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Leveling the Playing Field
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Board of Trustees
Benedict Torcivia Jr., Chairman
J. Fletcher Creamer, Jr., Vice Chair
J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc.
Eric Jensen, Treasurer
Michael Riesz & Co.
Art Corwin, Secretary
Alfonso Daloisio, Jr., Past Chairman
Railroad Construction Family of Companies
Mark Hall, Past Chairman
Hall Construction Co., Inc.
Jack Kocsis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer
Darlene Regina, Chief Operating Officer
Northeast Remsco Construction
Crisdel Group Inc.
Walker Diving Underwater Const. LLC
Ferreira Construction Co.
Waters & Bugbee Inc.
Weeks Marine Inc.
Wm. Blanchard Co.
Vericon Construction Company LLC
Drill Construction Co., Inc.
Epic Management Inc.
Fitzpatrick & Associates Inc.
Prismatic Development Corp.
Albert Garlatti Construction Co.
Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corp.
Network Construction Co., Inc.
James Prisco Jr.
J.R. Prisco Inc.
DePalma Contracting Inc.
TN Ward Company
John Epifano - Division Vice Chair
Epic Management Inc.
Robert Gariepy - Division Chair
RCC Builders & Developers
Skanska USA Building Inc.
Turner Construction Company
Macedos Construction LLC
Massett Building Company
Nurminen Construction Corp.
Force Concrete & Masonry Corp.
J.R. Prisco Inc.
Fabi Construction Co.
Josh Benson - Division Chair
J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc.
Schiavone Construction Co. LLC
Jesse Ottesen - Division Vice Chair
Weeks Marine Inc.
JPC Group Inc.
Railroad Construction Company
South State Inc.
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A T R A D I T I O N O F L E G A L E X C E L L E N C E S I N C E 1 9 3 8
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In past issues of New Jersey Construction, we have focused on such critical issues as dealing with the
underground economy, fairness in bidding/procurement laws and enforcement of the State of
New Jersey’s Labor Laws. The cover story for this issue addresses many of these areas with a
detailed look at ACCNJ’s leveling-the-playing-field mission. A level playing field allows all qualified
contractors a fair shot at successfully bidding a project, while also allowing the craftworkers on the
jobsites to earn a living wage. Plus, efforts to thwart the underground economy enable the State of
New Jersey to collect its fair share of tax revenue that SHOULD have been paid in the first place.
A new feature in the magazine will focus on the Association’s initiative to address diversity goals on
public construction projects, another aspect of leveling the playing field for all. On January 1, 2019,
Carol Fulton was named the inaugural Diversity & Compliance Director for ACCNJ. Her first column
on our initiative appears in this issue.
In the Chairman’s Message, Ben Torcivia, Jr. discusses the grant the Association received from the
NJ Department of Labor. This $34,000 award allowed for training of members, which in turn allowed
them to achieve specific certifications sought for healthcare construction. The training was provided
at no cost to members because of the grant.
In his article, CEO Jack Kocsis reviews recent labor negotiations and the positive effect the new pro-
visions will have on our contractors. He also lauded our labor partners for their assistance in keeping
our members competitive. Darlene Regina’s COO Message offers a reminder to all members of the
expansive and detailed information available through the Association’s numerous publications. Also
published in this issue is a Member Profile of TN Ward, in celebration of 100 years in business!
We welcome 17 new companies to ACCNJ and hope they will take advantage of the many services
the association provides its members.
Don’t miss the feature on ACCNJ’s Annual Safety Day, held on April 18, 2019. This year saw more
than two dozen contractors and labor partners participate in this vital aspect of the construction
industry. In the center of this issue is a two-page pictorial spread on the annual Construction Industry
Career Day, which is coordinated by Association staff and sponsored by management organizations
and the Building Trades in New Jersey.
From all of us at ACCNJ, we wish everyone a wonderful summer!
