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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.”


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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.


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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?’”

Maugel and J.Calnan Complete Olympus OSSA 122,000 SF Restack

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Maugel Architects and J. Calnan & Associates (JC&A) announced the completion of the 122,000 square foot restack of Olympus OSSA in Waltham, Massachusetts. Olympus OSSA is a world-leading manufacturer of innovative non-destructive testing instruments used in industrial and research applications.  The Maugel-JC&A team had previously designed Olympus’ original interior fit-out in 2011.  The 2019 project entailed a nine-phase renovation of expansion and occupied space encompassing 12 departments and over 500 employees. STV|DPM served as project OPM with MEP/FP engineering services provided by WB Engineers and Consultants.


The master plan and interior design, led by Maugel Architects, optimized efficiencies across office areas to maintain proper adjacencies to manufacturing and lab spaces and enabled the consolidation of Olympus’ Newton facility into the Waltham location.  New amenity and collaboration areas were strategically located throughout the facility to foster productivity and social connection across departments.


The use of graphic wall coverings, bold textured accent walls, and dramatic mid-tone wood accents create a fresh contemporary space that reflects the branding of the industry leading firm. The creative use of LED lighting of varying styles add interest to the space. Soft flooring was used in differing patterns to delineate workspaces and enhance acoustics and aesthetics. Other spaces include 28 new conference rooms, gym and locker rooms, a film studio and demo area, and an enlarged redesigned kitchen and breakroom.


“The Olympus OSSA project illustrates the best in modern workspace design. We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Olympus OSSA and J. Calnan & Associates and were honored to be selected to design the master plan and interior design for the Olympus restack,” said Heather Merwin, Olympus project interior director for Maugel Architects.  “The Olympus OSSA team, led by Joe Welch and Jason Shapiro,  had a clear vision and worked closely with the design team to ensure the new space would not only function well, but provide a creative work environment rich in amenity hubs and collaboration areas that fostered productivity and employee well-being.”

We Build…® The Skating Club of Boston

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We Build…® Legacies 

JC&A, Troika, Northstar Project & Real Estate Services and AHA Consulting Engineers reached a significant milestone last month in the construction of the Skating Club of Boston’s all-new 179,000 square foot, state-of-the-art training facility. The final beam was raised into place during a “topping off” ceremony held at the site of the new building.

The multi-million dollar, three-rink facility will feature a sports injury prevention and strength training center, dance studio, club and team locker rooms, coaches lounge, ticket office, lobby café, Club trophy room, library, multiple guest areas and meeting rooms, and an apparel and equipment store.

“The transformation of this site in such a short amount of time is already so significant, and the raising of this final beam bring us one step closer to opening this beautiful and amazing facility next summer,” said Joe Blount, President, The Skating Club of Boston. “We are excited that so many Club supporters came out for the event today to celebrate this milestone. If it weren’t for them, this new facility wouldn’t be possible.”

The center of the action of the new building will be an Olympic-size arena called The Performance Center that will seat 2,500 spectators and host exhibitions, shows and competitions for figure skating and short-track speed skating. The second rink will be a dedicated figure-skating rink for training and competitive events with 1,500 seats, and the third will be an NHL-sized, multi-purpose rink with 400 seats, equipped for hockey play.

The new facility will also include the new Marilyn Kasputys Branch of the Micheli Center, a 7,000 square-foot area, designed by fitness, injury prevention and sports & wellness professionals, that will have private offices for athlete evaluations, examinations, physical therapy, x-ray imaging, sports psychology and nutritional counseling.
“We’re so proud to be part of this incredible project for the Skating Club of Boston. This state-of-the-art facility will not only be the envy of the skating world, but also athletic complexes across New England because of its modern design and features,” said Steve Robak, Executive Vice President and Partner, J. Calnan & Associates. “We’ve worked closely with The Skating Club of Boston and the entire project team for the past couple of years to ensure that this project will be completed on time and hit all the milestones for a successful opening next summer.”
The building is located at 750 University Ave. in Norwood, MA, about 20 miles southwest of downtown Boston.
The Town is excited to see this much progress with the development in such a short amount of time,” said Paul Bishop, Chairman, Norwood Board of Selectmen. “Norwood is looking forward to welcoming the thousands of new visitors who will be coming here once The Skating Club of Boston opens its doors next summer.”

More information about the new training facility, including a timeline of the project, renderings, live video feed of the construction site, and the Club’s full history can be found at www.thenext100years.org.


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