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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/

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