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Apprentice Legislation Would Increase Problems with Restrictive Ratios

  Legislation requiring that apprentices be employed on all public construction projects in Massachusetts was recently heard by the Legislature’s Labor and Workforce Committee, and ABC MA submitted testimony noting that this proposal would only increase the existing problems posed by restrictive apprentice to journeyperson ratios that are a barrier to employment.      ABC’s comments pointed out that under MA prevailing wage law, apprentice to journeyperson ratios on public construction are based on those in union collective bargaining agreements, and these restrict apprentice employment based on the number of journeypersons employed.  In some trades, five journeypersons are required for each apprentice.  “At a time when the industry has a critical need to bring in new talent, these ratios are a huge barrier, and mandating  apprentices on public construction projects will only increase the problem,” said ABC MA President Gr ...

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Member Firm Haynes Group Working on New Brewery at Marina Bay in Quincy

  MASSACHUSETTS’ BREWERY DESIGN/BUILD TEAM PREPARES TO MAKE A SPLASH IN MARINA BAY The City’s Only Brewery & Taproom ‘Break Rock Brewing’ is an Ode to All Things Quincy   QUINCY, MA - July 2021 - It is almost time to check ‘craft brewery’ off as a reason for visiting the vibrant, coastal South Shore neighborhood of Marina Bay. The City of Quincy has long been one built by and for the diverse, hardworking communities that call it home. Break Rock Brewing plans to take that theme and run with it; highlighting the city’s unique history and those who make it great. Phase Zero Design has led architecture and interior design for the Break Rock brand’s first brewery and taproom. Haynes Group recently broke ground on the project and will manage construction efforts on-site. This will be the third brewery that the design/build team has collaborated on. In February of 2019, proprietor Jay Southwood connected with Mark Joyce, Associa ...

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Florence Electric LLC Honored in BBJ's Corporate Citizenship Awards

  via Boston Business Journal   The Boston Business Journal has released its annual list of the most charitable companies in Massachusetts. The list, released Thursday to highlight those giving back the most, includes 98 companies who donated at least $100,000 in cash contributions last year to Massachusetts-based charities and as much as nearly $29 million. The companies span real estate, insurance, banking, life sciences and healthcare, among others. The top 25 alone donated more than $282 million in cash in 2020, along with millions more in in-kind services and employee volunteer hours. That’s up from the year before, when the top 25 total was $235 million, indicating companies may have stepped up their contributions during a year when the pandemic and racial equality movements spurred some businesses to make new pledges. “The Boston business community has always been committed to helping the people and organizations in need, and 2020 was an extraordinary year,&rdquo ...

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Bills Dealing with Fraud in Construction Heard

  Bills dealing with the definition of fraud as it relates to construction were heard recently by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.  ABC MA submitted testimony outlining its concern with legislation that seeks to create a unique definition of fraud that applies only to construction.   An Act Relative to the Definition of Fraud in Construction Bid Laws (House Bill 3142 and Senate Bill 2086)  seeks to add a new definition of fraud to the public biddings laws that is significantly different from the common law definition that now applies.  Under this proposed new definition, the fraud does not have to be relied upon and does not have to relate to a material, or substantive, fact.  This means that a contractor who submits information to an awarding authority or government entity with an unintentional minor mistake that had no bearing on a determination could be found to have committed fraud ...

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HELICAL Drilling Announces New Hires as they Continue to Expand

  HELICAL Drilling in the last year expanded their team by adding 5 new strategic hires - four Project Managers; Nick Hetland, E.I.T., Christopher Navien, P.E., Andrew Jefferson, E.I.T., Jeff Costa, P.E. and a Design Engineer, Stephen Murphy. HELICAL also expanded their office space and continues to add staff to their engineering and field construction teams. The expanded group of Project Managers and Designers will continue to foster, develop and manage the market demand for HELICAL’s full-suite of geotechnical design/build services including ground improvement, excavation support, and deep foundations (piles).     “It is an exciting time at HELICAL,” says President, Chad Graybill. “These new roles and employees will be a critical contribution in the expansion of our geotechnical design/build services to better serve our existing and future customers.”   The group of Project Managers join HELICAL with previous experience in Civil and Geote ...

