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Chairman's Message September 2020

A lot of attention has been focused on how education will take place this fall. Classes will be online at ABC’s Gould Construction Institute, but GCI has used the summer to maximize the effectiveness of virtual schooling.All instructors have received training on how to transition from in-person to virtual classes, as well as how to use the Zoom platform. To keep virtual classes manageable for instructors, class size has been capped at 20 students. If there is additional demand, we will create another virtual class. GCI team members have been taking part in the virtual orientations with the students and instructors and will continue to monitor the progress of the classes.When it comes to hours missed last spring due to COVID, any student who was unable to complete their hours will have an opportunity to take free make-up classes this year. They can double up on classes and go four nights a week by registering for a class at a different location on opposite nights. For trades that allow it, we are offering onli ...

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ABC Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Self-Insurance Group Fund Year 2019 - Annual Awards

Zero Lost Dollars in Fund Year 2019 Architectural Caulking & Waterproofing, Inc. Associated Concrete Coatings Commercial Drywall & Construction Co. Florence Electric LLC Forish Construction Company, Inc. Ryan Construction, Inc. Veterans Development Corporation W.T. Kenney Company, Inc.   Loss Ratio Under 10% in Fund Year 2019 Crocker Architectural Sheet Metal Co., Inc. D&D Electrical Contractors D'Allessandro Corporation J.J. Bafaro, Inc. J.J. Cardosi, Inc. Kaplan Construction Medford Wellington Service Company, Inc. Metro Walls, LLC MJM Masonry, Inc. New England Waterproofing, Inc. Piping Systems, Inc. Plumb House, Inc. Professional Electrical Contractors of CT Rivers Electrical Corporation Schernecker Property Services, Inc. Valley Concrete & Construction, Inc.   Service as President of The Board in 2019: Tim Hjermstad - Florence Electric LLC   Service as Chair of Safety Committee in ...

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Remembering John Sloane, Longtime Interstate Electrical and Industry Leader

We are saddened to report the passing of a great individual who more than made his mark on our industry and our association. John Sloane, a Regional Vice President and 40-year team member at Interstate Electrical Service Corp., passed away recently after what his colleagues rightly described as a heroic battle with cancer. John had been active in ABC in many ways over many years in everything from education and training to programs and events. He recently served as a member of the State Board of Examiners of Electricians. John had scores of friends throughout ABC and the industry at large. Throughout his battle with cancer, he continued his passionate and dedicated approach to life and work, never letting it get the better of him.The services for John were held Sept. 2nd and 3rd. Anyone who wishes to extend their condolences to the family may do so via www.keefefuneralhome.com. John’s family has requested that those wishing to make a contribution in John’s honor do so to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Attn ...

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Help ABC Honor Tim Barton

Support My Turn and their work to assist economically, socially and educationally disadvantaged youth.   Tim Barton, longtime leader at DECCO and ABC, the ABC SIG and the Gould Construction Institute, passed away suddenly last month at just 64.   Tim’s passing is a huge loss on so many levels, and the Chapter and SIG Boards of ABC MA and ABC NH/VT, as well as the GCI Board are united in wanting to honor Tim by supporting an organization and a cause that was a passion of his.   The organization is My Turn, a not-for-profit based in Manchester, NH,  and the cause is providing opportunity to young people in need of some help.     In working with My Turn on pre-apprenticeship programs for DECCO, Tim developed a strong and close relationship with the organization and the young people it serves and helped a number of individuals become successful apprentices with new skills and confidence.   There were few mentors ...

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August 2020 Chairman's Message

The way we in the construction industry think of “safety” has certainly expanded in recent months. It used to be that safety meant ensuring that all our employees made it home to their families every night. Then came COVID, and a whole new set of precautions to keep our people healthy and our industry functioning with it.A recent heatwave reminds us that we must also take steps to protect employees from exposure to the sun and heat while abiding by COVID-19 health guidelines. The fact that it’s hot this time of year is not exactly front-page news, but it’s too easy to forget to take the necessary precautions in the midst of focusing on the many steps we’re already taking to keep the Coronavirus at bay.The first step is to encourage employees to wear the right clothing. Cotton soaks up sweat and stays wet longer, which keeps heat from penetrating the body. Loose-fitting garments are preferable since they maximize the breathability and airflow that help cool the skin and body.It’s also a good idea to wear opaqu ...

