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    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    AGC MA is pleased to announce Francis Colantonio, Chair & CEO, Colantonio, Inc. has been named 2020-2022 Board Chair of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA). Fran previously served as 2018-2020 Vice Chair of the Board.AGC MA is an 85-year old not-for-profit trade association, comprised of 200 CM/GC’s, Subcontractors and Service Providers who perform a majority of the ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Press Release, AGC At Work For You, AGC MA News
    Monday, September 14, 2020
    Join in OSHA’s National Fall Stand down Event which Region 1 OSHA will be hosting on September 18th at 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM Eastern Standard Time.  This event will include many fall related topics and you can logon for the entire session or just the specific topics of interest.   Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, ...read more
    Categories: Safety Service & Training News
    Wednesday, September 09, 2020
    One-of-a-kind program offers free services to all employees, subcontractors and tradespeople working on Commodore construction sitesSouth Boston, MA – August 5, 2020 - Commodore Builders, a $400M veteran-owned Construction Management firm that builds some of Greater Boston’s most high-profile projects, and the Herren Project, a national nonprofit organization providing free resources for the ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Wednesday, September 09, 2020
    We are happy to announce the Build-it-Better Sustainability Seminar Series (BIB), a dynamic new pilot representing a unique collaboration between AGC and BCT (Building Construction Technology), a program in the Department of Environmental Conservation, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The BIB Seminar Series provides an overview of emergent building certification and smart growth ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You, AGC MA News, AGC MA Behind the Scenes, Education
    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    "It is no secret that the construction industry is sometimes slow to adopting technological advances; however, some contractors are quick to embrace change. By swiftly adapting to updates to the American Institute of Architects ("AIA"), some contractors have the ability to reap the benefits of embracing change. One of the most recent AIA updates involves the AIA A133-2019, Standard Form of ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly
    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    As design-build becomes a more common method for delivering construction projects, it is critical to understand the best way to ensure project success and reduce risk. In choosing the design-build project delivery method, an Owner benefits by having a single point of contact and responsibility for a project. Design-build is also attractive to an Owner because it allows early input and ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly
    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    Professional associations like the AGC are invaluable during challenging times like we have been experiencing with COVID-19. They provide community and a forum for discussion and sharing of resources. AGC MA has “hit it out of the ballpark” during the past few months with its programs and initiatives, including: The AGC MA Risk Forum highlighted by Molly Manson and Lexie Pereira. Through these ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    At Shawmut Design and Construction, the safety of our people and jobsites is our top priority. Following the first known confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S., Shawmut put protocols in place and closely followed the CDC for guidance. We created a cross-functional COVID-19 Crisis Team with a virtual command center that is constantly monitoring developments by the minute—helping to guide actions as ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    As Design-Build delivery continues to gain momentum in the construction industry, contractors are forced to reevaluate the measures they take to manage risk. Many contractors are simply unaccustomed to assuming ultimate responsibility for design-related risk on a project. Many more are surprised at how challenging it can be to adequately transfer the entirety of this risk down to the appropriate ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    It has been challenging for business development professionals to find ways to stay relevant and connected to clients and project management teams. In a Google search for best business development quotes, I was amazed at how many apply perfectly now. For example:  “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” Sigmund Freud “Every problem is a gift — without problems we would not grow.” ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly
    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    Elaine construction Company, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Kim Newell from Assistant Project Manager to Project Manager.  Newell joined Elaine Construction in the fall of 2019.  Her experience working for Owner’s including Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, and in the development world, most recently as a Project Manager for Encore Casino, developed by Winn, have given her ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    At this time, the City of Boston’s March 16, 2020 order pausing non-essential construction remains in effect...Attached is a letter sent by Governor Baker this afternoon to municipal officials, in which he clarifies his March 23 Order defining the continued operations of essential business services - including Construction. Today’s newest directive specifically states that any local ban on ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You, General Industry News, AGC MA News
