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The Construction Institute (TCI) is pleased to announce the recipients of TCI’s Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards and the Volpe-Eagan Construction Safety Awards... more


The Construction Institute (TCI) is pleased to announce the recipients of TCI’s Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards and the Volpe-Eagan Construction Safety Awards

BOSTON, MA - December 15, 2011 - The Construction Institute (TCI) is pleased to announce the recipients of TCI’s Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards and the Volpe-Eagan Construction Safety Awards  presented on December 13, 2011 at Noon at Venezia’s Waterfront Restaurant & Banquet Facility, 20 Ericsson Street, in Boston.

TCI presented three Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards recognizing the Medford Interstate I-93 Fast 14 Superstructure Bridge Replacements, the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, and Figge Hall Dormitory at the College of Holy Cross.

The Volpe-Eagan Construction Safety Awards were given to Jill P. Alexander, Project Development Director, K. Courtney & Associates, and Frederick (“Rick”) Bockman, New England Regional Safety Manager, Gilbane Building Company.

Project of the Year Awards

The Construction Institute’s Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards recognize projects that have been constructed in Massachusetts using union contractors and workers that have had a positive impact on the construction industry, the community, and the clients we serve.

Medford Interstate I-93 Fast 14 Superstructure Bridge Replacements

The Medford Interstate I-93 Fast 14 Superstructure Bridge Replacements has basically reinvented how bridge construction should be done. The superstructures were completed in November 2011 by JF White Contracting Company in a joint venture with Kiewit Infrastructure. This unprecedented fast-track, design-build project replaced 14 deteriorated bridge superstructures on I-93 in Medford, MA under the Accelerated Bridge Program during 10 weekends between June and mid-August 2011.  The extremely compressed time frame was “every day critical” from Contract Award in early February 2011 through completion and opening to traffic of the 14 bridges on August 15, 2011.

The innovations MassDOT used to accelerate the bridge replacements included: design/build procurement, a prefabricated bridge elements system, and a special rapid-setting concrete.  By replacing the bridges with modular superstructure units that were fabricated off-site, MassDOT eliminated years of work on the roadway. All the demolition work and necessary lane closings took place on weekends, using precisely choreographed procedures that created work space between 10 pm on Fridays and 5 am on Mondays. The work focused on a different bridge each weekend. The project was showcased by the Federal Highway Administrator, Victor Mendez, in July, receiving national attention for the innovations used to get the bridges built so quickly and safely - and for limiting major impacts to road users to off-peak hours.

Peter Rapp and Craig Bateman of JF White accepted the award.

Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

The Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Dorchester on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The $115 million new state-of-the art recreational and arts facility was made possible by the generosity of Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. The Kroc Center was built to ensure that individuals in underserved communities have equal opportunities to grow their natural gifts and talents. The Salvation Army selected the Roxbury/Dorchester area because two thirds of the residents have incomes below the self-sufficiency standards, and among the 58,000 people living within the one-mile radius of its site - 19,000 are children.

The facility features an indoor aquatic center, basketball and tennis courts and a soccer field, as well as a teaching kitchen, after school programs, computer labs, classrooms, musical instruction space and a visual and performing arts center. The Kroc Center also provides meals for elders and auditoriums for community meetings.

The Kroc Center was designed by The Architectural Team Inc.. Suffolk Construction served as Construction Manager on the project.  Mark DiNapoli, Suffolk’s President & General Manager, Northeast Region, said. "It took eighteen months to complete the construction and we exceeded the minority hiring requirement goals. It was a cooperation forged with the Carpenters and all building trade unions and a bonding with the community."

Major Robert Kountz of the Salvation Army and James Grossmann of Suffolk Construction accepted the Project of the Year Award.

Figge Hall Dormitory at the College of the Holy Cross

An integral piece of Holy Cross’ master plan, construction on the $20 million dollar Figge Hall project began in the summer of 2010 and lasted 16 months.  Designed by CBT Architects and constructed by Fontaine Bros., Inc. using 100% union labor, the 60,000 sq. foot, 156-bed dormitory provides dynamic, modern space for on campus living.

Each of the 39 units provides housing for four students and features a common area, kitchen, two bathrooms and two bedrooms.  The kitchen includes a full-size refrigerator, range, microwave and dishwasher.  Each floor has a study room, and the main floor features a function room that is used to host social gatherings.

The four-story residence hall features floor-to-ceiling windows in the front and back of the main entrance area, giving the building an airy and bright aura.  Immediately outside the community room, located on the south-facing side of the building, is a level open lawn, while the rear of the building features a more active area with an outdoor volleyball court overlooking a wooded site.

