Client Testimonials

"A lot of local businesses bank with us, and some of them are subcontractors in the construction industry. We wanted to make sure our customers had an opportunity to participate in the project and CCI was very open to that. As it turned out, some of our customers were selected. But even those who weren't knew they were given a fair chance to bid on the project."

~ Jeff Savage, President and CEO, Franklin Savings Bank
"CCI has a reputation as a 'Can-Do' construction team.  They maintain schedules well under the pressure of a fast track project while offering knowledgeable alternatives to keep costs in line.  In tough situations, they can be flexible because they understand the needs of the design team as well as the owner, making them a pleasure to work with."
~ Tom Samyn, Principal, Samyn-D'Elia Architects, P.A.

"Ron did a great job and was THE most professional contractor I have EVER dealt with."

~ Regina Wentworth-Modoux, Owner, Progressive Foods

"I like the common sense approach CCI brings to our projects and I've gotten to know and trust the people who work with us from project to project. CCI shares our long-term view about investing in our schools and doing things right. We've worked with the same people over the years and know what to expect."

~ Mark Halloran, Superintendent of Schools, SAU #48

"CCI has been terrific to work with on every project.  The crews know us and our style.  It's also huge that Jeff tells us what we need to hear, not what we may want to hear.  This has always proven to be in everyone's best interest on a project.  Not to mention that we manage to have fun along the way.  That's also important!"

~ Jill Duncan, Director of Finance, New Hampton School

"CCI is passionately dedicated to their clients and their projects, and their construction quality, budgeting and scheduling abilities are exceptional."

~ Peter Stewart, Principal, Stewart Associates Architects

"Recently, we were particularly pleased with CCI when they 'went to bat for us' on two warranty issues; at no cost to us.  In today's climate of passing the buck, it was nice to know that the buck stopped at CCI's desk and they stood behind their product.  That speaks volumes of their character and commitment to their clients."

~ Lori Rowell, Director of Marketing and Sales, Pats Peak Ski Area

Conneston Construction, Inc.

Postal Mail / Email / Phone

Conneston Construction, Inc.
P.O. Box 7546
Gilford, NH 03247
Phone: 603-524-3776
Fax: 603-524-3681


Physical Address

Conneston Construction, Inc.
132 South Main Street
Laconia, NH 03246

Meet the Conneston Team ...

CCI employs four project managers, nine superintendents with an average of 35 years of experience in the construction trade, and 21 foremen, carpenters and laborers are on staff.  In our office, we maintain a low level of overhead with an administrative staff of two.

Jeffrey S. Downing, President

Jeffrey S. Downing, President

Jeff Downing is President and founding Principal of CCI, which began in 1992.  He has served as Principal-in-Charge and project manager on many major housing, school, hospitality and non-profit construction projects throughout his career.

Jeff is a past president of the Lakes Region Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  He has served as a director with the Pemi-Valley Habitat for Humanity and has served as an adjunct professor of business finance at New Hampshire Technical College.

Jeff's educational credentials are:  Northeastern University, MBA Degree; University System of New Hampshire, BPS in Business Management; New Hampshire Technical College, Manchester, Associate's Degree in Building Construction Technology.

Prior to founding CCI, Jeff worked for Mooney Corporation of Laconia, NH holding the position of Executive Vice President.  He has 30 years of commercial construction experience.

When not working, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, Jackie, and his children, Ben and Emily.  Jeff likes most outdoor activities, including golf, hiking, fishing, skiing and sailing.  Jeff plays basketball to stay in shape, and has played continuously since high school.

Did you know that Jeff is an avid windsurfer and loves spending a few weeks a year in the Dutch Caribbean ripping it up?

Bryant S. Lehr, Vice President

Bryant S. Lehr, Vice President

Bryant Lehr, Vice President, has been with CCI since 2002. Since that time he has served as project manager on many major manufacturing, housing, municipality, and retail construction projects.

Bryant's educational credentials are: University of New Hampshire; BS in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering option.

Bryant is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey and Colorado.

In his personal time, Bryant enjoys spending time with his family which includes his wife Heidi and four children Sydni, Sophia, Charlotte and Beckett. Bryant also enjoys skiing, golf, hiking and biking; although he hasn't done much of the last two lately.

Did you know that Bryant was a ski racing coach on the weekends in Colorado and has gone Heli-skiing in British Columbia?

Laura C. Larson, Chief Financial Officer

Laura C. Larson, Chief Financial Officer

Laura Larson, Chief Financial Officer, has been with CCI since 2004.  She is responsible for all aspects of financial reporting, human resources, insurance, information technology and marketing.

Laura received her B.S. in Accounting, with a minor in Finance, from Southern NH University.  She is also a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of NH.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys traveling with her husband, Erik, cooking, gardening and skiing.

Did you know Laura jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and is a roller coaster enthusiast?
The Rest Of Us

The Rest Of Us

And The Rest of Us . . .

CCI employs four project managers, nine superintendents with an average of 35 years of experience in the construction trade, and 21 foremen, carpenters and laborers are on staff.  In our office, we maintain a low level of overhead with an administrative staff of two.