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ABC Honored to Receive the Pledge to America's Workers Presidential Award

Associated Builders and Contractors Massachusetts Chapter is honored to announce that ABC National, through it’s 69 chapters and 21,000-plus members has received the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award, ABC was selected based on its achievements in workforce education and fulfilling its 2018 pledge to recruit and upskill at least 500,000 workers by 2023.In 2019 alone, ABC members invested $1.5 billion to provide more than 1.1 million course attendees with craft, leadership and safety education to build a construction workforce that is safe, skilled and productive. Safety education accounted for nearly half of the total workforce investment, averaging more than $1,100 per employee.“These 2019 training accomplishments are phenomenal”, boasted Steve Sullivan, Director of Workforce Development at the ABC Massachusetts Chapter. “Our member companies invest mightily in their workforce. Construction training is not inexpensive. Our companies form worker loyalty when they spend thousands of dollars a year ...

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LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS FISHERMANS WATCH IN SWAMPSCOTT RECENTLY COMPLETED

Groom Construction Co., Inc. recently completed Fishermans Watch, a collection of 28 luxury condominiums in Swampscott, MA. Within six months of delivery, all units were sold. This $22,000 development includes 2-3-bedroom residences, each providing unique layouts ranging from 1,400 to 2,500 SF varying from single level garden units to two-story penthouses. The five-story building is situated at the highest point in Swampscott, with many of the units providing sweeping ocean views of Swampscott, Nahant, and the Boston skyline. On-site amenities include a rooftop club room, fitness room, private terraces, gardens, and garage parking. The project was designed by Groom Construction and Grazado Velleco Architects with interior finishes by John Day of LDa Architecture & Interiors. Tom Groom, Principal and Developer for Fishermans Watch said, “We have been working on Fishermans Watch with this team for many years — taking an abandoned 100,000 SF school and making it into a condominium building.  We are thrilled t ...

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NEI General Contracting Completes Hattie Kelton Apartments

BOSTON – October 6, 2020 – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, announced today the completion of a 56,290 SF, four-story residential building with 1,000 SF of commercial space at 61 Heath Street in Jamaica Plain, Mass. for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), along with the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation. Designed to create affordable rental options and bring life to a long-vacant parcel, this project is named in honor of Hattie Kelton, a local resident who spent decades advocating for the Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill communities.Located a quarter mile from the Jackson Square MBTA station, the Hattie Kelton Apartments are comprised of 11 one-bedroom units, 22 two-bedroom units, and 14 three-bedroom units. One hundred percent of the apartments are affordable, and most are designated for families earning up to 60% of area median income with a portion of units set aside for formerly homeless and people wit ...

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Erland Construction Builds Cotting School’s New Multi-Purpose Athletic Addition

LEXINGTON, MA/September 30, 2020 – Erland Construction has teamed up with ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge to design and build a multi-purpose athletics addition for Cotting School in Lexington, Mass. The School’s ultimate goal is to provide a venue for its students to achieve their highest learning potential and level of independence. Cotting School is a private, non-profit inclusive community that fosters academic achievement, skill development and social-emotional maturity by meeting the unique needs of students ages 3-22 with a broad spectrum of learning and communication disabilities, physical challenges and complex medical conditions by providing an array of integrated services. “This building project will make possible needed improvements in facilities, curriculum and programs to keep Cotting School on the cutting edge of special education,” said David Manzo, President of Cotting School. “We are excited to continue to meet the needs of our current and future students in this, our 126th year of in ...

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Tecta America New England – Billerica Promotions

Dan Pass has been promoted from project manager to general manager of the Billerica branch, and Dillon Owens has been promoted from project manager to director of operations in Billerica.

Dan joined the Billerica team in 2011 after graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a degree in Construction Management, and Dillon joined the Brockton team in 2018 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Entrepreneurial Studies. Both Dan and Dillon are hardworking, team oriented, and eager to help the company grow.