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    An employee calls in sick to work. Can you ask them about their symptoms?Yes, an employer may ask if an employee is experiencing COVID19 symptoms such as fever, cough or chills. All health information about an employee illness must be kept confidential. The EEOC provides the following in its flu/pandemic guidance: “If pandemic influenza is like seasonal influenza or spring/summer 2009 H1N1, these ...read more
    Categories: AGC MA News, Member News, AGC At Work For You, General Industry News
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    By Samuel M. Tony Starr, Kaitlyn C. Leonard, Clare Prober   With the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (“SARS-CoV-2”), companies across various industries are taking precautions, some of which inevitably will result in nonperformance of their contracts. For some, relief from nonperformance may be found in the contracts themselves in the ...read more
    Categories: General Industry News, Member News
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    In light of growing concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the updated guidance about limiting or eliminating work-related travel and large events from local officials and the CDC, AGC MA is reevaluating all of its upcoming in-person events, classes, programs and meetings through June 1, 2020.  We will update registered participants, meeting invitees and the AGC calendar of ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You, AGC MA News
    Wednesday, March 04, 2020
    In light of the coronavirus’s continued impact on the workforce, this post reviews the CDC’s newly issued guidelines for businesses, and dives deeper into how employers can lawfully navigate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), sick time laws, and other leave laws, while keeping maintaining the safety of their workforce. Read more.
    Categories: General Industry News
    Thursday, February 27, 2020
    ARE YOU PREPARED?  As reports of the Coronavirus continue to dominate the news and there have been some confirmed cases in the United States, people should be aware of the facts regarding the virus and how you can keep yourself, your family, and your workers safe.  We have included up-to-date-information from the MA Department of Public Health and tips about prevention and treatment of the ...read more
    Categories: AGC MA News, General Industry News, Member News, AGC At Work For You
    Monday, February 24, 2020
    Lisa Frisbie, AGC MA Director of Business Development and Marketing has recently been invited to join the AGC of America Business Development Forum & Steering Committee. The mission of the AGC Business Development Forum is to be a valuable resource for AGC member firms, from all divisions, for actionable information and tools that help improve business development programs and results. The 2 ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Friday, February 21, 2020
    Janet Chrisos, Deputy Director, MSCBA, Mentor of the Year Valerie Stone, Safety Dir. T.G. Gallagher, Emerging Leader Sabina Kintzer Shorey, Cost Eng.,Turner Construction, Rising StarSavy Francis, E.M. Duggan, Tradeswoman of the Year  We would also like to recognize and thank our esteemed judging panel:   Kristin Poulin, VP Business Development, Structure Tone, Inc.Joseph Barra, Partner, ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Friday, February 21, 2020
    On January 22nd the AGC MA Student Chapter CM Club at WIT hosted an evening of networking, refreshments and shared experiences with top women in the construction industry representing AGC MA Members from Gilbane, Bond, W.T. Rich, Lee Kennedy Co, SullyMac, Columbia, and Shawmut.Due to it’s success, the club will host a second event on February 26th. What's next for the CM Club? Vegas, baby! They're ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Friday, February 21, 2020
    In order to understand the current state of D&I in the commonwealth, The AGC MA Diversity and Inclusion Committee surveyed members in late spring 2019.  The results of the survey are high-lighted in this one-page document. Next steps will include developing resources and education for every AGC MA organization looking to begin or enhance their D&I strategy. The first AGC Diversity and Inclusion ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Friday, January 31, 2020
    Legacy: Founded in 1935 by a group of commercial general contractors, AGC of Massachusetts was an outgrowth of the prior New England Branch of the AGC of America located for several years at 902 Park Street in Worcester, according to a 1931 Annual Report. Since then, your AGC has been a powerful voice for the commercial building industry throughout the Commonwealth. For 85 years, AGC MA has ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Wednesday, January 29, 2020
