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Recognizing the Best of 2020

On December 29th, 2020, ABC Massachusetts virtually held its annual Excellence in Construction Awards evening, a safe way to recognize and celebrate ABC members’ award-winning construction projects this year. Selected companies received either an Eagle Award, representing the pinnacle of achievement, or the Merit Award, for work that stands above the rest. The awards recognize overall excellence in project execution, craftsmanship, safety, innovative elements and challenges, and client satisfaction. Each winner was selected for high standards of craftsmanship, safety, and quality thanks to the talents of merit shop workers and the efficiency of the merit shop approach. “Our chapter is thrilled to recognize the outstanding work of our member contractors through the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards. Although the pandemic required our event to go virtual this year, we have never been prouder of these winners who proved that merit shop contractors are always prepared to perform under tr ...

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Kaplan Construction Completes Work at Holyoke Farms

New three-story apartment building creates 229 units of mixed income family housing BOSTON – December 17, 2020 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today that it has completed a new 17,000 SF, three-story apartment building and renovations to existing apartments at Holyoke Farms in Holyoke, Mass. The project creates 229 units of mixed income family housing across 32 buildings, including 217 renovated two- and three-bedroom townhouse apartments. The owner is Holyoke Farms Redevelopment LLC, a long-standing partnership between Maloney Properties and the Whiting Farms Tenant Association, and the developer/sponsor is Maloney Development LLC. “Kaplan sensitively responded to the occupied rehabilitation component of this project, ever mindful of the residents and minimizing disruption whenever possible. Despite a global health pandemic, we were able to meet all our goals with little interference to ...

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December 2020 Chairman's Message

It’s hard to believe that this is my last chairman’s message. In some ways, it seems like I’ve jut gotten started, but in others the pre-pandemic world of January and February is like another lifetime.I can’t tell you how proud I am of how our members have adapted during this most trying of years. You have made countless adjustments to ensure the safety of your employees and done it all without sacrificing the quality and dedication that is the hallmark of ABC member companies. And many of you have even found time to give back to the staggering number of our fellow citizens who have been laid low by the virus and the economic pain it has brought.But we’re not done yet! It’s my pleasure to congratulate the 2020 Excellence in Construction Awards. These companies stand as a symbol of the grit and perseverance of our member companies and their employees.While we won’t be able to gather for our normal in-person event to honor the winners, there will be a virtual reception on December 29th at 3 p.m. I hope yo ...

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NEI General Contracting Wraps Up Construction on Village at Nauset Green for Pennrose, LLC

"Affordable and workforce apartment development creates 65 units"BOSTON – November 4, 2020 – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, announced today the completion of Village at Nauset Green for Pennrose, LLC in Eastham, Mass. The $16.4 million, 65-unit development provides much needed affordable and workforce housing by offering 39 affordable units for people earning 60 percent of the area median income (AMI), 11 affordable units for people earning 30 percent of the AMI, and 15 workforce units. Four units are ADA accessible.Designed by The Architectural Team (TAT), the design aims to evoke the local Cape Cod style and create a small village feel for residents and the community at large. Centered around two common green spaces that offer recreation opportunities for people of all ages, the development features 27 one-bedroom, 31 two-bedroom, and seven three-bedroom apartments across 18 two and three-story wood-framed buildings. Located within walking dist ...

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Kaplan Construction Recognized as a Top 100 Women-Led Business in Massachusetts by The Commonwealth Institute

"WBE, family-owned construction management firm awarded prestigious honor for six consecutive years"BOSTON – November 9, 2020 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, is proud to announce that it has been named to the list of Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) for the sixth year in a row. Finalists were honored during a virtual event on November 6th and Kaplan ranked number 67. This is the 20th year TCI has recognized women-led businesses in Massachusetts and the list will be published in the Women & Power issue of The Boston Globe Magazine on November 8th.TCI was founded in 1997 to help women-led businesses in Massachusetts become and stay successful. TCI’s membership includes CEOs, senior corporate executives, entrepreneurs, executive directors of nonprofits and solo professionals who are committed to building successful businesses, organizations, and career ...

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Connolly Brothers Retained by Richardson Green to Design & Build New Multi-Tenant Building

BEVERLY, Mass. – November 4, 2020 – Connolly Brothers, Inc., a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients, announced today it has been retained by Richardson Green to design and build a new 56,000 SF multi-tenant building at 25 Rundlett Street in Middleton, Mass. Richardson Green is a family-run business specializing in all types of real estate with commercial office buildings located across the North Shore.Dubbed Stone Ridge, the single-story building is designed to meet the needs of flex industrial tenants with office, manufacturing, and warehouse space and features high bays.“We have worked with Connolly Brothers before and they were our first choice for this project,” said Peter and Chris Richardson, co-owners of Richardson Green. “Connolly does a great job with design-build projects and are very detail-oriented when it comes to producing drawings and budgets. They are very transparent about all bids and we have complete confidence in them as our constru ...

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Chairman's Message - November 2020

In the midst of the pandemic, it’s not easy to provide the training young people need to access lucrative construction careers. But ABC’s Gould Construction Institute (GCI) is rising to the occasion in these unprecedented times.When you look at responses from a recent survey of Gould students, it’s easy to see why a growing number of young men and women are looking to construction. One wrote, “Knowledge is power, and with the right focus and hard work, there will always be jobs for the trades.” “I wanted more than working 60 hours a week for low wages at the pizza shop I was at,” another added. Construction offers a pathway to a real career – without the massive college debt that is crippling so many graduates.Last spring, Gould began a remarkably smooth transition from classroom to online learning, which has come with some unexpected benefits. Since students can just head home after work and fire up their computers, they are spared the trip from work to the classroom, and then back home after class. Th ...

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Workplace Regulations Up in Smoke? Changes and Challenges Faced by Massachusetts Employers Due to Evolving Massachusetts Marijuana Law

By Mark Rumson, Esq. (Rudolph Friedmann LLP)Laws permitting the medicinal use of marijuana were enacted in Massachusetts in 2012 and on July 1, 2018, recreational marijuana was legalized. The Commonwealth’s evolving law governing marijuana usage presents profound challenges for Massachusetts employers seeking to protect their customers, employees and themselves. This article will briefly examine some of the current trends in marijuana laws, highlight employers’ rights and duties to address marijuana use in the workplace and provide helpful hints for employers to craft policies that address marijuana use among employees.The legalization of recreational marijuana started in 2016 with a ballot initiative by Massachusetts voters. The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, M.G.L.c.94G (referred to as the “Marijuana Act”), took effect on December 15, 2016 and beginning July 1, 2018 recreational marijuana could be legally sold, taxed and consumed in Massachusetts.The Marijuana Act expressly permits employers to p ...

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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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