J. Calnan & Associates Promotes Cameron, Charest, Conner, and Noone to Partner

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J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A), a leading construction management firm in the Northeast specializing in world-class preconstruction services and challenging construction projects, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeffrey Cameron, Daniel Charest, David Conner and John Noone to Partner.

“At JC&A, we pride ourselves on hiring extremely talented people who are both good at what they do and incredibly likable. Jeff, Dan, Dave, and John truly exemplify what that means,” said Jay Calnan, JC&A CEO | Partner.  “Promoting these key leaders to Partner recognizes how their leadership, knowledge, and experience have helped our firm grow significantly. They are well-respected internally and externally, dedicating their talents to nurturing lasting connections with key clients and partners. The expertise that Jeff, Dan, Dave, and John demonstrate in their respective fields has had a profound impact on JC&A’s success.”

 

Jeffrey Cameron, Project Executive, has been a leader at JC&A for 15 years, gaining experience that includes over a decade of project management overseeing some of JC&A’s largest and most complex projects.  Marlborough Hills, Kayak.com, Ultimate Kronos Group, Skating Club of Boston, Boston Properties, Quest Diagnostics and TripAdvisor are just a few of his past clients, allowing him to amass a diverse portfolio across our firm’s many markets.  Jeff has managed well over $200 million in projects across Life Sciences, Corporate TI, New Construction, Robotics, Infrastructure, Industrial/Manufacturing, Institutional, Recreational, Not-for-profit, and Repositioning projects.  From clients to consultants and subcontractors to vendors, Jeff has an appreciation for strong relationships.  Those relationships are key for JC&A’s navigation of the complex landscape that our industry has been experiencing the past few years and into our future.

Internally, Jeff enjoys mentoring as much as he enjoys building.  Working with the next generation of industry professionals, he ensures that staff receives the same operational experience and guidance that he credits receiving from the mentors in his own career.  From his early years with the company, he has been involved in developing and adapting many of the company’s standard operating procedures.  He continues to work with his fellow Senior Management team members on many internal technology and operational initiatives to increase efficiency and continuously drive JC&A forward as a cutting-edge industry leader.

 

Daniel Charest, Project Executive, began as an Assistant Project Manager nearly 17 years ago and has consistently demonstrated his ability to meet and overcome the challenges that accompany some of the firm’s most intricate projects. He has been involved with numerous complex construction projects, including NESN, Cognex, PTC Inc., Schneider Electric’s North American Headquarters, Olympus SSA, the Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Otis Street redevelopment, and Boston Dynamics Headquarters. These project experiences have allowed Dan to repeatedly demonstrate his high degree of competency with risk management, scheduling, financial tracking, and client development.

Dan has also been instrumental in advancing JC&A’s technology goals.  His leadership and passion for construction technology have transformed JC&A through years of leadership with the technology committee and many technology-specific focus groups.  Specifically, Dan has led many successful software adoptions across the company.  Among the most notable are the implementation of Viewpoint (Vista) in 2010, PlanGrid in 2012, Cosential CRM (now Unanet CRM) in 2019 and today with various focus groups including robotics, construction drone photogrammetry and an ongoing focus group evolution from PlanGrid to Autodesk Build Software.  These efforts and many more continue to allow the firm to provide their clients and colleagues with the most cutting-edge solutions and valuable information about their projects.   He has also played a vital role in relaying JC&A’s Standard Operating Procedures company-wide since early in his career.

 

David Conner, Director of Project Management, has been with JC&A since 2010 and has worked on a wide range of projects. These include multiple projects for Boston Properties, Pegasystems, Dynatrace, ZoomInfo and Fresenius Medical Care, among others.

As Director of Project Management, Dave serves as the operational point person for our project management staff which includes Project Executives, Project Managers, Assistant Project Managers and Interns. As a complement to JC&A’s longstanding culture of ongoing training and development, Dave is responsible for standardizing our Operations processes, including sharing lessons learned, contract negotiations, team member reviews and reporting methods. A critical member of our Senior Management team, Dave also serves as a Project Executive working to ensure the overall success of projects.

 

John Noone, Vice President of Field Operations, started at JC&A in 2002 as a Superintendent and has continuously demonstrated a high level of excellence and understanding of JC&A’s policies, mission and processes. This dedication and commitment significantly contributed to his rapid growth within JC&A, most recently advancing from Director of Field Operations to Vice President of Field Operations.

As Superintendent, he has completed projects for NESN, GE, Biogen, Wyeth (now Pfizer) and Sasaki.   His commitment to clients and dedication to the successful outcome of every project has directly contributed to JC&A’s ability to cultivate long-term relationships with these clients.

As Vice President of Operations and a member of the Senior Management team, John successfully transitioned his field experience to a leadership role, allowing JC&A’s entire Field Operations team to become much more structured, skilled, organized and streamlined.

