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From the monthly archives: July 2021

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HELICAL Drilling Announces New Hires as they Continue to Expand

  HELICAL Drilling in the last year expanded their team by adding 5 new strategic hires - four Project Managers; Nick Hetland, E.I.T., Christopher Navien, P.E., Andrew Jefferson, E.I.T., Jeff Costa, P.E. and a Design Engineer, Stephen Murphy. HELICAL also expanded their office space and continues to add staff to their engineering and field construction teams. The expanded group of Project Managers and Designers will continue to foster, develop and manage the market demand for HELICAL’s full-suite of geotechnical design/build services including ground improvement, excavation support, and deep foundations (piles).     “It is an exciting time at HELICAL,” says President, Chad Graybill. “These new roles and employees will be a critical contribution in the expansion of our geotechnical design/build services to better serve our existing and future customers.”   The group of Project Managers join HELICAL with previous experience in Civil and Geote ...

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Shift in Health Licensing Boards Takes Effect; Licensing Agency Renamed

  From the State House New Service - July 15, 2021   With only one of the two branches of the Legislature weighing in within its allotted time, Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to transfer 13 health-related licensing boards and the 88,000 licenses they oversee from the Division of Professional Licensure to the Department of Public Health took effect on its own this past weekend.  The  changes also includes the renaming of the Division of Professional Licensure as the Division of Occupational Licensure. The Senate on Thursday adopted Baker's reorganization plan (H 3774), which was filed under Article 87 of the Constitution, but the House did not take the matter up before adjourning until Monday morning. Under Article 87, executive branch reorganizations require a legislative hearing within 30 days of being filed and a committee vote within 10 days of the hearing, deadlines the Legislature met with this latest plan. The legislative branch is given 60 days from ...

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Celebration of an Excellent Life - Remembering Tim Barton

  ABC member firm DECCO, Inc. joined with the family of Tim Barton to hold  a celebration of life on Sunday, July 18 in his honor at the Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis, NH.  Barton was  a principal at DECCO and a former leader, mentor, and friend of ABC and the Gould Construction Institute, who passed away in June of 2020. Tim was active in both ABC MA and ABC NH/VT.  For the Massachusetts Chapter, Tim served on the ABC MA Board of Directors and was a longtime member of the Gould Construction Institute Board of Trustees, where he served as chairman.  He also served on the Board of the ABC Workers Compensation Self-Insurance Group.  He mentored five DECCO apprentices to first-place finishes in the pipefitting competition at the National ABC Craft Competition.  He was remembered by family, colleagues and friends as a unique person whose concern for others was unmatched. We want to thank the entir ...

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Building Mass Careers is Recruiting Pre-Apprenticeship Candidates for September 2021

  ABC Massachusetts' workforce development arm, Building Mass Careers, is recruiting candidates for the MassHire Metro North Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Facilities Maintenance or Construction Trades that will begin on September 13, 2021. This program is free to participate in.   Building on the success from the first pre-apprenticeship program from the spring of 2021, ABC MA's Director of Workforce Development, Steve Sullivan, will instruct the group as they progress through the 160-hour training program which is designed to prepare Metro North residents for registered apprenticeships in facilities maintenance or trade-related construction occupations. Training will include an introduction to facilities maintenance, construction, financial literacy, and job readiness.  Successful program graduates will receive assistance applying for an apprenticeship in their chosen pathway.   Cadidate Requirements: Residents of the Metro North region who are unemployed or ...

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Haynes Group and Maugel Architects Complete Construction on Lightforce Orthodontics New Location

  Burlington, MA – The Haynes Group, in collaboration with Maugel Architects, just wrapped up renovations on a 12,236 square foot one-story steel framed structure for Lightforce Orthodontics.  Headquartered in Cambridge, MA., Lightforce Orthodontics is a breakthrough company responsible for engineering the first ever 3D printed bracket made of ceramic polycrystalline alumina, marking the first-time orthodontists were able to create personalized fixed appliance treatments.  Haynes Group, founded in 2001, has a successful track record of completing office buildouts of various sizes and scopes for companies throughout Eastern New England.  “Every job has their unique qualities,” said Emily Bozek, Project Manager at Haynes Group, Inc. “Our goal is to ensure the client receives great customer service no matter the size or project type.”  Having the right team is the key to any successful project. “On this project we had a ...

