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April 2021 Chairman's Message

President Biden has sent clear signals that he supports union-only policies for our industry, and the signals have emboldened construction unions here and around the country. The latest local example is the building of a new Holyoke Soldiers Home.You might remember that the Soldiers Home was in the headlines at the beginning of the pandemic last year, when a COVID outbreak tragically took the lives of 77 veterans. Now a new Soldiers Home needs to be built and the legislation to do so is on a fast track so it can be signed in time to take advantage of a federal Veterans Administration matching grant that will soon expire.Despite the need to act quickly, a state legislative committee slapped a last-minute project labor agreement on the legislation. PLAs require that all labor on a project come from unions. Since well over 80 percent of Massachusetts construction workers choose not to affiliate with union, the amendment would prohibit more than four out of every five Massachusetts construction workers from wo ...

Kaplan Construction Named a Top-Performing U.S. Construction Company by ABC

BOSTON – March 30, 2021 - Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today it was ranked on Associated Builders and Contractors national 2021 Top Performers list, which recognizes ABC member contractors in safety, quality, diversity, project excellence, and special designations, ranked by work hours. Kaplan also made the Top General Contractors up to $50 million and the Top Performers with Special Designations lists (Kaplan is a certified WBE).Published as a supplement to Construction Executive magazine, the ABC Top Performers lists identify the Top 200 Performers, Top 75 Trade Contractors, Top Electrical Contractors, Top Plumbing/HVAC Contractors, Top Specialty Contractors, Top 100 General Contractors, and Top General Contractors Up to $50 million, all of which have earned the elite Accredited Quality Contractor credential, as well as the Top Performers With Special Designations. “We are honored to ...

NEI General Contracting Completes Historic Renovation of Mason Square Apartments

BOSTON – March 24, 2021 – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor, announced today it has completed the historic rehabilitation of an existing 55,000 SF mill building and adjacent 15,000 SF firehouse in Springfield, Mass. for First Resource Development Corporation LLC. Located in the McKnight National Historic District of Springfield at 837 State Street, the existing historic building is best known as the original home of the Indian Motorcycle Factory where the famed motorcycles were built and distributed nationwide. Despite the impact of COVID-19 and the pandemic, the project was completed on time. The Mason Square II at Indian Motorcycle consists of 60 rental units ranging from one bedroom to three bedrooms which were fully shortly after completion. Mason Square Apartments at Indian Motorcycle appears as a gateway to its neighbor, the American International College (AIC), and is located on a major bus route that allows easy access to the surrounding area. The Square is also nearby to b ...

Connolly Brothers Welcomes Michael Cullen as CFO

BEVERLY, Mass. – March 24, 2021 – Connolly Brothers, Inc., a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients, announced today that Michael Cullen has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting to President Jay Connolly and Vice President Thad Minshall, he will plan, develop, direct, and evaluate the organization’s fiscal function and performance. In addition, he will evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning, introduction of new programs and strategies, and regulatory action. As CFO, he will provide timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports, and trends as he assists the management team in developing plans and programs to ensure the continued success of the company.Founded in 1880, Connolly Brothers is dedicated to providing quality, professional construction services to its commercial, industrial, and institutional clients. The company’s years of experience enable it to price and budget more accurately, manage m ...

March 2021 Chairman's Message

Once thought of as a seasonal, dirty, and scary “jobs,” a growing number ofmore and more people are realizing that careers in construction are far more than that. Construction technology utilizes computer-aided drawing and design tools, lasers, and even GPS positioning tools. As the industry advances and evolves, it provides ever-greater expands opportunities. It also. The United States today faces critical labor shortages as it attempts to meet ever-the growingconstruction demand of the future. The industry that built this great nation a couple of hundred years ago needs to do it again. That’s why it’s so important that we promote careers in construction to the best and brightest amongst us –because the industry that built this great nation once a couple hundred years ago, needs to do it again, and it’s going to take every one of us all to getdo it done. March is “Women in Construction” month, and although we recognize, appreciate, reward, and promote “women in construction” every day of every month, dedicat ...

