January 17, 2019

National AGC Safety Awards

 The February 9th deadline is approaching! 
Submit your NASA Safety Application today!

Recognizing AGC Contractor 
Members for Safety Excellence Since 1926, the National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program  has been an ongoing effort to offer AGC members an opportunity to evaluate their safety record.  NASA compares a member's safety record with other AGC members according to the member size and construction type. Additionally, NASA provides a great opportunity for contractor members to compete for nationally recognized awards that have excellent safety records .
Send it to Barbara Canoni canoni@agcmass.org

2018 MCAP Scholarship Recipients_ Family Members and AGC MA Staff

AGC MA and the Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP) gives out scholarship awards each year to deserving men and women who are enrolled in a construction or civil engineering degree program. The 2019 Scholarship application form is now open online at:  www.agcmass.org/scholarships

The deadline date for applications is June 1, 2019.
Please forward this information to any students who are eligible to apply for the scholarship awards.


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 Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP), the campaign will provide AGC members tools, information and collateral to help build and maintain a workforce culture that is equitable and safe for everyone.

The committees will begin meeting in February to finalize all aspects of the campaign. 


Mike Sanchez (L) Tom Comeau (R)

Shawmut Design & Construction's 
Mike Sanchez Named New Labor Relations Division Chairman

This month the Directors of the AGC MA Labor Relations Division (LRD) elected Shawmut Design and Construction's Chief of Construction Operations Mike Sanchez as their new Chairman. 
Mike has extensive knowledge and involvement with AGC MA signatory unions serving as the Chair of the LRD Negotiating Committee as well as being as a trustee on the New England Carpenters Combined Benefit Fund and the Massachusetts Laborers' Pension Fund.  Mike is also a trustee on the Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP) and is a former AGC MA Board of Directors Member.
Commodore Builders' Chief Operating Officer and immediate past LRD Chairman Tom Comeau will retain his LRD Director seat as well as continue to represent the LRD at the AGC MA Board of Directors. 
The LRD thanks Tom for his hard work over the past year in which he managed numerous changes and challenges with 
the AGC MA signatory unions and above all lead the negotiation  of  a new four-year agreement with New England Regional Council of Carpenters.  

Thank you for your leadership, Tom!

C ommercial Construction Industry Opioid Summit

Please join AGC MA and 
allied association partners 
on Thursday,  January 23, 2019 
for a Construction Industry 
Opioid Summit to  address 
this critical issue. 

Respected health care, construction companies, 
and  trade union panelists  will 
share their perspectives on implementing practical 
solutions that can assist your employees and their families.

AGC MA Advocacy with State Awarding Authorities
On January 10, AGC MA met with DCAMM Staff to set the agenda for upcoming meeting topics with AGC's Chapter 149A Task Force. Present were new AGC TF Co-Chairs, Jon Rich and James Apodaca and AGC MA Staff. The first meeting of 2019 with DCAMM with the larger Chapter 149A Task Force is expected in early February.
Topics raised that will further discussed in more detail were DCAMM's new Certification Fee Changes; Procurement Updates; Treatment of Change Orders; How Change Orders Impact the Project Close-Out Process; SDI Alternatives; and the new Pay App. In addition, DCAMM will be explaining new adjustments to the CM selection process. AGC MA is still waiting for the results of the new regulations that will accompany the DCAMM Affirmative Marketing Action Plan.
The mission of the AGC MA Chapter 149A Task Force is to establish dialogue with state agencies on how their respective processes, procedures and contracts impact CM at Risk and to achieve consensus on 'best practices', on which awarding authorities and CM's can rely on public sector CMR projects. The Task Force also reviews Chapter 149 delivery procedures as well. Recent meetings with Awarding Authorities have focused on evolving CM at Risk pre-qualification, procurement, project administration, contract issues and trends.
Interested in joining the Committee? Contact Bob Petrucelli at petrucelli@agcmass.org  

AGC MA 2019 All Member Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars for May 2nd & 3rd at the luxurious  Beauport Hotel  situated on the beautiful Gloucester waterfront! 


This quintessential New England seaside getaway offers understated coastal elegance with sweeping views of Gloucester Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.

Networking & cocktail hour and dinner will be held at  the stunning Shalin Liu Performance
Center in Rockport. (Shuttles from the hotel provided) Built by AGC MA member, Consigli, the Shalin Liu is a world class performance center attracting tourists from all over the world. 

