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Vol. 1: Winter 2013

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Colantonio’s Online Newsletter

Highlights of 2012: A Very Colantonio Christmas, p. 1 Needham Senior Center Pig Roast, p. 3 Colantonio Hosts MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Event, p. 5

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Colantonio Completes Fitchburg Housing Project

New Hires 2012

Construction Begins on $24m Weston Field Elementary School

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A Very Colantonio Christmas Always a highlight of the year, the Colantonio holiday party was held on December 13th in the company workshop. Festivities included a sitdown dinner, poetry, awards, a slideshow, and a yankee swap. The workshop was cleaned out in the weeks before the event and transformed into a party-ready space. Caterer Paul Streichert, owner of Signature Seasons, put together a spread of hors d’oeuvres and an excellent meal of roast beef. The Christmas party is particularly special at Colantonio, because it allows the office employees the chance to mingle with those normally out on the field (and vice versa). When these two groups meet, hilarity is sure to ensue. As a tradition, employees 1

hired within the year must recite an original (or modified) poem after dinner. This very strict company policy is a source of much anxiety in the weeks before the party. Six new employees stepped up in front of the crowd to make this rite of passage. Special guest Bonnie Biocchi, president of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, also sang about Fran’s contributions therein to the tune of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”. A new tradition began this year with the giving of awards in categories such as Safety and Client Service. Awards were also distributed to those who have worked over ten years. Three employees, Gary Sheridan, Glenn Fragoza, and Mark Roy, were recognized for their twenty-plus years of service for Colantonio. Joke awards, such as “The Baby’s Bottom Award” for Colantonio, Inc.

Old Tradition: Site Superintendent John Thomas, hired in September, recites his poem on his experience at Colantonio. New Tradition: Project Manager Jeff Guilherme accepts one of four joke awards presented by Fran Colantonio.

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Across: Employees who received service awards for ten-plus years: Leanne Floyd, 10 years; George Willwerth, 13 years; Fran Colantonio; John Dubuc, Travis Gibson, 14 years; Gary Moses, 10 years; Mike McKeown, 11 years. Not pictured: Gary Sheridan, Glenn Fragoza, 22 years; Mark Roy, 20 years.

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smoothest-talker and “The Running with the Bulls Award� for the biggest risktaker were also awarded. Project Manager Jeff Guilherme practically swept this category, having to get up from his seat across the room a total of four times to receive his awards. All in all, it was a very Colantonio Christmas!

President Fran Colantonio enjoys a song about his work with the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce.

Hired just a week before the party, John Hobson (left) found himself reunited with a former colleague, Sean Phelan, hired in February.

The shop was transformed to the best of our abilities to make for a festive atmosphere.

Marketing Coordinator Jill Shastany and Project Manager Kim Joyce enjoy the party.

Contract Administrator Tracy Carter-Aylward and Senior Estimator Chris Powers do the same.

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Pig Roast Celebrates Completion of Steel Work at Needham Senior Center Colantonio, Inc. celebrated the topping off of the new Needham Senior Center on November 9th, 2012, by hosting a pig roast for staff, town officials and subcontractors. Construction of the building began in April of this year. Designed by Bargmann, Hendrie + Archetype, the new senior center will be located on Hillside Avenue next to the Needham Heights MBTA commuter rail station. The 20,000-square-foot building will feature a 3,000 square foot multipurpose area on the ground floor with seating for 250 as well as several program spaces, a fitness room, art room, library, office spaces, meeting rooms and an open-air roof deck on the second level. Town officials, subcontractors, and Colantonio staff, including 3

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owner Fran Colantonio and Vice President George Willwerth, attended the steel topping off celebration. Project Manager Jeff Guilherme conceptualized the pig roast two weeks before the event as an appreciation of everyone’s hard work. Marketing Manager Amy Fahey organized the whole thing, from food to seating and decoration. The pigs were provided by “The Pig Kahuna,” Dave Mallari, of Portland, Maine. His day began in the early hours of the morning, as he had to make the two-hour trek to Needham in time to begin roasting the pig at 6:00 a.m. The pork was accompanied by all the traditional fixin’s-beans, cornbread, and coleslaw. The meal was concluded with a cake,

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complete with a rendering of the future senior center. Jeff cut the cake alongside town officials and served it up in thanks. Guests and workers enjoyed this rare break from the daily routine in the last mild weather of the fall.


