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Electrical Board Meeting Update (10/22/18)

The Electrical Board met on October 22nd at Southeastern Regional Vocational School in South Easton, MA. In addition to regular board meeting attendees, there were vocational high school electrical students in the audience. The following occurred during the meeting:
  • The Board reviewed and explained the purpose and functions of the Electrical Board as well as offer career advancement suggestions to help the students once they graduate
  • DPL has stopped issuing electrical permits in Merrimack Valley as of 10/5/18 in the areas affected by Columbia Gas due to a duplication in efforts with the towns and is now on standby if the towns need any assistance in processing. 
  • The board has reached out to MAVA and Local 103 to find off site meeting locations for next year

Chairman’s Message: The Year Ahead

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman It is my honor and privilege to serve as chair of ABC Massachusetts as we enter the new year.  I’d like to start by acknowledging the hard work and dedication of outgoing Chair John Anderson, as well as President and CEO Greg Beeman and the entire staff, who work diligently on behalf of our members.    We are in the midst of a five-year strategic plan that includes three primary goals: Workforce Development, Membership Development and Legislative Effectiveness.  And I’m happy to say that we have made significant progress on each of them. ​ In terms of workforce development, we graduated the first class of our pre-apprenticeship program in 2018, which was funded by a grant from the Commonwealth Corporation. This program is helping give member companies access to a much-needed group of eager young men and woman with basic construction training.  Most have already been placed.  We have also created the new position of Di ...

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Senator Bruce Tarr recognizes one of Burnell Controls Employees for outstanding Public Service

  Play Pause   Boston, MA, December 20, 2018 – Burnell Controls takes great pride in having one of its own employees, Tim Wareham receive a Citation of Appreciation presented on the Senate floor by Senator Bruce Tarr upon his retirement from the Town of Newbury Fire Department after twenty years of service. “Tim exemplifies the commitment an employee can make serving the needs of his local community through public service, even while leading our sales and marketing efforts” said Tom Burnell, President of Burnell Controls, Inc. “We ...

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Metro Walls Gives Back by Donating $20,000 to the NH Food Bank!

  Play Pause   ​Manchester, NH, December 13, 2018 - Metro Walls, Inc. gave back to the community this month by donating $20,000 to the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities NH. These funds will help to provide approximately 40,000 meals to those in need in New Hampshire   “We’re grateful to be in a position to give back to our community this holiday season.” says Mike Dion, President of Metro Walls, Inc.   “Our goal at the New Hampshire Food Bank is to eliminate hunger in New Hampshire altogether. ...

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Kaplan Construction Begins Work on JFK Crossing

BOSTON – December 12, 2018 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today that it has started construction on JFK Crossing, a five-story, 42,000 SF mixed-use building at 420 Harvard Street in Brookline, Mass. being developed by Aura Properties LLC. Kaplan is responsible for demolition and construction management for the project, which was designed by Embarc Studio. Construction started in September and is expected to be complete in August 2019. Named JFK Crossing after its proximity to John F. Kennedy’s former family home, the building will feature 25 residential units ranging from studio to three bedrooms, with 25 percent of the units set aside as affordable housing (40B). The podium-style building will feature two retail spaces on the first floor and 24 spaces in an underground parking garage. Amenities will include bicycle parking, a shared outdoor ...

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Nic Dalzell joins RPF Environmental, Inc.

​Amesbury, MA, December 11, 2018: RPF Environmental, Inc., an environmental health and safety consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Nic Dalzell has recently joined the team as a Project Manager. Mr. Dalzell has an impressive professional track record as a general manager at a prominent New England Staples location. Not only has he developed a team management approach, he has been completing measurably successful projects, providing top-notch customer service, as well as analyzing and solving complicated problems. Combined with his accelerated aptitude for environmental sciences, he will be a great benefit to RPF Environmental, Inc. and its customers.   Mr. Dalzell earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental biology with a minor in chemistry from Plymouth State University. While there, he earned the honor of being the Top Environmental Biology Student. He recently completed training to become an EPA accredited asbestos inspector with licensure pending for New Hampshire, Maine, and M ...

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JM Coull to Design-Build Waters Corporation’s Manufacturing Facility Expansion in Taunton, MA

Waters’ Precision Chemistry Facility will provide the firm with 134,000 sf of expanded space for its process operations. (Rendering courtesy of IFDI) Maynard, MA – JM Coull (JMC) has been retained by Waters Corporation to expand its current manufacturing facility in Taunton, MA. Waters is making a $215 million investment in expanding its manufacturing facility with a 135,000 square-foot addition.  ​ JMC has retained the services of Industrial Facilities Design, Inc. (IFDI) for architectural and structural engineering and, through IFDI, mechanical and electrical engineering services from NV5 and civil engineering through BSC Group as part of its turn-key design-build team. “I am delighted to have reached this point and I can’t say enough about our staff, design team, and Waters staff who have worked so collaboratively over many months as an integrated team,” comments President Andy Coull. “JMC has positioned our firm to work with companies like Wa ...

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2019 Annual ABC MA Planning Conference

Last week, over 30 ABC MA members attended our annual Strategic Planning Conference at The Conference Center at Waltham Woods. Laura Cataldo, of Baker Tilly, facilitated the day-long conference, which served as a continuation of our five year plan to enhance ABC's standing as a construction industry leader.   Last year's meeting focused on workforce development, membership and legislative affairs. We developed an action plan to focus on youth outreach and training, membership growth and engagement, and proactive leadership on industry issues. We also focused on improving coordination and collaboration between ABC, the Gould Construction Institute, Building Mass Careers, and the Merit Apprenticeship Program to maximize effectiveness, meet future opportunities, and more seamlessly address our members' needs.    This year we are focusing on workforce development and the enhanced collaboration and branding of ABC MA and our growing training affiliates, the Gould Constru ...

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Roseland Residential – A Mack Cali Company Partners with Erland Construction and Lessard Design to Build Cantera Apartment Complex

​MALDEN, MA./ November 29, 2018 – Erland Construction has been selected by Roseland Residential – A Mack Cali Company to construct three, five-story, high-end apartment buildings and a five-level precast parking garage in Malden, Mass. Cantera, a sister complex of Chase and Chase II, is Erland’s fourth project at Overlook Ridge and their third working with Lessard Design.   Cantera’s location alongside Route 1 reinforces the ease and convenience of modern living. Less than six miles from Boston and just minutes from Revere Beach, the new complex will provide its residents with sophisticated and state-of-the-art features. These new, multi-family buildings will feature studio-, one-, and two-bedroom luxury apartments with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. Cantera will add another tier of luxury to the surrounding community with amenities ranging from a yoga and spin studio to a virtual golf simulator and gaming lounge.   Roseland R ...

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

BOSTON – November 16, 2018 – 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 fourth year in a row. Finalists were honored during an event on Friday, October 26th at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston. ​ 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 careers. Since 2002, TCI has created a list of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses to highlight the achievements of these women throughout the state. “Women-led businesses are one of the fastest-growing sectors in our country, break ...

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