June 2021
Welcome AGC MA New Board Members   
The Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) is pleased to welcome the addition of three new board members: Briana Colantonio, Business Development and Marketing Specialist, Colantonio, Inc., Diana Hasan, Human Resource Director, C.E. Floyd Company Inc., and Richard Jensen, Vice President, Director of Operations, Erland Construction, Inc.  
Diana will serve three years until 2024, while Briana and Richard serve in designated Board seats for their role as Chair of the Building Women in Construction Committee and Chair of the Open Shop Council, respectively.

The Board of Directors is the formal oversight entity governing all activities of AGC MA. It gives strategic direction to the Association, including providing policy guidance, managing Association finances, and approving the annual budget. Their leadership informs the priorities of the Association and helps push the industry forward into the future.

The Board of Directors meets a minimum of six times a year, receiving reports from the Executive Committee, Staff, and AGC committees. The Board acts on recommendations from the Executive Committee, and from all standing and ad hoc committees and task forces.
The three new members join a 15-member board that represent a wide array of skills and experiences. View the full list of AGC MA board of Directors here
AGC MA Committee for Diversity and Inclusion hosts successful  
Diversity and Inclusion Summit   
On June 9, 2021, the AGC's Committee for Diversity and Inclusion hosted its first Diversity Summit with close to 100 virtual attendees. Keynote Speaker Dion Irish, Chief of Operations, City of Boston opened the Summit by sharing his personal career path, reflecting upon the importance of building relationships, and discussing Boston's efforts relating to diversity and inclusion in construction. A panel of leaders from AGC MA member companies then shared their efforts as allies and advocates for cultural change within their companies, including modeling inclusive behaviors as leaders. The Summit concluded with a workshop led by Shannon Jordan, Director of People Strategies, Shawmut Design and Construction and Martha Feeback, Senior Director of Corporate Engagement, Catalyst offering best practices on developing sustainable DEI plan.
Already AGC of America has received over 500 Culture of Care pledges from industry leading companies and many AGC MA members. View the list of Champions here.    
AGC MA Wishes Everyone a Happy and Safe Juneteenth
This is the first year that June 19th known as Juneteenth is an official state holiday in the Commonwealth. The Juneteenth holiday commemorates the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union Army General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas which was the last Confederate states to come under Union control. One of the first large-scale Juneteenth celebrations began in Boston in the 1990's as the Roxbury Pride Day Juneteenth Celebration. A day of remembrance and reflection, Juneteenth events will be held this year throughout Massachusetts. A list of Boston-area Juneteenth events can be found here.
June is National Pride Month
Pride month celebrates the diversity of LGBTQ+ individuals. Looking for jobsite resources? A Tool Box Talk on LGBTQ+ inclusion is available from the AGC of Washington here.

AGC MA Scholarship & MCAP Online Scholarship Program  
Deadline extended  

AGC MA and the Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP) gives out scholarship awards each year to deserving individuals who are enrolled in a construction or civil engineering degree program. 

Applications are now available for submission. Visit the scholarship website here for more information and the link to the scholarship application. 
The deadline to submit applications has been extended to July 15

Please contact Kara Cady with any questions.
Building Material Prices Beginning to Fall  
As the entire industry has dealt with uncertainty regarding material pricing, the AGC MA hosted a successful webinar entitled "Managing The Risk of Labor and Material Shortages and Cost Escalation". Attorneys Ken Rubinstein of Preti Flaherty and Stan Martin of Commonsense Construction Law provided insight into ways contractors can protect themselves and insulate their bids from price fluctuations.   
Fortunately, material prices now appear poised to be headed in a more favorable direction for contractors.  The Wall Street Journal reported that lumber prices are falling at the fastest rate on record after a similarly steep runup. Major logging and lumber company executives are selling off personally held shares in a sign that they feel the bubble has popped.  
Similarly, copper prices fell to their lowest level in months as the Chinese government gave signals that they might release strategic stockpiles to limit consumer inflation. Copper is considered an indicator for other metals, but eyes will remain on the price of steel where the stock index has doubled since last year. Experts anticipate prices for steel will fall somewhat but remain elevated above average.  
AGC MA Safety Services
With the end of the statewide mask mandates on May 29th, AGC heard from many of our members regarding how they intended to handle masks on jobsites moving forward. AGC MA Safety Director Chris Ziegler and others weighed in on what they felt was the most logical path forward for the industry and people in the field.
On May 27th, AGC CEO John Ferrante provided a notice to all members on the general industry consensus. See the statement on the industry consensus put out by AGC MA here.
On June 10th, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh announced that the long-anticipated federal COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will only apply to healthcare settings. This represents a significant change from early reports that the new standard would apply to a broad range of industries, including construction.
In addition, the AGC Safety Committee has identified some additional consideration as members look towards the future of COVID safety protocols. These include:
  • Air circulation and ventilation plan
  • CO2 monitoring plan
  • Internal updates and information to employees
  • Maintaining distance in communal areas
  • COVID-19 breakout plan
  • Asking workers questions in regards to COVID-19 vaccinations (workers have the right to not answer questions verbally or on paper.)
If you have any questions or would like for AGC MA Safety Services to conduct a site safety inspection, please contact Chris Ziegler.
Other services available:
  • OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Training    
  • Safety Program consultations/review
  • Job Site Safety Walk Through/Inspections
  • Lunch & learns focusing on Silica, Fall Protection, Trenching and Scaffolding

AGC MA Member Benefits

Did you know that an AGC MA membership is firm wide? If your company is a member of AGC MA that means every employee of that company can take advantage of the wide variety of valuable benefits including programs and events, exemplary safety training, committee engagement and more. 