Situated on a hillside with views over the City of Worcester, the building’s articulated metal roof and entry canopy vary in pitch and slope, a gesture to the campus’ hillside landscape.  Also included in the program is one private staff apartment with dual entry, private parking, and direct access to a secluded outdoor area.

Designed to meet LEED Silver standards, the building is on track for possible LEED Gold Certification thanks to the efforts of the entire project team.  Other significant project achievements included 0 lost days due to jobsite accidents and no OSHA violations.

Since opening for the 2011-2012 school year, the building has received rave reviews from students and staff, a tribute to the design team’s attention to detail and the construction team’s commitment to quality.

David Fontaine Jr. of Fontaine Bros. and Lenny Raymond of Holy Cross accepted the award.

Volpe-Eagan Construction Safety Awards

The Volpe-Eagan Safety Awards are conferred in honor of Patrick Volpe and Edward F. Eagan, both pioneers in promoting health and safety in the construction industry. This year’s recipients, Jill Alexander and Rick Bockman , join a prestigious group of past Volpe/Eagan award honorees.

Jill P. Alexander

Jill Alexander began her long career in the Massachusetts construction industry developing health and safety training program curricula for the building trades. In the twenty years as Project Development Director for K. Courtney and Associates, she has assisted numerous Joint Apprenticeship and Training Programs to access hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal funding for health and safety training, certification, upgrades and equipment. From 1988-1991, when she served as Director of the Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Training and more recently in her compliance work for the Massachusetts Foundation for Fair Contracting, Alexander has maintained that “every violation of construction law is ultimately a workplace safety violation,” and she remains a passionate advocate for enforcement, especially when the most vulnerable “green” workers are at risk. Most recently she has worked with building trades and community partnerships to plan coordinate and administer programs designed to help women, minorities and youth access high quality careers in construction through union apprenticeships. Safety training and certification are major program components.

Alexander’s resolute belief in the critical role of skills training and education in safeguarding workers has informed all of her work in the industry. She is a longtime member and supporter of the Building Trades Training Directors Association (BTTDA), active in the State Apprenticeship Council, a member of the Eastern Seaboard Apprenticeship Conference Standing Committee, the State Access and Opportunity Committee and the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues. She also served as Interim Co-Director of the University of Massachusetts/Boston Labor Resource Center where she continues to serve on its Advisory Board. Alexander is recipient of awards from the BTTDA and Women in the Building Trades and has been recognized by the Urban College of Boston for her work in urban education with an annual excellence award bearing in her name.

Over the years Alexander has contributed much to the labor-management and construction safety community and always with a smile and warm words of encouragement!  Accepting the award on Jill’s behalf was Karen Courtney  of K. Courtney and Associates.

Frederick (“Rick”) Bockman

n the late 1960s. Rick Bockman began his construction career as a Union Laborer in Vermont. From there he became a journeyman bricklayer and rose through the ranks to become a Project Manager for a design build firm and later a Chief Estimator.

In 1979, Bockman joined Gilbane Building Company and had the privilege of being part of the team that built the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York. Bockman was then approached in 1983 to spend a year in the Safety Department and never left. He is now the Gilbane’s New England Senior Regional Safety Manager.

Bockman has taught Construction Safety courses at Roger William University and for over 25 years has been an OSHA Construction Outreach Instructor. For 7 years, he served as Chairman of the RI AGC Safety Committee and is a past member of the Mass AGC Safety Committee.

Bockman received 4 Gilbane Excellence awards and in 2007, Gilbane awarded him with the Safety Professional of the Year award.

Bockman continues to exemplify the highest ideals of the construction safety profession by his passion and dedication to worker safety, his strong work ethic, support of his regional safety teams and projects, by the respect he shows all in his interactions, and his application of OSHA and company safety policies. He has distinguished himself in his outreach training efforts in conducting training in high schools for YES RI, and the AGC as well as crane training with OSHA in Massachusetts and RI.

His dogged determination and efforts to promote company drug testing programs by meeting with and developing consensus with local unions has resulted in the implementation of an effective substance abuse policy on all Gilbane construction projects.  Bockman has also repeatedly and unselfishly supported his project teams by overseeing critical safety activities even at night and on weekends.

Under Bockman’s leadership, Gilbane Building Company/ New England Region  achieved the AGC/OSHA CHASE Blue level in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and continues to see improved safety performance and safety culture with investment by all employees from senior management to employees in the field.