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The cake featured a rendering of the senior center.

Subcontractors, Colantonio staff, and Needham town officials enjoy their meals next to the future senior center.

Workers dig in.

Colantonio staff and Needham Town Officials become acquainted over a hearty meal.

Dave Mallari, also known as “The Pig Kahuna,� prepares the pork and beans.

Jeff Guilherme and Phaldie Taliep, OPM, at the pig roast.

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MetroWest Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” Event Benefits Holliston Food Pantry Our Second Annual MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event in September was a huge success! 200 members and guests networked while feasting on a fabulous tailgate buffet from the talented folks at Signature Seasons Catering.

and said a few words about the MetroWest community. Highlights of the event included a raffle prizes, a raw bar, Jack’s Abby Brewing beer on tap, an ice cream truck and a car show. It was a beautiful evening to be out enjoying all of these things amongst community members and contributors.

Guests were asked to support the Holliston Pantry Shelf with donations. Contributions, including monetary donations and nonperishables exceeded $800.

Above: MetroWest businesses and friends of the community enjoyed the raw bar and other fare provided by Paul Streichert of Signature Seasons. Below: The Juniper Farms ice cream truck was also a favorite.

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Colantonio employees Kim Joyce and Todd Del Campo. The crowd congregates under the tent to hear some words from Pantry members and State Rep. Carolyn Dykema.

Fran and wife Lisa Colantonio at the BAH event. Carl Damigella, Sylvia Stickney, and John Alexander of the Holliston Pantry Shelf.

New to Colantonio that same week, Jill Shastany took some time to network within the company, getting to know Chris Powers and Jeff Guilherme. Local antique car enthusiasts, including Fran Colantonio, showcased their “toys” on the front lawn. Foreground: Fran’s 1955 Dodge Power Wagon. (508)429-8666

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Colantonio, Inc. Caps off Renovation of Fitchburg Place Local authorities joined Colantonio, WinnDevelopment and local residents in October at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the long-awaited opening of Fitchburg Place, an affordable senior housing development in the heart of Fitchburg. The development, formerly known as Groop Townview Towers, was over six years in the making. Colantonio began the $8.5 million project in 2006. The 42,528 square-foot, 10-story public housing complex was being restructured into an assisted living facility. In June 2007, however, funding issues halted construction. The building sat dormant, its residents permanently displaced, for the next five years. WinnDevelopment joined the Fitchburg Housing Authority last October to 7

acquire and redevelop the property into 96 units of affordable rental housing for the elderly and disabled. Steffian Bradley Architects designed the transformation that includes a large kitchen and community space for gatherings; a communal living room; a learning center complete with computers and printers; a wellness/ exercise center; a large laundry room; a comfortable reading room; a sunroom, and a private outdoor patio.

Top: The Fitchburg Place Apartments’ reading room. Above: A bedroom in one of the units. Below: The TV area in the complex’s community room, which also features a kitchen and dining space.

The units were completely updated with energy-efficient and user-friendly appliances as well as new carpets, fixtures, tiles, drywall and paint. Eight units provide handicapped accessibility. All HVAC systems were replaced with high-efficiency boilers and a cogeneration unit. The building also received a new roof and the fire and safety systems were Colantonio, Inc.

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Gilbert Winn of WinnDevelopment, Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, and Fran Colantonio celebrate the end of the long but rewarding journey that was the Fitchburg Place Apartments project.

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“Colantonio, Inc., I can honestly say, cares about the city of Fitchburg. They went above and beyond our expectations of what a team could accomplish here.” Lisa A. Wong, Mayor City of Fitchburg

Owner Fran Colantonio was the driving force that brought the project to fruition. Since 2007, he has steadily pressured government officials and private concerns to find a way to provide funding. Ultimately, a combination of private and public sources made the project possible. “Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and Congressman James McGovern were key in bringing together the team that ultimately succeeded in getting this done,” said Fran Colantonio. “It was a long, painful process. But I am proud to be part of yet another project that adds to the ongoing revitalization of downtown Fitchburg, and to work with Mayor Wong and WinnDevelopment.”

