Posted By: Stacey Vega

BEVERLY, Mass. – January 29, 2024 –
Connolly Brothers Inc., a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients, recently won a Silver Award from the New England chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA-NE). At DBIA-NE's annual awards gala on Thursday, January 25, the Connolly team was honored for its design-build work on New England Academy's new South Shore campus in Marshfield, MA.

New England Academy is a private 7-12 school that believes students with social and emotional disabilities have the cognitive and academic ability to be successful if given skills to access their academic talents. New England Academy previously selected Connolly to design and build its flagship 40,000 square-foot North Shore campus in Beverly, Mass. in 2014. The new Marshfield campus features contemporary classrooms, laboratories, artistic/creative spaces, administrative offices, a full gymnasium and athletic field, and a cafeteria. Using the design-build model, the project went from the conceptual stage to completion in just under one year.

"Were it not for our confidence in Connolly's ability to get the job done right, we would not have been so bold in pursuing an expedited timeline," says NEA CFO/COO John Vogus. "Many additional students' needs can now be met in this new educational and therapeutic setting."

New England Academy Founder and Executive Director Dr. Ryan Plosker adds, "Connolly Brothers has been a great partner in helping New England Academy achieve its campus dreams and providing a space where our students can flourish."

Connolly's project team included JSN Associates (structural engineering), BLW Engineers (electrical and plumbing engineering), McDougall Bros. Enterprises (site work), Metro Walls (framing, drywall, and acoustic ceilings), Peak Fire Protection Inc., Shawnlee Construction (framing and carpentry), and Stenbeck & Taylor, Inc. (civil engineering).

Connolly previously received awards from the Design-Build Institute of America for its work on Great Marsh Brewing Company and Harmonic Drive's regional manufacturing headquarters.

"Thank you to New England Academy for once again entrusting us with your campus needs," says Jay Connolly, president of Connolly Brothers. "We value this honor and appreciate DBIA's work in promoting the highest professional standards – 'design build done right' – in our field."

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 for all aspects of their construction projects, from planning and design to real estate development. For more information, visit

Photos by John Cannon, courtesy DBIA-New England.