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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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