At the Associated Builders and Contractors-Massachusetts Awards ceremony (from left to right): Greg Beeman (ABC-MA), Jay Connolly (Connolly Brothers), Thad Minshall (Connolly Brothers), Harry Samolchuk (Connolly Brothers), and Julie DeStefano (Gould Construction Institute). Photo courtesy ABC-MA.
BEVERLY, Mass. – December 2, 2021 – Connolly Brothers, Inc., a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients, is proud to announce that it has won an Excellence in Construction Award (EICA) from the Massachusetts Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC MA). The firm was recognized with a merit award for the construction of the new $16 million corporate headquarters for Harmonic Drive LLC, a manufacturer of gearheads, gear component sets, and servo actuators. Connolly Brothers provided pre-construction, design, and engineering, and construction management services for the new 97,000 SF office and manufacturing plant situated on a previously undeveloped six-acre site in the Dunham Ridge Business Park in Beverly, Mass.
Juror comments included, “Connolly Brothers have produced at Harmonic Drive an uncomplicated and fast track practical solution for their clients and provided for change and expansion in the future."
On November 17, 2021, ABC Massachusetts held its 29th annual Excellence in Construction Awards event at the Burlington Marriott in Burlington, Mass. to recognize and celebrate ABC members' award-winning construction projects this year. Each winner was selected for high standards of craftsmanship, safety, and quality thanks to the talents of merit shop workers and the efficiency of the merit shop approach.
“We are proud to recognize the outstanding work of our member contractors through the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards. The winning contractors maintained a constant focus on meeting their client's needs and set a high bar for craftsmanship, quality and safety," said ABC MA President Greg Beeman.
Founded in Beverly in 1960, Harmonic Drive relocated from two buildings in Peabody, Mass. to its new U.S. headquarters, a new 97,000 SF office and manufacturing plant situated on a previously undeveloped six-acre site in the Dunham Ridge Business Park. The site can also accommodate expansion should Harmonic Drive continue to grow.
“We had been looking for a new location for our U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility for some time. Since our employees are key to the strength and growth of our business, we wanted to stay very close to the North Shore, where many of our employees live," said Doug Olson, CEO of Harmonic Drive. “From the beginning, the team at Connolly Brothers really listened to our needs and understood our requirements as a manufacturing business. They worked with us to find the right land where we could build a world-class facility."
A three-story office building and light manufacturing/assembly space occupy 47,000 SF adjacent to a 50,000 SF high-bay manufacturing space. For the new headquarters, Connolly had to contend with more than 50 feet of elevation change on the land while ensuring the space would address all of Harmonic Drive's industry-specific concerns.
The project team for this project included:
- Owner: Harmonic Drive LLC
- Architect: Connolly Brothers Inc
- Construction Manager: Connolly Brothers Inc
- Electrical: D&D Electrical
- Site Work: Pitt Pipeline
- Civil: Hayes Engineering
- Structural: JSN Associates
About ABC MA
ABC MA is the largest construction trade association in the Commonwealth, representing some 470 local general contractor, subcontractor, and supplier and associate companies that employ more than 20,000 workers throughout Massachusetts.
About Connolly Brothers
Connolly Brothers, Inc. is a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients. A five-generation family business established in 1880, Connolly is based in Beverly, Mass., and operates throughout the New England region. For more than a century, clients have turned to Connolly to handle all aspects of their construction projects, from planning and design to real estate development.
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