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J. Calnan & Associates CEO Receives 2022 Patriot Award

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CEO Jay Calnan of J. Calnan and Associates (JC&A) was honored with the 2022 Patriot Award at the Seal Legacy Foundation Event alongside Atlantic Management’s Joseph Zink. The ceremony took place on Sunday, July 31st at The Encore Boston Harbor. It included the presentation of these awards alongside a silent auction, reception and dinner. The annual program raises money to benefit Home Base which provides veteran and family care.

The Patriot Award is given to individuals who support the SEAL Legacy Foundation’s mission of providing support to families of wounded and fallen United States Navy SEALS, educational assistance for SEALS and their families, and other charitable causes benefiting the SEAL Community. These honorees exemplify patriotism and continue to serve their communities in their unique ways.

We cannot explain how grateful we are to the Navy Seals and your families for what you do for us every day, day in and day out,” said Calnan, “I am so very fortunate and I want to thank all the Seals.”

At J. Calnan & Associates, giving back is embedded into the fabric of who we are. This legacy begins at the top with exemplary leadership. Calnan is the Co-Founder of Team IMPACT, a National Nonprofit that matches children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses with college athletic teams. He also supports causes such as Boston PAL, The Corey Griffin Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, The One Hundred Club, Champions for Children’s Hospital, The One Hundred Club, South Shore Hospital, The Jimmy Fund, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The American Heart Assoc, The Greg Hill Foundation and Father Bill’s to name a few. As a result of his leadership in the community, JC&A has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal for 16 years straight as a Top Charitable Contributor.

J. Calnan & Associates Celebrates 25 Years of Building the JC&A Way

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J. Calnan & Associates, a leader in providing construction management and preconstruction services in the commercial building, corporate interiors, life sciences, advanced tech, academic, and healthcare markets in the Northeast, has been recognized for the 16th consecutive year by the Boston Business Journal for a Top Charitable Contributor. In honor of this achievement, the BBJ’s publisher sat down with Jay Calnan, CEO of JC&A, to learn more about JC&A, its philosophy, and its achievements over the past 25 years.

This is the 16th consecutive year JC&A has secured a spot on our Top Charitable Contributors list. In addition, JC&A has also consistently ranked in the top five for volunteer hours donated. What is your philosophy around giving back?

“JC&A has always believed in “doing well by doing good.” We are proud of our accomplishments and even more proud of how we have achieved that success. The JC&A team has never wavered in our commitment to our people, clients, or community.
In 2011, JC&A helped launch Team IMPACT, a non-profit with the mission of improving the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of the team. Since its inception, Team IMPACT has matched over 3,000 sick children at more than 750 colleges and universities. The organization improves the lives of sick children and their families while also teaching and instilling gratitude in over 140,000 student-athletes across the country.
JC&A also has a philanthropic committee, JCAres, that is fostered and driven by our employees and supports various charitable groups, non-profit organizations, and institutions annually, including Champions for Children’s, Corey C. Griffin Foundation, Cradles to Crayons, The United Way, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, and JDRF. JC&A employees have had the opportunity to volunteer at Up and Out Moves for Heading Home, deliver meals for the Ellie Fund, and assemble clothing packages for Cradles to Crayons. They have participated in countless walks and drives for other associations including Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the list continues.”

Being recognized as a Top Charitable Contributor for the 16th consecutive year reflects the essence of JC&A’s corporate culture and is a testament to what it means to be a member of the JC&A team.

I hear congratulations are in order – JC&A recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary. How have you seen JC&A grow over the past quarter century?

Yes, thank you, and Team IMPACT just celebrated ten years! JC&A is proud to celebrate its 25th year of delivering comprehensive construction management services throughout the Northeast. Starting with a small team of leaders, JC&A has grown to include a portfolio of prestigious work in the commercial building, corporate interiors, life sciences, advanced tech, academic, and healthcare markets and has had the privilege to work for best-in-class clients such as Amazon, Boston Dynamics, Boston Properties, Biogen, Atlantic Management, Children’s Hospital, Salesforce, Constant Contact, iRobot, Sanofi Genzyme, Parexel International, and Takeda among many others. JC&A has also been fortunate to collaborate with some of the best design and engineering firms on these projects, along with leading property management, project management, and brokerage firms.
Our outstanding strategic growth would not have been possible without our clients, partners, friends, family, and colleagues. The journey so far has been incredible. On behalf of our entire leadership team, we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has made it possible for us to become one of the best construction management firms in the Northeast.

