January 2020

AGC MA Celebrates 85 Years of Building Excellence

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 effectively promoted and protected the interests of the GC and CM at the State House, with the Building Trades, Owners & Designers and with state and federal regulatory agencies.   

AGC MA Hires Donna Scally 
Director of Labor Relations & Employment Policy

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 the grievance and arbitration processes; and reviews and drafts policies, contracts and settlement agreements. In addition, Donna has extensive knowledge of HR functions, employee relations, and compliance with state and federal employment laws.
Prior to her time at RISD, Donna was Associate Director of Labor and Employee Relations at Harvard University Human Resources from 2006 - 2015. While there, she served as the point person for all matters relating to Harvard's PLA and union relations on construction sites. She also negotiated collective bargaining agreements with in-house unions as well as the PLA with local trade unions - and led various Labor/Management Committees. In addition, Donna developed and presented management training on various labor and employment topics including PFML and ADA compliance.
Prior to that she was Assistant General Counsel/Collective Bargaining Coordinator for the Boston Housing Authority, where she drafted all personnel policies. She has a J.D. from Suffolk Law and BA from Smith College. A native of Springfield, Donna resides in Walpole with her family.
We look forward to having Donna joining the AGC MA team! 

30th Annual
AGC National Safety Awards

The February 7th deadline is approaching!
The National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program has been an ongoing effort since 1991 to offer AGC members an opportunity to evaluate their safety record.  NASA compares an AGC 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 who have excellent safety records to compete for nationally recognized awards.
Click here to complete your participation form.
Send complete forms to Barbara Canoni at canoni@agcmass.org.
AGC MA Behind the Scenes

AGC Launches 
Building Respect Campaign 

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 violence 
for everyone.

The Building Respect Campaign, partially funded by MA Construction Advancement Program (MCAP) will invite strategic partners to collaborate in spreading awareness and provide employers the tools and resources needed  to take a pro-active role towards building a workforce culture in commercial construction that is equitable and safe for everyone.

Stay Tuned!

 2020 BWiC Inspire Awards - Registration Open!   

The BWiC Inspire Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the most exemplary women in construction who demonstrate leadership, generosity, innovation, and unwavering commitment to their career, colleagues and industry.  
AGC Photos in Action Competition  
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is committed to ensuring that you and the association's more than 27,000 members are well represented in Washington, DC and throughout the country.
To aid the AGC team in advancing your interests, they need more photographs to utilize for the association's social media posts, electronic communications, and websites. Photographs tell a story; they show the many skills and challenges our members face on a day to day basis. Help AGC by submitting your company's best photos on a construction jobsite and enter to win a free YETI Tumblr.
Entering the contest is easy... simply:
  1. Select your company's best photos! When selecting photos, ensure they follow safety regulations and display the diversity of the industry. These photos must be a JPG, JPEG or PNG with a minimum of 72ppi and 6Mb in size. There is no limit on the number of photos you can submit. To view a file of sample images, click here .
  2. Please upload your photos online here  by January 31, 2020. When submitting your photos, please submit them in the following format, "Company Name- Jobsite Name." For example, AGC of America- Wilson Blvd. Road Repair.
  3. The three winners will be selected by a team of AGC of America Staff. These winners will receive a free YETI tumblr.
Please contact Jenni Traver at jennifer.traver@agc.org  with any questions.


The Building Trades Employers' Association (BTEA) and Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP) will be offering contributing contractors a CPR/First Aid Training Seminar for their contributing employees as listed above. Participant must attend both consecutive night sessions to receive certification. For many of our collective bargaining agreements this is a mandatory provision requiring safety training.
Contractors Risk Management (CRM) a leading safety consultant in New England will provide participants an opportunity to recognize a specific problem (eg, heart attack) through various signs and symptoms and be able to describe and/or apply proper procedures to care for the problem.This 6-hour construction safety course provides an in-depth view of the CPR/First Aid safety and health standards for the construction industry. A CPR/First Aid certification card will be awarded upon successful completion of this course. 
Please register online at https://www.btea.com/event/cpr-first-aid-north-shore/2020-01-29/ or email the reservation to jtempesta@btea.com or fax the reservation form to the Association office at 781-849-3223 no later than Wednesday, January 22nd. 

