business College.
  • Bartlett-Brainard Co. is founded by Normand Brainard and Burton Bartlett at Asylum Street, Hartford, CT.
  • Work on Hartford Seminary Foundation begins, repeat work continues for 25 years.
  • James H. Eacott, Sr. joins Bartlett-Brainard Co.
  • Bartlett-Brainard Co. constructs 1st hangar for Pratt & Whitney at Rentchler Field (see 1992).
  • The famed Flood ravages Hartford, including Bartlett-Brainard Co.
  • Burton Bartlett is interim president of Colt Firearms, a relationship that began in 1930s and continues through the years (BBE has performed hundreds of jobs for Colt through present day).
  • Work for Pratt & Whitney begins with construction of a Power House, a long relationship to follow into the future.
  • Company becomes Bartlett Brainard Eacott (BBE) as the Eacott family acquires managing interest, Bartlett and Brainard retire and James H. Eacott, Jr. becomes President.
  • BBE completes additions to the State Library and Supreme Court Buildings in Hartford.
  • BBE is a founding member of Construction Institute.
  • James H. Eacott, III becomes President of BBE, James H. Eacott, Jr. moves to Chairman of the Board position.
  • BBE constructs The Stanley Works World Headquarters, led by Superintendent Susan Eacott of the Eacott family.
  • BBE completes 47,000 sf Science Center at Choate Rosemary Hall, works with world-renowned architect, I.M. Pei. BBE begins a long relationship with Choate and continues to perform renovations to campus buildings.
  • Hired again by University of Connecticut, BBE completes another athletic facility, the Wolf Zackin Natatorium, home of UCONN’s swimming and diving programs. This 39,000 sf structure features several high-tech innovations that make it one of the fastest pools in the region.
  • BBE completes University of Connecticut’s Gampel Pavilion, a 216,000 sf, multi-purpose arena, the largest on-campus arena in New England.
  • New London County Mutual Insurance Company moves into its new three-story 48,000 sf building, completed by BBE, creating a major profile in the Norwich skyline.
  • The first modern building erected by Trinity College since the 1970s, BBE builds the Roy Nutt Mathematics, Computing and Engineering Center (MCEC) with architect Cesar Pelli.
  • BBE converts a Pratt & Whitney hangar built by our company in 1930 into the World-class Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Facility, filling 48,000 sf and combining the historic art deco style from 1935 with high-tech training capabilities.
  • BBE completes construction of Seabury Retirement Community on 66-acre Connecticut campus. The project included 210 assisted living/skilled nursing units and 28 independent living residences.
  • BBE completes two new dormitories at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor.
  • Completion of two important structures at Saint Joseph College, the Center for Arts & Humanities and Bruyette Athenaeum, featured as an outstanding building in “American School and University Magazine”.
  • Completed on time and within budget, BBE completed the 31,500 sf Foundation Building at the University of Connecticut.
  • The Athletic and Wellness Complex at Westminster School is completed by BBE. Phase 1 was the Kohn Squash Pavilion and Phase 2 housed the Sherwin Health & Athletic Center, the Hibbard Aquatic Center and Health & Counseling Center, both awarded designs for excellence by AIA Connecticut.
  • Performing work for repeat client, University of Connecticut, BBE completed the Gulley Hall Additions and Renovations, which houses several University administrative offices, including the President and Provost.
  • At Yale University, BBE completes concrete foundation and superstructure construction for their Environmental Science Center, which houses research in the earth and environmental sciences, and provides expanded space for collections of the adjoining Yale Peabody Museum.
  • BBE hired to reconstruct the Colt Firearms buildings to mixed use development, continues Colt relationship to present day with over 100 projects on the Colt campus.
  • BBE completes construction of a headquarters facility for Magellan Health Services, the nation’s leading behavioral health and employee assistance company. The Avon facility used traditional materials and forms in a contemporary manner to establish a dynamic corporate interior space.
  • Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, hires BBE to restore its historic Byzantine revival structure. We continue to perform multiple renovations and additions, including a nursery school, religious education wing, exterior, sanctuary, library, and social hall.
  • BBE named Construction Manager of the Year by AGC/CCIA of Connecticut.
  • BBE completed several years of planning to construct the $54 million mixed-use development at 18 Temple Street in downtown Hartford. The project is on a tight one-block site and includes the restored 1898 former Sage Allen department store building.
  • Aetna’s new Customer Center is completed by BBE, representing futuristic executive briefing centers and incorporating several forms of modern presentation technology. This project was built under the guidelines of the LEED CI program.
  • BBE completes construction of a new laser manufacturing facility for Trumpf, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of fabricating equipment. The building is supported by complex mechanical cooling and power distribution.
  • Westminster School’s Armour Academic Center, a four-level, 85,000 sf, LEED Gold Certified building, is completed by BBE and continues a strong relationship with the School dating back to 1993.
  • BBE completes a 43,000 sf YMCA in Greater Hartford, promoting community and health in Hartford’s North End neighborhoods. The facility includes learning and child care centers, fitness and wellness areas, meeting space, sustainable features, and a very recognizable masonry and curtain wall.
  • BBE completes construction of Aetna’s Information Services incorporating state-of-the-art information services technologies, custom designs, metallic curtains and nearly 200 testing stations.
  • BBE performs Construction Management services and oversees complete demolition and abatement of an 8-story, 1,000,000 square foot concrete structure for Aetna.
  • When Stanley and Black & Decker merge, BBE is hired to renovate multiple buildings on the newly acquired Towson Maryland campus.
  • BBE completes a new state-of-the-art $20 million Gallaudet Clerc Education Center at the American School for the Deaf. The 64,000 sf building is equipped with modern technology and customizations that address the unique learning needs of deaf children.
  • BBE completes interior renovations and mechanical/electrical infrastructure improvements to Cigna’s headquarters in Bloomfield.
  • BBE’s Marko Kaar is named Safety Professional of the Year by Associated General Contractors of Connecticut.
  • BBE celebrates 95 years in business.
  • Thomas M. Panczner becomes Chief Executive Officer and carries on as the fourth generation of the family-owned operations.
  • James H. Eacott, III is awarded the David N. LaBau Lifetime Recognition Award by the Construction Institute for his professional accomplishments, leadership, and outstanding contributions to the community and in support of the construction industry.
Bartlett Brainard Eacott, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
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