What’s next for JC&A?

At JC&A, we continue to provide our clients with the latest in innovative construction management services and technology while leading the market in new approaches to employee development including technical expertise, leadership training, networking skills, and giving back to our community.
JC&A is committed to the core value that every meaningful relationship must be mutually beneficial. Therefore, we focus on what we, as individuals and as a company, must bring to the relationships with our clients, corporate partners, subcontractors, community, and each other.
Our future focus is to continue to obsess over our ability to be the best at delivering exceptionally high-quality services to our clients, provide positive leadership to our partners in the industry, develop and train our employees to stand out in their field, and make a meaningful impact in our community.
We are truly grateful for the opportunity to leave our mark in our industry and our community for future generations to follow.

RFK Community Alliance Honors Jay Calnan at 2022 Gala

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On Oct. 26, the Robert F. Kennedy Community Alliance will recognize Jay Calnan, Owner, J. Calnan & Associates, Co-Founder Team IMPACT

Sports have always played a major part in Jay Calnan’s life. Growing up in Bristol, Conn. during a time of economic downfall, individuals, mom and pop shops, and big businesses alike rallied behind student athletes. Jay’s values and critical life skills were shaped through participation in community league programs. Dedicated coaches and a football opportunity led him to Tufts University where he developed a vast alumni network of friends and colleagues. However, the most impactful moment in his athletic career was not his own, but rather the experience of his brother Chris, who suffered from a medical condition that kept him sidelined. When Chris, an avid baseball fan was asked to be the official bat boy for the former Bristol Red Sox, everything changed.

Through this experience, Calnan saw the profound effect that being part of a team had on his brother. He also witnessed the impact that his brother – and the obstacles he overcame – had on the athletes. A few years later, in 1998, Calnan experienced a similar relationship between Joe McGinn, another Bristol native, sidelined with a severe kidney disease, and the UConn men’s basketball team. Then again in 2010, a relationship between Northwestern women’s lacrosse and a little girl battling cancer named Jaclyn. It was at this point that Jay decided it was time to leverage that vast network of friends, business associates, and colleagues to launch Team Impact. That’s when Jay enlisted the support of Co-Founder Dan Kraft, and several other Tufts alumni and business associates to create Team IMPACT.

Founded in 2011, Team Impact is a national nonprofit that connects children with serious illnesses or disabilities with college athletic teams. The nonprofit creates two-way relationships between families in need of additional social and emotional support and college athletes under enormous pressure to perform. They inspire one another and learn important life lessons together, from the value of teamwork to the importance of perseverance. What starts as a two-year therapeutic program monitored by clinicians and childcare specialists often develops into a lifelong friendship between student athletes and the children, they mentor. To date, more than 3,000 youth have been “drafted” to college teams nationwide.

“Years of personal experience on and off the field gave me opportunities to witness the impact a college athletic team can have on the mental, emotional, social, and physical wellbeing of a sick or disabled child,” says Calnan. “Through Team IMPACT, we want to make sure no kid is sidelined by their disease or by being differently abled.”

Calnan has dedicated the last 26 years of his career to philanthropy. His construction company, J. Calnan & Associates, founded in 1996, works across a wide variety of industries from academia to life sciences and is equally as committed to its clients as it is to connecting with the community. Headquartered in Quincy, the 140-person firm consistently ranks among the top charitable contributors in MA for financial support and time off donated to nonprofits. He credits his former college football captain and the first client that took his phone call for getting his start in the industry.

