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1st Quarter 2018

NEI Quarterly WHITTIER CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD NEI Partners With JANEY Construction On Redevelopment of Whittier Street Apartments

celebrating 20 years in construction


awards NEI is officially a Best Wellness Employer! NEI has been named a Best Wellness Employer by Wellness Workdays! The certification program, which is based on a survey conducted by Harvard Medical School medical and statistical experts, recognizes the outstanding achievements of businesses and organizations committed to creating best-in-class corporate wellness programs that promote a culture of wellbeing to engage employees. NEI endeavors to create the healthiest workplace possible by implementing programs in nutrition, fitness, ergonomics, and work/life balance. As a company that values the health and well-being of our employees, NEI is thrilled to be named a Best Wellness

Employer and plans to continue striving for positive outcomes for our employees!

NEI employees enjoy an on-site fully furnished gym plus group-ex classes!

AT NEI, WE TAKE OUR COFFEE green. NEI recently got involved with a unique recycling program called Grounds to Grown On™. This program helps your workplace’s brewed K-Cup® pods find a useful second life as a recycled product, like aluminum cans and shipping pallets. The Grounds to Grow On™ recycling bins themselves are made from at least 70% recycled content and are 100% recycled after use. Grounds to Grow On™ has also partnered with UPS and their carbon neutral shipping option to offset the emissions produced by the transportation of their recovery bins to and from your workplace. Within only 4 weeks, NEI has recycled 1,800 K-Cups and we’re happy with the decision to make Grounds to Grown On™ a part of our commitment to the environment!

Grounds To Grown On™


team Women of Diversity and Compliance Making Strides Over the last few years, NEI has worked to grow and strengthen our Diversity and Compliance Department in order to both better meet the needs of our valuable clients as well as strengthen the local communities we work in. At NEI, we believe strongly that our job is more than just to put a project in place. We have a responsibility to contribute positively to the surrounding neighborhoods and community that the project will become a part of. “All of our projects regularly include high participation and engagement of minority, woman, low-income and local subcontractors and workers,” says Kassandra Martin, Compliance Manager at NEI. In order to achieve this enhanced participation, both she and Director of Diversity and Compliance, Carol Fuller have developed a community contracting strategy to both maximize the participation of local, emerging woman, and minority-owned construction firms on NEI’s projects, as well as create an expanded recruitment and workforce development drive to hire workers from the communities in which we build. With NEI’s inclusive hiring strategy, the key objective is to generate jobs that foster work habits and create skills that offer employment benefits far beyond the duration of a single project. “We have established strong relationships with subcontractors that further support and promote our participation mission. We make certain that all applicant phone calls are returned and each application we receive is responded to with either an interview request, referrals to other construction projects, or other job skill recommendations or referrals. For successful candidates, training programs and assistance programs are a routine part of the hiring process,” says Fuller.

To meet project diversity goals, NEI canvases the community and respective subcontractor directories to widely promote the project and positions. We regularly utilize the MBE/WBE business directory of Massachusetts Operational Services Department’s Supplier Diversity Office, Housing & Urban Development Office’s, Section 3 Business Directory, and the City of Boston’s Small and Local Business Development Office’s directory of minority/women/local businesses. We also organize regular subcontractor information and hiring events targeting outreach to local M/ WBEs and Section 3 Contractors. NEI’s Diversity and Compliance Department has become a leader in the industry. Through innovative hiring strategies and aggressive sourcing of subcontractors and workers, we regularly exceed project participation requirements. Better for the project. Better for the community. NEI looks forward to continuing this trend and making a meaningful impact in the industry and communities we work in.

From Left: Carol Fuller: Director of Diversity and Compliance, Kassandra Martin: Compliance Manager


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$205.7 M revenue

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20 Years in Construction- Over 9,200 Units of Housing This February, NEI proudly celebrated a milestone- the company’s 20th anniversary! With the exponential growth NEI has experienced in recent years, it’s almost hard to believe that the business started as a mid-sized flooring and interiors company. Over the years, NEI has had the opportunity to build many high-quality, exceedingly competitive structures in both New England and Florida. We are grateful for the continued confidence of our clients. Through our employees’ tireless efforts and quality work, we see clients coming back again and again to work together. We highly value the employees who take care of the client from preconstruction, to field operations, to project management, and finally through project close-out. The people we hire all act with dignity and they are the most valuable asset NEI has. We also take pride in why we do the work that we do. The opportunity to Photo 1 by Elizabeth Cardoso; Photo 2 by NEI; Photos 3 & 5 by Jess Raimondi; Photo 4 by Michael Silvano

work with these organizations to make better homes for the community is the most fulfilling part of the project journey. It takes a tremendous amount of blood, sweat and tears, but at the end of our projects, we’re delivering a better home for someone. Whether a renovated rental unit, an affordable new apartment, a slick market rate studio, or any of the spectrum of senior care units, we’ve both directly and indirectly given thousands of people a better place to live. With more than two decades of service and high-quality construction totaling over 9,200 homes, NEI looks forward to continuing to deliver for our clients and communities in the years to come.


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Lawrence Mills | Lowell, MA One of NEI’s first major adaptive reuse projects: 153 residential housing units

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Trinity Towers | Melbourne, FL An occupied rehab across two highrises and one mid-rise: 510 units of affordable senior housing

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Mill Hill Residence | West Yarmouth, MA A 62,000 SF high-end memory care facility: 75 beds

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The Box District | Chelsea, MA A community comprised of three properties- The Flats at 22, The Flats at 44, and Atlas Lofts: 149 market-rate and affordable units

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Sphere Luxury Apartments | Medford, MA The first property to built along the MBTA Green Line extension: 42 residential housing units

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NEI Partners With JANEY Construction On Redevelopment of Whittier Steet Apartments

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NEI General Contracting and JANEY Construction are proudly partnering on Phase 1A of the redevelopment of the Whittier Street Apartments site in Roxbury, MA. The Whittier Choice Neighborhood initiative is a collaboration between the Boston Housing Authority, POAH, and the Madison Park Development Corporation to create a healthier, more vibrant environment for the community. The initiative is one of the last in the Boston area to be made possible by funding from The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). NEI and JANEY have joined forces to combine experience, resources, capacity, and commitment to the community to provide a new standard of product delivery and process excellence for the Whittier Choice Neighborhood project. The partnership will also allow NEI and JANEY to fully embrace POAH’s deep commitment to diversity and the community. Originally built in the early 1950’s, Whittier is currently home to 200 public housing families. Phase 1A of the redevelopment will involve the demolition and removal Photos 1 & 2 by Jess Raimondi; Photo 3 by Uplift Data Partners

of the existing structures to make way for the new construction of 70 rental units and 16 townhomes within three buildings designed by The Architectural Team. The plan for the mixedincome, mixed-use development also includes approximately 16,000 SF of commercial recreational space and the creation of safer streets.


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The Whittier project team and city and state officials were present at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony.

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Rodger Brown, Managing Director of Real Estate Development at POAH spoke at the ceremony.

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Whittier Street Apartments in Roxbury, MA is well under construction with demo of the original structures in progress.

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This rendering by The Architectural Team shows the stuctures that will replace those in photo 3 in Phase 1A.


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NEI Quarterly: First Quarter, 2018  
NEI Quarterly: First Quarter, 2018