The Plumbing and Gasfitters Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 5th beginning at 9:00 AM located at 1000 Washington Street, Boston, MA to consider proposed regulation changes. A copy of the Board's proposed changes can be found on their website. We encourage all interested parties to provide written and/or verbal testimony.
Last night, ABC members boarded the Henry Longfellow for spectacular views of historic and contemporary architecture along Boston Harbor & the Charles River Locks and basin. The tour included some of Boston best landmarks as well as cutting-edge contemporary design by today's top architects. Everyone enjoyed fantastic views of Boston and Cambridge on a truly beautiful night.
Thank you to everyone who joined us and especially to our sponsor, ABC MA's Self Insurance Group, the Massachusetts self-insurance group (SIG) for the construction industry.
Find out more about ABC MA's SIG here.
And don't forget to see all the great pictures on our Facebook page.
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By Steve Buccigross, CPA
Principal, BlumShapiro & Company P.C.
When the Great Recession hit in the mid-to-late 2000s, it’s possible no profession was as negatively affected as the construction industry. When the economy began tumbling, many property owners, business leaders, municipalities, and state governments shied away from approving any new construction endeavors.
According to a 2012 USA Today story, published a few years after the recession ended, the construction industry had lost more than 2.2 million jobs since late 2007. The reason for that drop is two-fold: 1) Workers in the middle or at the tail end of their careers decided to either retire or find work in a new industry, and 2) There were no available jobs for younger workers looking to gain experience in the industry.
Over the past several years, the economy at both the local and national levels has slowly but surely recovered from the effects of the recession. Business owners are more confident in the marketplace, and this renewed confidence has led to an increase in available construction projects.
On paper, this looks like good news. The only problem? There still aren’t enough workers. A 2014 survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America reported more than 25% of construction companies were turning down work because they didn’t have enough bodies to complete the project on time and under budget. Another study, conducted in 2015 by the World Economic Forum, found more than 50% of general contractors are “concerned about finding experienced crafts workers for their workforce.”
Two ABC families enjoyed the trip of a lifetime this summer when they traveled to Prague, where their sons participated in the 25th Czech Hockey Challenge Cup.
The tournament includes separate divisions for boys aged 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, as well as a girls' division.
ABC board member and former University of New Hampshire hockey player Jim Abbott coached the team of 11-year olds that included his son Riley. As Abbott was assembling the group, he called fellow ABC board member Karl Hudson, whose 11-year old son Gavin also joined.
By the time the team arrived in Europe on August 7, it included members from around the Boston area and even two teammates from New York. The traveling group included three generations of Hudsons and two generations of Abbotts.
The impact of the trip didn't end when the group returned to the U.S. on August 14. The parents have already gotten together once, team members are in constant contact via social media and plans are already under way to participate in another tournament, this one in Montreal, next year.
ABC member company Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today that it has completed its third child care center in Cambridge, Mass. and started the construction on the expansion of a center in Natick, Mass. for Bright Horizons Family Solutions, a leading provider of early education and preschools, employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, educational advisory services and other work/life solutions.
“The completion of the new Bright Horizons at Kendall Square is important to our community, as the revitalized learning environment provides a bright and friendly space to support the early education and child development for our families,” said Tony Gentile, senior vice president of real estate development for Bright Horizons Family Solutions. “Bright Horizons puts a lot of thought into creating centers that can foster individual learning and child development at every age, and Kaplan has always done a great job of keeping our projects on track. We look forward to continuing our work together on the upcoming expansion and renovation of our Natick center.”
ABC member company Marsh & McLennan Agency recently announced that Jeff Hendricks has joined the company as Vice President, Construction and Surety. Hendricks will play a leadership role in advancing the New England Construction and Surety practice.
“We are incredibly excited that Jeff Hendricks has joined the ConstructionandSurety practice at Marsh & McLennan Agency,” said Marsh & McLennan Agency’s Property and Casualty President, Jerry Alderman. “Jeff is a trusted surety advisor and we know his experience with clients and the marketplace will add tremendous value to our team.”
Marsh & McLennan Agency’s Construction practice offers tailored surety and performance security solutions for contractors of all sizes and needs; from middle-market programs, to large, complex national and global facilities. “I am thrilled to join Marsh & McLennan Agency’s team of Construction professionals,” said Hendricks. “Seeing clients enhance smart growth as a result of our teams’ collaboration is very rewarding.”
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The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is hosting a Doing Business with DCAMM session at the Armand P. Mercier Community Center on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 10am -12pm. This event is unlike any other that DCAMM has organized! We're Increasing Access, Opportunity and Success!
Between DCAMM, UMBA, Municipal and Private development, there are several hundred million dollars' worth of construction work slated for the Greater Lowell area in the next 1-5 years at a minimum, which will bring many economic opportunities for those ready to mobilize at the right time.
In addition, State Contract Procurement Opportunities can be found at http://www.mass.gov/anf/property-mgmt-and-construction/design-and-construction-of-public-bldgs/procurement-opps-at-dcam/
WALTHAM MA – August, 22, 1016 – Delphi Construction, Inc. of Waltham and Cape Cod has unveiled a comprehensive visual re-branding. The re-design marks the first major look and feel change for the multi-market construction management firm since 1996.
The internal initiative has been many months in the making and includes a re-design of the company’s previous logo, an updated color scheme as well as a refined tagline: “Building Responsibly.”
The changeover applies to all Delphi Brand assets including vehicles, jobsite signage and field apparel as well as corporate ID, advertising, website and other marketing collateral.
ABC member companies will always face challenges, but confronting those associated with a booming industry is a lot better than not having work.
One of the primary challenges our members currently face is a shortage of skilled workers. At last fall’s Planning Conference, we developed an eight-member task force to look at how to improve coordination between ABC and its workforce-related entities – the Gould Construction Institute (GCI) and the Merit Apprenticeship Program (MAP).
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