November 15, 2018


AGC MA Launches Risk Forum

This past September, the AGC MA Risk Forum held its third meeting of 2018 and the Forum is quickly becoming an essential meeting ground for AGC MA members who manage risk within their organizations. The Forum, chaired by Preti Flaherty's Ken Rubinstein, was created to be a place where AGC MA members involved in legal, risk management, and safety come together for an open exchange of ideas on the risk landscape in the modern construction industry.  

If an AGC MA firm has an in-house person dedicated to legal, insurance, and/or safety matters, or an AGC MA firm is looking gain a better understanding of these topics, your participation is welcome and strongly encouraged. The next Risk Forum meeting is scheduled for January 2019.

AGC MA Brings ACE RI to Blackstone Valley Technical High School

On December 13, 2017, in partnership with The Blackstone Valley Educational Foundation and the ACE RI Mentorship Program, AGC MA launched " AGC MA/ ACE Building Future Leaders Program for the Blackstone Valley: An AGC MA Work Force Development Initiative".

The program is currently in Phase III of it's 2 year program, with 26 Blackstone Valley Tech Students participating in the hands-on 7 week program thanks to the ACE RI Mentors:

Consigli Alicia Cox,  Kristy Lyons,  Jonathan Nickerson,  Andrew MacNeil
Gilbane: Matt Kellog
F.W. Madigan: Brett Szymko
VHB: Scott Lindgren,  Charles Sanderson 

Did You Know? 
AGC Has Appointing Authority to
Make Recommendations to Eight Designer and OPM State Selection Panels

For the past several decades, six state agencies have relied on AGC MA for making appointments to - or offering recommendations for seven different Designer Selection and OPM State Selection Panels. Most positions are for two years with the opportunity for a two-year renewal. As with the What You Need to Know BUZZ article below, AGC solicits interest from Members when vacancies occur due to term-expiration's or interim resignations.

  • Massachusetts State Designer Selection Board: (AGC appointing authority)
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Designer Selection Panel: (AGC appointing authority)
  • Massachusetts School Building Authority Designer Selection Panel: (AGC appointing authority)
  • MASSPORT Designer Selection Panel : (AGC input)
  • Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Designer Selection Panel (Westborough): (AGC input)
  • State Board of Building Regulations & Standards (BBRS) Contractor Representative: (AGC input)
  • Massachusetts School Building Authority OPM Selection Panel: (AGC input)
For more information contact Bob Petrucelli at


Massport Announces Two Vacant Positions on Designer Selection Panel  
Massport has reached out to AGC MA to solicit  interest  in filling two vacancies on its Designer Selection Panel.
  • Representative of the Construction Industry
  • Registered Architect, Architect Emeritus, Certified Planners by the American Institute of Certified Planners or from Academia
Scott Bates, Vice President & Group Manager Academic/Corporate/Commercial Group, Erland Construction and current Construction Industry Representative is finishing up his second two-year term allowing for one of the vacancies.

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Carpenters, Contractors Extend Agreement Four Years

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC), the Labor Relations Division (LRD) of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) and the Building Trades Employer Association (BTEA) have agreed on a 4-year extension of their current collective bargaining agreement, pending ratification by the employer organizations and a vote by union members. The agreement covers commercial carpentry work in Boston, Eastern Massachusetts and Northern New England as well as floorcovering and piledriving in Northern New England. It extends an agreement that was set to expire on August 31, 2019 until August 31, 2023.

The 2nd Annual BWiC Awards  Call for Entries Coming Soon!


The BWiC Inspire Awards is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at the Westin Copley 

Call for Entries Open December 3rd!


Congratulations to the AGC MA-member Specialty Contractors who made the 
ENR 2018 Top 600 Specialty Contractor List! 

A special kudos to those members who made giant leaps this year with J. Derenzo moving up 34 positions, S&F Concrete climbing  48 slots, and Central Ceilings jumping 33 positions.
23. Haywward Baker, A Keller Co., Cumberland, R.I. - Excavation/Foundations
108. J. Derenzo, Brockton, MA  - Excavation/Foundations
110. S.F. Concrete, Hudson, MA  - Concrete
223. TG Gallagher, Cambridge, MA  - Mechanical/Fire Protection
473. Central Ceilings, South Easton, MA  - Wall/Ceilings
525. Marr Scaffolding, South Boston, MA  - Other 

ENR New England Selects Jennifer Pinck as 2018 Legacy Award Winner
ENR New England has selected Jennifer Pinck, founder of Pinck & Co. Inc., as its 2018 Legacy Award Winner. Chosen by ENR editors, the Legacy Award is "given annually to an individual in the region who has established a solid 'legacy' of lifetime service to the construction industry, their colleagues and to their community," according to the publication, which covers industry news across all New England states.
Pinck will receive her award during the ENR New England Best Project's awards event on Dec. 12 in Boston. She will also be featured in the May/June 2019 issue of ENR New England.


This interdisciplinary panel will examine and define the challenges of changing cultural norms as it pertains to privacy, comfort and safety in public spaces, such as restrooms and locker rooms.

A Healthy Alternative: The Network Workout
December 4, 2018 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Burnin' by Ray's

Join us for this unique opportunity to experience a networking event for everyone that offers a healthy alternative to the traditional cocktail events. This innovative work out at Burnin' by Ray is low impact yet high intensity and fun!

The 60 minute work out will be followed with refreshments that won't negate your hard work!

Conversations With...MassPort
December 7, 2018 | 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. | AGC MA Conference Center

Join us for an intimate conversation with Sam Sleiman, Director of Capital Programs and Luciana Burdi, Deputy Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs at Massachusetts Port Authority as they share an overview of Massport's recent 5 year Capital Program and highlights on recent strategic initiatives.

DEMO 201: Abatement-A Look Behind the Plastic Curtain
December 13, 2018 | 7:30 -9:30 a.m. | Pierce Atwood

Picking up where our successful Demo 101 program left off, please join us for an advanced discussion of asbestos abatement and demolition methods and how to implement best practices for field supervision and project managers.  
Topics will include how to best pre-qualify an abatement contractor, how to establish and manage a proper testing regiment during the work, how to implement and manage safety regulations for both OSHA and the Department of Labor, and finally how to closeout an abatement contractor before the plastic comes down.

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Social Media Lunch & Learns

Are you an AGC Member and struggle with LinkedIn & Twitter? This free 60 minute Lunch & Learn will walk you through everything you and your organization need to know from setting up a profile to posting effective content.

OTI  3085 Principles of Scaffolding
November 26, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | AGC MA Conference Center 

This course covers the requirements for construction and the safe construction and use of scaffolding using the OSHA construction scaffold standard as a guide. 

CM-Lean Exam
December 4, 2018 | 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.

OTI 7500 Safety & Health Management Systems
December 11, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m. | AGC MA Conference Center

This one day OSHA course addresses the four core elements of an effective safety and health program (Management Leadership and Employee Involvement, Worksite Analysis, Hazard Prevention and Control, and Safety and Health Training) with strategies & techniques that are critical to each element's proper management.

OTI 7505 Accident-Incident Investigation
December 12, 2018 | 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | AGC MA Conference Center
This course covers an introduction to basic incident investigation procedures and describes analysis techniques. 

OTI 7845- Record Keeping Rules
December 13, 2018 | 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | AGC MA Conference Cente

This course is designed to help employers identify and fulfill their responsibilities for recording certain illnesses and injuries, reporting specific cases to OSHA, posting certain records annually, and submitting records electronically.

Constructor Supervisor License Renewal Institute (CSL)
You MUST have your CSL License Number to Register and begin your classes.  | On line-anytime |

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