Wednesday, January 29 & Thursday, January 30, 2020 - must attend both classes
           Classes to be held 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (light dinner provided)
           Location:  Four Points Sheraton One Audubon Road Wakefield MA       


Holiday Charitable Giving    
The holidays seem to bring out the best in people - especially AGC MA member companies.
Siena Construction sponsored Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation a nonprofit that empowers young women in Afghanistan through community-based education;  Dimeo Construction organized a giving tree for the children at Roger Williams Day Care Center;  Erland Construction partnered with People Helping People of Burlington and fulfilled 65 wishes of families in need;  TG Gallagher collected and distributed food and toiletries to MHSA a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness, substance abuse and hunger;  Columbia Construction and  Nitsch Engineering participated in Toys for Tots drives in their local communities and  Lee Kennedy and  Marr Companies provided gifts and toys for their local Boys and Girls Clubs. The best part of the holiday season is having the opportunity to give back to your local communities. 

High Profile Wants to Hear From You

High-Profile Monthly's February 2020 edition has two themes this year! Restoration & Renovation and Cannabis Facilities .
Are you involved with a restoration or renovation project in New England? Do you assist owners and facilities managers in the planning, design, or construction of a historical building?  High Profile wants to hear from you!  
Share your project, challenges, and solutions with us! We are featuring the unique challenges of designing and building facilities for growing and retailing cannabis. Share your stories and insight!

Welcomes 4 new members!

Ver-Tex Construction is New England and Florida's premier commercial and residential window treatment provider. Ver-Tex Construction also provides acoustical stretch fabric systems and D10 miscellaneous specialties.
45 Dan Road
Suite 350 
Canton, Massachusetts 02021  
Office: 781-821-0858

AvalonBay Communities, Inc., an equity REIT, has a long-term track record of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing distinctive apartment homes in some of the best U.S. markets, and delivering outsized, risk-adjusted returns to shareholders. With equal parts experience and vision, we've established a leadership position rooted in building value for the long term.

600 Atlantic Ave.
20th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Office: 617-654-9513

For over 100 years, Roman Mosaic & Tile has acquired an impressive list of project credits. From the Warner Lambert Pharmaceutical Laboratory in Ringaskiddy, Ireland to the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, our distinctive commercial flooring is recognized throughout the world.
500 Victory Road
Suite 406 
Quincy, MA 02171

FTI Consulting is a consulting firm focused on construction claims and disputes. We draw on our vast experience and expertise to assist in an effective, swift, and equitable resolution to your construction disputes.
200 State Street 
9th Floor  
Quincy, MA 02109

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January 30 | 7:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Sheraton Worcester Hotel, Framingham

The EBC 14th Annual Construction and Demolition (C&D) Materials Management Summit continues to be a primary industry forum that explores the state of the industry in New England. C&D materials management continues to be an important and much discussed topic, not just locally here in New England, but also at the national and global levels. There have been many notable advancements and successes, however, there remain significant unresolved challenges. This Annual Summit will provide attendees with state, regional and national perspectives on the industry, and include two panel discussions: one on construction contractor management of C&D materials and another panel discussion of markets with C&D generators and processors. In addition, there will be discussions on the national perspective; transportation and disposal; and PCBs in C&D materials. 
BWiC Serves Lunch at Rosie's Place   
January 30 | 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Rosie's Place
SOLD OUT - Members will go to Rosie's Place and help prepare and serve lunch to members of the community. Rosie's Place is a sanctuary for poor and homeless women located in Boston's South End.  Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Visit www.rosiesplace.org to learn more.

February 6 & 20 | 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. | AGC MA
construction_hard_hat.jpgJoin Joe Kelly and learn how to read and interpret construction plans in this two part class covering schedules, elevations, details, sections and more.  

This plan reading course is designed for construction managers, trade partners as well as those who provide services and products to the construction industry who would like to expand their foundational knowledge with facilitator lead practice at reading construction plans.

Participants will learn about:
*    Scales, Lines and Symbols
*    Elevations, Sections and Details
*    Civil and Structural Drawings
*    Exterior & Interior Details and Finishes
*    Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Drawings

 Learn more>>
Jenny Elkus and Shelley Vanderweil will lead a discussion focused on key takeaways related to women in business from Lean In and Becoming, as well as what these two books and the conversations they spur say about the state of women in business.

Each year we bring together the best minds in the industry - both women and men - to create an event that inspires, promotes leadership, builds connections, develops skills and fosters innovating thinking among and in support of a diverse group of professionals. Last year's program reached capacity! Sign up early to secure your spot and to reserve a room at the on-campus hotel. Stay tuned for full program details.

AGC MA Ski Day
February 28 | Waterville Valley Resort

Join us for a day of networking and fun at Waterville Valley Ski Resort! Bus arrives at 6:30 a.m. at the AGC MA office parking lot where you can grab a breakfast bag and coffee to go. Package includes breakfast, lunch voucher, lift ticket and 1 drink voucher. 

Lisa Frisbie

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