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Erland Construction Completes New Building on New England Business Center Campus

ANDOVER, MA/July 24, 2019 – Erland Construction, alongside architecture firm ARC and Eastport Real Estate Services, recently completed construction of a new building centrally located within the New England Business Center office park in Andover, Mass.   The New England Business Center is home to some of the region’s major corporations and offers a dynamic corporate setting in the Greater Boston Area. The five-building, 262,469 -square-foot office park is ideally situated at the junction of Interstate 93 and River Road and is just minutes from Interstate 495 and Route 128. New England Business Center offers proximity to southern New Hampshire and convenient access from Boston.   This new 17,800-square-foot, two-story amenities-focused building features a modern café with indoor and outdoor seating and meeting areas, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center and locker rooms. The addition of these services and spaces creates a more vibrant workplace environment f ...

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Chairman's Message August 2019: What's Happening at Gould Construction Institute - Your ABC Member-Focused School

The middle of summer isn’t usually a time when we think a lot about school, but as the construction industry becomes ever more sophisticated, education and training can never be far from our minds.  Whether it’s tradespeople or office employees, our workers need to stay up to date with new technologies and other evolving processes. ABC’s Gould Construction Institute (GCI) can be just the resource you need to keep your employees on the cutting edge.  The Gould offers construction training to educate current workers and develop the next generation of trained craftspeople.  To get a sense of some of the benefits GCI can provide for your company, I urge you to go online and check their training calendar to see what’s coming up. Training promotes excellence.  You may not have known that our chapter produced the best pipefitter in the country for 2019.  Fresh off DECCO employee Sean O’Dowd’s first-place finish at the National ABC Craft Competition, ...

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Woman Struck by Falling Guardrail in North End of Boston

A young woman walking her dog was critically injured last Thursday, July 25, after being struck by a guardrail that fell off the roof of a five-story construction site in the North End of Boston. A crane was lifting materials when it pushed the railing over the edge. The woman was struck in the head while walking down an uncovered sidewalk, and taken to the hospital in stable but critical condition.  Corolla Contracting, based in Winthrop, had a permit to replace a rubber roof at 47 Commercial Wharf East. Officials found Corolla to have violated the permit by also removing a deck. According to The Boston Globe, Corolla Contracting has been cited for 8 safety violations since 2010. (Boston Globe July 2019).  Tragic accidents like this are why ABC makes clear to our members that safety must always be a priority given the inherent dangers of construction work. Our thoughts are with the injured woman as we wish her a full and speedy recovery, and we remind our members to be careful on all worksites ...

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ABC Member James Grillo Receives "Super Lawyer" Nomination

Congratulations to 2019 Super Lawyer James Grillo!

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NEI General Contracting Completes Project for The Neighborhood Developers

BOSTON – July 23, 2019 – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, announced today the completion of Acadia, a 42,000 SF new affordable housing development with 34 units located in Chelsea, Mass. Located on the site of the former French Naturalization Club on Spencer Avenue, Acadia is the latest affordable housing project by The Neighborhood Developers (TND), a community development corporation (CDC) dedicated to building affordable homes in Chelsea, Revere and Everett. NEI General Contracting has constructed over a dozen buildings for The Neighborhood  Developers. Located only one block from Chelsea’s four elementary schools, and one block from major bus lines on Broadway, the building includes a community room, common laundry, on-site parking for all 34 homes, central air conditioning, and new landscaping and public way improvements along Spencer Avenue to benefit residents and community members alike.  “We have w ...

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ABC MA Future Leaders Hosts Event at the Waterclub at Marina Bay

On Thursday, July 18th, the ABC MA Future Leaders hosted their third event of the year at the Waterclub at Marina Bay in Quincy, MA.  Over 80 ABC Massachusetts members joined the ABC MA Future Leaders group for an evening of revelry and networking.  The threat of rain held off and those in attendance were treated to the gorgeous view of Marina Bay and the Boston skyline in the distance while enjoying the company of their fellow ABC members. We would like to thank all of you that attended and our generous sponsors that included Mobile Mini, Plumb House Inc, and TRAC Builders who made the evening possible.  This is the third straight Future Leaders event that has seen more than 80 attendees, and we will keep the momentum going on September 12th for our Future Leaders Boston Architecture Cruise! (register here)

See pictures from the night here !

