Colantonio Receives AGC Build New England Award for McCarthy Center

The Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC) recently honored Colantonio, Inc. for its work on the D. Justin McCarthy College Center project at Framingham State University.  A Merit Award was presented to the team at the AGC’s biennial Awards Gala held on Oct. 6 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston.

The AGC describes its awards program as recognizing “exceptional project teams for their collaborative approach to developing a facility that enhanced the owners investment in the project”.  Each member of the team – the contractor, owner, primary designer and key subcontractors - shares in the recognition.  Colantonio proudly teamed up with Framingham State University, the Massachusetts State College Building Authority, CBT Architects, Ostrow Electric, Oak Hill Construction (formerly Restoration Preservation Masonry) and S.M. Harrington Contracting, Inc.  

Originally built in 1976, the six-story, 110,000 square foot building is the social center of the campus.  A complete renovation, performed in seven phases, was required to accommodate the needs of a growing student and faculty population.  The team transformed the campus police station, radio station, kitchen, dining hall, administration offices, conference rooms, classrooms, and bathrooms.  The electrical and mechanical systems were upgraded and the building’s entire brick façade was replaced. 

The team encountered many unforeseen conditions, including extensive broken underground piping and the need for a total brick façade replacement, which challenged the schedule.  Team members are commended for their outstanding efforts toward keeping the building operational, active and safe while keeping the project on track.  Excellent communication, creative problem solving and, at times, working around the clock helped make the project a success.