In the wake of Covid-19 contractors, are faced with new challenges regarding workplace productivity, scheduling, and worker safety. With a lot of communication and planning – leading construction firms have been able to adapt to new guidelines, and develop new protocols for a safe return to work.
Recently, Mike Weber and Greg Skalaski, Executive Vice President for Shawmut Design and Construction’s western division spoke with Kim Slowey at ConstructionDive.com – sharing industry insight and best practices.
“Continuous Improvement” is one of our four core values at Gaston Electrical. More than just words, we try to put them into practice daily. This particular core value takes special attention and effort however – as it requires all of us to think outside the box, question the way we (as a company and industry) have always done things, then develop innovative solutions to meet our goals.
Creative problem solving won’t be found as a daily responsibility in most electrical job postings, but in today’s competitive construction market, it is essential. Our electricians, project managers, and prefabrication team members are continually solving problems and developing innovative solutions.
They are highly-skilled at identifying opportunities for greater efficiency and increased safety, then putting plans into practice – all the while coordinating, adapting, and communicating across multiple departments (and with our clients) to ensure success.
Once such example is the successful collaboration between Project Manager Adam Stanieich , General Foreman Jim Ferris, Project Superintendent Mike Martinelli, and the Prefabrication Department Manager DJ Murray at our One Chestnut Place residential tower project in Quincy, MA.
For this 140-room, 18 story apartment tower project, the team worked together to identify prefabrication opportunities at the outset – resulting in the creation of prefabricated load centers which could be assembled in our 15,000 SF shop and delivered to the jobsite, and wheeled into place per our schedule.
Please click here to view the video of this successful load center installation process and learn more about our prefabrication services.
Recently, ENR New England named Harvard’s Pagliuca Life Lab to its list of 2017 Best Projects in the Higher Education category. The Gaston Electrical Team worked closely with General Contractor Shawmut Design and Construction and other project team members (including Shepley Bulfinch, Reed Hilderbrand, R.G. Vanderwell Engineers, NRB Modular, and Triumph Modular) on this innovative project. Access the full article here.
On June 21, 2017, Gaston Electrical attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Wentworth Institute of Technology’s new academic building for engineering, innovation, and the sciences. The event was co-hosted by Wentworth and general contractor Gilbane. Once completed, the 75,000 SF facility will represent the first academic construction for the campus in 45 years.
On June 7th, the Gaston “Lights Out” Team participated in the 2017 Commodore Builders Dodgeball Tournament. This was the 10th annual event and once again, it proved to be one of the best AEC industry events in Boston! The competition was fierce, but through hard play, teamwork, and maybe a “little” luck, Gaston pulled out a win in the final. Special thanks to Joe Albanese and the entire Commodore Builders team for a fantastic evening. We look forward to competing again in 2018 – until then, we’ll be basking in the glow of dodgeball victory!!
On June 1st, Gaston Electrical hosted the 2017 Summer Open House for all office & field teams. The event celebrated recent successes, offered a chance for everyone to connect, gave Principals Bill and Mike time to share news about exciting upcoming projects. Highlights included awesome BBQ, refreshments from Castle Island Brewery, and amazing door prizes from some of our friends at Granite City Electric, Northeast Electrical, Newman Associates, NES Rentals, NEFCO, and Standard Electric. Thanks to everyone who attended – we look forward to seeing you in 2018.
We were pleased to see our great WeWork news featured on High Profile Monthly – the region’s premier facilities development news source. Click here for the full story. You can also visit our projects page here to learn more about this exciting project.
Gaston Electrical works tirelessly to ensure a safe work environment for clients and employees on all jobsites. During the week of May 8th – 12th, the Gaston Team is participating in OSHA’s 2017 National Safety Stand Down. Rick Coakley, Corporate Safety Director is visiting Gaston jobsites during the week and will be conducting a stand down training on fall prevention. Below are photos of our Teams from various projects around the Greater Boston area.
May 8th – Harvard – Standish Hall / Cambridge, MA / Lee Kennedy
May 9th – AMGEN / Cambridge, MA / Suffolk Construction
May 10th – BU – Myles Standish Hall / Boston, MA / Shawmut Design & Construction
May 11th – BU – Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre Complex / Boston, MA / Bond
May 12th – Wayfair Copley Place / Boston, MA / Columbia Construction
What a fantastic week – we successfully participated in the OSHA 2017 National Safety Stand Down. The informative fall prevention training led by Corporate Safety Director Rick Coakley will help to ensure safer work environments for our team and project partners! Looking forward to 2018.
High Profile Magazine recently featured the news of Brian Jasinski’s addition to the Gaston Electrical Team.
From the feature: “Our goal at Gaston Electrical is to consistently provide best-in-class services and solutions to our clients – which we achieve by working hard and having the best team in place,” commented Mike Weber, Principal of Gaston Electrical. “Brian is a knowledgeable industry veteran with a keen understanding for all facets of the electrical contracting business. His skillset gives him a unique ability to oversee our complex, large-scale projects while working to forge new relationships in the active Boston construction scene. His addition is a great complement to our talented team, and we are thrilled to have him aboard.”