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.