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Chairman's Message September 2019: Supporting our Growing Construction Workforce with Woburn High School

For ABC member companies to continue to thrive, we must take a hard look at our talent pipeline. With an aging workforce that in some cases is not suited to keep up with exponential growth of the construction industry, we need to identify young people at the start of their career and expose them to the many opportunities our member companies can offer. As we well know, the construction industry is about relationships, and a good case in point is the one ABC MA has been developing with Woburn Memorial High School. Our Building Mass Careers team has made multiple presentations to various students about construction. We held an industry roundtable, bringing in five ABC member firms to discuss trends in their sectors of the industry and their specific company hiring practices. Building Mass Careers hosted a three-day OSHA-10 Construction Outreach Safety and Health course attended by 18 students who received their OSHA 10 card. We are currently working to establish a job shadow and externship program in conjuncti ...

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Heidi Aliski, LEED AP Joins Kaplan Construction

BOSTON – September 4, 2019 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today that Heidi Aliski, LEED AP has joined the firm as a project manager. With over 17 years in the design and construction industry, Heidi started her career as a designer/drafter and intern architect before moving into project management for construction companies. Her background gives her a unique perspective on the design and construction process, one that will serve her well as she works with owners, architects, and engineers to ensure Kaplan projects are built in accordance with construction documents.“Heidi brings a strong background at both design and construction firms, which we feel will benefit our clients on multiple levels,” said Nate Peck, president of Kaplan Construction. “Our work has always been driven by the needs of our clients and we feel Heidi’s project experience dovetails nicely with our portfolio of proje ...

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Official Announcement: RBF Joints its Practice with Withum

(Boston, MA) Effective August 1, 2019, Rucci, Bardaro & Falzone P.C. (RBF), an accounting and advisory firm based in Woburn, MA, joined its practice with WithumSmith+Brown, PC (Withum), a regional CPA and consulting firm with 12 offices, 1,100 team members and annual revenue of $220M, ranking in the top 25 firms in the country. RBF will remain at their location in Woburn, MA.“We are excited about joining forces with Withum,” says Bill Rucci, CPA, MST, CGMA, Managing Partner at RBF. “Since its inception in 1985, RBF has been committed to providing clients with insightful, custom solutions while encouraging our own people toward superior achievement on behalf of our clients, our profession, and themselves. Withum exemplifies the same ‘Withum Way’ philosophy of client-centric, personalized attention and a commitment to excellence which is tremendously important to us.” Withum’s Managing Partner and CEO Bill Hagaman, CPA, CGMA, also noted that Withum has been seeking the right fit to enhance its presence in the G ...

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Erland Construction Announces New Project at Lesley University

Lesley University, a private university committed to transformative education through active learning, scholarly research, diverse forms of artistic expression, and the integration of rigorous academics with practical, professional experience, has teamed with Prellwitz Chilinski Associates and Erland Construction to revamp 16,000sf within Sherrill Hall, an existing library and classroom building on the school’s Cambridge campus. The 6-month renovation will revitalize the building’s use for students, faculty and staff; creating new places to learn, study, and interact with one another.The first floor of the building will be outfitted with a new study room, café, and conference rooms as well as workstations, lounge seating and circulation desk. The basement level, where majority of the library’s books are stored, will also receive an upgrade including the installation of compact shelving, student lockers, and a kitchenette. In addition to these reconfigurations, the building’s fire protection system will be upd ...

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Delphi Completes Renovations to Waterfront Retreat Center in Duxbury

August 21, 2019-Mashpee, Massachusetts--Delphi Construction, Inc. announced completion of the renovation of St. Marina’s Guest House belonging to the Society of St. Margaret, an Episcopal Religious Order headquartered in Duxbury Massachusetts.The $1.25 million renovation and small addition was the third project Delphi has completed for the Sisters at their retreat property. Work involved approximately 3,900 square feet of renovation to an early 1940’s building which had originally served as a family summer home. Architectural design for the project was provided by Saltonstall Architects of Marion, Ma. Delphi managed the project out of their Mashpee office on Cape Cod.“Delphi is proud to have been selected to manage yet another project for the Sisters. We appreciate the trust the community has placed in us and value the strong relationship we have built with the community. Thanks to the outstanding design work of our frequent project partners, Saltonstall Architects, this completed project, together with pas ...

