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Since Covid-19, Many More Mechanic’s Liens Filed (by Robert P. Rudolph, Esq.)

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in reliance on force majeure and other clauses in construction contracts due to delays caused by COVID-19, such as construction shutdowns and social distancing. This has caused construction projects to stop or slow, stopping or slowing payment, and has resulted in an increase in the filing of mechanic’s liens. The Massachusetts Mechanic’s Lien Law, General Law Chapter 234, outlines the procedure for a contractor, subcontractor, material person or design professional to enforce a statutory lien on real property for the payment of money owed on a project by an owner for labor or materials furnished for improvements to the property during the course of construction. Once established, a mechanic’s lien is of significant value, and gives the lienholder the right to foreclose on the property and recover the monies owed by forcing a sale of the property. The Massachusetts Mechanic’s Lien Law is a strict compliance statute. This means that strict ...

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Kaplan Construction Earns Spot on BBJ’s List of Family-Owned Businesses in Mass

BOSTON – October 20, 2020 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today it was named to the annual List of Largest Family-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts published by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ). The BBJ ranked the largest family-owned businesses in Massachusetts based on total 2019 Revenue. Kaplan made the same list in 2018.Founded in 1976, Kaplan Construction’s highly experienced staff has worked together for many years, building a strong resume of renovation and new construction projects for commercial, healthcare, multi-family, and worship clients along the way. In 2014 Kaplan announced the culmination of a three-year management transition in which Jane Kaplan Peck was appointed chief operating officer (COO) and majority owner, and Nathan Peck was promoted to president. “Family has remained our foundation as Kaplan Construction has grown and evolved since its founding 44 years ago. ...

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ABC Honored to Receive the Pledge to America's Workers Presidential Award

Associated Builders and Contractors Massachusetts Chapter is honored to announce that ABC National, through it’s 69 chapters and 21,000-plus members has received the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award, ABC was selected based on its achievements in workforce education and fulfilling its 2018 pledge to recruit and upskill at least 500,000 workers by 2023.In 2019 alone, ABC members invested $1.5 billion to provide more than 1.1 million course attendees with craft, leadership and safety education to build a construction workforce that is safe, skilled and productive. Safety education accounted for nearly half of the total workforce investment, averaging more than $1,100 per employee.“These 2019 training accomplishments are phenomenal”, boasted Steve Sullivan, Director of Workforce Development at the ABC Massachusetts Chapter. “Our member companies invest mightily in their workforce. Construction training is not inexpensive. Our companies form worker loyalty when they spend thousands of dollars a year ...

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LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS FISHERMANS WATCH IN SWAMPSCOTT RECENTLY COMPLETED

Groom Construction Co., Inc. recently completed Fishermans Watch, a collection of 28 luxury condominiums in Swampscott, MA. Within six months of delivery, all units were sold. This $22,000 development includes 2-3-bedroom residences, each providing unique layouts ranging from 1,400 to 2,500 SF varying from single level garden units to two-story penthouses. The five-story building is situated at the highest point in Swampscott, with many of the units providing sweeping ocean views of Swampscott, Nahant, and the Boston skyline. On-site amenities include a rooftop club room, fitness room, private terraces, gardens, and garage parking. The project was designed by Groom Construction and Grazado Velleco Architects with interior finishes by John Day of LDa Architecture & Interiors. Tom Groom, Principal and Developer for Fishermans Watch said, “We have been working on Fishermans Watch with this team for many years — taking an abandoned 100,000 SF school and making it into a condominium building.  We are thrilled t ...

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NEI General Contracting Completes Hattie Kelton Apartments

BOSTON – October 6, 2020 – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, announced today the completion of a 56,290 SF, four-story residential building with 1,000 SF of commercial space at 61 Heath Street in Jamaica Plain, Mass. for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), along with the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation. Designed to create affordable rental options and bring life to a long-vacant parcel, this project is named in honor of Hattie Kelton, a local resident who spent decades advocating for the Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill communities.Located a quarter mile from the Jackson Square MBTA station, the Hattie Kelton Apartments are comprised of 11 one-bedroom units, 22 two-bedroom units, and 14 three-bedroom units. One hundred percent of the apartments are affordable, and most are designated for families earning up to 60% of area median income with a portion of units set aside for formerly homeless and people wit ...

