Kudos for 12-Floor Buildout in Boston Seaport

In this season of thanksgiving, we want to thank our client partners for the opportunities you give us to be of service, our vendor partners for enabling our success, and all friends of Colonial Systems for your continuing support. We wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving.

Making the Impossible Look Easy

We greatly appreciate the feedback from Simon Conway regarding Colonial’s work for Empire Office on a recent new-construction project in the Boston Seaport. Simon, Empire’s National Installation Field Supervisor, wrote:

“I want to extend my thanks to the entire Colonial team. Jeff [Ferstler] and Mike [Caponigro], you two are true professionals and I have nothing but respect for all the men and women who managed to pull off an impossible task. Your professionalism is second to none. To all the Colonial team, thank you for making the impossible look easy.”

Colonial was engaged to install the movable walls and furnishings in a 12-floor build-out for the Boston operations of a global audit firm. The project involved a wide range of products including 1,100 Steelcase Frame One workstations, 150 private offices, high-density filing, conference, meeting and training spaces, administrative support spaces, lateral files and ancillary furnishings for cafés, atriums and a terrace, and 8,000 linear feet of Muraflex walls.

Thanks and congratulations to everyone who contributed to this outstanding performance. Our foremen on this project were Patrick Curran for walls, Leon Crocker for high-density filing, and Jeff Ferstler and Mike Caponigro for furniture.

Mike Caponigro Promoted to Foreman

Installer Mike Caponigro has shown a hunger for increasingly tough assignments since he started with Colonial in early 2010 and he has consistently measured up to the challenge. The 12-floor project described in the story above was Mike’s first test as a foreman.

With an aggressive schedule to be met, furniture installations were done in two shifts, with Jeff Ferstler supervising the day work and Mike supervising at night. When it was time for Jeff to take a well-earned vacation with his family, Mike picked up Jeff’s duties while maintaining his own. The dual roles required extreme dedication to our client and the project, with Mike typically working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.

Mike clearly enjoys the work of an installation foreman and he’s now settling into another new role. He and his wife recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Joseph Michael, on October 19.

Mike’s band mates might be seeing less of their guitar-playing singer for a while but installation work and his growing family are bound to come first.

Meeting the Latest Safety Training Requirements

Clients can rest assured that the men and women working on their Colonial Systems job sites have demonstrated a major commitment to the safety of themselves, each other, and visitors and other contractors.

Each of our installers has completed the four safety classes and obtained the safety certifications required by the current Collective Bargaining Agreement Basic Training Program. The program is administered by the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, a member organization of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. The Council provides the training at no charge to union members. Our installers attend the classes on their own time. Colonial provides the required PPE (personal protective equipment).

The required classes, representing a total of 62 hours of class time, are: OSHA 30 Construction Safety (30 hours), Fall Protection (8 hours), First Aid/CPR/AED (16 hours), and Scaffold User (8 hours). The 32-hour Scaffolding Erector Qualification course can be also be used to fulfill the scaffolding requirement.

Congratulations to the installers of Colonial Systems for providing another fine demonstration of the value of union carpenters.

Learn more about the Council’s training programs.

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