Boston – Kaplan Construction announced its work on the Edgerley Family Horizons Center has earned an Excellence in Construction (EIC) award from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Massachusetts.
Kaplan received the Eagle Award, which recognizes overall excellence in project execution, craftsmanship, safety, innovative elements and challenges, and client satisfaction. This is the fifth time Kaplan has earned the Eagle Award. Over 225 ABC members gathered at the Westin Waltham Hotel on Nov. 17 to celebrate the award winners.
“One of the biggest challenges we faced was the construction shutdown in Boston in March 2020, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nathan Peck, president of Kaplan Construction. “We worked with the City of Boston to get the renovation approved as an essential construction project, citing the emergency nature of the families that are served by Horizons. Working closely with the organization, the City of Boston, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we implemented a site-specific safety plan to comply with all COVID-19 related regulations throughout the project. We delivered this project safely, on time, and on budget and are honored to be recognized for our work with this EIC Eagle Award.”
Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young children and their families, selected Kaplan for the construction of a new 55,000sf early childhood center and headquarters at 1785 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury. The new facility consolidated three existing centers into one, allowing Horizons to serve 30% more children in a space better suited to high-quality early childhood education and programming for families working to establish stability. The Edgerley Center enabled Horizons to create a social services hub and a sense of community for families experiencing homelessness. Serving 225 children experiencing homelessness ranging in age from two months to five years, the center began welcoming families in April of 2021.
The project team members for the Edgerley Family Horizons Center also included Jonathan Lavash Project Management, LLC, owner’s representative; Watermark Development, Inc., developer; studioMLA Architects, architect; and AHA Engineers, MEP engineer.
“We are proud to recognize the outstanding work of our member contractors through the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards,” said ABC MA president, Greg Beeman. “The winning contractors maintained a constant focus on meeting their clients’ needs and set a high bar for craftsmanship, quality, and safety.”