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BOND Celebrates Grand Opening Of South Cove Community Health Center in Malden

Posted on June 28, 2018

(Boston, MA)BOND, the Northeast’s premier full-service construction management and general contracting company, celebrated the Grand Opening of South Cove Community Health Center in Malden. The official ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 19.  It was attended by Malden’s Mayor Gary Christenson, South Cove’s COO, Eric Tiberi and Executive Director, Eugene Welch, the project team and the local community.

The new Center opened its doors with 14,000 square feet of brightly lit, modern clinical spaces. It offers convenient, quality healthcare under one roof including: pediatrics, internal medicine, ob-gyn, optometry, laboratory care and social services staff. An adjacent parking lot offers ample space for 76 vehicles.

“We are pleased to have partnered with the City of Malden, the project team and our long-standing client, South Cove Community Health Center, to deliver this transformative center to the local communities,” said Michael Walsh, BOND’s Vice President of Healthcare & Life Sciences. “The new clinic offers a premier healthcare experience, closer to home, with all of South Cove’s specialized services.”

The new South Cove Community Health Center is located at 277 Commercial Street in Malden, the previous location of the Malden Evening News. BOND also completed the South Cove Community Health Center in Quincy in 2012, another important project that has since expanded the Center’s offerings within these communities.

About South Cove Community Health Center

South Cove Community Health Center is a premier health center in Massachusetts, serving 25,000 children and adults in the Asian community throughout the Boston area. It was founded in 1972 and provides high quality, community-based health care and health promotion programs which are accessible, linguistically and culturally competent. An affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, the Center has five clinics in Boston, Quincy and Malden. For more information please visit www.scchc.org.

BOND and The S/L/A/M Collaborative Join Stonehill College at Ceremonial Groundbreaking of New School of Business

Posted on May 23, 2018

North Easton, Mass., – Stonehill College celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Leo J. Meehan School of Business, designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) and constructed by BOND. The ceremony was attended by members of the College, academic administrators, trustees, students, faculty and the project team.

The new $30 million Leo J. Meehan School of Business will offer 65,000 square feet of cutting-edge technology, adaptive classrooms and collaboration spaces. The building’s Georgian architecture is designed to reflect the true spirit of the Stonehill community and campus, while the interior is designed to encourage innovation and advanced business environments. Completed by fall 2019, it features innovative Bloomberg rooms, simulated trading rooms and advanced business innovation studios with maker spaces. The School will expand the curriculum and encompass the accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing, economics and healthcare administration programs.

“BOND is proud to be part of this exciting project on Stonehill’s campus, continuing our long-standing relationship with the College,” said Dan Ramos, BOND’s Regional Manager, Providence, Rhode Island. “The new Business School will transform the student experience and support the school’s exceptional program for business education. We are pleased to celebrate this next project milestone that will energize the heart of the Stonehill Campus.”

“Stonehill College is experiencing an amazing transformation period and SLAM is proud to preserve and celebrate the architectural story on campus, complemented by interior spaces that support today’s innovative and collaborative learning styles,” says Neil Martin, AIA, SLAM Design Principal. “We are thrilled that construction has begun on this exciting new building and look forward to the ways it will enrich faculty and student life for the Stonehill community.”

BOND and SLAM are also working together on the College’s Academic and Welcome Center, which will be completed by the fall 2018 school year. Other past partnership projects on campus include the Thomas and Mary Shields Science Center. BOND also provided construction management services for the Rev. Mark T. Cregan C.S.C. Athletic and Fitness Center at the Sally Blair Ames Sports ComplexSLAM also designed the latest Campus Master Plan, the new Residence Hall and Campus Foot Bridge.

ABOUT THE S/L/A/M COLLABORATIVE  
As a fully-integrated, multi-disciplinary architecture firm, The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) has a national presence in programming/planning and designing professional schools of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, public health, law, business, science, engineering, and technology. SLAM has recently completed noteworthy projects with clients from the University of Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins University, Emory University, Duke University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Tennessee, Rutgers University and the University of Cincinnati, among others.

SLAM offers architecture, planning, interior design, landscape architecture and site planning, structural engineering and construction services that focus on various market sectors. SLAM has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Glastonbury, CT and Syracuse, NY. For more information on The S/L/A/M Collaborative please visit www.slamcoll.com or call 617.357.1800.

 

BOND Tops Off Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham’s Outpatient Clinical Center

Posted on May 18, 2018

(Boston, MA)BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm celebrated the Topping Off of the new Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID–Needham) Outpatient Clinical Center. The ceremony marked the last steel beam raised on this 37,000 square foot facility. It was attended by members of the BID–Needham community, administrators and staff as well as the BOND project team and design partners including JACA Architects, Bard Rao + Athanas, Souza True & Partners and Nitsch Engineering.

