AGC MA Marks Construction Inclusion Week 2023

AGC MA members with Mario Umana Academy students

Wellesley, MA – The Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) marked Construction Inclusion Week 2023 with a series of events held on Oct. 16-20. As an Ambassador Sponsor to the national organization, the AGC MA Committee for Diversity & Inclusion organized a week of events showcasing the industry’s efforts on diversity and inclusion and welcoming professionals from across the state.

AGC MA CEO John Ferrante addresses the crowd at the AGC MA 2023 Diversity Summit.

The 3rd Annual AGC MA Diversity Summit, the cornerstone event of Construction Inclusion Week, took center stage at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. The summit, titled “Hold the Door Open,” provided insights into access and funding opportunities for underrepresented business entities (UBEs).

The next evening, AGC MA members gathered at Boston Common to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King through the “The Embrace” statue. The statue was designed by MassDesign and installed in collaboration with Skanska.

AGC MA 2023 Diversity Summit

A Stand Down for Respect event was hosted by the Lee Kennedy Company at an active job site at a university in Cambridge, to reaffirm the construction industry’s commitment to fostering a respectful and inclusive workplace.

The pinnacle of Construction Inclusion Week saw almost 100 local construction professionals working with 250 students in three Boston elementary schools: Mattahunt Elementary in Mattapan, Lyndon Pilot School in West Roxbury, and Mario Umana Academy in East Boston. These professionals engaged fifth grade students in interactive STEM-based building activities as a way to ignite their curiosity and passion for construction and engineering.

AGC MA members learn about “The Embrace” statue.

Representatives of AGC MA say that Construction Inclusion Week 2023 has not only highlighted the dedication of AGC MA and its supporters to diversity and inclusion but has also sown the seeds for a more inclusive and vibrant future in the construction industry, and that they look forward to building on this success in the years to come.

Supporters who made Construction Inclusion Week 2023 possible include Champion Sponsors: Bond Building, Columbia Construction, Commodore Builders, Consigli Construction Co., Elaine Construction, Gilbane Building Company, Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program, Milwaukee Tool, W.T. Rich Company, Inc., Shawmut Design and Construction, Siena Construction, Skanska, and Turner Construction Co.; Ally Sponsors: Berkeley Building Company, DellBrook|JKS, TG Gallagher Mechanical Contractors, MA Growth Capital Corporation, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, Sentry Hill Financial Advisors, Silver Tiger Consulting, TJ McCartney, and Walsh Brothers; and Support Sponsors: Cumming Group, Dimeo Construction Co., DPR Construction, Fontaine Bros., Inc., Gaston Electrical, and Specialty Services of New England.