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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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Cruz Companies Gives Back During COVID-19

One of the few bright spots amid the human tragedy and economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the generosity and selflessness of member companies. Today we’d like to highlight Cruz Companies, a family-owned business and the largest minority-owned construction, real estate development and property management firm in the region.The company made over $10,000 in contributions to small businesses and organizations serving families across Greater Boston. Last month, Cruz recognized National Nurses Week by partnering with two local small businesses to donate 150 meals to Boston’s first responders and hospital staff. “With so many small businesses in crisis, we made sure to hire those still open for food, printing delivery for our Nurses Appreciation Week initiative,” said Cruz Companies President, John B. Cruz, III. In addition to showing appreciation for our frontline workers, I wanted to support to local nonprofits that are also stretching their services and resources.”The company also paid trib ...

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JM Coull Earns National Excellence in Construction Award from ABC

Maynard, MA – JM Coull (JMC) has been recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) with its recent national Excellence in Construction Award. The firm obtained a Pyramid Award in the pre-engineered building category for the Collings Foundation’s American Heritage Museum, located in Hudson, MA. Earlier this year, JMC received an Excellence in Construction Eagle Award for the museum from the Massachusetts Chapter of ABC. The museum won in the special projects category. JMC teamed with ahp Architects, Boston Productions, Inc. (BPI), and Janiga Design on the $8.3 million design-build project. The awards ceremony, which was originally scheduled to take place during ABC’s March 2020, will be held in Nashville this fall.JMC President Andy Coull comments, “Being recognized for our achievements by ABC at both the national and local levels is an incredible feeling. This was a very unique and complex project that required complete buy-in from all team members, from our design team, to our subcontractors, ...

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Fifth Generation Takes the Helm at Connolly Brothers

BEVERLY, Mass. – June 2, 2020 – Connolly Brothers, Inc., a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients, announced today that Jay Connolly was elected president and Thaddeus Minshall was named vice president of real estate and development. Stephen J. Connolly, IV has taken on a newly created role as advisor. In addition, the company is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year.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 more effectively, and add value at every stage in the construction process. In fact, year-in and year-out, over 70% of clients return to Connolly with plans for new construction projects.“I’m proud of the work we’ve completed over the past 49 years, and the relationships we’ve continued to build along the way while I have been involved wit ...

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Chairman's Message -- June 2020

As construction projects reopen across Massachusetts, I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the work our member companies have done to help their employees and communities during the pandemic.Groom Construction in Salem teamed up with Root, an organization that prepares young people to enter the workforce through intensive culinary and food service training, to provide over 400 free meals to agencies serving the homeless, youth in foster care and individuals with disabilities, among others. The meals were hand delivered to organizations all over the North Shore.In a statement, Lifebridge North Shore noted that they had been able “to provide meals to hundreds of vulnerable members of our community because of the partnership between Groom Construction and Root. To see this kind of generosity and thoughtfulness during these times is both touching and inspirational.”The Haynes Group of West Bridgewater supported the Red Cross’ blood drive efforts though its #HaynesGroupCares initiative. The company al ...

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Tecta America New England Crew Donates Labor for Ronald McDonald House Addition

N. Billerica, MA – May 15, 2020 – Tecta America New England’s Portland crew donates labor for roofing installation on Portland Ronald McDonald House AdditionTecta America New England’s Portland, ME crew recently donated the labor to install a commercial roof onto the new Portland Ronald McDonald House (RMH) addition. When the addition to the 1856 Greek Revival building is complete it will provide 15 additional guest rooms, 2 kitchens, a laundry room, more common areas and dining space, and more outdoor space for guests to enjoy. Working in collaboration with Peter Horch Roofing, Portland team members Tavis Williams, Ryan Benson, Ed Tracy, Perry Allen, Norm Gosselin, Dean Baker, Ethan Owens, Ray Williams, Vinnie Martorano, Mark Drummond and Kevin Howe helped make RMH bigger, better, and able to help even more families whose children are being treated at area hospitals. Project Manager Mark Drummond said, “It was rewarding to help make the Ronald McDonald House larger so it can help more families while their ch ...

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