ABC MA Announces 2018 EICA Winners

Waltham, MA – The Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC MA) recently congratulated the 16 member companies that earned Eagle and Merit Awards at the 26th annual Excellence in Construction Awards (EICA), which recognizes overall excellence in project execution, craftsmanship, safety, innovative elements and challenges, and client satisfaction.

The diverse group of winners includes:

  • Bald Hill Builders’ construction of a 25,000sf, three-story building above and around an existing and operating restaurant.
  • Bowdoin Construction’s expansion a food processing and packaging equipment facility warehouse and showroom.
  • BW Kennedy & Co’s construction of a 145,000sf life science building and 155,000sf parking garage.
  • C.E. Floyd Company’s Lean Construction of athenahealth’s West Garage over a previously contaminated soil site in a tight urban setting.
  • Callahan Construction Managers’ two standalone residential buildings consisting of 385,000sf with 352 residential units, almost 240,000sf of parking, and retail and restaurant spaces on oceanfront property; and construction of a 21-story and six-story residential building in Somerville’s Assembly Square.
  • CIANBRO’s multi-phase expansion of a medical device provider, complete with training rooms, office and meeting spaces, commercial kitchen and cafeteria, and more.
  • DECCO, Inc.’s conversion of a mid-1800s shoe factory into a state-of-the art medical marijuana manufacturing facility.
  • EnviroVantage’s historical restoration of Nobska Lighthouse, a 189-year-old lighthouse located on a hill, perched on the point of a peninsula in Woods Hole, Mass., that is exposed to ocean wind, water, and debris during the September hurricane season when work was completed.
  • Erland Construction’s 100,000sf, two-story athletic facility with a 200-meter track, 12-court squash center, four multi-use tennis and basketball courts, along with a range of spaces dedicated to athletic training, wellness, and fitness for Phillips Academy Andover.
  • JM Coull’s restoration and renovation of a former abandoned and contaminated mill in downtown Lowell as part of the Lowell Community Health Center’s expansion.
  • Kaplan Construction’s renovation and historical rehabilitation of an almost 60% deteriorated building located along a busy Boston street.
  • Notch Mechanical Constructors’ customized exposed and aesthetically visible piping system for Tree House Brewing’s new brewery facility that increased production from 270 barrels per week to 1,000; and Baystate Medical Center’s 4.6 megawatt turbine to power a level one trauma center and primary medical provider for over 30 days in the event of a man-made or natural disaster.
  • R & R Window Contractors’ installation of 1,582 windows into precast concrete panels for a 20-story building located at Somerville’s Assembly Square.
  • Tecta America New England’s roof repair and installation of solar panels for the largest shopping mall in northern New England.

l-r: Justin Provencal, project manager, and Shad Smith, field foreman both of R & R Window; Michael Moorehead, associate architect at Stantec Architecture; and Steve Paquette, project manager at R & R Window.

From left to right: Scott Bates, VP/Academic Group Manager, Erland; Ken Tessitore, Project Superintendent, Erland; John Galanis, Owner’s Project Manager, Phillips Academy; Larry Muench, Director of Facilities, Phillips Academy; Elizabeth Martin, Senior Project Manager, Erland; Steve Craft, Project Executive, Erland; Tyler Hanchett-Leon, Superintendent, Erland; and Steve McDonald, President, Erland. Not Pictured: Sean Griffen, Project Manager, Erland.














EICA is one of ABC MA’s signature events, recognizing member contractors who, along with their project teams, help raise the standards of excellence in the construction industry. Over 275 ABC MA members gathered at the Westin Waltham Hotel to celebrate the very best construction projects its companies have to offer.

During the celebration, ABC inducted Gould Construction Institute’s (GCI) President Barbara Lagergren as the 2018 ABC Legend. She plans to retire at the end of this year after serving 32 years in various roles at ABC Massachusetts, ABC’s national office, and GCI.

The Legends program was created to recognize ABC’s outstanding leadership and to help support development of the construction industry’s future talent through the “ABC MA Building Our Future Scholarship.”

ABC President Greg Beeman believes the variety of projects reflect the vast and diverse array of projects completed by ABC member firms. “Our companies not only believe that open competition brings out the best in everyone, they embody it,” Beeman said. “Several of this year’s winners faced adverse conditions as they completed their projects. Yet, in the end, each project brought out the best in the employees who worked on them. The fruits of their hard work and dedication can be seen on the faces of each one of their clients.”

Over the past 25 years, EICA has recognized more than 250 exceptional projects entered into this independently judged competition by over 150 ABC member contractors.

This year’s applicant pool was particularly competitive, with each winner selected for high standards of craftsmanship, safety and quality thanks to the talents of merit shop workers and the efficiency of the merit shop approach. “Our companies are committed to providing the highest quality of work in a safe and efficient manner,” said ABC MA President Greg Beeman. “Tonight was a great time to recognize their achievements and celebrate the merit shop construction industry as a whole.”