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July Chairman's Message

COVID-19 has been a public health and economic disaster, causing over 8,000 deaths in Massachusetts alone and resulting in unemployment rates not seen since the Great Depression. But at the Gould Construction Institute (GCI), reacting quickly to the challenges posed by the pandemic has quickened the pace of efforts to update GCI’s offerings and make it more responsive to the needs of member companies and their employees who train with Gould.When COVID-19 hit in March, GCI quickly transitioned to online classes to allow students to complete the necessary hours for the spring semester. To make the switch, we held orientations to train instructors on how to use Zoom.With so many employees laid off or furloughed, GCI teamed with Penn Foster to offer construction-related courses to provide training to those employees and keep them engaged. Most educational offerings will be delivered remotely when the school year begins this fall, and the Gould is no exception. To maximize the quality of our curriculum, we’re u ...

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Connolly Brothers Completes Great Marsh Brewing Co.

BEVERLY, Mass. – July 21, 2020 – Connolly Brothers Inc, a general contractor and construction management firm, announced today the completion of a new two-story, 15,000 SF building for the Great Marsh Brewing Company. The newest craft brewery on the North Shore, it features a state-of-the-art craft brewhouse, taproom, restaurant, and beer garden.Selected as the design/build construction manager during the early stages of project conception, Connolly worked with the owner on site feasibility and budget estimating. Collaborating with Niemitz Design Group (NDG), Connolly produced the construction documents and secured the necessary Town approvals and permits.Located at 99 Main Street in historic Essex, Mass., a closed restaurant was located on the site in the salt marsh. Following the demolition of the existing structure on the site, Connolly managed the complex construction process that included a friction pile foundation system, structural steel frame, and the installation of a 30hl brewery. Due to the weight ...

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BW KENNEDY & CO. PROMOTES ROLAND JENKINS TO PROJECT MANAGER

Arlington, MA, July 16, 2020–BW Kennedy & Co., a builder and construction management firm specializing in life sciences construction, today announced the promotion of Roland Jenkins to Project Manager. He will work directly with clients, team partners, and contractors to guide projects from conception to successful completion. “Roland has been instrumental in the management of complex new construction and fit-out projects and we were thrilled to promote him to this role in which he will assume responsibility for all aspects of project management,” said Brian Kennedy, Founder of BW Kennedy & Co. Mr. Jenkins joined the company in 2014 as an assistant project manager and was assigned to a team building a new life sciences facility and parking garage. He made immediate contributions to the successful turnover of the project. Since then, he has taken on additional responsibility on a number of complex fit-out projects for clients such as Celgene, Wave Life Sciences, and Codiak Biosciences resulting in on-schedule ...

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Erland Construction Renovates Space for Local Business at Washington Place

NEWTON, MA/July 8, 2020 – Mark Development selected Erland Construction and Form + Place, Inc. to renovate 8,200 square feet of commercial space for The Barn Family Shoe Store in Newton, Mass. This is Mark Development’s second project with Erland.The Barn, a retail fixture since 1948, carries high-quality footwear and casual apparel for women, men, and children, has been named Best of Boston by Boston Magazine, and has won Wicked Local Media’s #1 Readers Choice Award. The Barn will be the first locally owned business with a lease at Washington Place.The updated retail space will be outfitted with new flooring, lighting, millwork, interior storefront vestibules, and a VRF HVAC system. In keeping with and expanding upon the layout of the previous location, the new store will have two bathrooms, a kitchenette, back office, and extensive storage space. The interior will also be painted.“We’re excited to have been selected to fit-out The Barn’s new space”, said Daryl Leland, Special Projects/Strategic Accounts Gro ...

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Kaplan Construction Wraps Up Renovations at Tremont on the Common

BOSTON – July 7, 2020 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today it has completed the interior renovations at Tremont on the Common, a full-service condominium property in the heart of Boston. Located at 151 Tremont Street adjacent to the Boston Common, the 28-story building features 374 residential condominium units and 2 commercial spaces. Designed by Visnick & Caulfield, the first phase of the project involved the renovation of a rear corridor to create a temporary entrance into the building while the main lobby was under construction. In the lobby, Kaplan installed a custom concierge desk, fabric ceiling panels, and custom stone flooring from quarries in Greece and Turkey. High-gloss wood panels on the walls modernize the lobby, which was last renovated in 1992. Kaplan worked closely with the design team and property management firm FirstService Residential to minimize the impact on tenan ...

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