“Relationships are the essence of life,” says Calnan, who also sits on the board of the Boston Police Activities League and the Corey Griffin Foundation. “Everyone has challenges in life big and small. Take our college athletes for example. The pandemic really flipped the script on them when they were told to go home, sports were cancelled. All of a sudden, they got a taste of what sick kids face when they can no longer play with their peers and need to isolate. It makes you realize just how important people are in your lives and how pivotal a single phone call can be. The late Senator gave a voice to the voiceless and opened doors for the most vulnerable in our community. However, I can help, I will.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Calnan will be honored by the RFK Community Alliance with the Embracing the Legacy Award at Boston’s JFK Presidential Library and Museum. Over the years, RFK Children’s Action Corps, now RFK Community Alliance, has sought to celebrate and acknowledge groundbreaking individuals who exemplify the organization’s mission to promote meaningful and sustained well-being for children, youth, and adults facing educational, developmental, mental health, and other challenges. Each year, the organization serves about 1,500 individuals and families statewide through programs based in Acton, Boston, Clinton, Holyoke, Lancaster, Middleton, Springfield, and South Hadley, as well as nationally through adoption services and training and technical assistance focused on youth justice transformation. The organization’s headquarters is in Lancaster.

During the event, Former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, an RFK Community Alliance board member, will reflect on his late grandfather’s legacy and the lasting contributions he made toward protecting society’s most vulnerable children and families.

The event will feature a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and program, with awards presented to Nora Baston, Superintendent of the Boston Police Academy; Jay Calnan, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. and Co-Founder of Team Impact; Edward Loughlin, Founder and Executive Director of Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (posthumous); Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Former President and CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Ed Kelley, retired CEO of Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, will also receive the Lifetime Achievement award.

WELCOME SUMMER INTERNS

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WELCOME JC&A’S SUMMER INTERNS

JC&A is pleased to announce our new class of summer interns. Our firm is committed to mentoring and developing the next generation of industry leaders. Within the Operations department, these seven interns will learn from the fast-paced and dynamic field of commercial construction management. In addition, the internship will offer them exposure to both the field and administrative aspects of commercial projects.

We look forward to working with these incredible young people throughout the summer!

MEET OUR NEW SUMMER INTERNS

CHRIS BUCKING

Chris is currently enrolled at Skidmore College, majoring in Business Management.

While at Skidmore, Chris spent three years playing on the Men’s Lacrosse Team, where he was named Captain during his junior year. He also volunteered for Umbrella of the Capital Region in his free time, providing free landscaping services for the elderly in low-income homes. Chris’s passion for construction management stems from a life of building things with his dad on his family farm. Construction management perfectly matched his business degree and a love for building.

Chris enjoys hunting, fishing, ATVing, and woodworking in his free time. At JC&A, Chris is looking to gain valuable experience in the construction industry and learn as much as possible from the people he works with in the office and the field.

 

ROBERT COUGHLIN

Robert is entering his Junior year at UMass Boston, majoring in Business Management with a concentration in Finance. Robert is a full-time student and could not be happier that his first internship was with JC&A. Over the years, Robert’s father has gone from the political side of life sciences to the real estate side of the life sciences industry–and learning from his father has influenced Robert over the years.

In his downtime, Robert’s favorite thing is to enjoy time with friends and watch sports. This summer, he hopes to accomplish learning many life lessons and gain some real experience here in the workforce.

 

TREVOR GIANGRANDE

Trevor is currently enrolled at Wentworth Institute of Technology for Architecture. As a full-time student, he wrapped up his first year making the Dean’s list for academics and various design projects. Trevor’s passion for design and construction began in high school where he took his first class in AutoCAD and architecture.

Trevor likes to spend his free time taking road trips with his friends and learning new languages. He hopes to get a better understanding of construction management and to expand his social network while at JC&A.

 

JOHN LAMBERT

John Lambert is currently enrolled at UMass Amherst and is majoring in building construction technology.

While enrolled as a full-time student, John earned his LEED green associate certification, his OSHA 10 certification, and plays club lacrosse. John has worked at a  golf course and an irrigation company; however, his passion for construction comes from hearing about his recently retired Grandpa’s career in the construction industry.

During John’s free time, he enjoys fishing, golfing, hiking, and skiing. This summer, John hopes to get a good sense of what role he would like to pursue in the construction industry after he graduates next spring.

 

LUCAS MEADE

Lucas is currently enrolled at Syracuse University with marketing and management majors.

While enrolled as a full-time student, Lucas worked in food services at the University. Growing up, Lucas had always worked in the construction industry during the summer and thought it would be exciting and essential to see things from the management perspective. This desire for continuous learning led him to JC&A last summer, and it was such a rewarding experience that he decided to apply again this year.

