On Wednesday, July 26th, over 50 members of the ABC MA Future Leaders group gathered at the Waterclub at Marina Bay in Quincy, MA for an evening of networking. Those in attendance heard a short presentation from Joe Barbone, the current ABC MA Chairman, and former ABC MA Chairman Brian Jurgens. The pair shared their story of how they first got involved with ABC MA and why it is so important for the ABC MA Future Leaders to follow suit and get involved with ABC’s various offerings. The program was followed by some networking while enjoying the gorgeous view over Marina Bay. We would like to thank all of you that attended and our generous sponsor, Plumb House Inc, who made the evening possible.
Second Annual Mentoring Program to Begin in July
Auburn, MA – June 29, 2017 – Just Google the keyword phrase, “Millennials in the Workplace” and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of search results. Generational issues in business have always been fodder for focus groups, seminars and human resource training programs, but Millennials, with their lifetime technological savviness and direct communication style, have really changed the work landscape.
The subject intrigued Kim Dunn, R.H. White Companies Vice President of Shared Services, so much that she took action and launched an internal program at the business. Instead of a top-down approach to mentoring she employed the reverse and invited Millennials to mentor her and other senior leaders of the company.
The premise was simple and Dunn didn’t overthink the approach. She simply put out a call to all Millennials in the company and explained that she wanted to develop a better understanding of what’s important in the workplace to them. She challenged those interested in becoming Millennial Mentors to provide a brief, creative and thought-provoking response, within one to two sentences, stating why they were interested. From there she would select individuals with the most interesting statements.
“After attending several leadership conferences on generational differences I became passionate about gaining a better understanding of the young adults that were entering our workforce. By understanding what motivates and attracts them to companies I can help adapt R.H. White to more effectively meet their expectations and ensure we remain an attractive and effective employer for young professionals in the workplace.”, Dunn stated.
Sadly, over this past weekend young Ari Schultz, the five-year-old boy from Stow, MA who recently received a heart transplant, passed away. Ari’s story captivated people the world over. His family posted on Facebook that “Ari passed away peacefully this evening listening to the Red Sox.” The team responded by tweeting, “We miss you, Ari.”
Please see the message below from Dan James of Erland Construction. Dan, who serves on the Board of Directors of ABC’s Gould Construction Institute, is a neighbor and close friend of the Schultz family and has been leading the effort to rebuild the family’s home, which was contaminated with toxic mold and had to be torn down.
For those who have not already heard, it is with a heavy heart that I pass along the tragic news that our young friend Ari Schultz passed away last night. He was at peace and listening to a Red Sox broadcast when he slipped away. This comes as a terrible shock to us all, especially because he had been doing so well since his release from the hospital. He had a busy and fun past month playing sports, visiting with his sports heroes, and mostly just being with his family.
As we all struggle to make sense of this and look for ways to ease the Schultz Families sorrow, we should remember that the family is still without a home. We have begun the project and the demolition is now complete (Ari was very impressed by the T-Rex looking “Muncher” that took the house down). We are digging for foundations right now, and look to begin framing the second week in August. It is very important that we don’t let our sorrow over losing Ari diminish our commitment to providing a home for his Mom Erica, Dad Mike, Sister Lexi, and Brother Ely. The absolute best thing we can do for the family is to provide some comfort in knowing that the reconstruction of their family home is one thing they don’t need to worry about.
On behalf of the family, I would like to thank all who have contributed so far in one way or another, and look forward to working with others as the project progresses. We now have a full set of drawings and are moving forward in selecting the MEP, exterior envelop, and finish trades. I will be reaching out to many of you in the next week to define scope and clarify offers. Thank you all for your patience as we work our way through this process. As I have said before, it is very refreshing to see so many from our industry stepping forward to help. That help is more important now than ever.
Erland Construction, Inc.
Click here for the link to the YouCaring fundraising site set up on Ari’s behalf. As Dan James said, it is now more important than ever to this wonderful family. Also, a number of ABC member contractors have responded to Dan with offers to help with the rebuilding. For more information on participating, please contact Dan directly through his cell or email listed above.
As you may be aware, the Ninth Edition of the State Building Code (780 CMR) is nearly complete. In addition to review via Governor Baker's Executive Order (EO) 562, content of the ninth edition was subject to public hearings convened on March 7, 2017 in Boston and March 28, 2017 in Springfield.
Currently, ninth edition amendments are under final, internal legal review. Once completed, the new code will be filed with Secretary of State, who will establish an effective date beginning the concurrency period; likely in late August/early September. During the concurrency period, practitioners may choose to comply with either the current, eighth edition or new ninth edition of the code, without mixing provisions. Regardless of when it may begin, members of the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) have declared that the concurrency period will end January 1, 2018, so the period will be less than the anticipated 6 full months, depending on when the code is filed with the Secretary of State's Office.
