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    Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Peckar & Abramson, P.C. Grows National Construction Practice with Opening of Boston office and Addition of Top Litigation Team Boston, MA – September 13, 2021 – Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce the opening of its newest location at 28 State Street, Suite 1802 in Boston, and the arrival of accomplished construction and commercial litigation partners, Richard E. Briansky and ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, June 28, 2021
    Elaine Construction Company announced the promotion of Tony Leonard to VP of Operations.  Tony joined Elaine Construction in early 2019 as Project Executive, and was quickly promoted to Director of Project Management.  His understanding of client challenges, LEAN operational principles, and employee development, bring the expertise necessary for the advancement of our team and expansion of the ...read more
    Categories: AGC Member Promotions/New Hires
    Friday, June 11, 2021
    The New York State Assembly recently passed anti-wage theft legislation similar to bills currently before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development at the Massachusetts State House. Five other states including California, Nevada, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia have also passed similar legislation.This is why the AGC MA has been working with the North Atlantic State Regional ...read more
    Categories: AGC MA News, Advocacy | Public Affairs
    Friday, June 11, 2021
    After a technical oversight by progressive activists derailed the original ballot question on the millionaire’s tax, business groups face long odds in defeating this question the second time around.In 2018, the ballot question appeared to be headed to voters until the MA Supreme Judicial Court sided with business groups who said the question was unconstitutional.  Under the rules for Ballot ...read more
    Friday, June 11, 2021
    A little more than halfway through the Boston Mayoral and some front runners are beginning to finally emerge.  This comes as some interest groups begin to press candidates on their positions on certain topics. The Carpenters Union and two Developers have formed the Responsible Development Coalition to push the candidates to take a pledge to support development. In addition the Boston Chamber of ...read more
    Categories: AGC MA News, Advocacy | Public Affairs
    Monday, June 07, 2021
    The Associated General Contractors of MA (AGC MA) has received a substantial number of inquiries regarding the upcoming ending of the statewide mask mandate.  Construction employers are facing the difficult question of balancing the elimination of mask mandates with issues of liability. For instance, employers are trying to decide if they will continue to require masks, require proof of ...read more
    Categories: AGC MA News, Safety Service & Training News, AGC At Work For You, AGC MA Behind the Scenes, General Industry News
    Friday, May 14, 2021
    Haywood Vo has joined The Marr Companies’ Engineering Team as an Associate Engineer. His responsibilities include assisting the sales staff in the design and preparation of project drawings tailored to customer specifications; visiting projects to scope job requirements and find the most efficient, economical, and safe solutions; and troubleshooting jobsite problems to rectify them appropriately. ...read more
    Categories: AGC Member Promotions/New Hires
    Wednesday, April 07, 2021
    The Board of Directors of AGC MA is pleased to announce John Ferrante as the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer.   John succeeds Bob Petrucelli who served as  CEO for the past 34 years. Bob stated, "I have had the opportunity to collaborate with John on several legislative and industry initiatives over the past 5 years during his time at BTEA.  In fact, we have already spoken several times ...read more
    Categories: AGC MA Behind the Scenes, In the Community, Press Release, AGC At Work For You, AGC MA News, Member News
    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Ridge Olsen has joined The Marr Companies as Associate Safety Representative. He will be responsible for implementing and providing support for the Marr Safety Program and ensuring that all policies and procedures are being enforced on each job site and work location. He will assist in the continued establishment and communication of said policies and procedures to enhance Marr’s current program. ...read more
    Categories: AGC Member Promotions/New Hires
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Thank you to all of you who contacted your state legislators to encourage them to enact SD.172 as soon as possible. Through your efforts, over half of the Senate and a quarter of the House were contacted directly by their constituents.   There is growing momentum to pass the bill as legislators across the political spectrum continue to sign on as co-sponsors. We do not know when a vote on the ...read more
    Categories: AGC At Work For You, General Industry News, Advocacy | Public Affairs, AGC MA News
    Friday, January 15, 2021
    It is with mixed emotions that we announce AGC MA President & CEO, Bob Petrucelli, is retiring on April 30, 2021. Bob announced his decision in a letter to the Board of Directors this week that stated:  "As you know, COVID has certainly brought things into a new focus and provided an opportunity to reflect on my priorities. As such, after much recent deliberation, I have decided to retire on ...read more
    Categories: AGC MA News, General Industry News
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020
    Professor Hariharan Naganathan, a professor of Construction Technology at the University of Central Missouri, recently moved to Boston and is now on the faculty at Wentworth. He also is a recent recipient of a Scholarship/Grant from the AGC of America Education and Research Foundation to help underwrite a portion of his salary for a “Summer Residency” program with a local CM.   Each year, the ...read more
    Categories: AGC MA News, In the Community, AGC At Work For You, General Industry News
    Monday, December 14, 2020
    In a recent decision likely to have a significant impact upon the way private construction projects in Massachusetts are managed, the Superior Court recently construed the Massachusetts Prompt Pay Statute in the way the Statute (Statute) was meant to be enforced, but contrary to most current construction practice.In Tocci Building Corp. v. IRIV Partners, LLC, Boston Harbor Industrial Development, ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy | Public Affairs, Member News, General Industry News
    Monday, December 14, 2020
    To our valued Associated General Contractors (AGC) Chapter Members:As you may know, a group of AGC Chapters in the Northeast Region have been working together to keep abreast of COVID-19 regulations and trends so we can share timely information, best practices, and ideas with our member companies. While our states have employed slightly different approaches, our collective goal has been to keep ...read more
    Categories: General Industry News, AGC MA News
    Monday, December 14, 2020
    “I am writing you today to strongly encourage you to include in any year-end, must-pass legislation language that will allow millions of small business owners a tax deduction for expenses paid with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiven loans. Bills have been introduced in the Senate (S.3612 sponsored by Senator Cornyn (R-TX)) and in the House (H.R. 6821 sponsored by Representative Holding ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy | Public Affairs, AGC MA Behind the Scenes, General Industry News, AGC At Work For You, AGC MA News
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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