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ABC Meets with Boston Mayor Kim Janey

  ABC MA met with Mayor of Boston Kim Janey last week and discussed how the lack of opportunity for open shop construction in Boston exacerbates the city’s housing costs and closes off employment opportunities for Boston residents, including minorities.      ABC discussed recent data from a City of Boston disparity study that was presented by the chairman of Boston Employment Commission (BEC) at a recent oversight hearing of the Boston City Council. The data shows that between 2014 and 2019 the City of Boston spent $986 million on construction that was essentially all union, and of that only 11.8 million, or 1.2 percent, went to businesses owned by minorities.  In contrast, just three open shop projects during the same time (Olmsted Green, Granite Lena and Whittier II) spent $25.6 million minority contractors and related businesses.     “In other words, one or two non-union projects have directed the same amount of money to black and ...

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Politicians Attend Ceremonial PLA Signing for Vineyard Wind

  A number of local and national politicians appeared with the owners of Vineyard Wind and various  building trades unions for a ceremonial signing of the project labor agreement (PLA) for this offshore wind project last Friday in New Bedford.     Vineyard Wind is touted as the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind project.  The PLA was agreed to some time ago by the private owners, headed up by the Avangrid Renewables/Iberdrola Group and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, major European alternative energy companies.  Vineyard Wind, like many alternative energy projects, is a private development with government support.  The project was languishing but became an early priority of the Biden Administration.     “ABC’s view is that private owners should be free to make their own decisions on their projects.  With the current political climate and the union favoritism of the Biden Administrati ...

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Massachusetts Legislature Unanimously Passes $48.1B Budget

  BOSTON, MA. APRIL 27, 2021: The Massachusetts State House in Boston, Massachusetts. By STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE (Boston Herald)   PUBLISHED: July 9, 2021 at 9:04 p.m. | UPDATED: July 9, 2021 at 9:04 p.m.   More than a week into the fiscal year, the House and Senate agreed in bipartisan fashion to a $48.1 billion annual state budget and shipped the proposal to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk. Both branches voted unanimously to approve the revised spending plan, which calls for permanently enshrining the state’s controversial film tax credit program, continuing to delay implementation of a charitable giving tax deduction, and setting aside $350 million to buttress a multi-year education funding reform law. House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, who co-chaired the conference committee that resolved differences between the House and Senate budget proposals, said the vote will “mark a capstone to a volatile 16-month ...

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State Accepting Applications for COVID Sick-Leave Reimbursement

  Massachusetts is now accepting applications from employers for reimbursement of their costs in granting Massachusetts emergency paid sick leave for COVID-related absences, the MA Exec. Office of Administration and Finance has announced.  Under a law passed earlier this year, from May 28, 2021 until September 30, 2021 or the exhaustion of $75 million in program funds as determined by the Commonwealth, whichever is earlier, employers must offer Massachusetts employees leave time for qualifying reasons related to COVID-19.  Further information on the law is available at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/-19-temporary-emergency-paid-sick-leave-program. Effective immediately, employers may apply for reimbursement by logging into the Department of Revenue’s MassTaxConnect website.  Further information, including detailed instructions, is available here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-temporary-emergency-paid-sick-leave-program#how-to-apply-for-reimbursement ...

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Cruz Companies Complete Topping Out Ceremony for Michael E. Haynes Arms Building

  BOSTON, MA – On Tuesday, July 6th Cruz Companies celebrated the progress on one of its newest developments, the Michael E. Haynes Arms Building, with a topping out ceremony. Members of the construction crew gathered at the Roxbury site to commemorate the completion of the building’s steel structure. Guests signed the beam before lifting it atop the structure.     The tradition is meant to honor the safe completion of the steel structure. It is said that an Evergreen is raised to the top along with the beam as a symbol of good luck on the remaining construction. It is standard to also position an American flag on the beam. In this case, a Cape Verdean flag was also present; a nod to the roots of Cruz Companies.    “We have been doing business in the Roxbury neighborhood since 1948. Many of our employees are residents and we believe in strengthening the community ...

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