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Erland Construction Builds Cotting School’s New Multi-Purpose Athletic Addition

LEXINGTON, MA/September 30, 2020 – Erland Construction has teamed up with ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge to design and build a multi-purpose athletics addition for Cotting School in Lexington, Mass. The School’s ultimate goal is to provide a venue for its students to achieve their highest learning potential and level of independence. Cotting School is a private, non-profit inclusive community that fosters academic achievement, skill development and social-emotional maturity by meeting the unique needs of students ages 3-22 with a broad spectrum of learning and communication disabilities, physical challenges and complex medical conditions by providing an array of integrated services. “This building project will make possible needed improvements in facilities, curriculum and programs to keep Cotting School on the cutting edge of special education,” said David Manzo, President of Cotting School. “We are excited to continue to meet the needs of our current and future students in this, our 126th year of in ...

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Tecta America New England – Billerica Promotions

Dan Pass has been promoted from project manager to general manager of the Billerica branch, and Dillon Owens has been promoted from project manager to director of operations in Billerica.

Dan joined the Billerica team in 2011 after graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a degree in Construction Management, and Dillon joined the Brockton team in 2018 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Entrepreneurial Studies. Both Dan and Dillon are hardworking, team oriented, and eager to help the company grow.

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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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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Groom Construction Teams up with Root to Provide Emergency Meals

Salem, MA, May 18, 2020…Groom Construction has teamed up with Root to provide emergency meals for area organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In their Salem headquarters and professional kitchen, Root alumni and staff are preparing meals, funded by Groom, for agencies serving the homeless, youth in foster care, formerly homeless youth, and individuals with disabilities. These organizations include Lifebridge North Shore, Northeast ARC, Plummer Youth Promise, North Shore Community Development Coalition and the YMCA Grace Child Development Center. Groom first approached Root in early April to ask if they would prepare a dinner for clients at Lifebridge North Shore, a Salem-based homeless shelter. “By using Root to prepare the meal, we were helping two essential organizations that are serving those in distress during this time,” said Dave Groom, Principal of Groom Construction. “The initial meal went so well that we asked Root if they could do more.”This partnership has allowed Root to provide over 420 nutr ...

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Connolly Brothers Completes Corporate HQ for Harmonic Drive LLC

BEVERLY, Mass. – May 6, 2020 – Connolly Brothers Inc, a general contractor and construction management firm, announced the completion of the new $16 million corporate headquarters for Harmonic Drive LLC, a manufacturer of gearheads, gear component sets, and servo actuators. Connolly Brothers provided pre-construction, design and engineering, and construction management services for the new 97,000 SF office and manufacturing plant situated on a previously undeveloped six-acre site in the Dunham Ridge Business Park in Beverly, Mass. Founded in Beverly in 1960, Harmonic Drive relocated from two buildings in Peabody to its new U.S. headquarters. “We are excited to be back in Beverly where it all started,” said Doug Olson, CEO at Harmonic Drive. “Connolly Brothers was the perfect fit for our project given their 140-year history in Beverly and their proximity to and experience with designing and building advanced technology facilities like ours. They were able to meet our stringent budget and schedule restraints, a ...

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Kaplan Construction Selected to Build Early Childhood Center and Headquarters for Horizons for Homeless Children

BOSTON – May 5, 2020 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today that it has been selected to fit out a 40,000 SF early childhood center and headquarters for Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families. Construction is expected to start later this spring and be completed in early 2021. Located at 1785 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury, Massachusetts and designed by studioMLA Architects, the new early childhood center will consolidate three existing centers into one. Serving 225 children ranging in age from two months to five years, it will include a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activity space, a family library and literacy center, flexible community and training space, and an art room. Indoor and outdoor spaces will incorporate trauma-informed design strategies to better serve childr ...

