JM Coull, working with Maugel Architects and GPR Engineering Solutions, is constructing a new 7,000 sf architectural design showroom in Acton, MA for Alpha Cars & Ural Motorcycles of New England, a full service automotive and motorcycle dealership. This will be their second facility; the company’s existing showroom is located in Boxborough, MA, where they have been operating since 1998. Construction is anticipated to begin in early June 2017.
The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation celebrated the completion of Whittier-Lyndhurst-Washington Apartments. This initiative involved the transformation of four problem properties into 44 affordable rental units. All sites are within a half-mile radius of one another in the Codman Square neighborhood of Dorchester.
ABC member company NEI was responsible for construction on two of the properties including the new construction of a LEED Silver certifiable four-story building on a formerly vacant lot on Washington Street. The structure features a combination of eight residential units and 1,000 SF of retail/office space on the first floor. The second property involved the historic rehab of a century old three-story brick structure on Lyndhurst Street which was damaged in a 2007 fire. The rehab consisted of a complete gut and full building reconfiguration, creating eight new residential units. In addition to these two properties, WLW also involved the construction on a second vacant site creating 13 units as well as the preservation of 14 occupied units in the former Whittier School.
Last Thursday, ABC MA and the Gould Construction Institute honored this year’s Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.) award recipients at the 13th annual ABC/GCI Safety & Education Dinner held at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.
The Safety & Education Dinner is ABC/GCI’s premier event, celebrating our member companies’ commitment to worker safety and training, the talented instructors dedicated to educating the next generation of industry leaders, and the students working long hours during the day and attending classes at night to improve their knowledge and skills. “This is a night to recognize our students and their employers who continue to raise the standards of safety, training, and education in the construction industry,” commented GCI President Barbara Lagergren.
The S.T.E.P. Awards were the highlight of the evening. This year, a record 60 ABC member companies were recognized for having an outstanding commitment to jobsite safety. “By drawing attention to the importance of jobsite safety we make sure that it is not taken for granted,” Lagergren said. “The bottom line is that we are nothing without safe, healthy workers.”
Attorney Paul Lane Designated Chair of Massachusetts Bar Association's Construction Law Practice Group
Attorney Paul Lane, of the construction law firm Lane McNamara LLP, was recently designated Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's new "Development and Construction Law Practice Group."
The practice group provides attorneys throughout the commonwealth with continuing legal education, practical information, resources and networking opportunities to expand or further hone their practice in construction law.
The group will provide both the specialist and the generalist with practice tips and insights into emerging areas of construction law and related fields. Through seminars, publications and postings to the MBA's web site, the group will strives to meet its membership's needs and interests and further the construction bar practice.
If you know of any public or private projects that would be of particular interest to the legal profession and/or the public, please contact:
Paul M. Lane
Lane McNamara LLP
Delphi Construction, Inc. recently announced that they plan a May start on the construction of Noquochoke Village, a large affordable housing development in Westport, Massachusetts.
The project is owned by The Community Builders, Inc. and was designed by DBVW Architects of Providence. The work comprises new construction of 50 affordable townhome style units in 7 buildings plus a community building on 5 acres of land in the south coast town. The property will feature a mix of one, two and three bedroom townhomes.
“The Community Builders is excited to be working with Delphi Construction to build new rental housing for working families in Westport. We are committed to creating a beautiful new community that Westport residents will be proud to call home,” said Eliza Datta, TCB’s regional vice president of development, New England.
Few would doubt that developer Steve Wynn is a very savvy guy. It turns out, though, he’s getting a lesson in competition and how his own decisions have helped lead to his Everett casino being $300 million over budget.
You see, Wynn agreed to a project labor agreement (PLA) for the project, which requires that unions be the “sole and exclusive” source of jobsite labor for all construction. Given that more than 80 percent of the construction workforce in Massachusetts chooses not to join a union, it only stands to reason that fewer bidders mean higher prices.
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The Boston Business Journal recently announced 80 honorees for its annual Best Places to Work program. These companies create and maintain an outstanding work environment for their employees. This year's winners include ABC MA member companies Kaplan Construction and Rogers and Gray Insurance
The winners and their final rankings are based on their respective work environment, work-life balance, job satisfaction, advancement opportunities, management, compensation and benefits. The BBJ will recognize this year’s honorees during its annual Best Places to Work event scheduled for the evening of Thursday, June 22 at Symphony Hall in Boston.
Congratulations to this year's honorees!
Business is good in our industry right now, but that success wouldn’t amount to much if we couldn’t provide a safe environment for our employees. Every year, the Gould Construction Institute (GCI), ABC’s fully accredited training affiliate, honors member firms that have demonstrated a truly outstanding commitment to jobsite safety.
On Thursday, May 18th, GCI and ABC will hold our annual Safety & Education Night at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham. Honoring member companies who have achieved excellence through ABC’s Safety Training Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.), an organized approach for analyzing and developing safety loss prevention programs, is just the beginning of the evening’s events. We will also honor GCI instructors, students who are receiving certificates of completion, supervisors who are receiving recognition certificates, and recipients of the ABC Massachusetts Building Our Future Scholarship that provides opportunities for young people who want to pursue careers in construction.
Last week, over 40 ABC members representing 34 different member companies gathered in Woburn for a seminar on prevailing wage in public works presented by representatives from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Department of Labor Standards (DLS). We were joined by John Ronan, General Counsel of the Department of Labor Standards, as well as Heather Rowe, Lauren Goldman, and Brian O’Donnell from the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s Office. The program featured an overview of how DLS sets prevailing wages, AGO enforcement of prevailing wage laws, and concluded with an open forum allowing those in attendance to ask both the AGO and DLS any pressing questions. This was a great event for ABC MA members, providing the opportunity to meet and interact with members of state agencies that regulate their day-to-day business operations.
We’d like to make a special thanks to the Attorney General's Office and Department of Labor Standards for taking the time to join us, and also thank all that attended and our generous sponsors that made the event possible - ABC Insurance Trust, Metro Walls Inc., and New England Fiberglass Windows.
ABC MA is proud to support Safety Week 2017, aimed at collectively raising the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminate worker injury and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that every week must be Safety Week. ABC MA's member companies are truly committed to ensuring a safe environment for their workforce and we support this commitment through the Gould Construction Institutes continued safety, education and training; ABC's Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool that dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants regardless of company size or type of work; And ABC is an active member of the Construction Coalition for a Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace.
For a contractor, there is nothing more important than jobsite safety.
GCI and ABC will be hosting our annual Safety & Education Night on May 18th in recognition and celebration of those member companies with exceptional safety records.
Click here to learn more about Safety Week 2017
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