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Chairman's Message - October 2020

All of you are well aware of the presidential election coming up on November 3rd. But I bet that a far smaller number know that October is Careers in Construction Month. The confluence of these two events provides a reminder of just how big a role construction plays in the national economy.In recent years, the focus in our industry has been on trying to find enough qualified employees to meet booming demand. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has paused that narrative, it hasn’t stopped it. Over time, demand for construction talent is still expected to outpace the supply.ABC continues to do its part to address this issue. Last year alone, ABC members nationally invested more than $1.5 billion to provide over 1.1 million course attendees with craft, leadership and safety training. At $1,100 per employee, safety education accounted for nearly half of member companies’ total workforce investment.Our chapter’s education and training efforts continue despite the disruption caused by the pandemic. Thanks to the ...

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Since Covid-19, Many More Mechanic’s Liens Filed (by Robert P. Rudolph, Esq.)

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in reliance on force majeure and other clauses in construction contracts due to delays caused by COVID-19, such as construction shutdowns and social distancing. This has caused construction projects to stop or slow, stopping or slowing payment, and has resulted in an increase in the filing of mechanic’s liens. The Massachusetts Mechanic’s Lien Law, General Law Chapter 234, outlines the procedure for a contractor, subcontractor, material person or design professional to enforce a statutory lien on real property for the payment of money owed on a project by an owner for labor or materials furnished for improvements to the property during the course of construction. Once established, a mechanic’s lien is of significant value, and gives the lienholder the right to foreclose on the property and recover the monies owed by forcing a sale of the property. The Massachusetts Mechanic’s Lien Law is a strict compliance statute. This means that strict ...

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Kaplan Construction Earns Spot on BBJ’s List of Family-Owned Businesses in Mass

BOSTON – October 20, 2020 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today it was named to the annual List of Largest Family-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts published by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ). The BBJ ranked the largest family-owned businesses in Massachusetts based on total 2019 Revenue. Kaplan made the same list in 2018.Founded in 1976, Kaplan Construction’s highly experienced staff has worked together for many years, building a strong resume of renovation and new construction projects for commercial, healthcare, multi-family, and worship clients along the way. In 2014 Kaplan announced the culmination of a three-year management transition in which Jane Kaplan Peck was appointed chief operating officer (COO) and majority owner, and Nathan Peck was promoted to president. “Family has remained our foundation as Kaplan Construction has grown and evolved since its founding 44 years ago. ...

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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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