BOND is providing preconstruction and construction management services for the 37,000 SF, four-story building, located at 148 Chestnut Street, Needham, Mass. The Center will provide gastroenterology, cardiology and orthopedic services, as well as an array of medical/surgical specialties and support services. The Center will support an increased number of medical professionals with technology-rich services designed to lower hospital stays and improve the patient experience.

“We are excited to celebrate this important construction milestone,” said Michael Walsh, BOND’s Vice President, Healthcare and Life Sciences. “This is a transformative building for the Needham community, providing world-class medical care and outpatient services closer to home. It’s a pleasure working with BID-Needham and the entire project team.”

The new Outpatient Clinical Center is planned to open in the Spring of 2019 and is the third project delivered by BOND and JACA Architects within the last ten years. Other recent BOND/JACA projects on the BID–Needham campus include the Cancer Center and Surgical Building in 2014 and the BreastCare Center in 2016. These projects are part of the Hospital’s overall strategy to redevelop and transform the Needham campus, bringing state-of-the art care to Boston’s western suburbs.

 

BOND Wins CMAA Award for Boston University Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and Production Center

Posted on May 15, 2018

(Boston, MA)BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm announces it has received a Construction Management Association of America, New England Chapter (CMAA) Project Achievement Award for the Boston University Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre and Production Center. The project won in the New Construction category at the 24th Annual Awards Ceremony held on May 9, 2018 at the Omni Parker House, Boston.

Within an aggressive fast-track 15-month design and construction schedule, BOND delivered a beautiful multi-functional theatre complex, with innovative spaces and design labs for teaching and producing student theater. Working closely with University stakeholders and design firm Elkus Manfredi Architects, BOND developed a customized project delivery plan that aligned design and budget. Methodologies included Lean Management strategies, a two-phased occupancy approach, off-site prefabrication and early team work to resolve constructability issues and materials selection.

“I was impressed with the dedication and thoughtful approach that went into this challenging project,” said David Flynn, Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management, Boston University. “Through BOND’s preconstruction process and efforts, the project team helped us evaluate all the options and find creative ways to meet our priorities. The team worked diligently, when it became apparent that the original schedule expectations could not be achieved, to come up with an approach to ensure the Theatre and Production Center had a phased in project delivery schedule.”

Creating a solid teaching ground for the College of Fine Arts aspiring theater professionals, the 4-story, 75,000 SF complex is uniquely designed, with an outward slanted glass front façade. The new complex includes a 250-seat black-box theatre, high bay spaces for scenery and prop construction, costume shops, graduate and student studios and faculty offices. A 65,000 SF two-level subsurface parking garage and adjoining parking lot provides space for 290 vehicles with a landscaped plaza. The new building is located at 820 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.

“We are very pleased to be a part of the CMAA New England Project Achievement Awards,” said David Shrestinian, BOND’s Senior Vice President, Building Division. “This is a project we are especially proud of, with a terrific synergy between the owner, designer and project teams. As we see the excitement on the faces of the students, teachers and faculty in their new signature building, we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Both the project and the CMAA award are even more meaningful to us, as we were able to collaborate with our esteemed colleague, the late Howard Elkus, whom we miss dearly today.”

About CMAA New England

Started in 1991 by a small group of professionals devoted to construction in a management role, the New England Chapter now has over 500 members with approximately 90 Certified Construction Managers (CCM). The continued growth of CMAA indicates the rising importance of construction management within the industry and the value of CCM certification.

The Chapter offers numerous activities to the membership, some of which include Monthly Breakfast Programs, Owners’ Forum Luncheon, Annual Project Awards, Student Scholarships, Professional Certification Classes, Construction Legislation Tracking & Alerts, and Annual Golf Outings. For more information, please visit the website http://www.cmaa-ne.org.

 

BOND Celebrates Grand Opening of the College of the Holy Cross’ Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex

Posted on May 2, 2018

(Boston, MA)BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, recently celebrated the grand opening of the College of the Holy Cross’ Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex in Worcester, Massachusetts. The official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Saturday, April 28, 2018. It was attended by members of the College, the BOND project team, faculty, students, alumni and benefactors.

BOND provided construction management services to deliver the $95 million athletic facility, putting the College in the same league as other Division 1 athletic programs. Working closely with design firm Sasaki Associates, BOND constructed a substantial, 138,000 square-foot renovation and a 143,000 square-foot addition to the existing Hart Center. The facility includes a 64,000 SF indoor practice facility with 100 yards of turf field, a 9,500 SF strength and conditioning center and a 3,000 SF space for sports medicine. It includes locker rooms, meeting rooms, offices and an exterior plaza to host events.

