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NECTF hosts graduation ceremony Posted by on

On May 1st, the New England Carpenters Training Center hosted a graduation ceremony for the 2013 New England Carpenters Training Fund Apprentice Graduates. 129 members, representing 20 locals, completed their training in the apprenticeship program in 2013. Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters was the Keynote speaker.

Four members were specially recognized with awards given out at the ceremony. Local 107 member Corey Wagner, Local 94 member Alex Palmisciano and Local 56 member Thomas Stone each received the Golden Hammer Award. This award is given out each year to one member from each of the trades represented in that year’s graduating class. It is awarded to the graduate demonstrating outstanding craftsmanship and dedication to the profession.

Local 33 member Emerson Ocampo received the Zachary Constant Award, recognizing the graduating apprentice who displays an all-around commitment to the craft, the union and the community.

Congratulations to all of the graduates!





Award winning construction: the Carpenters Center Posted by on

The Carpenters Center was recently recognized by Metal Architecture magazine as part of their 2011 Design Awards. The Carpenters Center was selected as the winner of the Renovations and Retrofit category. The award recognized the Carpenters Center as ??a renovation [that] salutes a legacy of craftsmanship and looks to the future.??

From Metal Architecture:
The New England Council of Carpenters in Boston required an update to a tired brick building and the project got the recognition of our judges. Mark Dewalt says, "This was a stunning rescue of an aging building." Andrew Cottrell adds, "Through the use of metal, the form, the colors and pattern create a symbol and statement for carpenters everything about what can be done with basic elements in unique ways."

One side of the building fronts a fastpaced highway, while the other side faces a community. Boston-based architects ADD Inc. used that duality to capture the history and the future of the carpenters union. Principal in charge Jeff Wade, AIA, explains on the more people-oriented side, "We used warmer colors, using the pewter finish on the Alucobond. We brought in cedar and glass and made it feel more neighborly, warm and traditional-kind of like carpenters are."

But on the highway side, the firm designed an elevation that represents the carpenters looking ahead and being more modern. "Long panels of different colors show that off and give a sleeker, more horizontal structure. That's what gave a shape to the building. We actually played with the shape, making it higher on one end to accentuate the length and even made it look like it was moving."

Mooresville, N.C.-based 3A Composites USA Inc. supplied 43,000 square feet of 4-mm Alucobond aluminum composite panels for the project. Of that, 22,000 square feet was finished in Pewter Creek, while Copper Metallic and Carpenter Mica each comprised 10,500 square feet.
The building also includes a huge media screen, showcasing the carpenters as modern and vital. The installation of the screen required flashing, of course, as the structure penetrated the skin of the building. "That was tricky," says Wade, "but metal panel is pretty easy to work with. It's very forgiving and very easy to make it do what you want.??

"We're a traditional organization that has been around for over a hundred years, but we are also a modern, innovative organization," says Mark Erlich, NERCC executive secretary-treasurer. ??We're a group with an enormous sense of pride and we want people to see what we do."

The use of glass along the bottom of the building on the highway side was done to allow outsiders to see into the building, to show there are no secrets, and to show the members going through training and keeping current. The renovation-which Cottrell says "surpasses the idea of renovation"-took an aging building and made it essential and modern, while offering the carpenters a stage to showcase their own consequence and substance.

You can also view this story on the Metal Architecture website.





Carpenters Center wins award from the Association of Energy Engineers New England Posted by on

As reported in the New England Real Estate Journal

The Association of Energy Engineers New England selected the Carpenters Center, the new headquarters for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC), as a recipient for their annual Chapter Energy Project Award. This award honors projects with energy-conscious design. The Carpenters Center was recognized for its outstanding use of energy and energy savings.

RDK Engineers joined forces with architect and design firm ADD Inc and provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, audio-visual, and commissioning services for the new center located between 1-93 and Dorchester Ave. With the creation of this new three-story building, fully equipped with a 30-foot LED sign that is used to promote the carpentry trade, motorists on the Southeast Expressway have a new landmark to appreciate on their commutes in and out of Boston. The facility was converted from an abandoned two-story commercial building to a three-story, 75,000 s/f center which will train 2,000 students per year. In addition to student classrooms, the renovated space also contains state-of-the-art offices, a conveniently located bank, and an eye-care center for union members. The center also includes energy-efficient lighting features such as incandescent lights with motion sensors and automatic shut-off.

"RDK Engineers has long been committed to sustainable and energy-efficient design practices," said RDK principal Pat Murphy. "The RDK project team truly enjoyed partnering with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and ADD Inc on a center that was designed to suit the needs of everyone in the Carpenters' Union. We are proud to have been a part of this unique opportunity."

You also read this story on the NEREJ website.





Carpenters Center wins Chapter Energy Project Award Posted by on

As reported in the New England Real Estate Journal

The Association of Energy Engineers New England selected the Carpenters Center, the new headquarters for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC), as a recipient for their annual Chapter Energy Project Award. This award honors projects with energy-conscious design. The Carpenters Center was recognized for its outstanding use of energy and energy savings.