Gould Construction Institute is Hiring Instructors!

GCI is looking for more instructors to add to our team for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year! Do you or someone you know have a Journeyman or Master License in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? Contact the GCI office to find out more about this opportunity to make some extra cash while giving back to your trade! Teaching experience is an plus, but not necessary. We are looking for instructors to teach the following courses: Electrical -  Tues & Thurs from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. (Andover) Sheet Metal -  Tues & Thurs from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. (Andover) Mon & Wed from 5:30 - 8:30 pm (Franklin) Tues & Thurs from 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Plymouth) HVAC Contractor -  *Need to have a refrigeration tech license to teach and we will do an orientation to familiarize you with this new curriculum* Mon & Wed from 5:30 - 8:30 pm (Franklin) Mon & Wed from 6:00 - 9:00 pm (North Adams) Tues & Thurs from 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Plymouth) Tues & Thurs fr ...

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NEI Hosts Charity Event for Wonderfund to Benefit Foster Kids in Need

JUNE 2019 NEI recently hosted a charity event at its headquarters in Randolph, Mass. for the Wonderfund to benefit foster children in the care of the Mass. Department of Children and Families (DCF). NEI donated $5,000 to host an Emergency Aid Hero event to benefit the Brockton office of the DCF. This donation was used to purchase clothing and age-appropriate comfort items, which were then sorted by size and gender by NEI employees to create kits for foster children transitioning into the system. Many of the 10,000 children who enter DCF foster care each year come into care with only the clothes on their backs. In this traumatic time, many children must leave their homes without necessary everyday items like winter coats, pajamas, underwear, shoes, or their favorite comforting teddy bear. Community support will help children in these difficult circumstances feel more comfortable and cared for as they enter their new surroundings. The Wonderfund is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)3 that serves children enga ...

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North Shore Mechanical Contractors Announces Its Acquisition by PA-based HB Global, LLC

DANVERS, MA (July 2, 2019) – North Shore Mechanical Contractors, Inc., (NSMC) announces it has been acquired by the PA-based company HB Global, LLC.  HB Global is the parent company of three other companies: HB McClure, IT Landes, and Nash Plumbing and Mechanical. Collectively, they offer a variety of mechanical services, including HVAC, plumbing, and electrical installation and service for both residential and commercial clients. NSMC will join these companies as a fourth division of HB Global. According to Brad Orsburn, NSMC vice president, the acquisition will mean more opportunities for NSMC employees and expanded resources for NSMC clients. “Becoming a division of HB Global will provide our staff with a greater number of career paths and the added benefit of employee ownership,” said Orsburn. “HB Global also aligns with NSMC’s core values, and we’re pleased to join a company that matches our culture.” Orsburn noted the company will retain the NSMC name ...

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Connolly Brothers and GraVoc Team Up to Provide 61 Beds for Children in Need

Connolly Brothers, a general contractor and construction management firm, and GraVoc Associates, a technology-consulting company, recently teamed up to sponsor a “Build A Bed” event on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Connolly Brothers offices in Beverly, Mass. to support A Bed for Every Child.  “When we heard about A Bed for Every Child and the work they are doing to help local disadvantaged kids, we instantly thought it was a great cause,” said Thad Minshall, vice president of real estate and development for Connolly Brothers. “As a fifth-generation construction company, the Build-A-Bed program dovetails nicely with our expertise and we knew this would be a great way to give back to the community. We were excited to host this event with GraVoc and we were thrilled by the support from local businesses.”   Launched in 2012, A Bed for Every Child provides beds for children living in poverty. Since its inception, the program has delivered more than 7,0 ...

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