“We are especially proud of this building project and its pivotal role in accelerating the Athletics Program for the College,” said Frank Hayes, BOND’s Chief Operating Officer. “Student athletes now have access to a world-class facility that fosters excellence and creates a sense of pride throughout the Holy Cross Community.”

About the College of the Holy Cross

The College of the Holy Cross (holycross.edu), located in Worcester, Massachusetts, is among the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 2,900 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.  Since its founding in 1843, Holy Cross has made a positive impact in society by graduating students who distinguish themselves as thoughtful leaders in business, professional and civic life.

 

Overcoming the Unknown – Risk Management Lessons from the Front Lines

Posted on May 1, 2018

Tony Bond leads BOND’s Oil & Gas Group and oversees its growth and development. His dedication to creating a team culture focused on safety and quality is one of the reasons for the company’s success and its expansion throughout the Northeast.

In our work planning and constructing underground utility infrastructure, we often say that our best work is never seen. While most people picture construction as the typical residential or high-rise project, our group is focused on constructing utility infrastructure below ground and primarily out of site.

We don’t mind the invisibility though. What matters most is managing another unseen – the countless risks and often unpredictable scenarios encountered when building in densely-populated communities.

BOND’s work for utility clients takes us into the most challenging project sites and most dangerous subsurface complexities imaginable. The risk management lessons learned on hundreds of these projects offer insights for anyone responsible for safely planning and building a project of any type.

Ask the Right Questions, Find the Right Answers

In utility construction, we have learned to assume that much of the existing infrastructure and surrounding subsurface conditions are not accurately documented. Even when ‘as-built’ plans exist, the reality is much of the infrastructure in place is decades old. While all parties, from the utility companies to the engineers to local cities and towns, do their best to safely and appropriately document what is in the ground, there is simply no way to be 100% certain.

To overcome this unknown, our planning and due diligence work involves research and verification to understand the full picture of existing conditions. Once we gain a more complete picture, we can determine what issues might need to be addressed before we begin the work. Using a variety of methods including Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Utility Mark Outs, to traditional hand digging and other options, we identify the best opportunities to safely and productively ensure that the work we do is in the best interest of the client and the existing facilities.

Two-Way Learning in the Community

When Con Edison chose BOND to install a new highpressure gas pipeline through the heart of the Bronx in New York City, the challenge went far beyond constructing over a mile of 16-inch pipeline. Our responsibility also included managing the risks inherent of building along and below urban streets and congested thoroughfares in one of the most densely-populated communities in the country.

To mitigate risk and create a custom plan, we needed to learn as much as possible about the routines and daily conditions in the Bronx neighborhood. We met with local property owners, residents and school administrators to talk about the scheduling of street-level construction and how to best reduce impacts. We also met with community groups, transit officials and elected officials.

By going beyond the expected methods of communicating, we not only built trust and mutual understanding in the community, we also gained valuable insight on how to tailor our safety measures to avoid the risks identified by those who live and work there every day.

The settings where we build are along main streets and in heavily-populated urban communities. Detailed planning, problem identification and community collaboration performed at the project’s front end shape our success once we get to construction. Photo: the Bronx, NY

A Safety Culture

Whether building in the Bronx or a small town in Rhode Island, our success relies on a company culture created around the right values. An engaged, experienced and accountable project team works together to establish a safety culture. Investing in training and equipment is part of this, but an even larger part is how our staff members see their role. In a culture based on the values of mutual trust and responsibility, every individual is comfortable learning from each other, teaching others and speaking up when necessary.

Something I learned early in my career is that the newest person on the team can sometimes have the best idea for solving a problem or identifying a potential problem. By sharing information and encouraging an open, transparent organization, everyone is part of the responsibility – and the success.

Safety First is a constant mindset when the job site shares a busy street in the Bronx with pedestrians and motorists. To manage the multiple risks, BOND uses its “Focus on Today” protocols that include daily interactive meetings, everyday inspections and constant communications on safety vigilance. A site-specific safety and security plan and customized safety training for all staff members set the stage for success in the field. Photo: the Bronx, NY

 

Tony Nigro Joins BOND as Vice President of Operations, Healthcare

Posted on April 17, 2018

(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm announces the hiring of Tony Nigro as Vice President of Operations, Healthcare. Tony joins Mike Walsh, Vice President Healthcare as part of BOND’s Healthcare Leadership team. Tony will focus on project delivery and process optimization. He will draw from over 25 years’ industry experience to oversee the operational efficiency of the group utilizing a collaborative Lean philosophy as the company continues to expand its service offerings within this market.