    On January 9, 2020 the AGC MA BWiC and D&I Committees joined forces wth Liz Skidmore, Business Rep./Organizer at New England Regional Council of Carpenters and Mary Vogle, Executive Director, Building Pathways to discuss the challenges faced in providing a working environment that encourages mutual respect, promotes civil and collaborative relationships and is free from all forms of harassment and ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Monday, January 27, 2020
    We are very pleased to announce that Donna Scally will begin her duties as the next Director of Labor Relations & Employment Policy on Monday, January 27.Donna has been Director of Labor Relations for Rhode Island School of Design since 2015 where she administers and ensures compliance with nine collective bargaining agreements; plans, organizes and leads contract negotiations; is responsible for ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Monday, December 16, 2019
    Another group of Blackstone Valley Tech students have completed their ACE Mentorship Program! On Monday November 25th, juniors from the Blackstone Valley Technical High School gave individual presentations on their experience in the ACE Program and received their certificates of achievement.  "They showed me a different side to construction and changed my perspective on what actually happens ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Monday, December 16, 2019
    Lisa Frisbie, Director of Business Development & Marketing, AGC MA attended the 2019 SMPS Pinnacle Experience on November 13th to the 15th in Denver, Colorado via an SMPS Boston scholarship.   The 3 day program was packed with executive level marketing content delivered by seven highly regarded speakers addressing a variety of factors associated with setting strategic direction and leading ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    AGC MA is thrilled to be back for a second year of leading the ACE mentoring program for Blackstone Valley Technical High School and ACE RI.  Another great group of 20 ACE students are meeting weekly at BVT and learning about careers in architecture, construction and engineering by completing hands-on challenges and projects with the help of our tremendous team of mentors:   Jeff Camusso, ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Monday, October 28, 2019
    As part of a future Workforce Development Campaign, AGC MA in partnership with AGC of America, has produced three 2 minute videos featuring the array of benefits and opportunities available in the commercial construction industry in the greater commonwealth.   Thank you C.E. Floyd, Commodore Builders, Columbia Construction, BOND, Gilbane, Turner Construction, Janey Construction, NECTF, Shawmut, ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    On Thursday, October 24th more than 250 industry colleagues attended AGC's bi-annual Build New England Awards, honoring twelve projects that demonstrated Building Excellence through collaboration.  AGC MA also launched the first AGC MA Member Distinction Awards recognizing individual members, Sarah Hotchkiss, Commodore Builders, Kathleen Freitas, BOND, Shaun Carvalho, Shawmut Design & ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Friday, October 04, 2019
    On Friday, October 4th more than 40 AGC members came together at Evelyn House, a Father Bill's & Mainspring emergency shelter in Stoughton for families experiencing homelessness for their annual service project.  More than 20 commercial construction companies and roughly 40 volunteers performed major renovations to the property, including repairs and upgrades to two kitchens, installation of new ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019
    AGC MA CEO Bob Petrucelli will be leading a discussion on Chapter Best Practices at the annual Chapter Leadership Conference in Washington DC on September 23, 2019. AGC MA has received national attention for its role in advancing industry awareness over the past year concerning the Opioid epidemic within the commercial construction industry and has been asked to highlight the outreach efforts and ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Monday, September 16, 2019
    BOND's Kathy Freitas & AGC MA's Brendan Carter Featured Speakers at AGC of America's Construction HR & Training Professionals ConferenceKathy and Brendan's October 11th  plenary presentation entitled, "Guidance for Substance Use Disorders in the Construction Industry", will focus on AGC MA's Human Resources Committee's Opioid Use Prevention H.R. Manual for Employers which was distributed as part ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Monday, August 12, 2019
    The recipients rewarded are all outstanding individuals who work hard and show enthusiasm for the construction industry. All recipients are enrolled in a construction management or civil engineering degree program and maintain impressive GPAs. Representing from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    AGC MA Membership Discount Program's provide members access to high-quality services, cutting-edge technology and top-of-the line products. From discounts on vehicles to computers and software, AGC has partnered with some of the best to give you the most for your money and improve your daily business operations. These value added discounts will give you the competitive advantage over your ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Friday, April 26, 2019