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Gould Construction Institute COVID-19 Update

Gould Construction InstituteCOVID-19 Update on School Classes and TrainingsGood afternoon, We appreciate everyone’s patience during these challenging times and we know the uncertainties are frustrating for all. Be assured, our goal is to continue to meet the educational and training needs of our students and our customers. As we continue to work on solutions for alternative training, please realize that this is new uncharted territory for all of us and we are learning as we go. This pandemic is fluid, therefore; changes and updates will continue to occur and we may have to make adjustments along the way. We will do our best to keep you informed. GCI Remaining School ClassesThe Governor announced yesterday that schools will remain closed for the remainder of this year. The possibility of GCI resuming in person apprenticeship trade classes is not looking too promising. To help our students complete the remainder of this school year, we will now resume our existing classes with virtual online instruction only ...

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ABC Massachusetts Announces New Partnership With PartRunner

  Imagine having one-click access to same day delivery of parts or other materials without losing time or having to leave a jobsite. And how about saving up to 20 percent on regularly scheduled next-day deliveries? Both are a reality now for ABC member companies, thanks to our chapter’s new partnership with PartRunner, a technology and logistics firm. PartRunner partners with large and small vehicles to deliver virtually anything to where it needs to go at any time. Simply enter what you need on their convenient app, just as you would order an Uber or Lyft. It’s on-demand delivery at the click of a button. It’s also a smarter logistics system. By partnering with a broad network of delivery vehicles, PartRunner not only provides on-demand delivery, but it can do it for up to 20 percent less than you currently spend. And in response to these challenging times, PartRunner now offers a non-contact delivery option. Some ABC Massachusetts firms already work with the company ...

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NOTICE: Division of Apprentice Standards Closed to Public Through April 3

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the DAS offices will be closed to public and will not be accepting documents in person or by mail through April 3rd.

Read the full notice here

Governor Baker Issues Stay-at-Home Order to Non-Essential Services

Today Governor Baker has imposed a stay at home order and closed in-person locations of non-essential business. Construction is not halted under the Governor’s order because construction is included in the list of essential services that are allowed to continue. Under the category of “Other Community-Based Essential Functions and Government Operations,” on pages 7,8, the list includes “construction workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction).

At his press conference announcing the order, when governor was asked about construction, and stated that it is considered essential, he also said that social distancing and handwashing guidelines must be followed on sites.

The Governor’s Order and the full list of Essential Services can be found here.

The state website has additional information and resources available as well.

Mayor Walsh Halts Boston Construction Projects due to Coronavirus

From The Boston Globe on 3/16/2020By Martin Finucane, Travis Andersen, and Tim LoganBoston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Monday ordered a halt to construction projects in the city amid concerns about worker safety during the coronavirus pandemic.Even as many other businesses around Boston have closed or ordered employees to work from home to try to stop the spread of the virus, large construction sites downtown were fully up and running Monday morning.The busy construction sites and the multiple cranes soaring above the city’s skyline have been an emblem of the city’s bustling economy, which is now being dealt a body blow by the coronavirus outbreak.Walsh said the shutdown was effective Tuesday. He said companies should maintain the crews necessary to make sure their sites are “safe and secure.” The sites need to be secure by Monday, March 23. He said skeleton crews could stay on to make sure the sites are safe.“The coronavirus is one of the greatest public health challenges our city has ever faced,” he said.“The ...

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March Chairman's Message

As the construction industry grows, it becomes more complex and nuanced. While construction is the tie that binds all of ABC together, members have a vast array of talents and interests. ABC committees provide an outlet for those members to grow in their areas of interests while simultaneously contributing to our chapter.For years, the greatest challenge for our organization and the construction industry as a whole has been finding qualified talent to meet the demands of a growing industry. One of the ways ABC develops programs to address this need is through our Human Resources Committee, where HR professionals and other personnel decision makers exchange ideas about both attracting employees to construction and retaining those workers.And we don’t just focus on the present. A vibrant Future Leaders Council engages member company employees who are under 40 to both strengthen the organization and create a pipeline of young talent for member companies.In a state like Massachusetts, ensuring that open shop ...