Chairman's Message September 2020

A lot of attention has been focused on how education will take place this fall. Classes will be online at ABC’s Gould Construction Institute, but GCI has used the summer to maximize the effectiveness of virtual schooling.All instructors have received training on how to transition from in-person to virtual classes, as well as how to use the Zoom platform. To keep virtual classes manageable for instructors, class size has been capped at 20 students. If there is additional demand, we will create another virtual class. GCI team members have been taking part in the virtual orientations with the students and instructors and will continue to monitor the progress of the classes.When it comes to hours missed last spring due to COVID, any student who was unable to complete their hours will have an opportunity to take free make-up classes this year. They can double up on classes and go four nights a week by registering for a class at a different location on opposite nights. For trades that allow it, we are offering onli ...

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ABC Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Self-Insurance Group Fund Year 2019 - Annual Awards

Zero Lost Dollars in Fund Year 2019 Architectural Caulking & Waterproofing, Inc. Associated Concrete Coatings Commercial Drywall & Construction Co. Florence Electric LLC Forish Construction Company, Inc. Ryan Construction, Inc. Veterans Development Corporation W.T. Kenney Company, Inc.   Loss Ratio Under 10% in Fund Year 2019 Crocker Architectural Sheet Metal Co., Inc. D&D Electrical Contractors D'Allessandro Corporation J.J. Bafaro, Inc. J.J. Cardosi, Inc. Kaplan Construction Medford Wellington Service Company, Inc. Metro Walls, LLC MJM Masonry, Inc. New England Waterproofing, Inc. Piping Systems, Inc. Plumb House, Inc. Professional Electrical Contractors of CT Rivers Electrical Corporation Schernecker Property Services, Inc. Valley Concrete & Construction, Inc.   Service as President of The Board in 2019: Tim Hjermstad - Florence Electric LLC   Service as Chair of Safety Committee in ...

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Remembering John Sloane, Longtime Interstate Electrical and Industry Leader

We are saddened to report the passing of a great individual who more than made his mark on our industry and our association. John Sloane, a Regional Vice President and 40-year team member at Interstate Electrical Service Corp., passed away recently after what his colleagues rightly described as a heroic battle with cancer. John had been active in ABC in many ways over many years in everything from education and training to programs and events. He recently served as a member of the State Board of Examiners of Electricians. John had scores of friends throughout ABC and the industry at large. Throughout his battle with cancer, he continued his passionate and dedicated approach to life and work, never letting it get the better of him.The services for John were held Sept. 2nd and 3rd. Anyone who wishes to extend their condolences to the family may do so via www.keefefuneralhome.com. John’s family has requested that those wishing to make a contribution in John’s honor do so to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Attn ...

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Help ABC Honor Tim Barton

Support My Turn and their work to assist economically, socially and educationally disadvantaged youth.   Tim Barton, longtime leader at DECCO and ABC, the ABC SIG and the Gould Construction Institute, passed away suddenly last month at just 64.   Tim’s passing is a huge loss on so many levels, and the Chapter and SIG Boards of ABC MA and ABC NH/VT, as well as the GCI Board are united in wanting to honor Tim by supporting an organization and a cause that was a passion of his.   The organization is My Turn, a not-for-profit based in Manchester, NH,  and the cause is providing opportunity to young people in need of some help.     In working with My Turn on pre-apprenticeship programs for DECCO, Tim developed a strong and close relationship with the organization and the young people it serves and helped a number of individuals become successful apprentices with new skills and confidence.   There were few mentors ...

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August 2020 Chairman's Message

The way we in the construction industry think of “safety” has certainly expanded in recent months. It used to be that safety meant ensuring that all our employees made it home to their families every night. Then came COVID, and a whole new set of precautions to keep our people healthy and our industry functioning with it.A recent heatwave reminds us that we must also take steps to protect employees from exposure to the sun and heat while abiding by COVID-19 health guidelines. The fact that it’s hot this time of year is not exactly front-page news, but it’s too easy to forget to take the necessary precautions in the midst of focusing on the many steps we’re already taking to keep the Coronavirus at bay.The first step is to encourage employees to wear the right clothing. Cotton soaks up sweat and stays wet longer, which keeps heat from penetrating the body. Loose-fitting garments are preferable since they maximize the breathability and airflow that help cool the skin and body.It’s also a good idea to wear opaqu ...

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