    On Monday, April 22nd AGC MA member F.W. Madigan hosted a Women in Career Construction Presentation at Girls, Inc., Worcester, an organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The mission of "The Girls Inc. Experience" is to equip girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. Their research- based programs ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    Leonard brings almost three decades of experience, drawing from a diverse background which includes serving in the US Army Reserves, and nearly two decades on the Owner’s side, for Liberty Mutual Insurance.  His experience with, infrastructure, major capital improvements, utilities and MEP projects, and the management of a large team of professionals, makes him well suited for his role as Project ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, April 01, 2019
    The use of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technologies is an increasingly integral part of design and construction practices. While the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM)  and other VDC technologies have been standard practice at Consigli for more than ten years, new technologies and applications are continuously emerging – some are good, and others are solutions looking for a ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly, Technology
    Monday, April 01, 2019
    One of the most fundamental features of operating as a general contractor or construction manager (GC/CM) involves use of a wide variety of types and formats of contract agreements needed to deliver a project.  Starting with the prime agreement with the project owner there are typically many subsidiary agreements with the various parties we contract with to fulfill our obligations to the owner.  ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly, Construction Law, Risk Management
    Monday, April 01, 2019
    The ancient master builder was considered a design-build individual.  The master builder was an oracle of the sciences, arts, crafts, and all things related to the build environment.  In the 1900s, the master builder role split into two distinct roles: (1) the architect who was responsible for design only, possessing limited knowledge on how buildings were really built and (2) the contractor who ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly, Project Management
    Monday, April 01, 2019
    A multitude of reasons account for differences in safety, productivity, and quality in the building construction industry.  Factors include schedule, complexity of design, weather, availability of an experienced, knowledgeable and skilled workforce, and the jobsite safety climate.  An effective tool to manage the downstream effects of these impacts on safety, schedule, and budget is the daily ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly, Safety Service & Training News
    Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    We are pleased to announce the roll out of the AGC MA Diversity & Inclusion Committee. The Committees purpose is to provide a platform for members to engage and assist with developing and driving their firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives by inspiring construction companies to create a culture of sustainable business practices that promote a workforce of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Thursday, February 21, 2019
    The AGC MA and its Industry Advisory Board will be hosting its second annual career fair at Fitchburg State University on February 26th.  Four more participants were added from last year and now seventeen AGC MA member and allied firms will be talking to students about their companies, the construction industry in Massachusetts, and any internship or full time opportunities that might be ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    As part of its 2016 strategic plan, AGC MA has been committed to tackle the obstacles of workforce development and diversity within the industry, and although great strides have been taken, the expansion and retention of a diverse work-staff for our member companies and their staff continues to be a critical challenge.  Led by the AGC MA Diversity & Inclusion and BWiC Committees and funded by the ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You
    Thursday, November 01, 2018
    Deliberative Communication is the theme of this edition of AGC’s Building Best Practices publication.  We all have our routines, specialty areas, comfort zones, and standard forms/practices, but what happens when we or our employees travel outside those lanes or when we lose even a momentary focus within them?  Maintaining a spirit of continuous learning, improvement, and awareness throughout the ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly
    Thursday, November 01, 2018
    It’s no secret that the residential sector has been one of the driving forces behind New England’s recent construction boom.  The continuous urbanization movement making cities like Boston more habitable have given rise to countless apartment and condominium projects.  Although all projects regardless of size and scope warrant careful risk management considerations, residential work can be ...read more
    Categories: Risk Management, BBP Quarterly
    Thursday, November 01, 2018
    The person in charge of material procurement and submittals lives in the future.  When I am that person, I think about steel while site work is ongoing, I worry about millwork while MEP rough is being performed, and I work to stay numerous steps ahead at all times.  And, it does not end there.  Once everything is released and starts arriving on site, I sometimes have flashbacks about all the ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly, Project Management