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COVID-19: Unemployment Resources

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) and the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), in coordination with the US Department of Labor (USDOL), are taking a series of actions to assist workers and employers.For current unemployment claims:All requirements regarding attending seminars at the MassHire career centers have been suspended.Missing deadlines due to effects of COVID-19 will be considered good cause, and lateness will be excused.All appeal hearings will be held by telephone only.The Department of Labor issued guidance to the states instructing state agencies to apply existing law flexibly. Under the DOL guidance, DUA may now pay unemployment benefits if a worker is quarantined due to an order by a civil authority or medical professional or leaves employment due to reasonable risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member and does not intend to or is not allowed to return to work. The worker need not provide medical documentation and need only be available fo ...

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Kenney and Sams: Coronavirus 2020 What All Employers Should Know

By: Michelle De Oliveira, Esq. The apparent spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is generating concerns in the workplace and employers have questions, understandably so. As of March 11, 2020, the CDC has reported 938 cases of COVID-19 in 39 states nationwide, along with 29 deaths.[1] This article is designed to assist employers when navigating issues related to COVID-19, including among other things: confidentiality and privacy concerns, health-related inquiries, leave-related issues, wage and hour issues, travel restrictions and guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Interim Guidance For Businesses And Employers From The CDC In an effort to contain COVID-19 and address the risks associated with the spread of the virus, the CDC published an Interim Guidance for Business and Employers. [2] Through its Interim guidance, the CDC provides employers with the following information and tools to address, plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19: Recommended Strategies for Em ...

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Coronavirus Announcements

With the growing concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the Commonwealth, ABC Massachusetts has made the decision to postpone all programs and events through April 30. This will include the Meet the Generals and Annual Building Our Future Scholarship Hockey Challenge. As we move through this evolving crisis we will continue to evaluate future programs and events as well. In conjunction with ABC National, we are looking to provide additional on-line content. Watch for additional information on this. Additionally, ABC staff will primarily be working remotely and will be available during regular business hours. We will be re-valuating this status on a weekly basis. We will do our best to continue to meet member needs. During this time, since the office will not be regularly staffed, we ask members to reach us via email or phone rather than in-person at the ABC office. All ABC/GCI staff have remote access to their email, and we recommend this as the most efficient means of communication. Voicemail ...

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New Member Spotlight: United Alliance Services

According to Rich Sarnie, “safety isn’t a cost; it’s an investment.” That approach – that the right safety investments provide excellent ROI – is the foundation of Sarnie’s work as COO of United Alliance Services, a full-service occupational safety and health firm that does 70 percent of its business with the construction industry. Rich’s background and skills set United Alliance apart. In addition to 35 years in the safety industry, he is a professional engineer, holds an MBA, is a board-certified safety professional and is also a licensed in insurance advisory. This expertise makes United Alliance a trusted advisor to its clients. It offers risk management assessments, can review a company’s safety and health program based on what the company has in writing, or can conduct more detailed on-site audits. In fact, United Alliance can eliminate safety and health from clients’ to-do lists by serving as a “plug and play,” handling all clien ...

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New Member Spotlight: Evolve Resource Management

Many of us strive for careers in which we do well by doing good. It’s not easy to accomplish, but John Wood and Shawn Slattery, the CEO and president, respectively, of ABC member company Evolve Resource Management, seem to have achieved that goal. Evolve goes to large companies, identifies their recycling challenges and finds an end-use for the materials. This process began when John and Shawn were approached by National Grid. As the company was transitioning to more environmentally conscious LED lights, it was searching to a solution to the problem of what to do with their old streetlights. The pair saw a business opportunity and started Evolve. The company sold the usable parts of the old streetlights to be processed and transformed into new products, with the rest sold as commodities. Evolve has also been focusing on ocean clean-up initiatives. Thanks to its cutting-edge plastic recycling technology, the company will be recycling ocean plastic by mid-summer, and has created both products that can ...

