About Us

For 100 years, Bartlett Brainard Eacott (BBE) has delivered general contracting and construction management expertise with an award-winning team led by four generations of family.

Our family-owned values are the foundation to everything we do and we continue to carry with us the integrity, reliability, service and professionalism that have become the hallmarks of our business. We value our strength in the communities we serve as we look forward to many more years of building for regional, national and international corporate, academic, manufacturing and community-based clients.

BBE recognizes the impact and value of supporting the communities in which we work and the industry at large. As such, we were instrumental in forming the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Connecticut in 1947 and The Construction Institute at the University of Hartford in 1975. Our people continue to support the mission of these organizations with knowledge, dedication and commitment to excellence. Our commitment to service is demonstrated by the fact that leadership from BBE has held the position of AGC President four times– the only company to have this prestigious honor.

We are incredibly proud of our 100 years of continuous operation! The company has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for our clients, employees and community.

Fundamental to our heritage is the hallmark of encouraging employees to grow and improve in safety and skill and to take advantage of the training/mentoring opportunities rich within our industries’ connections. With an unrivaled retention rate of 95%, our team boasts numerous associates with over 20 years of service.

In 2017, Thomas M. Panczner was named President and Chief Executive Officer with James H. Eacott, III as Chairman of the Board, carrying on the family’s heritage and distinction as a fourth-generation led company.

Our Core Values

Safety

“Safety Always” from pre-construction to closeout, our team is determined to minimize risk to personnel and the overall project. Strategic planning is essential to project success and we provide knowledgeable, healthy employees who positively enforce industry safety standards and best practices. Our teams and subcontractors on every job site are involved in proactively promoting the safest conditions through training, preparing, planning, communicating, monitoring and reporting.

Diversity

BBE is committed to granting equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons and is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion as we actively create and engage in meaningful change in our communities, organization and job sites.

Creativity

Our highly-agile team of professionals works with our clients to select an approach that best suits their budget, program, schedule and aesthetic goals. Our outstanding people provide outstanding results that often save clients time and money and result in a better overall value and operating efficiency.

Committment

We strive to consistently provide high quality services, proactive teamwork and collaboration, and creative and effective approaches that result in highly successful projects.

Responsiveness

Our teams are specifically structured to each client’s needs and are fully accessible throughout the entire construction process.

Communicative

We engage with clients from early in the conceptual stages of projects through to the final closeout. We tailor our reporting to meet the specific needs of our clients.

Our Roots

Fun Fact

BBE is the only company in Connecticut to have had four Presidents of the AGC/CT.

1909

Normand D. Brainard graduates from Yale University - Sheffield Scientific School.

1912
Burton Bartlett graduates from Yale University - Sheffield Scientific School.
1914

James H. Eacott graduates from Bliss Business College.

1921

Bartlett-Brainard Co. is founded by Normand Brainard and Burton Bartlett at Asylum Street, Hartford, CT.

1923
Work on Hartford Seminary Foundation begins, repeat work continues for 25 years.
1925

James H. Eacott, Sr. joins Bartlett-Brainard Co.

1930

Bartlett-Brainard Co. constructs 1st hangar for Pratt & Whitney at Rentchler Field (see 1992).

1938

The famed Flood ravages Hartford, including Bartlett-Brainard Co.

1950
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).
1957

Work for Pratt & Whitney begins with construction of a Power House, a long relationship to follow into the future.

1959
Company becomes Bartlett Brainard Eacott (BBE) as the Eacott family acquires managing interest, Bartlett and Brainard retire and James H. Eacott, Jr. becomes President.
1965

BBE completes additions to the State Library and Supreme Court Buildings in Hartford.

1975
BBE is a founding member of Construction Institute.
1978
James H. Eacott, III becomes President of BBE, James H. Eacott, Jr. moves to Chairman of the Board position.
1983
BBE constructs The Stanley Works World Headquarters, led by Superintendent Susan Eacott of the Eacott family.
1987-1990
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.
1987

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.

1988
BBE completes University of Connecticut’s Gampel Pavilion, a 216,000 sf, multi-purpose arena, the largest on-campus arena in New England.
1990
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.
1991
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.
1992
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 1930 with high-tech training capabilities.
1992
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.
1995-1997
BBE completes two new dormitories at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor.
1997-2001
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”.
1999
Completed on time and within budget, BBE completed the 31,500 sf Foundation Building at the University of Connecticut.
2000-2003
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.
2000
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.
2000
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.
2003
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.
2005
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.
2005-2010
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.
2006
BBE named Construction Manager of the Year by AGC/CCIA of Connecticut.
2007
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.
2008
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.
2008
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.
2009
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.
2009
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.
2009
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.
2010
BBE performs Construction Management services and oversees complete demolition and abatement of an 8-story, 1,000,000 square foot concrete structure for Aetna.
2012-Present
When Stanley and Black & Decker merge, BBE is hired to renovate multiple buildings on the newly acquired Towson Maryland campus.
2013
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.
2014-2018
BBE completes interior renovations and mechanical/electrical infrastructure improvements to Cigna’s headquarters in Bloomfield.
2015
BBE’s Marko Kaar is named Safety Professional of the Year by Associated General Contractors of Connecticut.
2017
Thomas M. Panczner becomes Chief Executive Officer and carries on as the fourth generation of the family-owned operations.
2017
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.
2020

BBE earns Community Service Award as a major contributor, participant and fundraiser for:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Light the Night Hartford Habitat for Humanity Foodshare Turkey and Thirty CCMC Holiday Toy Drive

2020

Bartlett Brainard Eacott, Inc. earns 2020 CCIA Safety Recognition - Platinum Level Award

2021
BBE celebrates 100 years in business.
2021
BBE completes over 200,000 sf manufacturing renovation for Economy Spring & Stamping.