ABC and GCI Announce STEP Safety Award Winners

Woburn, MA – Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC) and the Gould Construction Institute (GCI) honored this year’s Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (STEP) award recipients at the 13th Annual ABC/GCI Safety & Education Dinner held in May at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham.

This year’s award winners were:

Diamond Award
Bowdoin Construction Corp.; CIANBRO; JM Coull, Inc.; Delphi Construction, Inc.; MJM Masonry, Inc.; Notch Mechanical Constructors ; R & R Window Contractors, Inc.; Williams Building Company, Inc.; Windover Construction, Inc.; and Zampell Refractories.

Platinum Award
Acella Construction Corporation; Avary R.T.G., Inc.; Cutler Associates, Inc.; DECCO, Inc.; Electronic Environments Corp.; Elm Electrical, Inc.; Energy Electric Company, Inc.; Enterprise Equipment Co., Inc.; Erland Construction, Inc.; Florence Electric, LLC; Kaloutas Painting; Kaplan Construction; Maguire Company, Inc.; Methuen Construction Co., Inc.; NEL Corporation; North Shore Mechanical Contractors, Inc.; NorthStar Construction Services Corp.; R.H. White Construction Co., Inc.; Rivers Electrical Corp.; Ryan Construction, Inc.; and Tecta America New England LLC.

Gold Award
Bald Hill Builders, LLC; Breen & Sullivan Mechanical Services, Inc.; Callahan Construction Managers; Dellbrook | JKS; Fernandes Masonry, Inc.; Forish Construction Co., Inc.; Lake HVAC, Inc.; Metro Walls, Inc.; Tecta America New England LLC.

Silver Award
Brennan Interior Contractors, Inc.; B.W. Kennedy and Company, LLC; C. White Marine, Inc.; Denron Plumbing & HVAC, LLC; Electrical Dynamics, Inc.; Ellis Fire Suppression, Inc.; Groom Construction; Interstate Electrical Services Corporation; J. Lawrence Hall Co., Inc.; Medford Wellington Service Co., Inc.; Nappa Electrical Contractors; Optiline Enterprises LLC; Piping Systems, Inc.; Premier Fence, LLC; Professional Electrical Contractors of CT, Inc.; RALCO Electric, Inc.; The RELCO Companies; Shawnlee Construction, LLC; Tocco Building Systems; and W.T. Kenney Company, Inc.

The STEP Awards were the highlight of the evening. This year, a record 60 ABC member companies were recognized for having an outstanding commitment to jobsite safety. “By drawing attention to the importance of jobsite safety we make sure that it is not taken for granted,” Lagergren said. “The bottom line is that we are nothing without safe, healthy workers.”

This year was particularly special with the announcement of the first Building Our Future Scholarship recipients. The mission of ABC’s Scholarship is to help develop the future talent of the construction industry by providing financial assistance to worthy candidates pursuing a post-secondary education in construction related fields. This year, Evan Hall, a senior attending Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Tyler Kleinsasser, a junior attending South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, received scholarships.

Gould Institute Board of Directors (l to r) Michael P. Sams, William Burg, Thomas Blesso, Maria Camerlengo (chair), Robert McDonald, Daniel James, Joseph Barbone


The Safety & Education Dinner is ABC/GCI’s premier event, celebrating member companies’ commitment to worker safety and training, the talented instructors dedicated to educating the next generation of industry leaders, and the students working long hours during the day and attending classes at night to improve their knowledge and skills. “This is a night to recognize our students and their employers who continue to raise the standards of safety, training, and education in the construction industry,” commented GCI President Barbara Lagergren.

Appreciation umbrellas and hammers

The launch of the Building Our Future Scholarship coincides with ABC’s strategic initiative to prioritize workforce development and construction career outreach, working in tandem with GCI and the Merit Apprenticeship Program. With the challenges of an aging construction workforce and labor shortage, developing future talent is one or our association’s most important priorities. With this scholarship, ABC will help make it possible for deserving young people to pursue a career in construction at a critical time for the industry.

ABC & GCI congratulates this year’s winners for their commitment to producing quality work in a safe and responsible manner and thank everyone who attended this amazing event.