    Thursday, November 01, 2018
    We have all seen the picture of the dinghy named “Original Contract” attached to the yacht named “Change Order”.  Throughout the history of construction, there are likely many instances where this has been the case, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it was unjustified or even an overly inflated change order value.  The truth is that change orders are a necessity in construction contract ...read more
    Categories: Project Management, BBP Quarterly
    Sunday, July 01, 2018
    I am thrilled to contribute to the AGC’s Building Best Practices and honored to write in the inaugural edition.  Our goal with this quarterly newsletter is to share the best practices developed by our members and to propose new strategies or ideas to improve the construction industry in Massachusetts.  Whether done through case studies, tips, articles, or sample documents, it is our intention to ...read more
    Categories: BBP Quarterly
    Friday, June 29, 2018
    Construction firms designate time and resources to safety programs, equipment, and coordinators, yet often neglect to plan for how to handle a crisis. Even with safety precautions and good business practices, accidents happen. How would you respond to a reporter asking about a construction incident involving your company?  A crisis or unexpected event that focuses media attention on your firm ...read more
    Categories: Marketing/BD, BBP Quarterly
    Friday, June 29, 2018
    Should a construction manager or general contractor ever pose the following question to a subcontractor – ‘How can I, as a CM, improve your company’s safety?’ – the answer would likely take some serious thought.  Answering this question requires a construction manager (for the purposes of this article, the term construction manager will be synonymous with general contractor) to walk in the shoes ...read more
    Categories: Safety Service & Training News, BBP Quarterly
    Friday, June 29, 2018
    If you’ve ever been tasked with reading or writing a daily report, it may not rank high on your excitement meter.  Perhaps, so was reading Shakespeare in high school, as it is often difficult for students to find the relevance of the ancient script to their 21st century existence.  Yet, as we all eventually learn, Shakespeare’s writings contain timeless themes that have an undeniable lasting ...read more
    Categories: Project Management, BBP Quarterly
    Friday, June 29, 2018
    When a potential change on a project is discovered, reviewing the contract documents is often not the contractor’s first step. A contractor is typically inclined to focus its attention first and foremost on solving the problem. However, it is important to recognize that most contracts contain provisions requiring certain steps be taken by any contractor or subcontractor who intends to assert a ...read more
    Categories: Risk Management, BBP Quarterly
    Friday, June 29, 2018
    Have you ever worked on a postage stamp of construction site?At 110 Broad this concept takes on a whole new meaning. With limited space, approximately 110,000sf to be exact, we had the challenge of building 36 luxury condo units with 3,500sf of commercial space on the ground level. The challenge came when we had to find a way to provide a parking solution to accommodate 48 spaces. It required the ...read more
    Categories: Case Study, BBP Quarterly
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    In a case closely watched by the construction industry, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) has overturned a Superior Court’s decision barring any recovery by the general contractor G4S (the “General”) against the project Owner because the General had intentionally and falsely certified that subcontractors had been timely paid when they had not.  Although the decision overturns case ...read more
    Categories: General Industry News, Advocacy | Public Affairs, AGC MA News
    Monday, May 21, 2018
    Michael O’Brien, vice president and Massachusetts operations manager of Gilbane Building Company was named 2018-2020 Board Chairman of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) at the organization’s 82nd Annual Meeting at the Wequassett Inn on May 4. Mike previously served as 2016-2018 Vice Chairman of the Board.  AGC MA is an 83-year old not-for-profit trade association, ...read more
    Categories: AGC MA News, General Industry News, Member News
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    A delegation from the AGC MA  Chapter 149A Task Force met with DCAMM Commissioner Carol Gladstone and a number of her staff on April 6 to discuss a wide range of issues impacting CM’s and Subcontractors. At the meeting, AGC representatives were informed of key structural and staff changes at the agency.   Key Topics discussed were: Status of DCAMM’s Disparity Study: Brian McPherson, new ...read more
    Categories: AGC MA News, General Industry News, Advocacy | Public Affairs
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Over 7,000 bills are filed for each two-year election cycle on Beacon Hill by competing interest groups. The AGC/Mass PAC (Political Action Committee) was created to advance AGC’s legislative agenda to advance & protect your interests at the State House. Specifically, the AGC/Mass PAC:   Enables AGC to contribute to candidates who support AGC’s legislative agenda on Beacon HillEnables AGC Staff ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy | Public Affairs, AGC MA News, General Industry News