In his spare time, he enjoys golf; whether on the range or the real course, he loves just being out there and swinging the clubs. This summer, he hopes to continue to meet and network with leaders around the company and expand his network as much as possible.

 

JOE MURTHA

Joe Murtha is currently enrolled at Tufts University majoring in economics and minoring in entrepreneurship.

While at Tufts, Joe plays on the Men’s Lacrosse Team and was named a captain for his senior season. He will be returning for another semester and playing one more season for the Jumbos, due to a season being cancelled from Covid-19.

In the past Joe has worked as a lacrosse coach, waiter, and an intern for a commodity brokerage company. He is interested in construction management  because of strong team culture that is required to be successful. He hopes to learn as much as possible about the industry and expand his network.

In his free time he loves to golf and watch college football.

 

LINOY NOIKAS

We were introduced to Linoy through The Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST) internship program. CREST is a paid internship program designed to introduce people of color and women, both of whom are typically underrepresented, to the commercial real estate industry.

Linoy is currently enrolled at UMass Amherst with a primary major in building and construction technology and a secondary major in economics. She is fluent in Hebrew, Russian, English, and Spanish.

While enrolled as a full-time student, Linoy has worked as a Teacher Assistant at UMass Amherst for a building and construction technology class and organized the Building and Construction Technology special lecture series. In addition, Linoy has interned at National Lumber and participated in the MiQ learning labs.

Construction, Finance, and Project Management have always been her passion due to constantly being surrounded by professionals in the field. During her free time, Linoy enjoys skiing with her family and friends, and she spends most of her summer with her family on Cape Cod, MA. During her time at JC&A, she hopes to achieve new goals and learn as much as possible about the construction industry.

 

BRYCE VISNICK

We are pleased to welcome back Bryce Visnick as an Intern following his internship with the firm last summer. Bryce Visnick is currently a senior enrolled at Tufts University with a degree in civil engineering. While enrolled at Tufts as a full-time student, Bryce won the 2019 division 3 national championship with Tufts men’s soccer and worked around campus for College Movers Boston.

His passion for construction-related tasks comes from an internship that he worked during high school that dealt with construction and civil engineering, as well as from a family of architects. During his free time, he enjoys watching, playing soccer, and hiking. During his time at JC&A, he hopes to learn how to better communicate ideas in his field and build good relationships with the people around him.

For the Sixth Consecutive Year, JC&A is named by the Boston Business Journal as a Best Place to Work

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Boston Business Journal has named J. Calnan & Associates (JC&A) to its 2022 Best Places to Work, an exclusive ranking of the Massachusetts companies that have built outstanding work environments for their people. The 80 companies honored in 2022 range in size and industry, with winners from the technology sector, retail industry, health care space, commercial real estate, and more.

“Our team is thrilled to be recognized for the sixth consecutive year as one of the best places to work by the Boston Business Journal,” said CEO Jay Calnan. At JC&A, it’s always been about our people, our clients, and our community.  Every day we strive to focus on and improve our work environment and experience, and this award is indicative of that ongoing commitment.  We’re proud to have so many dedicated, hard-working people, and we look forward to continuing to support each other, our clients, and our community.”

JC&A is honored to be distinguished as number three on this listing and was selected from a pool of 181 companies that met office, location, and size criteria and participated in employee-engagement surveys distributed by Business Journal partner Quantum Workplace. Employees were asked to rate their work environment, work-life balance, job satisfaction, advancement opportunities, management, compensation, and benefits. Across all of these categories, JC&A has demonstrated an unwavering commitment over two and a half decades to ensuring that its employees feel welcome and supported within the company and positioned for success daily.

 

A special publication of these rankings also appeared in the June 17th weekly edition of the Boston Business Journal.

Renowned Robotics Firm Boston Dynamics Wins “Best New Large Workplace” Award at Corenet New England Gala

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World-renowned robotics firm Boston Dynamics has recently received the “Best New Large Workplace” award at CoreNet New England’s Awards of Excellence Gala. This event highlights the top performing firms and projects in the New England region in corporate real estate leadership, with this year’s event highlighting both the 2020 and 2021 winners to account for the gala’s 2020’s pandemic-based postponement. Boston Dynamics received this distinction for its new corporate headquarters and lab facilities in Waltham, MA, which was completed in March 2021 by leading construction management and pre-construction services firm J. Calnan & Associates in collaboration with award-winning Design Collaborative Bergmeyer. Engineering services were provided by NV5, a leading provider of professional and technical engineering and consulting solutions.