Built on a ledge-filled, ocean front site, the dining space offers guests spectacular harbor views! 

For more information on booking rooms and business agenda contact:

Contractor Submits $4.5M Claim for Differing Site Conditions, Fed Court Rejects and then Imposes 
Liquidated Damages for $400K

AGC'S Brendan Carter contributes case study to 
The Dispute Resolver-a publication of Division 1 of the Forum on Construction Law.

About E.J. Callahan & Associates

Massachusetts CPA firm, E.J. Callahan & Associates, serves as a business advisor and accountant to the construction industry. EJC has earned a reputation with clients, bankers, attorneys, sureties and financial professionals all over New England for technical excellence and superior client service.


Commercial Construction Industry Opioid Summit
January 23 | 7:30-10:30 a.m. | Westin Copley

Please join AGC MA and allied association partners on January 23, 2019 for a Construction Industry Opioid Summit where respected health care, construction companies, and trade union panelists will share their perspectives on implementing practical solutions that can assist your employees and their families.

BWiC Business Portrait & Networking Session
February 6 | 4:30 -6:30 p.m. | AGC MA Conference Center

Your headshot is your introduction and first impression! BWiC is happy to offer AGC MA members an opportunity to update your professional image while networking with your peers. 
Wine, beverages and snacks will be offered!

Conversations With...Kathleen MacNeil, Principal, MDA Partners LLC
February 8 | 7:30 -9:30 a.m. | The Club at Millennium Tower

AGC MA is thrilled to offer a unique opportunity for our February Conversations With... program! We welcome Kathleen MacNeil, Principal at MDA Partners, LLC where she will share first-hand insight on what will be Boston's tallest condo and office tower. The 691 foot, 1.6 million square foot building will replace the Winthrop Square Garage and is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

Leading Women in Construction: A BWiC Executive Panel
February 27 | 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Pierce Atwood

BWiC presents a unique opportunity to hear from some of the most successful women in our industry!

Program Panelists: (L-R),  Marianne Monte, Chief People Officer, Shawmut,  Jennifer Pinck, Founder & President, Pinck & Co., Inc.,  Lauren Larson, Sr. Vice President, Organizational Development, Commodore Builders,  Kristin Protas, Vice President, Sr. Legal Counsel, Gilbane

Moderated by  Nina Radzim, Director of HR, Gaston Electrical

2019 BWIC Inspire Awards
March 5 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Westin Copley

Join us as we celebrate the most exemplary women in Construction who demonstrate leadership, generosity, innovation, and unwavering commitment to their career, colleagues and industry!

Emerging Contractor's Risk Toolkit - An AGC Law Series 
March 6, 2019 - January 8, 2020 | 8:00-10:00 a.m. | AGC MA 

Join us for a series of 9 courses presented by industry experts covering a range of topics including but not limited to: Negotiating Owner Contracts, Understanding Your Insurance, Payment Issues and more.

Conversations With...Ed Adelman, Executive Director, MSCBA
March 8 | 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. | AGC Conference Center

Join us for an insightful discussion with Ed Adelman about upcoming projects with the MSCBA.


2019 Young Contractors Professional Institute | 12 Results-Focused 1/2 Day Seminars:  January 17 through June 6 | 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Build the skills you need most now to:
  • Accelerate career advancement
  • Take on new challenges and responsibilities
  • Improve job performance, efficiency and productivity
  • Learn current best practices
  • Win work with existing and new clients
  • Add greater value in your company

Winter 2019-Lean Construction Program Series
February 1 -April 7 | 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | AGC MA Conference Center

This is a certificate program that consists of seven units.  Following the completion of all seven units, individuals will have a deep knowledge of both the theory and application of Lean Construction and be able to sit for an exam to earn AGC's Certificate of Management - Lean Construction (CM-LC) credential. 

OSHA 30-Hour Training 
February 4, 5, 6, 7, 201 | 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | AGC MA Conference Center

OSHA 30-hour training is the primary method used to train workers and supervisors on hazard recognition and OSHA safety standards.

Sponsored by:

CM-Lean Exam
February 6 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | AGC MA Conference Center

CM-Lean Exam for those that have completed all 7 units and would like to get their CM-Lean designation. Register for the exam by contacting Kara Morgan at  morgan@agcmass.org

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