 

 

Mr. Cameron, Mr. Charest, Mr. Conner and Mr. Noone join Partners Jay Calnan, CEO; Jim Cahill, President; Mike Crowther, COO; Tim Kelly, CFO; Steve Robak, EVP; Scott Trull, Senior Vice President; Mike Garrity, VP of Preconstruction; Maureen Rystrom, VP of Marketing and Mike Wilson, VP of Client Development.

J. Calnan & Associates Wins Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Award for 2021, Achieving this Distinction in Workplace Excellence Five Years in a Row

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For the fifth consecutive year, the Boston Business Journal has named J. Calnan & Associates (JC&A) to its 2021 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 2021 range in size and industry, with winners from the technology sector, retail industry, health care space, commercial real estate and more.

“We are proud to be recognized for the 5th consecutive year as one of Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work,” said CEO Jay Calnan.  “At JC&A, it is all about our team.  I am extraordinarily proud of how our company has remained a strong, cohesive unit during these unprecedented times. This award reflects the passion and commitment each one of our teammates brings to work every day to support each other, our families, our clients, and our communities.”

 

President of JC&A, Jim Cahill said, “Our people are the lifeblood of our company and at the forefront of our success.  Since our inception in 1996, we have built an incredibly hardworking and exceptional team who enjoy coming to work and care for one another and the success of each of our partners, whether it be a client, industry associate or subcontractor.  We take pride in having created a working environment that fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, recognizes achievement and is supportive of our families and our communities.  We strive to create a family atmosphere in all we do at JC&A, rather than just be another office environment.”

 

When the pandemic hit, JC&A made the commitment to their employees to keep 100% of their teams in their New York and Massachusetts offices.

 

One JC&A employee said, “I want to thank you (JC&A Partners) for the truly remarkable sacrifices that you are making during this pandemic. You have explicitly shown your appreciation to every employee. It felt like lots of companies went through rounds and rounds of layoffs and furloughs. Myself and my family thank you for making this decision.  As always, I am unbelievably grateful and proud to work here and to be part of the JC&A family.”

 

Of JC&A’s approach to office culture and operations, Cahill notes: “Many of our people knew each other or were friends before they worked at JC&A, which is unique and not something you’ll often find within a company.  When we do find that ‘right’ person, we do whatever it takes to motivate, challenge and ultimately keep them.”

 

“In a year that has brought incredible challenges for everyone both personally and in business, it is a true testament to great organizations to be named a Best Place to Work,” said BBJ’s Market President and Publisher Carolyn Jones. “We congratulate all of our honorees and look forward to learning from them on how to create and sustain outstanding workplaces.”

 

J. CALNAN & ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCES 25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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JC&A Looks Back at 25 Years of Service as Leading Contractor for Academic, Corporate, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Robotics and Technology Markets in the Northeast

J. Calnan & Associates (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, including founder Jay Calnan, JC&A has grown to include a portfolio of prestigious work in the academic, corporate, healthcare, life sciences and technology markets, and has had the privilege to work for best-in-class clients such as Amazon, Boston Properties, Biogen, Atlantic Management, Takeda, Boston Dynamics, Salesforce, Children’s Hospital, Schneider Electric, PTC Inc, Reebok, MassBio, The Park School, Philips, Constant Contact and The MathWorks, 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.

“None of our continued growth would have been possible without our clients, partners, friends, family and colleagues,” said Jay Calnan, Chief Executive Officer, JC&A. “The journey so far has been incredible and our entire leadership team extends heartfelt thanks to everyone who made it possible for us to become one of the best construction management firms in the Northeast.”

JC&A has always believed in “doing well by doing good.” The firm is proud of its accomplishments and even more proud of how it has achieved that success. The JC&A team has never wavered in its commitment to its people, its clients, or its community. The firm continues to be forward-thinking and customer-centric, while remaining true to its roots by always demonstrating Grit, Curiosity and Character.

JC&A has consistently been honored as a Best Place to Work by the Boston Business Journal and as a Top Corporate Philanthropist. 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 team. Since its inception, Team IMPACT has facilitated more than 2,000 matches at more than 700 colleges and universities across the country. These awards reflect the essence of JC&A’s corporate culture and are a testament to what it means to be a member of the JC&A team.

JC&A is known for our trademark ‘We Build…®’ philosophy, referring to the building of great teams, award-winning projects, lasting relationships and community.

“In reflecting on 25 years of successful growth and how we achieved it, we are incredibly proud of what it means to say, ‘We Build…® The JC&A Way,’” said Maureen Rystrom, Vice President of Marketing and Partner, JC&A. “We look forward to continuing to work ‘The JC&A Way’ with all of our valued clients, partners and community members for years to come.”