The 180K-square-foot research, development, lab and office workplace was completed in March of 2021 and spans three levels, built within an existing space to accommodate Boston Dynamics’ rapid expansion. JC&A and Bergmeyer’s teams designed and built the facility with an emphasis on enhanced connectivity throughout, including offices, conferences and workstations that directly overlook open plan robotics labs. The space was built with natural materials, reflecting the company’s commitment to craftsmanship and intentional design.

The highlight of the night was when Spot, Boston Dynamics’ agile mobile robot, came on stage to accept the award on behalf of its creator. JC&A’s commitment to innovation and craftsmanship led them to invest in Spot as an addition to their team. JC&A’s branded version of Spot navigated the spotlight with ease and stopped for several photo ops along the way! Spot is able to traverse terrain with unprecedented mobility, allowing it to automate routine inspection tasks and data capture safely, accurately, and frequently. This in turn creates numerous avenues for increased efficiency for JC&A’s future projects, with tasks such as documenting construction programs, monitoring remote environments and automating tasks becoming significantly streamlined. This also reduces the consumption of valuable resources, further exemplifying JC&A’s commitment to providing best-in-class work while prioritizing safety and the environment.

“The JC&A team is incredibly proud to have worked on such an inspiring and future-shaping project,” said Dan Charest, Project Executive and Partner at JC&A. “Safety, innovation and sustainable practices have consistently been at the core of JC&A’s approach, and Boston Dynamics’ new headquarters is a prime example of the amazing results that this focus can yield. We are greatly appreciative of the values that our firm shares with Boston Dynamics and congratulate them on receiving this prestigious award.”

J. Calnan & Associates Hosts Ribbon Cutting for GCP Technologies

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Wilmington, MA – May 17, 2022 – J. Calnan and Associates (JC&A) one of the largest merit shop construction managers in the Northeast, participated in the ribbon cutting for GCP Technologies on Tuesday, April 19th. GCP, a leading construction products technologies company, is dedicated to simplifying the complexities of construction worldwide and delivering value to its customers through high-performance products that pursue advancements in construction tech.

JC&A provided work on this project from preconstruction through delivery, ultimately converting an ACF laboratory into an Industrial Chemistry lab. Project highlights also include the installation of new environmental testing chambers, a complete reworking of the existing lab footprint and new finishes throughout. Through a collaboration with CiDesign and Avid Engineers, JC&A’s team was able to deliver a 40,000 SF world-class global research and development center at 100 Research Drive at the site in Wilmington, MA.

“We are thrilled to partner with GCP on this project and provide such an expansive scope of work,“ said Chet Braun, JC&A’s Project Executive on the project.  “The JC&A team prides itself on our work in promoting the sciences, and GCP’s work has been vital in bringing some of the most critical scientific developments into the 21st century, advancing strategies that streamline even the most complex of challenges.“

The team also performed upgrades and commissioning to the pH neutralization systems, boiler plants and tepid water systems, installed over 20 fume hoods as well. All lab gasses were also reworked.

JC&A Blog | Meet Sharie Beagle

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While some of the JC&A team members we highlight are encouraged to apply by friends and colleagues, others happen across opportunities and feel drawn to our company. This was the case for Sharie Beagle, one of our Project Accountant Managers, who noticed a JC&A advertisement in a newspaper over 20 years ago.

“I viewed an ad for a Project Account position and immediately knew that it was the perfect job for me,” Sharie said.  I can’t believe I’m here almost 21 years later! It’s awesome that there are so many other teammates at JC&A celebrating similar milestones – it seems rare to find a company that people love enough to still enjoy coming into the office and working with the same team, fifteen, twenty, even twenty-five years in a row.  That really shows you how special JC&A is.

Sharie’s dedication and warm personality have played a key role over her tenure in helping evolve JC&A from a small group of hardworking employees to a big family that has become incredibly close and supportive of one another over the years.