Bachelor of Science in Facility Management (BSFM) Program – Fall 2017
Wentworth Institute of Technology College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) is pleased to announce the launch of a new degree program; a Bachelor of Science in Facility Management (BSFM) Program. The BSFM program are designed for working professionals that allows students to complete the degree while still being able to work full-time and fulfill their personal responsibilities. CPCE serves the educational, training and professional development needs of the architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) communities through established innovative partnerships throughout New England.
The busy summer continues on for ABC MA member company, JM Coull, INC. In Acton, MA they have started construction on the second and final phase of The Discovery Museums' campus master plan and is moving indoors from phase one, Discovery Woods, to completely transform the existing Science Discovery Museum building, providing much-needed square footage for new and current exhibits; recently started renovations and an addition at the West Concord Union Church in Concord, MA, which involves interior and exterior renovations that will increase safety, energy efficiencies, accessibility, and utility of the church; and have been selected to construction the Charles River Community Health (CRCH) new location at 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA, consisting of a two-story, 19,000 sf space to be known as the Peter Koutoujian, Sr. Center for Primary Care, named in honor of the life-long Waltham resident and his commitment to the community.
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About JM Coull
JM Coull is a construction management, design-build, and general contracting firm specializing in new construction and renovation projects in the institutional, education, commercial, healthcare, advanced technology, and life sciences markets. The firm has been providing solutions to its clients’ building needs since 1984, bringing a focus on quality, safety, and partnership to each project. JMC performs work throughout New England and is based in Maynard, MA.
Delphi Construction is showing no signs of slowing down for the summer. They recently completed a $50 million modular affordable housing development in Greenfield, MA and a 5,900 square foot, state-of-the-art infusion center at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA.
Delphi Construction, Inc. has been providing comprehensive, multi-market construction management services throughout New England since 1992 with a focus on the markets of Healthcare, Assisted Living, Affordable Housing, Multi-Family Residential, Banking, Religious, Corporate, Education and Modular Construction.
Delphi employs nearly 80 full time personnel with offices in Waltham and Cape Cod Massachusetts.
It's been a busy summer for ABC MA member company Kaplan Construction. They recently completed the expansion of Castle Island Brewing Company's new taproom in Norwood, MA, began renovations and additions to Congregation Kehillath Israel Harvard Street in Brookline, MA, and was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal. Click the link below to read all about it!
About Kaplan Construction
Kaplan Construction is a WBE general contractor and construction management company that provides comprehensive building programs including preconstruction planning, construction management, design-build services, and general construction for commercial, healthcare, multi-family, worship, and institutional clients. Serving Greater Boston since 1976, Kaplan is dedicated to building trusted, long-lasting relationships with its staff and clients based on professional teamwork, personal service, and quality craftsmanship. The company’s proactive approach features lean building techniques and integrated project delivery (IPD) that often realize substantial cost savings and earlier completion dates for its clients, while its dedication to safety far surpasses industry standards. Kaplan has earned its reputation for excellent customer service and superb workmanship, and the company’s highly successful projects have garnered a long list of industry awards and repeat clients. For more information, please visit www.kaplanconstructs.com.
On Tuesday, June 27th the staff members from ABC Massachusetts and the Gould Construction Institute toured Interstate Electrical Service Corporation’s 100,000 sq ft Operations Center located just minutes from its North Billerica headquarters at 515 Woburn Street in Tewksbury, MA. The Operations Center is the cornerstone of Interstate’s lean construction strategy. It houses a full-service prefab shop for offsite electrical component assembly and its UL certification and targeted material delivery ensures consistent quality and reduces site footprint and packaging waste. In-house project detailers work through every phase of a project, turning coordinated construction drawings into actionable plans for material assembly, testing, and just-in-time, point of installation delivery of the finished ready-to-install electrical components and systems.
The Operations Center is the result of the company’s drive to innovate and improve the way it delivers projects of all sizes for its customers. Interstate began prefabricating assemblies for installation a decade ago, but the concept really took flight as the company earnestly pursued incorporating lean means and methods into the day-to-day operations.
Last week, Representative Mathew Muratore visited Brennan Interior Contractors, Inc. at Plymouth Town Hall to view their current acoustical ceiling project and present them with a citation in honor of their most recent S.T.E.P. award. On this project, the Brennan team is responsible for installing approximately 40,000 square feet of acoustical ceilings estimated to take 80 man days to complete. There are 7 different ceiling types on the project that have various material compositions and size combinations of tile and grid. The bridge on the second floor is notable as the ceiling system has larger than typical panels at 2’ x 8’ as compared to most systems that are either 2’ x 2’ or 2’ x 4’.
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