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New Member Spotlight: DBI Waste Systems

Improving clients’ bottom line by helping them do the right thing – that’s the mission of DBI Waste Systems, a full-service solid waste and recycling company. DBI helps construction, industrial and government clients in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire maximize recycling and comply with state Department of Environmental Protection rules. It also maximizes efficiency and saves clients money by separating waste streams and providing contractors with roll-offs for each type of waste, and by finding markets for selling the waste. DBI is a family business founded by the uncles of the company’s current president, Bob Prezioso, in 1960. DBI utilizes the latest technologies that are transforming the recycling industry. But in many ways, it’s their status as a 60-year-old family business that sets the company apart. “We focus on helping our clients recycle by providing services tailored to each one’s unique needs,” Prezioso says. When a client calls, they ...

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Woodcraft Designers & Builders names Francis Iaccarino to position of Vice President, Project Management

CANTON, MA, Issued February 25, 2020…Woodcraft Designers & Builders (http://woodcraftgroup.com), a leading manufacturer of unique commercial architectural millwork solutions, today announced the appointment of Francis Iaccarino of Boston to the position of Vice President, Project Management.The Shrewsbury, MA native joins a fast-growing firm and brings immense experience and strong industry name recognition to his new role at Woodcraft.Iaccarino has always had a flair for entrepreneurship, which can be traced to his days immediately after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Clark University. As a recent graduate, and preparing to enroll at Suffolk University to earn his MBA from their Sawyer School of Management, he started his own business, World Distributors, which he ran for ten years. Subsequently, he spent more than two decades at his family business, Iaccarino Millwork, a well known and well respected millwork shop located in Boylston MA. Iaccarino served as the company’s president from 1999 until ...

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Coronavirus Alert: Resources for Employers

Information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be issued at a rapid pace. In order to stay up to date and access accurate information, employers are encouraged to utilize the below links. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on the coronavirus, including the resources below: • Prevention and Treatment • Information for Travel • Guidance for Businesses and Employers • Frequently Asked Questions • Latest News Updates • Communication Resources Visit ABC general counsel Littler Mendelson’s coronavirus webpage, which includes the resources below: • Coronavirus: Employer Action Items • The Coronavirus: How Employers Can Manage the Outbreak (previously recorded webinar) Visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s website for additional employer resources: • What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and the Coronavirus Visit the Occupational Safety a ...

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Further Update On Code Review for Electrical Apprentices

The Electrical Board confirmed that the 237 CMR 13 has been updated effective 2/7 stating all Apprentices applying to sit for the exam will need the 15 hr. CE from the current code cycle adopted at time of when they take their exam. The Board set a date of March 31 as a deadline for this additional Educational requirement and will start rejecting applications that do not have the 15 hr. CE completion certificate. If someone sits for exam from now and before 3/31, the state will not reject the application to sit for test but that apprentice will need to take the 15 hr. CE before next code cycle. Here is the link to the updated (237 CMR 13)13.05 https://www.mass.gov/doc/237-cmr-13-eligibility-criteria-for-initial-licensure-0/download Please note: The 15 hr. CE hours DO NOT count as part of the apprentice’s 600 hours nor can the 15 hr. CE hours be used in place of class hours missed. Gould Construction Institute will schedule 15 hr. CE classes in Woburn and in Springfield for our 4th year students who will b ...

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February Chairman's Message

Much has changed for the Massachusetts construction industry over the past decade, and I’m happy to report that most of the change has been for the better.The latest and one of the most important examples came in January when the Baker-Polito administration announced its Career Technical Initiative, which will train an additional 20,000 skilled trade workers over the next four years and help close the skills gap, which has become the top priority for both ABC and the construction industry as a whole.The initiative calls for vocational-technical schools to operate three teaching shifts per day. Vocational students will take classes from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, students from area high schools will take classes from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, and 5:00 to 9:00 pm will be reserved for training adults. Among other things, the initiative will:• Provide adults with assistance to pay for their training• Boost business involvement in program development and credentials• Reduce licensure barriers to provide incentives for mid-career ...