“JC&A knows how to throw a great party, and I’d have to say my favorite event of the year is our End of Year company meeting, where we all gather to share stories, company successes, and accomplishments for the year,” said. “We have a unique team here; everyone is working on an interesting project, but they are also involved in JCAres or Team IMPACT, personal charities like volunteering to foster dogs or coaching Little League… so it’s really fun to be able to catch up with everyone and hear more about what they’ve been doing throughout the year and what they’re most proud of. It’s inspiring.”

Over 20+ years, you can only imagine the projects Sharie has been an instrumental part of, like her work on the Middlesex Savings Bank accounts, Amazon projects, Converse, and Schneider Electric, to name a handful.

“It’s tough to single out only a few of my favorite projects over the past 20 years,” Sharie said. “But it’s the ones that require all team involvement within the company to ultimately exceed client expectations that I truly enjoy being a part of. Just as how it’s great to be able to hear about what my other team members who wear different hats are doing during the End of Year party, it’s possibly even better to see them in action. When we all work together, we’ve truly executed some great projects over the years.”

“One particular moment that I’m very proud of, though, was being recognized for my 20 years of work at JC&A,” she added. “Dedicating 20 years of your life to a company, a career, and a team of people has had a huge impact on me, and it felt so special to know that my loyalty here has impacted all of you.”

“To me, the JC&A Way means working with amongst leaders on quality projects and establishing long-lasting relationships within our community. I’m grateful to have built so many great relationships with both teammates and clients over the years, and I hope there are many more to come!

 

Boston Real Estate Times Announces Outstanding Women of 2022

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As Vice President of Marketing | Partner at J. Calnan & Associates, Inc., Maureen Rystrom has 20 years of marketing experience in the A/E/C industry. She is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing marketing strategies and communications around brand management, internal and external public relations, industry awards and recognition programs, events, and philanthropic initiatives. As a Partner, Maureen is a member of the senior leadership team at JC&A that drives business development efforts and JC&A’s strategic initiatives, including employee training and development, strategic relationships, technology tools, and overall processes and procedures.

Maureen is highly active in numerous industry organizations. She currently serves as President of CoreNet Global New England Chapter and as a member of the Executive Committee. She also served on the Executive Committee for the Commercial Broker’s Association and was VP of NAIOP’s Marketing and Membership Committee. Maureen is the Co-Founder of PLA!, a community of women in commercial real estate, which has gained tremendous traction for its emphasis on mentoring and philanthropy.

Maureen gives back to the community positively as a proud supporter of Team IMPACT, a national non-profit founded in JC&A’s headquarters whose mission is to connect and cultivate meaningful relationships between college athletic teams and children diagnosed with life-threatening diseases.

She is the proud mother of her three active boys, Adam, Aidan, and Andrew. She and her husband, Adam, live in Lynnfield, MA.

 

HOW REAL ESTATE CHANGED MY LIFE?

 

I joined JC&A fifteen years ago. In that time, I have evolved from Marketing Director to Vice President and Partner while growing from a young leader within the CoreNet Global community to now filling the role of CoreNet Global NE President. To say that real estate has changed my life would be an understatement!

From my first meeting at JC&A, I knew that this was a special place – a company and a team focused on building relationships and also – as Benjamin Franklin encouraged – “doing well by doing good.” That passion and philosophy have shaped my career and how I think, act, live and work.  I have been afforded the opportunity to help our firm grow, build relationships with amazing clients in cutting-edge industries, and have even been inspired to create a place specifically for women in the A/E/C industry by co-founding the Professional Ladies Association (PLA!). The relationships I have enjoyed over the years – supporting each other’s achievements and successes and seeing each other grow within our chosen industries – have been incredibly meaningful to me personally and the value they bring professionally is obvious.

Team IMPACT, the nonprofit founded in our JC&A headquarters, is a shining example of “Doing Well by Doing Good.” In just ten years, Team IMPACT has grown from a small local start-up to a national nonprofit that has matched over 3,000 kids across the country with supporting teams from colleges and universities. It may have started at JC&A, but the support of our relationships in the real estate community has catapulted it to where it is today.

 

Real estate is a perfect industry for a person like me, someone who is always looking for a new challenge and striving to achieve more. While the trends in CRE evolve, so do the goals I set for my team and myself. At JC&A, we pride ourselves on being at the top of our game, from creating thoughtful marketing strategies specific to each of our core markets to cultivating a team of bright and energetic experts in fields like life sciences and technology. We are consistently named a “Best Place to Work”, the highest honor for any company to achieve, regardless of what they do.