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Delphi to Handle Renovation of Historic Cape Cod Church

AUGUST 14, 2019-Mashpee-MA- Multi-Market construction management firm, Delphi Construction Inc. announced today that they have been selected to handle the historic renovation and addition to The First Congregational Church in Chatham, Massachusetts.The historically significant church was first established in 1693 with a number of meeting houses constructed over the centuries. The current project will involve extensive renovations to portions of an 1830’s building, construction of an addition for new administrative spaces, a robing room and a new location for the church pipe organ. New mechanical/HVAC systems, plumbing and electrical upgrades will be added along with a new four stop elevator to provide handicap accessibility throughout the building. Design on the $2m+ project was provided by Design Associates of Cambridge with structural and civil engineering from Coastal Engineering of Orleans. Pomroy Associates of East Bridgewater is the Owner’s Project Manager. Delphi is managing construction out of their M ...

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Kaplan Construction Starts Work at Boston University

Rendering courtesy of studioMLA Architects Kaplan Construction Starts Work at Boston University New construction and renovations for Children’s Center and Case Athletic Center BOSTON – August 14, 2019 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced it has started work on two projects for Boston University (BU). The company is providing construction management services at the BU Children’s Center and the Case Athletic Center. After a full demolition in May, Kaplan began construction on an expanded facility for BU Children’s Center, a full-time early childhood education program for children of BU faculty and students. An existing historic 17,000 SF house at 10 Lenox Street in Brookline, Mass. will be fully renovated, and Kaplan will build a new 3,000 SF building in the demolished space that will connect to the main facility. The house will undergo a complete rehab ...

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JM Coull Completes New Headquarters for Quanterix

Maynard, MA – JM Coull (JMC), recently completed renovations for Quanterix’s new headquarters on Middlesex Turnpike in Billerica. The two-story, 90,000 sf facility combines operations from the company’s previous Lexington and Billerica sites, and includes labs, expanded manufacturing areas, offices, a café, and a fitness facility. The new building provides the necessary space to accommodate Quanterix’s continued growth as a leader in biomarker technology. JMC worked with Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects and Fitzemeyer & Tocci on the project. The project’s preconstruction phase was completed under JMC’s two-part StartSmart® Preconstruction Program. Quanterix develops and markets revolutionary digital biomarker analysis devices used by researchers to closely examine critical biomarkers in numerous therapeutic areas, such as oncology, neurology, cardiology, inflammation, and infectious diseases. The company counts biopharma firms such as Pfizer, Merck, Shire, Sanofi, and Biogen among its customers.Heather Waic ...

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Boston Globe Editorial: After Boston Calling case, no more business as usual at City Hall

The following is an editorial from The Boston Globe, published after the Boston Calling case verdict. 8/8/2019 After Boston Calling case, no more business as usual at City Hall Only two City Hall officials were on trial in federal court, but it was a culture, a way of doing business, that was exposed for all to see. And nothing about it was pretty. Kenneth Brissette and Timothy Sullivan were both found guilty of conspiracy Wednesday, and Brissette of extortion, for illegally pressuring a concert producer to hire members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union, which was among the mayor's political supporters in 2013. The verdict came as a shock to many observers. Indeed, the two defendants have won a lot of sympathizers in the city, who feel they've been singled out for punishment for a practice that's been tolerated with a wink for decades. It took the conscience of a jury to conclude that even if the two men didn't invent playing favorites with city permits, it's s ...

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ABC Associate Member Claro Advisors Ranks Nationally for Growth

Claro Advisors, an associate ABC Massachusetts member, recently made the RIA list of top 50 fastest growing firms in the country. Claro was ranked as the 19th fastest growing firm in 2019, with 38.6 percent growth in assets managed. 
            The firm was founded just 7 years ago in 2012 by Ryan Belanger. Claro offers better planning, investing, and relationships with clients than traditional brokerage firms. They offer a goal-based planning approach that puts the priority and focus on their clients. They currently manage over $350 million of client assets, with a diverse team of 10 financial advisors and 3 support staff members. James Abbott, Vice President and Financial Advisor at Claro, sits on the ABC Board locally and nationally. 

To learn more about Claro Advisors and their services, click here
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