Prior to joining BOND, Tony was Vice President of Construction for Mill Creek Residential Trust, LLC in Boston. He served as Vice President of Healthcare for Suffolk Construction as well as Senior Project Manager at William A. Berry & Son, Inc. His project portfolio includes clients such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Baystate Medical Center, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and the Elliot Health System. Tony is a strong advocate for giving back and making an impact to the community he serves, whether that’s a client project, local need, or non-profit organization.

“Tony is an important addition to the BOND team,” said Robert Murray, BOND’S President. “He brings strong values, positive energy and extensive experience to our Healthcare Group. He has a proven track record of working closely with healthcare clients and will play a key role in developing our services, while fostering exemplary customer experiences.”

Tony is a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology and studied architecture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He also attended the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and served in the Massachusetts National Guard, Army Corps of Engineers. A resident of Londonderry, New Hampshire, he is a member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC), American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), Boston Society of Architects and American Woodworkers Institute.

 

Women’s History Month & Women in Construction Week Wrap-Up

Posted on March 29, 2018

As part of the March celebration of Women’s History Month and #WICWeek2018, the BOND Foundation established a new scholarship program for women students at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Ten scholarships will be awarded by the Foundation to undergraduate women majoring in Civil Engineering or Construction Management to help with the purchase of computer technology, books and supplies. Information about these programs is available from Lori Friedman at Wentworth, friedmanl@wit.edu or Sally Washburn at UMass Lowell, Sally_Washburn@UML.edu.

Kristan Koch and Kim Silvestri are leading the BOND Women’s Professional Group, a forum where women employees meet and work to develop new ideas and programs for additional education, networking and career development.

The group recently surveyed women staff at BOND to gather recommendations on future group priorities. “We were impressed with the survey responses and the desires stated for strengthening connections among women colleagues,” said Kristan Koch, Division Controller at BOND. “These connections will lead to so many positive things such as mentoring opportunities for younger women staff teamed with more experienced women professionals in the group.”

Other topics cited frequently by participants were education, work-life balance and career path guidance. “By building strong relationships within the group, we can more easily share knowledge and career advice,” said Project Executive Kim Silvestri.

With the support of BOND executive leadership, the BOND Women’s Professional Group helps individuals succeed and helps the company continuously improve its culture.

 

Ed Bond Elected to National Academy of Construction

Posted on March 26, 2018

(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm announces that its CEO, Edward A. Bond, Jr. has been inducted to the National Academy of Construction (NAC) 2017 class.

Bond received this distinguished honor for his significant contributions to the construction industry along with his strong leadership abilities and integrity. He was cited by the Academy as a consummate professional and recognized leader in the built environment whose vision continues to guide BOND, a century-old construction firm.

As a member of the NAC, Bond joins over 200 distinguished leaders from every segment of the engineering and construction industry. He will contribute ideas and solutions to support the industry today in areas such as technology, project delivery procedures, safety, communications, cost and schedule management effectiveness.

“This is indeed an honor to be recognized by the NAC,” said Edward A. Bond, Jr., BOND’s CEO. “It’s rewarding to work alongside leaders whom I’ve admired throughout my career and give back to an industry my family has been a part of for several generations.”

Bond has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and is the fourth generation of family managing BOND. The company has grown steadily since he assumed the role of CEO in 1984 and is one of the leading construction firms in the Northeast. Bond has taken great pride building a client-focused, family-driven culture with a true sense of caring for employees and community. His catch phrase “our word is our bond” exemplifies his dedication to establishing shared values of integrity, respect and trust throughout the organization.

Bond received a BA from New England College, an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and a Master of Education from Cambridge College. He is an alumnus of the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Advanced Management Development Program at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has received many awards including the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), recognizing his long-term contributions to the construction industry. He has served on many industry committees and boards including Boston Society of Architects, Massachusetts Building Congress, New England College, Society for the Advancement of Consulting, Society for Marketing Professionals Services, St. John’s Prep and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is the current Chancellor of the College of Fellows for the CMAA.

BOND Celebrates the Grand Opening of New Medford Headquarters

Posted on March 1, 2018

(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, celebrated the Grand Opening of its new company headquarters located at 10 Cabot Road in Medford, Massachusetts. Prior to this move, BOND was headquartered in Everett.

The new location provides a highly-collaborative environment for both BOND’s Building and Civil & Utility Divisions to work together. This collective in-house expertise and technology supports its clients in delivering complex projects.

“We are extremely pleased with our new space that is open, dynamic and highly-energized,” said Robert Murray, President of BOND. “We are proud to open the doors of our new Medford office, which represents the next step in our growth strategy. This is an exciting time for our employees, clients and partners as we continue to build and strengthen our company for the future.”

“Our newly expanded office signifies the tremendous success BOND has experienced in its core markets,” said Edward A. Bond, Jr., CEO of BOND. “The new headquarters is an important investment in our employees and clients as we foster increased collaboration and innovation.”

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