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.
Kaplan Construction Completes Expansion of Castle Island Brewing Company
Kaplan expanded the production area with a supplemental structural slab to support up to 14 additional fermentation tanks, which would increase brewing capacity to over 40,000 barrels annually. A taproom with a bar and televisions was added, and existing bathrooms received cosmetic and ADA accessibility upgrades. Additionally, Kaplan upgraded the informal merchandise area to create a dedicated display and retail area.
“We’ve always had a desire to build a taproom inside the brewery where the beer is made – it’s a great brand builder and an excellent way for craft beer drinkers to better connect with the brewery,” said Adam Romanow, owner of Castle Island Brewing Company. “We have also been growing rapidly, and to ensure we have the ability to continue to do so we created future capacity and quick-scalability to ease whatever growing pains lie ahead. We established a strong relationship with Kaplan when we worked together for the initial build-out of our brew house, and we were thrilled to work with them again. Kaplan’s highly experienced staff and detailed planning resulted in a successful, cost-effective, and well-built project.”
In 2015, Kaplan transformed an existing warehouse and completed the mechanical infrastructure necessary to support the craft brewery’s highly specialized equipment, including a reinforced floor system with a urethane floor coating to support the stainless steel tanks that can each weigh up to 28,000 pounds when full. The project was successfully fast-tracked so that brewing could commence before Thanksgiving.
Kaplan worked with Red Barn Architecture on this recent expansion project.
About Castle Island Brewing Company
Located at 31 Astor Avenue in Norwood, Mass., Castle Island Brewing Company is open for limited retail on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. When the taproom opens in mid-June, these hours will be expanded to seven days a week. For more information, please visit http://www.castleislandbeer.com/.
Kaplan Construction Begins Renovation and Addition to Congregation Kehillath Israel
Kaplan’s preconstruction expertise and long resume of building houses of worship in Greater Boston were key factors in their early selection, despite the conceptual design still being developed. The five year preconstruction phase consisted of numerous design concepts, budget analyses, and brainstorming to craft the temple’s new mission and identity. Kaplan played the critical role of balancing the congregation’s vision with their fundraising efforts.
“It is our mission to create a model for 21st century urban Judaism that serves our congregants and inspires the broader Jewish community. Kaplan took the time to understand our needs, expectations, and concerns, and has provided us with open communication and innovative solutions,” said Marc Plonskier, Chairman of KI Building Committee. “The dedication they apply to successfully complete a job and achieve a customer’s full satisfaction is unmatched. They even took the time to locate the original manufacturer of the century-old Spanish tiles for the roof replacement, and worked with them to have tiles custom matched and made.”
The interior renovations will require heavy structural modifications and the installation of new bathrooms and modern HVAC, mechanical, and lighting systems. An elevator will be installed to create an accessible means of travel between the original historic structure and its subsequent additions. The new addition will create a spectacular social hall with a catering kitchen and direct access from the Sanctuary for hosting wedding receptions, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and other special events. In 2016, Kaplan completed the exterior restoration to the congregation’s sanctuary and school, which were originally constructed in 1924. The project featured a new terra cotta tile roof, gutters, and main staircase to the Sanctuary, and required the production of cast stone pieces to match the original texture, color and architectural design to restore the masonry. As with many Kaplan projects, great care was taken to minimize the impact to the community, neighbors, and the congregation.
Congregation Kehillath Israel began as a small collective in 1911 and was granted a Charter by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1917. In celebration of its centennial year in 2017, Congregation Kehillath Israel has dedicated itself to creating a multi-generational, innovative and inclusive center for Jewish learning and worship, and has welcomed Congregation Mishkan Tefila to co-locate on its Brookline campus as it aspires to create an innovative model for urban Judaism for the next 100 years.
Project team members include:
- Handlin, Garrahan & Associates of Belmont, Mass.: Project architect
- WaypointKLA of Needham, Mass.: Owner’s rep
- Stantec of Boston: Landscape architect/civil engineer
- Energy Economics of Newton, Mass.: MEP engineer
- Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates, Inc. of Newton, Mass.: Structural engineer
- Building Envelope Technologies of South Easton, Mass.: Waterproof engineer
Kaplan Construction Recognized as Best Place to Work by the BBJ
“The BBJ's Best Places to Work awards program is one of our most competitive programs in terms of how many companies participate each year and always one of our most successful in terms of how many people attend our awards event," said Carolyn M. Jones, the Boston Business Journal Market President and Publisher. "This year well over 350 companies submitted surveys and once again we are extremely excited to be able to recognize these employers that clearly value their employees and go the extra mile to create great workplaces."
In September 2014 Kaplan announced the culmination of a three-year management transition. Nathan Peck was promoted to president and Jane Kaplan Peck, majority owner, was appointed chief operating officer (COO). Founders Ken and Cathy Kaplan took on new roles as chairman of the board and senior advisor, respectively. Since the transition, the company was certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, named by The Commonwealth Institute as a Top 100 Women-led Business for two years in a row, and has grown by 30%.
“It is an honor to be recognized on the Boston Business Journal’s prestigious list for a third year in a row, and validates our commitment to our employees,” said Jane Kaplan Peck, COO at Kaplan Construction. “We strive to make everyone feel like a valued member of Kaplan and pride ourselves on providing challenging opportunities to grow and develop while emphasizing the importance of a balanced home and work life to keep our employees happy.”