Colantonio's McCarthy Center Receives CMAA Award

Colantonio, Inc. was honored recently by the New England chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) for their work on the D. Justin McCarthy College Center at Framingham State University with a Project Achievement Award.

The CMAA commended the firm for its performance in Quality Management, Cost Management, Schedule Management, Complexity, Innovation/Creativity, Customer Service and Customer Satisfaction on the six-year, seven-phase renovation project.

Colantonio, who teamed up with CBT Architects, served as the Construction Manager for the expansion of this multi-purpose facility.  Originally built in 1976, the six-story, 110,000 square foot building is the social center of the campus.  A complete renovation was required to accommodate the needs of a growing student and faculty population.  The firm 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 main challenge was to keep the center operational and active.  During construction of the new entrance, Colantonio built a temporary interior bridge for student and faculty access to the dining facility.   The bridge allowed for uninterrupted pedestrian traffic flow and for construction to start earlier than anticipated. 

The work on the police and radio station, classrooms, administrative offices, conference rooms and kitchen was completed during the winter, spring and summer breaks – at times around the clock.  The many unforeseen challenges did not prevent the team from meeting the deadlines.