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Connolly Brothers Completes Headquarters for W. L. French

BEVERLY, Mass. – February 19, 2020– Connolly Brothers Inc, a general contractor and construction management firm, announced today it has completed a new 60,000 SF corporate office and maintenance facility for W. L. French Excavating Corp. in Billerica, Mass.The 48,000 SF maintenance facility includes 10 drive-through maintenance bays, three high equipment bays with five-ton and 10-ton overhead cranes, truck tire carousel, diesel filter cleaning system, truck and heavy equipment wash bay, parts storage and service management offices. The 12,000 SF office building features a fitness center, meeting spaces, and collaborative workspaces for W. L. French’s 250 employees. It was designed to promote health, wellness and productivity in the workplace. Comprised of 60,000 SF over 22 acres, the two buildings feature new technologies, energy efficiencies, and increased capacity to handle a growing demand for field operations tied to the company’s continued growth. “Like W. L. French, Connolly Brothers is a family-owned ...

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Electrical Code Review Will be Added to MA Journeyman Electrical Licensing beginning in 2022

All electrical contractors and apprentices are advised that Massachusetts is in the process of adding a 15-hour electrical code review requirement to electricians’ licensing. The Board of State Examiners of Electricians has approved a regulatory change that calls for applicants for journeyman’s license to certify they have taken 15 hours of continuing education, in addition to current requirements for education and work experience. Code review is currently requirement for license renewals, but not for initial journeyman’s licensing. According to the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL), the code review will be required for applicants beginning in 2022, and based on the 2020 code. DPL says once the official version of the new regulations is released, it will begin public notification of the requirement, including posting on the state website. The license application will be revised to include the 15-hour code review requirement in advance of it taking effect in 2022. ABC will keep members ...

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Resource Options, Inc. Introduces a New Office Location

Hudson, MA – January 31, 2020- Resource Options, Inc. (“ROI”), a leading full-service provider of construction, design and environmental staffing, announced today the opening of a new office location in Hudson, Massachusetts. ROI is headquartered in Needham, MA, with branch offices in Raynham, MA, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The new office is located at 131 Coolidge Street, Suite 120 Hudson, MA 01749. By adding our Hudson, MA location, ROI will significantly improve its service to thousands of candidates and clients in the metro west area. “As we enter the new year, we are proud to announce the opening of our newest office location as part of our efforts to better service our relationships west of Boston.” said Bryan Quinn, President of ROI. “With three branch locations, (Raynham, Hudson and Londonderry, NH) surrounding our Needham, MA headquarters, we have positioned ourselves closer to our candidates, clients and their projects.” Resource Options, Inc. will continue to provide highl ...

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Erland Construction Receives Bronze Award by the Design-Build Institute of America New England Region

ANDOVER, MA/January 30, 2020 – Erland Construction was recently honored with a Bronze Award for Building Construction by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) New England Region, for its work on the new amenities building within the New England Business Center (NEBC) office park in Andover, Mass. The NEBC is home to some of the region’s major corporations and offers a dynamic corporate setting in the Greater Boston Area. The 18,000-square-foot, 2-story building features a modern café with indoor and outdoor seating and meeting areas as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center and locker rooms. The NEBC is located at the junction of Interstate 93 and River Road and is just minutes from Interstate 495 and Route 128. It also offers proximity to southern New Hampshire and convenient access from Boston. This amenity-focused building was constructed to create a more vibrant workplace for the six companies that occupy the park. The construction of a pedestrian footbridge was incorporated into the project t ...

