Posted on August 6, 2018
(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm announces the expansion of its New Haven, Connecticut office. BOND adds a team of professionals to service traditional Building Division clients in the education, healthcare and district energy markets. This announcement comes on the heels of several new project wins for clients such as the University of Connecticut (UCONN) and Yale University.
BOND is pleased to announce the following construction professionals committed to the Connecticut market:
- Tim Peer, P.E., Vice President, District Energy continues to lead a specialized team of professionals focused on delivering complex district energy projects for clients in the higher-education market. Tim has over 25 years’ experience solving the unique challenges and requirements of campus district heating, cooling and microgrid projects. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the International District Energy Association (IDEA).
- John Turner, Project Executive joins Tim Peer, PE as senior leadership on the District Energy Team as part of the Building Division. He brings more than 24 years of utilities construction and project management experience in cogeneration and central utility projects that have spanned across the higher education, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. John’s diverse background in the industries of design, operations, maintenance and commissioning have given him a broad understanding of client needs.
- Mark Rollins, Project Superintendent is a proven construction supervisor with onsite management and field supervision experience. He has supervised multiple projects in the fields of healthcare and energy and works effectively with architects, engineers, contractors and inspectors. In his role at BOND, he creates accurate takeoffs and manages contracting, purchasing and invoicing with a high level of skill. He is also well experienced in reading process and instrument drawing (P&ID) and isometric piping drawings.
- Lee Ann Sullivan, LEED AP, Senior Estimator brings her experience and expertise in estimating and preconstruction services within the context of a wide range of delivery methods including construction management at risk, lump sum bid and design build. Lee Ann has led major projects in healthcare, pharmaceutical, education, infrastructure and commercial markets. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering Studies from Lafayette College.
- Eric Fontaine, Superintendent has over 10 years’ experience supervising complex projects within the education industry. He oversees the daily construction of BOND projects in institutional, corporate renovations and new construction. He is responsible for the safe management of the site, resolving issues and addressing changes with the owner and designer
- Kevin McConnell, Project Manager brings strong expertise managing construction projects from preconstruction to turnover. With 13 years’ experience, Kevin works cohesively with all members of the project team to oversee project operations including scheduling, procurement, tracking and billing. His project portfolio includes higher-education and K-12 renovations, laboratories, corporate interiors and transportation facilities.
- Dale Burr, Senior Project Manager joined BOND in 2015 and brings strong value to the Connecticut team with over 30 years’ construction management experience. He recently managed the successful completion of UMass Dartmouth’s new School of Marine Science & Technology (SMAST), a $55 million, world-renown facility. Dale centers his projects around forging client partnerships through consistent communication and strong team management, leading to superior construction results.
“We are excited to expand our New Haven, Connecticut office with an exceptional new Building Division Team,” said Daniel Ramos, BOND’s Regional Manager, Southern New England. “We’ve established many successful client relationships and business partnerships throughout Connecticut and Southern New England. This team will allow us to provide the most reliable services to our clients.”
BOND’s Connecticut office is located at 370 James Street, Suite 405, New Haven, CT 06513. The company’s Civil & Utility Division also operates out of this office, providing services for markets such as Civil Infrastructure, Electric T&D and Oil and Gas Services.
For more information on BOND’s New Haven Building Division services, please contact Bo Koloski, Director of Client Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.429.0808.
Posted on July 19, 2018
(Providence, RI) – Providence Public Library (PPL) has engaged BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, as construction manager for the state’s largest-ever public library renovation beginning later this summer. During an official public announcement on July 13th, PPL unveiled their plans for the new building project. The event was attended by members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, including Senator Jack Reed, as well as PPL trustees, executives, major project funders and the project team.
The $25 million project will address required life safety systems upgrades, as well as make major infrastructure improvements to PPL’s downtown buildings (150 Empire Street). The 83,000-square foot project will transform the Library’s 1950s wing, auditorium, and special collection areas to provide 21st-century library services for Providence and Rhode Island residents.
“This renovation plan and the improvements to be made to the Library’s primary service areas are a centerpiece of our ongoing THINK AGAIN Strategic Plan for re-imagining and transforming our library. With these upgrades and modernization of these 65-year-old buildings, we will better be able to deliver the programs and services we’ve outlined to meet the evolving needs of our diverse community of library users in Providence and statewide,” said Jack Martin, PPL Executive Director.
“We are excited about our work and contribution to the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island as construction manager for the PPL,” said Dan Ramos, Regional Manager, BOND’s Providence Office. “BOND is proud to work with the PPL stakeholders on this transformative civic project.”
“I am thrilled to be working on the PPL project as a lifelong Rhode Islander who has enjoyed the library resources,” said Kim Silvestri, BOND Project Executive. “I am looking forward to continuing our collaborative partnership.”
The project is scheduled to begin this August and take place in stages over approximately 18 months. The project will be funded in part by an $8.8 million grant from the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. An additional approximately $4 million will be announced in the coming weeks. A $200,000 grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts will partially fund the renovation of the Auditorium. The Library has undertaken a capital campaign to fund the project and is pleased to announce a leadership gift of $1 million from Rosalyn Sinclair, in addition to other gifts and pledges to date.
“This project is consistent with PPL’s long-standing commitment to provide Rhode Island residents with high-quality, high-impact services and experiences while welcoming all to explore, learn, and achieve their goals,” said Robert Edwards, PPL Board Chair.
The project architect is designLAB of Boston, the same firm that served as the architect for PPL’s 1900 building renovation completed in January 2013.
PPL is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1875, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported primarily through private funding sources, including its own PPL Foundation. PPL provides services and resources to more than 152,000 visitors annually. The Library also serves as the Statewide Reference Resource Center holding unique collections and resources. For more information, please visit www.provlib.org.
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.
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 Complex. SLAM 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 high–pressure 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
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.
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, email@example.com 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.