Center and 470 Main Street in downtown Fitchburg, and has performed many new construction and renovation projects at Fitchburg State University. Since 1984, the firm has been providing award-winning construction management, general contracting, design/ build, preconstruction and historical building renovations for clients all over New England.

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New Hires 2012 2012 saw the addition of six new Colantonio employees. If you haven’t yet seen them on our website, here’s your chance to learn a little more about the newest members of our team.

sean phelan / superintendent

Sean joined the firm in February with over 25 years experience supervising and managing construction projects. His background includes work on academic, bio-imaging laboratory and assisted living projects. He is currently overseeing the Biosafety Level 3 Lab Renovation at UMass Medical School in Worcester.

Gregory RondEAU / superintendent

Greg joined the firm in March with 25 years of construction experience under his belt. He has specialized in the academic, healthcare and large residential complex markets. He is now supervising the historical renovation of the three-story Lincoln Town Offices building, a former schoolhouse built in 1908, designed to meet LEED Silver certification standards.

John Thomas / sITE Superintendent

New this past September, John brings 37 years of construction experience to his position as Site Superintendent on the Weston Field Elementary School project. He is an expert in exterior site work, demolition, interior plumbing and electrical excavation work, and more. His background includes dozens of large K-12 school projects throughout New England.

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Scott Gentilhomme/ superintendent

Scott joined Colantonio in November 2012 with 18 years experience as a Construction Superintendent. He is a driven, dedicated professional whose expertise in deadline driven, occupied renovations dates back to 1996. Scott also specializes in historic restorations and historic adaptive reuse projects. He is currently overseeing work on Newton’s F.A. Day Middle School.

John Hobson / SR. Project Manager

John joined us in December with 19 years experience overseeing multi-million dollar construction projects. His experience includes a wide range of projects, including the building and renovation of academic, commercial, industrial, residential, hospitality, and medical projects. John is currently managing the $24m construction of Weston’s new Field Elementary School.

Jill Shastany / Marketing Coordinator Jill joined Colantonio in September as a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of UMass Dartmouth with degrees in both Writing and French. After spending time teaching English to high schoolers in France, she has signed on to teach Social Media to old timers at Colantonio and contribute her skills to the firm’s overall marketing initiatives.

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From left: Rosemary Tomaso, Weston School Committee; Tim Bonfatti, Compass Project Management; Fran Colantonio; Jonathan Levi, architect; and Dr. Cheryl Maloney, Superintendent, ceremoniously break ground.

CI Breaks Ground at Weston Field Elementary School Weston school and town officials recently joined Colantonio, JLA Architects and OPM Compass Project Management for the outdoor groundbreaking ceremony just as the rain tapered off. Work had just begun to build the new 65,390 square foot school, which will be built on the site shared by the existing Field School, Country Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School, Town Community Center, Town Library and playing fields. The parking lots and roadways that service these buildings will be reconfigured to keep access between them open. The school will be built behind the existing school, but will be accessed from a different road. Architect Jonathan Levi’s design calls for a one-story structure with two classroom wings

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and a centralized music, arts and support spaces. The classrooms are clustered around several courtyards with direct access to outdoors. The lower level is a walk out basement including the gymnasium and cafetorium, which can be combined into a large assembly space for the full school band performances. The project’s design maximizes daylight benefits with repeating patterns of large windows, Brazilian hardwood cladding and bricks. The building enclosure includes lower roofs that will be utilized as light shelves to bounce light into the exposed ceiling structure then down to the classroom. The interior of the building also has light fins on the east and west elevations to cut down on direct light effects.

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The existing 62-year-old building will be demolished when the new construction is complete, marking the end of an era in many ways: it was the first of the town’s schools to be built postwar (originally as the new Weston High School); it was the largest public building in Weston at the time; it was the first town building designed in the Modern style; and it was attended by thousands of kids as a high school, junior high, and upper elementary school. Colantonio Project Management Team members are: John Hobson, Project Manager; Mike McKeown, Project Manager (Assist); Gary Sheridan, Superintendent; and John Thomas, Site Superintendent. Construction is expected to be complete in December, 2014.


From left: George Willwerth; Fran Colantonio; John Farina of James Farina Corp.; Donna VanderClock, Weston Town Manager.

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