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ABC MA Member Brian Renaud added to the Beam Club Presidential Level

ABC has added Massachusetts Chapter member Brian Renaud of The Contractors Plan to the Beam Club Presidential level and Greater Houston Chapter member Terry Buza of Slack & Co. Contracting Inc. to the Beam Club Hall of Fame level.

The Beam Club was established in 1966 to recognize ABC’s top membership recruiters for their commitment to growing the association. By recruiting five new members, ABC members are automatically enrolled in the Beam Club by their chapter. Members receive one point for each new member recruited. Beam Club activity is ongoing from year to year, with members’ point totals continually accruing and advancing members to the next Beam Club award level.

To reach the Presidential level of the Beam Club, ABC members must recruit between 25 and 49 new members. To reach the Hall of Fame level of the Beam Club, ABC members must recruit between 50 and 99 new members.

For more information about the contractors plan, visit their website at www.contractorsplan.com


ABC Member LC Anderson, Inc Nominated for ACCA's Contractor of the Year

ABC member LC Anderson, Inc has been chosen as one of four finalists in the commercial category for the Air Conditioner Contractors of America’s (ACCA’s) 2020 “Contractor of the Year” awards.LC Anderson was established in 1943 as a GE appliance store and eventually morphed into a full-service provider of industrial heating, air conditioning and refrigeration services. It was purchased by Warren and Barbara Hudson in 1995. In 2013, company leadership transitioned to Warren and Barbara’s sons, Karl and Kurt Hudson, who are now co-owners and co-presidents of the growing 55-employee firm. Today, property managers, facility managers, and building owners throughout Eastern Massachusetts trust LC Anderson to design, build and service their HVACR systems. The firm’s repeat customers include some of the largest and most well-respected corporate office properties, healthcare facilities, biotechnology firms, school campuses, restaurants and breweries in the greater Boston area.LC Anderson has 10 engineers on its sta ...

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Metro Walls Welcomes Jeff Stupalski to the South Shore Team!

WESTPORT, MA – Metro Walls is excited to announce that Jeff Stupalski has taken on the role of estimator for their new South Shore office. Jeff will be working with General Manager Jay Rocha and their team is ready to take on any size job from the South Shore to Rhode Island.  Jeff started his career in the field and comes to Metro with over ten years of industry expertise. “I think my field experience made for an easy transition to the office. I know both sides and that’s key to understanding the business,” said Jeff on what makes him a good fit for this role.  As an estimator, Jeff is responsible for qualifying bids, pricing materials, and working with contractors. He prides himself on getting proposals out in a timely manner and on following up with his potential customers. He feels that these two practices are what makes an exceptional estimator.  Metro Walls’ culture, reputation and manpower stood out and were major factors in Jeff’s decision to ...

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Winter 2020 Building Massachusetts Magazine

The 2020 Winter Edition of Building Massachusetts Magazine is now available to view online. This edition includes:

  • Karl Hudson's final Chairman's Message
  • Excellence in Construction Awards Coverage
  • ABC Workforce article

A huge thank you to Building Massachusetts and all of our members who purchased advertising space. 

View the magazine here: https://www.buildingmassachusetts-digital.com/acmb/0120_winter_2020/

ABC MA Member RogersGray Sponsorsing OSHALogs Webinar on 1/27

Most ABC member companies are all too familiar with the tedious process of filling out multiple, redundant OSHA reporting forms. Now an ABC member is offering a way to streamline that process and ensure your company is in compliance – at no cost to you.Member company RogersGray, is sponsoring Oshalogs.com - a secure, web-based application that enables employers to create each state’s first report of injury, track injuries, print all required OSHA reports, and view injury metrics in real-time.Oshalogs.com automatically generates DART, OSHA incident, severity and lost time case rates. Once basic information is entered, it can also generate PDF versions of documents to print, share or email – eliminating duplication and mistakes. “Many companies aren’t even aware of OSHA compliance requirements and only about 60 percent actually complete the required forms.” said RogersGray Partner, Executive Vice President, Greg Deems. “We’re pleased to bring Oshalogs.com to ABC members in Mass after seeing the success with ...

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