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Union Carpenters working on "Special Project" Posted by on

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Union contractor Columbia Construction Company and the Carpenters Union proudly attended a beam signing ceremony on site of construction of training facility for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.

The New England Carpenters Labor Management Program was an early contributor to the Massachusetts Special Olympics "Campaign for a New Home," which aimed to raise $10.8 million for the construction of a 25,000 square foot headquarters and training center in Marlborough named the Yawkey Sports Training Center.

The project is now in full swing, with members of Local 475 spearheading construction, led by Carpenter steward Rick Anketell.

More on the Special Olympics Massachusetts on their blog.

Lien put on Natick Collection Condos Posted by on

Dimeo Construction is still trying to collect more than $12 million owed by General Growth for construction of the Nouvelle at Natick condos connected to the "Natick Collection" mall.

Apparently, only 18 of the 215 luxury condos have been sold. From the Boston Herald article, by Thomas Grillo:

General Growth, which also owns the adjacent Natick Collection and 165 malls nationwide, filed the nation??s biggest real estate bankruptcy in April. While the Natick mall is not included in the bankruptcy filing, the two-tower condo development is. The company sought court protection last month after piling up $27 billion in debt during an acquisition spree that included the operations lease for Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston.

General Growth hired Providence, R.I.-based Dimeo for the Natick mall expansion and condo complex. The $370 million mall addition opened in September 2007, and the $170 million condo project was finished last fall.

Topping off Ceremony at the Carpenters Center Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC), along with Suffolk Construction, will hold a Topping Off ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 11:30 am to celebrate the progress made towards completing the New England Carpenters Union headquarters ?C the Carpenters Center. The event will take place on the first floor of the building, located at 750 Dorchester Ave.

A topping off ceremony is a tradition within the construction industry that marks the moment when the highest structural point in the building construction has been attained. The practice of "topping out" a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious practice of placing a tree on the top of a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits of their ancestors that had been displaced. The practice migrated to England with Scandinavian invaders and took root there ( This tradition of placing a tree at the top of the building continues today.

Community members and local businesses are invited to the ceremony, along with Representatives from Suffolk Construction, NERCC, and the men and women who have worked on the project.

Q-deck installed, Ironwork continues Posted by on

Q-decking is being shot down to the steel beams of the third floor. The decking provides a stay-in-place form for the concrete slab of the third floor.

This is a view looking up at the Q-deck attached to the steel beams.

Along the west side of the first floor, concrete block is being put in place by masons working for M-Fal Masonry. The retaining wall of the parking deck is behind the concrete block (seen here).

The first floor mechanical, electrical and plumbing work is ongoing.