Questions? Feel free to reach out to any one of our staff members at any time!

AGC MA Staff Extensions

The AGC MA staff is here for you! Please visit the AGC MA Staff website page for more information. 

John Ferrante, CEO - Ext. 114

Lisa Frisbie, Director of Business Development & Marketing - Ext. 115

Donna Scally, Director of Labor Relations & Employment Policy - Ext. 116

Chris Ziegler, Director of Safety - Ext. 112

Kara Cady, Operations Manager - Ext. 118

Mark Lyvers, Controller - Ext. 119
Welcomes 4 new members!

United Alliance Services are a network of trained safety professionals who have a wide range of industry experience and knowledge.

5 Dan Road, Canton, MA 02021 
(877) 399-1698

Woodcraft Designers & Builders is a provider of unique commercial architectural millwork solutions, across a diverse group of industries. Woodcraft's skilled craftsmanship can be seen in banks, corporate offices, community living and clubhouses, auto dealerships, hotels and restaurants, hospitals and healthcare facilities, and schools and universities.

45 North Street, Canton, MA 02021 
(508) 584-4200

The Building Trades Employers' Association (BTEA) is a union subcontractor trade group. They represent subcontractors signatory with over 13 different trades by negotiating collective bargaining agreements, conducting labor relations, and appointing trustees to the jointly managed benefit funds.  The BTEA is AGC's partner on the Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP) and provides high-quality training opportunities for all signatory contractors.

100 Grossman Drive, Suite 300, Braintree, MA 02184 
(781) 849-3220

NECA Boston Chapter has helped build a bright future for Greater Boston and Eastern New England for nearly a century. Comprised of more than 80 of the region's most qualified electrical and telecom contractors, the Chapter delivers the highest standards in electrical construction to diverse projects throughout the region through our unparalleled education programs, management training, skilled workforce training and effective labor relations.

2 Heritage Drive, Suite 1, Quincy, MA 02171 
(617) 969-2521

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AGC MA Annual Golf Tournament 
August 2 | 8:00 a.m.
The Cape Club of Sharon 
Join AGC MA for a day on the greens at The Cape Club of Sharon. Contests, Prizes, Good Food & Good Friends! Deluxe cookout immediately following golf.

Sponsorship Opportunities at AGC MA's Golf Tournament are now available.  
Contact Kara Cady for more information. 

Be part of an exciting day of golf and camaraderie AND gain visibility for your firm!

AGC MA Safety Committee Meeting - In-Depth Workers Compensation Experience MOD Rating: Key Concepts and Rules
June 22 | 12:00 p.m. | TG Gallagher Conference Room, Waltham, MA
Join us at the Safety Committee Meeting for In-Depth Workers Compensation Experience MOD Rating: Key Concepts and Rules, presented by Chris Demas from Aon.
AGC MA Summer Golf Clinic
June 30 | 5:30 p.m. | Granite Links Golf Course
Golf is an important part of networking! Learn the basics and more in this 90 minute clinic at Granite Links. Two pro's will instruct all levels of putting, chipping and driving.
Immediately followed by refreshments with a view!
AGC MA July - August Golf League
July 13 | 4:20 p.m. | Newton Commonwealth Golf Course
Brought to you by the AGC MA BWiC Committee. All levels are welcomed! Tee times start at 4:20 p.m. (first come first served). All registrations are transferable. Space is limited.
Casual Conversations with Kick Ass Women in Construction 
July 15 | 4:00 p.m. | Zoom
BWiC invites you to join the conversation, to build connection, advance an initiative, maybe even solve a problem or two. We are honored to welcome prominent women within the co  mmercial construction industry to share the intentional and the serendipitous, their hero's and the villain's, the opportunities captured, lost and set free, and what they spend far too much time doing, with their time. We promise, it will be worth yours!
We welcome featured speaker Jillian Kavanagh, Manager, Office of the Vice President (Marine Institute), Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University
St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
AGC MA Summer Golf Clinic
July 28 | 5:30 p.m. | Granite Links Golf Course
  Golf is an important part of networking! Learn the basics and more in this 90 minute clinic at Granite Links. Two pro's will instruct all levels of putting, chipping and driving.
Immediately followed by refreshments with a view!

Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP) 

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As a benefit to AGC MA-MCAP contributing members, MCAP reimburses 75% of direct program expenses associated with education, safety and other industry issues after full payment is made to AGC MA. Check out the video and see for yourself!

As a benefit to AGC MA-MCAP contributing members, MCAP reimburses 75% of direct program expenses associated with education, safety and other industry issues after full payment is made to AGC MA?
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