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January 2022


A Message from the CEO


Welcome to the new year and welcome to the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts!

It was a productive first year as CEO even as it was an unpredictable second year of the pandemic. Nevertheless, AGC MA and our members have continued to lead the industry on the issues of the day while maintaining the core services that are the foundation of our success.

With justice and equality at the forefront of our minds in 2021, we held a first-of-its-kind Diversity Summit of industry leaders, organized tools and best practices on building an inclusive work culture, participated in the first-of-its-kind Construction Inclusion Week, and our Board of Directors ratified a first-of-its-kind Commitment to Action on Diversity and Inclusion. As we continue this work, we are now looking to expand our efforts to also diversify business opportunities in the industry.

Read the full article and see what we are planning for 2022>>

2022 BWiC Inspire Awards

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The BWiC Inspire Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the most exemplary women in construction who demonstrate leadership, generosity, innovation and unwavering commitment to their career, colleagues and industry.

Join us as we celebrate the most exemplary women in Construction!

Registration is now open!

Sponsorship Opportunities are available!

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Thank you to our sponsors! 


Future Builders: Careers in Commercial Construction

Insight & News

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As a part of its continuous workforce development initiatives, AGC launches FUTURE BUILDERS: CAREERS IN COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION INSIGHT & NEWS. The first of its kind publication offering real-world insight to educators on ways to inspire students to break into the commercial construction industry and provide resources on how to engage with the industry through project site tours, informational programs, internships, and more.


Brought to you by the AGC MA Communication Advisory Committee:

The AGC CAC is an advisory committee focused on delivering relevant industry content through various publications including the Future Builders: CAREERS IN COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION Insight & News publication for educators, parents & students in MA.


Tom Dunn, Editor in Chief, Attorney, Pierce Atwood, LLP

Nicole Harrison, Content Director, Erland Construction

Elena Lelchuck, Customer Marketing Manager, Autodesk

Catie McMenamin, Construction Marketer, C.E. Floyd

Shelly Peckham, SP Strategic Marketing & Communications Consultant

Nicole Pollard, Internal Affairs Manager, Janey, Co.

Tim West, Director of Marketing, Gaston Electrical


Click here to access the newsletter>>

AGC 32nd Annual National Safety Awards


The National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program has been an ongoing effort since 1991 to offer AGC members an opportunity to evaluate their safety record. Participating members receive a confidential printout to compare their company’s safety statistics with similar size and type AGC members both locally and nationally. The NASA provides a great opportunity for members with excellent safety records to compete for nationally recognized awards. Additionally, this information can be used to assist in determining if additional accident prevention and loss-control measures are necessary.

What a Contractor Must Do to Participate:

Transfer the appropriate information from the OSHA form 300A, including the work-hour data, to the NASA participant form and provide it to Kara Cady at cady@agcmass.org by February 11, 2022.

Click here to access the Participant Form

AGC of America Outstanding Emerging Student Chapter Award


The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is proud to announce that the AGC Student Chapter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has earned the Outstanding Emerging Student Chapter Award in the 2021 AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Contest! The judges were impressed with the obstacles the chapter overcame as well as the growth documented in the application.

Despite being unable to host any events in-person, the UMass Amherst Student Chapter still managed to organize and host a full schedule of events for both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. This included two virtual construction site tours, OSHA-10 Construction Training, a guest speaker panel, multiple guest lectures, and fun events.

When the COVID-19 pandemic sent students home in March 2020, the new AGC Student Chapter Officers lost their opportunity to "shadow" the previous officers. With no previous experience, it was intensely challenging for them to learn how to run the UMass AGC Student Chapter, and run it virtually. Not only did they overcome the challenges, but they were highly successful in providing a space for students to learn about the construction industry and interact with each other during a difficult time.

Congratulations, we applaud your chapters’ dedication to the enrichment of construction education!



Scholarship Program

AGC MA and the Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP) give out scholarship awards each year to deserving individuals who are enrolled in a construction or civil engineering degree program.

The scholarship application process is now open for 2022. The deadline to submit applications is June 30. Please contact Kara Cady with any questions.

Visit the Scholarship Website.

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Construction Industry Survey

Underrepresented Business Entities (UBE)

AGC MA has partnered with the Associated Subcontractors of MA, DCAMM, MA SDO, Massport, and UMBA to gather information to help us improve the opportunities for diverse construction businesses!

If you are a diverse business please complete this Construction Industry Inclusion Survey for a chance to win a $500 gift card from AGC and ASM! Or if you work with diverse businesses, please take a minute to ask them to complete the survey!


Safety Services Available


Safety is everyone's business! When something happens on a job site, it affects not only the individual but also every member of the building team—the building owner/developer, architect, subcontractors, and contractor alike.

Create a culture of safety in your company operations. It is an investment in the future of your firm and your employees. It can create healthier, more productive workers, decrease the likelihood of OSHA fines and costly litigation, and cut down on time loss and employee absences on your site.

Need help in developing a safe work environment or need some safety advice? Contact Chris Ziegler, Director of Safety.

AGC MA has regularly scheduled training programs and can tailor training to fit your firm's particular needs.

