Kaplan Construction Takes Home Three Excellence in Construction Awards from ABC Massachusetts
BOSTON, MA Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across greater Boston, Massachusetts, announces the firm's renovation of a historic building in Newton, Massachusetts, for the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (BPSI) won three Excellence in Construction Awards (EICA) from the Massachusetts Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Kaplan received the Merit award for historical restoration more than $1 million, the Green award, and the Safety award.
Kaplan was recognized during the 22nd Annual ABC Massachusetts Chapter Awards banquet held in Waltham, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Chapter of the ABC is the largest construction trade association in the Commonwealth, representing more than 400 local general contractor, subcontractor, supplier, and associate companies. These companies employ more than 22,000 workers throughout Massachusetts.
"Our companies are committed to providing the highest quality of work in a safe and efficient manner," said ABC Massachusetts President Greg Beeman. "Tonight is a great night to recognize their achievements and celebrate the merit shop industry as a whole."
A long-time Boston institution for 80 years, BPSI relocated from the Back Bay to Newton in November 2014. Its new Educational Center will support more than 500 members and 150 volunteer faculty, providing space for seminars, the largest psychoanalytical library and archives in the country, and educational programs for members, students and the public. Kaplan provided interior and exterior renovations to the three-story, 12,540-square-foot Colby Hall located at 141 Herrick Road in Newton Centre and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
"The BPSI project embodied one of our biggest passions - restoring an older structure to its former greatness while adapting it for current needs," said Nate Peck, President of Kaplan Construction. "We are honored to have been recognized by ABC for our team's work creating a new home for BPSI."
In addition to construction management, Kaplan provided pre-construction services including exploratory work, budget review estimates, preparation of deduct alternates, and preliminary schedules.
ABC Merit Award for Historical Restoration Greater Than $1 Million
The Merit Award recognizes the overall excellence in project execution, craftsmanship, safety, innovative elements and challenges, and client satisfaction.
Built in 1866, Colby Hall is a Romanesque Revival, Second Empire stone masonry building with wood framed floors, roof, and stud partitions. Kaplan renovated and reconfigured the building's three floors to accommodate BPSI's program spaces, and converted the attached vaulted chapel to a library and multi-purpose room used to host lectures, dinners, and functions. Off the entrance is a casually furnished Community Room with an attached kitchenette that is being used as communal gathering space for students, members and faculty.
ABC Green Building Award
This award recognizes significant achievements in green construction that, as a result, enhance the sustainability of the built environment and society at large. The BPSI renovation included the complete restoration of existing windows utilizing new energy efficient glazing; repurposing two arched stile and rail oak doors and hardware in the community and meeting rooms; and using salvaged wood and flooring materials wherever possible for patching and blending new to old. In addition, Kaplan installed a Direct Digital Control HVAC system to allow BPSI to manage its energy usage more efficiently, and utilized low VOC paints and adhesives.
ABC Safety Award
Kaplan successfully took measures to ensure zero lost time and a safe job site environment, implementing a custom-built interior staging tower, full exterior staging, and utilizing HEPA fans and air scrubbers to minimize dust and raise air quality levels.