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Soderberg receives statewide honor

CARIBOU, Maine — Local contractor Carl Soderberg of Soderberg Construction recently received the Business Friend of Education Award from the Maine School Boards Association for assisting with numerous construction projects related to Caribou schools.

The association presented the award during an Oct. 24 conference in Augusta.

Soderberg has provided labor, heavy equipment, and materials for a myriad of projects related to Caribou’s new PreK-8 Community School. As part of the new school project, Soderberg Construction helped demolish the former Sincock Administrative building on Main Street as well as the Caribou Learning Center on Bennett Drive.

Additionally, Soderberg Construction is also providing the majority of work for a new park in Caribou where the Caribou Learning Center once stood, in addition to being a major subcontractor on the new school project.

The company also provided the necessary materials and labor for a tennis court at Caribou High School, developed ski, snowshoe, and walking trails to be used by students and residents, and constructed a soccer practice field as well as a hill for Alpine ski practice.

The RSU 39 Board of Education nominated Soderberg for this honor, and according to a press release from Maine School Management Association Communications Director Vicki Wallack, Soderberg was “instrumental” in saving the new school project following a lone bid significantly higher than the budget allowed.

“He worked with the main builder and architects to lower the construction costs,” Wallack said, “and as a subcontractor, made significant concessions and financial sacrifices so the project could go on.”

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