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Shift in Health Licensing Boards Takes Effect; Licensing Agency Renamed

  From the State House New Service - July 15, 2021   With only one of the two branches of the Legislature weighing in within its allotted time, Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to transfer 13 health-related licensing boards and the 88,000 licenses they oversee from the Division of Professional Licensure to the Department of Public Health took effect on its own this past weekend.  The  changes also includes the renaming of the Division of Professional Licensure as the Division of Occupational Licensure. The Senate on Thursday adopted Baker's reorganization plan (H 3774), which was filed under Article 87 of the Constitution, but the House did not take the matter up before adjourning until Monday morning. Under Article 87, executive branch reorganizations require a legislative hearing within 30 days of being filed and a committee vote within 10 days of the hearing, deadlines the Legislature met with this latest plan. The legislative branch is given 60 days from ...

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Celebration of an Excellent Life - Remembering Tim Barton

  ABC member firm DECCO, Inc. joined with the family of Tim Barton to hold  a celebration of life on Sunday, July 18 in his honor at the Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis, NH.  Barton was  a principal at DECCO and a former leader, mentor, and friend of ABC and the Gould Construction Institute, who passed away in June of 2020. Tim was active in both ABC MA and ABC NH/VT.  For the Massachusetts Chapter, Tim served on the ABC MA Board of Directors and was a longtime member of the Gould Construction Institute Board of Trustees, where he served as chairman.  He also served on the Board of the ABC Workers Compensation Self-Insurance Group.  He mentored five DECCO apprentices to first-place finishes in the pipefitting competition at the National ABC Craft Competition.  He was remembered by family, colleagues and friends as a unique person whose concern for others was unmatched. We want to thank the entir ...

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Building Mass Careers is Recruiting Pre-Apprenticeship Candidates for September 2021

  ABC Massachusetts' workforce development arm, Building Mass Careers, is recruiting candidates for the MassHire Metro North Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Facilities Maintenance or Construction Trades that will begin on September 13, 2021. This program is free to participate in.   Building on the success from the first pre-apprenticeship program from the spring of 2021, ABC MA's Director of Workforce Development, Steve Sullivan, will instruct the group as they progress through the 160-hour training program which is designed to prepare Metro North residents for registered apprenticeships in facilities maintenance or trade-related construction occupations. Training will include an introduction to facilities maintenance, construction, financial literacy, and job readiness.  Successful program graduates will receive assistance applying for an apprenticeship in their chosen pathway.   Cadidate Requirements: Residents of the Metro North region who are unemployed or ...

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Haynes Group and Maugel Architects Complete Construction on Lightforce Orthodontics New Location

  Burlington, MA – The Haynes Group, in collaboration with Maugel Architects, just wrapped up renovations on a 12,236 square foot one-story steel framed structure for Lightforce Orthodontics.  Headquartered in Cambridge, MA., Lightforce Orthodontics is a breakthrough company responsible for engineering the first ever 3D printed bracket made of ceramic polycrystalline alumina, marking the first-time orthodontists were able to create personalized fixed appliance treatments.  Haynes Group, founded in 2001, has a successful track record of completing office buildouts of various sizes and scopes for companies throughout Eastern New England.  “Every job has their unique qualities,” said Emily Bozek, Project Manager at Haynes Group, Inc. “Our goal is to ensure the client receives great customer service no matter the size or project type.”  Having the right team is the key to any successful project. “On this project we had a ...

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ABC Meets with Boston Mayor Kim Janey

  ABC MA met with Mayor of Boston Kim Janey last week and discussed how the lack of opportunity for open shop construction in Boston exacerbates the city’s housing costs and closes off employment opportunities for Boston residents, including minorities.      ABC discussed recent data from a City of Boston disparity study that was presented by the chairman of Boston Employment Commission (BEC) at a recent oversight hearing of the Boston City Council. The data shows that between 2014 and 2019 the City of Boston spent $986 million on construction that was essentially all union, and of that only 11.8 million, or 1.2 percent, went to businesses owned by minorities.  In contrast, just three open shop projects during the same time (Olmsted Green, Granite Lena and Whittier II) spent $25.6 million minority contractors and related businesses.     “In other words, one or two non-union projects have directed the same amount of money to black and ...

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