WE BUILD…® BREAKTHROUGHS | JC&A COMPLETES INNOVATIVE MASSBIOHUB TO SUPPORT LIFE SCIENCES COMMUNITY

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J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A), one of the leading construction management firms in the Northeast specializing in world-class pre-construction services and challenging construction projects, recently completed MassBioHub, MassBio’s new conference & business center.

 

Located at 700 Technology Square in Cambridge, the MassBioHub is a unique and flexible space to accommodate groups of 2-200 for all your business needs, from informal staff huddles to full-scale conferences and corporate events.  From 1:1 interviews to large scale conferences, the MassBioHub is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology to help you produce a seamless and successful virtual event, or hold a COVID-19 compliant meeting safely and without added stress.

 

JC&A collaborated with TRIA, Inc., Alexandria Real Estate Equities, RW Sullivan and Fort Point Management on this exciting project that will allow scientists to focus on what they do best – improving patient lives.

 

The team integrated new AV, Security, Tel Data, and lighting control for the space and also installed a sound masking system to eliminate existing building noise.   Designed to support networking opportunities, the space features multiple communal areas and an interconnecting black steel staircase with hand crafted Corian and pressure treated wood.

 

As companies are currently reconfiguring office and lab space to support social distancing, hosting a small meeting or event becomes near impossible due to space constraints. MassBioHub has the space and all the technology to ensure virtual events and meetings are engaging, professional and supports the evolving business needs of our Life Sciences community. 

 

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with JC&A for the construction of MassBio’s new conference and business center. The team impressed us every step of the way with their responsiveness, attention to detail, and ability to stay focused on the client and project even through the COVID-19 pandemic. We could not be happier with the new space and look forward to a long partnership with JC&A,” said President and CEO of Mass Bio, Bob Coughlin.

 

 

“We are proud to be part of this important project for Mass Bio,” said Greg Lewis, project executive, Life Sciences at J. Calnan & Associates. “In the end, it’s all about improving patients’ lives, and this new headquarters will allow them to further advance their therapies.”

 

 

JC&A builds for the world’s top Life Sciences companies. Our specialized Life Sciences team has extensive experience working in challenging cGMP environments including occupied spaces, clean rooms, operational vivariums and labs. We also have worked for various user groups with strict security requirements and aggressive schedules. Some of these groups include Sanofi Genzyme, Biogen, Parexel International, Takeda, Acceleron and MassBio. 

JC&A Named a 2020 Best Places To Work Company

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The Boston Business Journal has named JC&A to its 2020 Best Places to Work — the BBJ’s exclusive ranking of the Massachusetts companies that have built outstanding work environments for their people.

The 79 companies honored in 2020 range in size and industry, with winners from the technology sector, retail industry, health care space, commercial real estate and more.

We are proud to be recognized for the 4th consecutive year as one of Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work,” said CEO, Jay Calnan.  “At JC&A, it is all about our team.  I am extraordinarily proud of how our company has remained a strong, cohesive unit during these unprecedented times and this accomplishment reflects the passion and commitment each one of our teammates brings to work every day to support each other, our families, our clients, and our communities. In reflecting on this award and 25 years of success, ‘We Build with gratitude’ is the JC&A way of giving thanks to our team and all those who continue to be part of this journey.”

The 165 businesses that met criteria for office location and size participated in employee engagement surveys distributed by the Business Journal partner Quantum Workplace.  Employees were asked to rate their work environment, work-life balance, job satisfaction, advancement opportunities, management, compensation, and benefits.

President of JC&A, Jim Cahill said, “Our people are the lifeblood of our company and at the forefront of our firm’s success.  Since our inception in 1996, we have built an incredibly hardworking and exceptional team who enjoy coming to work and care for one another and the success of each of our partners, whether it be a client, industry associate or subcontractor.  We take pride in having created a working environment that fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, recognizes achievement and is supportive of our families and our communities.  We strive to create a family atmosphere in all we do at JC&A rather than just another office environment.”

When the pandemic hit, JC&A made the commitment to their employees to keep 100% of their team in both their NY and MA offices.  Cahill continues: “Many of our people knew each other or were friends before they worked at JC&A which is unique and not something you’ll often find within a company.  When we do find that “right” person, we do whatever it takes to motivate, challenge and ultimately keep them.”

One JC&A employee said, “I want to thank you (JC&A Partners) for the truly remarkable sacrifices that you are making during this pandemic. You have explicitly shown your appreciation to every employee. It seems like every company out there is going through rounds and rounds of layoffs and furloughs. Myself and my family thank you for making this decision.  As always, I am unbelievably grateful and proud to work here with all of you and the rest of the JC&A family.”