 

Joining JC&A and spending my career engrossed in the Real Estate industry has taught me the value of building relationships with people who inspire you to learn, grow and give back to the community.

 

HOW HAS TECHNOLOGY CHANGED IN RECENT YEARS, AS FAR AS TECHNOLOGY, MARKETS AND DEMANDS ARE CONCERNED?

 

Keeping up with the constant evolution and ever-changing advancements in the technology sectors is always a top priority for JC&A. We embrace new tech and work to optimize its usage to support our project teams for more efficient communication and collaboration. This, in turn, improves access to information and transparency for stakeholders.

 

These advancements and their effectiveness can be seen both in the office and on the job site, where we work to employ cutting-edge tech that maximizes value and ROI for our clients. This commitment to technology can be seen through all facets of JC&A’s business plan.

 

This past year has been rife with innovation in the life sciences market. New properties support high-tech labs and workspaces, and renovation, retrofitting, and refurbishing existing buildings have spurred the sector towards new and expanded opportunities. JC&A is proud to partner with several premier life science clients, including Acceleron, Dicerna, Quest Diagnostics, Affinia, Fogpharma, Sanofi, Biogen, MassBio, Takeda, Deciphera, Modalis, and Tscan.

 

In addition to an incredibly active life sciences client base, JC&A has been fortunate to build for several robotics firms, creating dynamic headquarters spaces for both iRobot and Boston Dynamics; and research, development, and manufacturing space for clients including Berkshire Grey and ClearMotion.

Delivering these unique spaces for clients on the front-line of innovative technology allows us to be first in line to learn about and experience incredible inventions that genuinely change the way we work and live. For example, JC&A proudly added two of Boston Dynamics’ robot dogs to our team, and it’s so cool to see them on job sites exploring all the nooks that are too tight or dangerous for our human teammates to go!

JC&A’s extraordinary growth in the industry has been motivated and supported by the development of technology and fueled by our impeccable reputation for providing and constructing quality projects and providing exceptional client service. Whether it be completing a complex laboratory project, a state-of-the-art tech fit-out, or building a ground-up office complex, JC&A is prepared and ready to supply a level of care and attention unmatched in the industry.

Respect, Camaraderie and Teamwork Personify J. Calnan & Associates

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J. Calnan and Associates (JC&A) one of the largest merit shop construction managers in the Northeast, was recently honored by a group of staff Veterans in recognition for the company’s dedication to helping with their transitions to civilian life.

Former Staff Sargent Andre Grant has been a valued member of the JC&A team for nearly a decade, during which time he has also served in the US Army Reserve. Reflecting on the support that JC&A afforded him throughout his career prompted Andre with a desire to show his appreciation by presenting the Partners with a commemorative American flag.

“Many organizations claim to support the troops, and truthfully a lot of them are genuine, but I can tell you with 100% certainty that JC&A’s support is upper level,“ said Grant.  “During my 20 years of service, I can remember only two employers that didn’t require me to use my vacation time for pay when I was doing my annual training or on deployment. I can only remember one that didn’t make me feel guilty about my military commitment, and that’s JC&A.“

During a ceremonial breakfast, several additional Veterans-turned-JCAers were quick to chime in with their own sentiments on how JC&A helped ease their transitions to civilian life.

One Project Superintendent recounted his time in the Army National Guard and noted how impactful of an experience it was for him and the pride he took in his work – aspects that reflect his experience at JC&A. To him, JC&A is a close-knit family with colleagues he can always rely on, just as he did in the military.

This emphasis on camaraderie, respect, and the power of team is what JC&A teammates often cite when they refer to ‘The JC&A Way‘.

The special event took place at JC&A’s Quincy Headquarters, where CEO Jay Calnan remarked, “Gratitude has always been one of the core ingredients of JC&A. Even before we launched Team Impact right here in this space, the core of Team Impact is gratitude and teamwork. These core values that JC&A has had since day one, being grateful for the opportunities that we have… we wouldn’t have these opportunities if we didn’t have people defending our rights, our constitution, defending our ability to get up every day and do what we do. Gratitude in our organization runs deep and we are very, very thankful.”