Kaplan Construction Completes Renovations and Addition to Greater Lowell YMCA

BOSTON – February 17, 2021 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today it has completed interior and exterior renovations and an addition to the Greater Lowell YMCA located at 35 YMCA Drive in Lowell, Mass. Kaplan gutted approximately a third of the existing 45,000 SF building to update the YMCA for members, children, and staff and increase capacity by 50%. New floors, walls, windows, and lighting frame the modernized space, which features three state-of-the-art preschool classrooms with dedicated toilet rooms, serving 60 children ages 2.9 to 5 years. A second entrance with separate access controls was built, offering families and staff increased security. Kaplan also fit out a 26-station computer lab, active science room, and a common room with individual boys’ and girls’ bathrooms for school-age children. In addition, administrative areas received a facelift, featuring three new offices and ...

Connolly Brothers Completes MarketPlace for Cardinal Cushing Centers

BEVERLY, Mass. – February 17, 2021 – Connolly Brothers, Inc., a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients, announced today it has completed construction of a new 20,000 SF MarketPlace Building in Hanover, Mass. to house the Cushing café, thrift store, and gift shop, along with state-of-the-art training classrooms for Cardinal Cushing Centers, Inc. After shutting down at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the retail stores resumed operation when the $10 million MarketPlace Building opened on December 1, 2020. A non-profit organization founded in 1947 in Hanover, Mass., Cushing Centers began as a day and residential school for students with intellectual disabilities. With additional locations in Braintree, Cushing now supports over 600 individuals of all ages, with the goal of helping each student and adult to become included and independent members of society. Programs include, among others, affordable housing, community programs, education, employment trai ...

Apprenticeship Ratios Hinder Construction Job Growth

Unemployment is rising amid a pandemic and it’s clear the country needs jobs. The construction industry has jobs available – all we need is to be freed of the restrictions that keep us from filling them. That includes strict apprenticeship ratio requirements.Massachusetts has an apprenticeship requirement for all public work. The problem is the ratios of journeypersons to apprentices in many trades. Instead of the traditional one apprentice for each journeyperson, some trades require four or even five journeypersons for each employee. These ratios cripple contractors’ ability to fill the jobs that so many people desperately need.Even amid a deep recession, 80 percent of contractors are having trouble finding qualified workers to fill hourly jobs. Nationally, the construction industry will need an additional 500,000 workers in 2021 alone.These are good jobs with tremendous career potential. In an industry that has become exponentially more sophisticated thanks to technology, construction offers lucrative caree ...

Connolly Brothers Honored with Silver Award from DBIA New England

BEVERLY, Mass. – January 26, 2021 – Connolly Brothers, Inc., a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients, is proud to announce that it has won a Silver Award from the New England chapter of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA). The firm was recognized at a virtual Annual Award Presentation on Thursday, January 21, 2021 for the new construction of a 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. “Design-build is the fastest-growing method for construction project delivery in the U.S. and w ...

February Chairman's Message

Those of you who have been ABC members for a while are probably familiar with the phrase “Get into politics or get out of business.” Engaging with political leaders is an essential piece of representing the interests of our member companies. The newly elected Biden administration will bring a very union-centric view of our industry and his designee for labor secretary, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is representative of that. Walsh, a long-time leader of the Laborers Union, will work diligently to promote the role of unions in the construction industry. The ripple effect from Biden’s election will also be felt locally. If, as expected, Mayor Walsh is confirmed as labor secretary, Boston City Council President Kim Janey of Roxbury will take over as mayor. Prior to Walsh’s selection, two other city councilors, Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell, had announced their intention to run for mayor this year. It’s unclear if a new mayor will still be chosen in November, or if a special election will be held before then.A ...

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