“These are challenging days for businesses and their employees,” said Carolyn Jones, Boston Business Journal market president and publisher, “and the companies that appear on this year’s Best Places to Work lists — our 18th year of honoring such companies — are leading the way as the region’s top workplaces.”

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Life Science Construction Experts with Covid-19 Protocols in Place

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JC&A is the construction management leader in the Life Science industry helping clients in the Cambridge and Suburban markets with all their construction needs.  Now more than ever before, it is critical to work with partners who understand the intricacies of this very specialized work, as well as how to build safely under the new Covid-19 guidelines. 

 

JC&A is paving the way for Life Science companies to advance their construction projects in a safe environment.  Through our work with State and local officials (as well as many building owners), we have developed and implemented comprehensive Covid-19 Protocols across all of our essential jobsites.  We are well positioned to help other Life Science companies with their construction needs as well. 

                                                                                

Advancement in science and research cannot stop.  As founding members of Team IMPACT, a non-profit that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, we know first-hand the criticality of your work. We believe we share a singular mission: to improve the lives of the children and families we champion.

J. CALNAN & ASSOCIATES, R.E. DINEEN AND AHA COMPLETE HEADQUARTERS FOR DICERNA™ PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

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J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A), one of the leading construction management firms in the Northeast specializing in world-class pre-construction services and challenging construction projects, recently completed the corporate headquarters for Dicerna™ Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a developer of investigational ribonucleic acid interference (RNAi) therapeutics.

Together with R.E. Dinneen Architects and AHA Engineers, JC&A transformed 80,000 square feet in Lexington for Dicerna.  The team upgraded Dicerna’s existing lobby and atrium, and significantly upgraded existing office and laboratory spaces. The team added a new chemistry lab, a commercial kitchen, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Exterior highlights include a staircase that allows direct access from all three floors to the new, expansive back patio, as well as a new front patio and trellis.

“We are proud to be part of Dicerna’s successful transition to Lexington,” said Greg Lewis, project executive, life sciences at J. Calnan & Associates. “In the end, it’s all about improving patients’ lives, and this new headquarters will allow them to further advance their therapies.”

“At Dicerna, our mission is to leverage our proprietary GalXC RNAi technology platform to develop new therapies for patients with rare and common diseases that have a genetic component. There is an urgency to the work that we do, and the recent, rapid expansion to our new Lexington facility will provide our growing team with additional infrastructure and capacity to deliver new medicines to patients,” said Douglas Fambrough, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Dicerna.

JC&A builds for the world’s top Life Sciences companies. Our specialized Life Sciences team has extensive experience working in challenging cGMP environments including occupied spaces, clean rooms, operational vivariums and labs. We also have worked for various user groups with strict security requirements and aggressive schedules. Some of these groups include Sanofi Genzyme, Biogen, Parexel International, Takeda, Acceleron andMassBio. 

 

Giving Back and Building Relationships with Team IMPACT

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On episode 20 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia welcomed Jay Calnan, CEO of J. Calnan and Associates. Calnan shared the mission of Team IMPACT, a nonprofit he started in 2011 to connect and cultivate meaningful relationships between college athletic teams and children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.

As a kid, Calnan had the opportunity to participate in team sports, an experience that allowed him to learn skills he values as an adult and business owner. These life skills – work ethic, teamwork, leadership and followship skills, discipline and perseverance – were all developed with the help of the people and organizations who invested their time and resources into the community.  Calnan founded Team IMPACT as a way to pay it forward, giving back to his community and to kids who benefit most from learning these important life skills. The program serves kids ages 5-15 who are diagnosed or dealing with a life threatening or chronic illness. Each one is paired with a college athletic program that dedicates a minimum of two years to mentoring and helping them learn these important skills. They also have the opportunity to become a part of the team by attending practices, games, team dinners, and other events.

Team IMPACT now works with over 650 campuses in all 50 states, with over 2000 kids participating. Calnan says that networking and building a sense of community was what made J. Calnan and Associates a success after he started the company in 1996, and he carries those same principles into the nonprofit.  If a company or organization is seeking ways to give back, Calnan encourages people to find something they are passionate about, to work hard, and to continue to network and meet new people in all different industries and walks of life. By networking with the medical and athletic communities, Calnan and the Team IMPACT staff are able to match kids with teams in their area. Calnan says, “The more people you  know, the larger your network is, the more opportunities that will be created.” He also advises people to always be on the lookout for ways to get involved, and to remember to show appreciation for others by celebrating shared successes.

Calnan says it is mutually beneficial relationships that make Team IMPACT a success. “Mutually beneficial relationships are really the essence of life, and those come from being a person who leads in an introductory relationship in any capacity: to a friend, or a co-worker, or an associate in the industry, or your neighbor.” He adds, “Whatever the relationship is, you lead by saying, ‘How can I help?’”

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