Other safety services available:

  • OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Trainings
  • Lunch and learns focusing on Silica, Fall Protection, Trenching, Scaffolding and Electrical
  • Job site safety walk through and inspections
  • Safety program consultations/review
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Safety Committee Meetings

OSHA Update

Effective January 26, 2022, OSHA has withdrawn its COVID-19 vaccination-or-testing emergency temporary standard (ETS) applicable to private businesses with 100 or more employees. OSHA is now shifting its focus towards creating a permanent COVID-19 standard applicable to healthcare settings. Notwithstanding the withdrawal of the ETS, OSHA will continue to inspect employer worksites for COVID-19 safety measures under the agency's current standards, including OSHA’s general duty clause.

Click here for more information.

States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA's.

Linked below are the maximum penalty amounts, with the annual adjustment for inflation, that may be assessed after Jan. 15, 2022.

OSHA Penalties


Did you know that an AGC MA membership is firm wide? If your company is a member of AGC MA that means every employee of that company can take advantage of the wide variety of valuable benefits including programs and events, exemplary safety training, committee engagement and more.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to any one of our staff members at any time!

AGC MA Staff

The AGC MA staff is here for you!

John Ferrante, CEO - Ext. 114

Lisa Frisbie, Director of Business Development & Marketing - Ext. 115

Donna Scally, Director of Labor Relations & Employment Policy - Ext. 116

Chris Ziegler, Director of Safety - Ext. 112

Kara Cady, Operations Manager - Ext. 118

Mark Lyvers, Controller - Ext. 119






Silver Tiger Consulting provides PR, Crisis Management & Marketing Services, including fractional CMOs; HR Outsourcing Services; and Operations consulting, including fractional COOs to mid-sized firms in construction, ancillary construction services, and manufacturing.

15 Lincoln Street, Suite #362, Wakefield, MA 01880

(781) 214-3808

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The Bay Crane Companies are the leader in specialized transportation and logistics planning for the implementation of heavy hauling solutions in New York and the greater Northeastern U.S. Our fleet is unsurpassed in our geographic area and we possess all of the tools and equipment to service and handle any challenge. Bay Crane’s personnel are highly experienced in their abilities and capabilities, always offering a first class and safe transit of your equipment. All lift and transportation plans are comprehensively prepared in AutoCAD and submitted for client approval, as well as by State and local authorities. Bay Crane can also provide New York City geometric surveys to out of state truckers.

12 Ledin Drive. Avon, MA 02322

(617) 990-6037


Everything You Want to Know About Co-Ops

but Were Afraid to Ask

February 10| Zoom


Co-op education is a three-way partnership between a university, an employer, and a student. This panel program will offer insights on what makes a co-op successful from the various perspectives of the higher ed institutes, the hiring firm, and the student. Attendees will understand the process of establishing and implementing a successful co-op program, the internal resources required and the expectations and goals from all participants.


BWiC Hits the Lynx!

February 16| Lynx Fitness Club, Boston


Experience Boston’s first Topgolf Swing Suite! The Lynx simulators are powered by the industry leader in simulator technology Full Swing Golf Simulators, the same simulator used by PGA Tour pros Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day for off-course practice.

Whether you are new to golf or a seasoned pro you will enjoy this night out with your industry colleagues for a fun night of networking, indoor golf, cool beverage and nibbles!


BWiC Inspire Awards

March 9| Westin Hotel, Boston

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Join us as we celebrate the most exemplary women in Construction who demonstrate leadership, generosity, innovation, and unwavering commitment to their career, colleagues and industry.

We are thrilled to welcome Luciana Burdi, Intl. Assoc. AIA, CCM, MCPPO, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs at Massachusetts Port Authority as this years host!


OSHA 30 Hour Training

March 21|AGC MA


OSHA 30-hour training is the primary method used to train workers and supervisors on hazard recognition and OSHA safety standards.

AGC MA bring together highly recognized trainers and safety directors in the construction, legal, insurance, and regulatory industry for this program.

Safety Training Institute is sponsored by

McLaughlin Insurance and Risk Management!


Casual Conversations with Kick Ass Women in Construction

March 24|District Hall, Boston


Join us at District Hall for our first live Casual Conversations with Kick Ass Women in Construction featuring Christine Mosholder, Owner, Fort Point Project Management.

As co-founder of Fort Point Project Management, Christine Mosholder has over twenty years of project management and transition management experience.

Currently, Christine is working with Fort Point PM team members on a large scale Millipore lab and office project relocating critical analytical and management teams into a new 250,000 sf facility in Burlington, Massachusetts. Christine earned a BS in Interior Design from Cornell University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College, as well as Entrepreneur of the Year from CREW Boston. Additionally, she founded a nonprofit, The Furniture Trust, in an effort to provide an environmentally and socially responsible solution to the disposition of used office furnishings by connecting excess products with local schools and nonprofits.



Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP)

As a benefit to MCAP contributing contractors, MCAP provides a 75% discount on registration costs for AGC MA programs and safety training.

For any questions contact Kara Cady at cady@agcmass.org.

Lisa Frisbie



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