RDK Engineers joined forces with architect and design firm ADD Inc and provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, audio-visual, and commissioning services for the new center located between 1-93 and Dorchester Ave. With the creation of this new three-story building, fully equipped with a 30-foot LED sign that is used to promote the carpentry trade, motorists on the Southeast Expressway have a new landmark to appreciate on their commutes in and out of Boston. The facility was converted from an abandoned two-story commercial building to a three-story, 75,000 s/f center which will train 2,000 students per year. In addition to student classrooms, the renovated space also contains state-of-the-art offices, a conveniently located bank, and an eye-care center for union members. The center also includes energy-efficient lighting features such as incandescent lights with motion sensors and automatic shut-off.

"RDK Engineers has long been committed to sustainable and energy-efficient design practices," said RDK principal Pat Murphy. "The RDK project team truly enjoyed partnering with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and ADD Inc on a center that was designed to suit the needs of everyone in the Carpenters' Union. We are proud to have been a part of this unique opportunity."

You also read this story on the NEREJ website.





Carpenters Center receives Project of the Year Award from the Construction Institute Posted by on


(l-r) Marshall Felix- Project Superintendant, Suffolk Construction;
David Dow- NERCC Special Projects; Jeff Wade- Principal, ADD,
Inc.; Liviu Marza, Associate Principal, ADD, Inc.

The Carpenters Center has been recognized by the Construction Institute as a winner of their Pride in Construction Project of the Year award. Yesterday, The Construction Institute (TCI) presented the Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards and the Volpe-Eagan Construction Safety Awards at their annual meeting and holiday luncheon.

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 The Construction Institute serves. Entries submitted for Project of the Year were judged on quality of construction, design innovations, impact on the community, safety achievements, labor-Management relations and customer satisfaction

TCI awarded three Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards recognizing The Carpenters Center (private sector project), the Fall River Justice Center (state public sector project) and the Haystack Ultra-Wideband Satellite Imaging Radar Antenna (federal public sector project).

The Carpenters Center was recognized for being an adaptive re-use of the property, by renovating and converting the existing building, which was in a state of disrepair and an eyesore for the community, into an appropriately-designed, mixed-use building. The Carpenters Union worked very closely with the surrounding community members to ensure that the design of the building complimented the neighborhood??s architectural character. The building stands as a symbol of pride and tradition of the Carpenters Union and its membership.

David Dow, NERCC Special Projects, accepted the award on the behalf of the Carpenters Union. Dow recognized and thanked the membership involved in the construction of the facility as well as the NERCC staff who ??had a vision and saw that vision through?? in the planning, design and execution of the project. He also acknowledged the project architecture firm ADD, Inc. and Construction Manager Suffolk Construction.

Following the Project of the Year Awards, two individuals were recognized as recipients of the Volpe-Eagan Safety Award. Receiving the safety awards were George Allen, Principal and Treasurer of signatory contractor Archer Corporation, and Trustee of the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund and with Jamie Merloni, Training Director for the New England Laborers?? Training Trust Fund.


George Allen, recipient of the Volpe-Eagan
Safety Award stands with David Dow, who
accepted the Project of the Year Award on
behalf of the Carpenters Union.

The safety awards are conferred in honor of Patrick Volpe and Edward F. Eagan, both pioneers in promoting health and safety in the construction industry. Volpe was Safety Director for Volpe Construction and Chairman of Bulletin 12, a former state committee charged with revising the Commonwealth's occupational safety and health regulations. Eagan was a member of IBEW Local 103, had over twenty years of service with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and was highly regarded by both labor and management for his tireless dedication to safeguarding the lives and health of workers. Because of his outstanding contributions to safety and health in the construction industry, Eagan received the Volpe Safety Award in 1979.

TCI has continued this tradition with the hope that the awards program will encourage other individuals to emulate honorees by their dedication to safeguarding the lives and health of union construction workers.

George Allen is the Co-Founder and Treasurer of Archer Corporation, a company known for providing quality interior construction services, with an emphasis on installation. Located in Malden, Archer Corporation is the largest company of its kind in the greater Boston area. Archer Corporation combines "new world" technology with "old world" craftsmanship working for some of the most prestigious owners in the area.

Allen has overseen his company??s exemplary safety program for 40 years and holds several OSHA instructor certifications. But his resolute dedication to safety excellence does not end with Archer Corporation. As a trustee of the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund (BCATF), he is an avid promoter of safety training programs for all Boston area carpenter apprentices and journeypersons and is responsible for implementing mandatory safety training for all BCATF apprentices.

Allen has demonstrated his commitment to advancing excellence in the construction industry beyond safety and health through his active participation in other industry organizations as well. He serves as President of the Building Trades Employers Association, is a Director for the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts and a Trustee of the Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program, and is a former Director of the Massachusetts Building Congress.

The Construction Institute (TCI) is a partnership comprised of building trades unions, union contractors, contractor associations, industry professionals, and 75,000 skilled union crafts men and women, dedicated to being the premier provider of construction services in Massachusetts. TCI promotes quality construction and a skilled construction workforce for the benefit of the Massachusetts construction industry, the local communities and the customers it serves.For additioanl information about all the award recipients click here.