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Table of Contents
2 ACCNJ Leadership
4 Editor’s Note
Focus on Fairness and Member Services
9 Message from the Chairman
ACCNJ Wins Grant to Offer Healthcare
11 Message from the CEO
Cooperation Between Contractors and
Craftworkers Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This
13 Message from the COO
Association Publications & Resources: How They
Can Help with Your Day-to-day Operations
16 Feature Article
Leveling the Playing Field
22 Member Profile: TN Ward
With Illustrious Past, TN Ward Has Eye on Today
28 Giving Back BONUS
Railroad Construction Travels 4,000 Miles
to Build a Bridge
32 Member News
36 Giving Back
Safety Day 2019: Changing the Culture
Joint Safety Training: Two Trades Make a Team
46 Construction Industry Career Day 2019
Construction IS a Great Fit
49 Associate Member Expertise
The Collaboration Conundrum
51 Diversity & Compliance
Outreach for Diversity, Working Toward Compliance
56 Associate Member Expertise
Captive Insurance: A Potentially High-Impact
61 Government Affairs Report
Trenton Heats Up Prior to Summer Recess…
64 Associate Member Expertise
Dealing with a Breaching Subcontractor:
From Breach to Judgment
69 Labor Management Cooperative
71 Labor Management Cooperative
Fighting for an Affordable, Clean and Sustainable
Energy Future in New Jersey
73 Labor Management Cooperative
IW Welder Certi�cation Program Offers
74 Labor Management Cooperative
LIUNA Programs Aimed at Boosting
Competitiveness and Winning Work
77 Labor Management Cooperative
Contractor & Carpenter Marketing:
Educate and Inform
80 Welcome New Members
88 Membership Roster
92 Advertisers Index
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Message from the Chairman
ACCNJ has long recognized specialized training differentiates our
members, just as skills and safety training set union craftwork-
ers above the rest. The Association excels in offering training in
a vast array of topics – from green building to BIM to Microsoft Office,
from I-9 compliance to OSHA 30-Hour, from silica control to CPR/First
Aid, construction law, pension funding reform, healthcare reform, combat-
ting the opioid crisis and preventing suicide in our industry.
Late in 2018, ACCNJ applied for and won a $34,000 NJ Department of
Labor and Workforce Development grant to train members AT NO COST
in a highly specialized program of healthcare construction. Offered by the
American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the program pro-
vides the kind of professional certification increasingly required by hospital
and healthcare facility owners. It’s also very expensive training.
Torcon sent four people. It would have cost our company thousands. But
through the grant, our staff could complete, free-of-charge, the two-day
Health Care Construction (HCC) Certificate Workshop, followed immedi-
ately by the one-day Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) Exam Review
Program that prepared them for taking the certification exam. More than
40 ACCNJ member employees participated, along with 10 others from our
partner contractor associations in the state, meeting the goals of our grant.
This was truly outstanding training. It’s not offered in New Jersey.
Because we had a sizeable group, three ASHE-approved instructors flew in
from various parts of the country, thus saving our employees a long-dis-
tance drive or flight to another state, running up the cost with hotel rooms
and meals. As part of the grant, ACCNJ provided breakfast, lunch and
snacks – critical fuel for the intensive courses.
As we know, healthcare construction is in high demand in New Jersey
and the Northeast. Our members have the capacity and talent to meet the
demand, and ACCNJ gave them an unequaled opportunity to acquire high-
end professional certification without tremendous burden. Those who par-
ticipated in the ASHE training, and their construction firms, raised their
professional standing – and positioned themselves to more successfully bid
on healthcare construction projects.
And that raises the standards for all of us in construction in New Jersey.
It’s our goal.
We thank the Association staff for taking advantage of the state grant,
efficiently handling the demanding application process and hosting an
excellent, meaningful course.
ACCNJ Wins Grant to Offer Healthcare Construction Certification By Benedict Torcivia, Jr., Chairman
Our members have the capacity
and talent to meet the demand,
and ACCNJ gave them an unequaled
opportunity to acquire high-end
professional certification without
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Message from the CEO
This first six months of 2019 has been the latest in our regular,
three-year cycle of renegotiating Collective Bargaining
Agreements with many trades. Contractors, Association staff and
labor leaders sat for hours to reach agreements that would be fair to craft-
workers and at the same time keep signatory contractors competitive in a
very challenging construction environment.
While the demand for private construction has helped put the
Great Depression firmly in the past, union contractors continue to face
tremendous competition. Open-shop contractors undercut wages,
materials prices continue to rise, unscrupulous contractors operate in a
murky underground economy that pays workers a pitiful hourly rate or
turns them into 1099 employees, cutting them out of a living wage.
What was extremely obvious throughout negotiations is that our labor
partners are sharply aware of the competition – much of it unfair, much
of it harmful to their members. They are truly staunch partners in the
struggle to, as we discuss in our feature article, level the playing field.
This spring, as we worked through wages and benefits, work rules and
holidays, their support and understanding of the competition our
members face was always on the table.
At the end of many days, contracts were signed, hands shaken,
shoulders squared. We negotiated 2% increases in this year’s 4%-increase
world. We eased some work rules and agreed to explore ways to
possibly hit a reset button by extending apprenticeships or creating an
intermediate journeyworker category. Not only will this result in a
more seasoned, experienced craftworker, but it will help keep union
Today, labor and management share strong bonds of cooperation.
We know change will only come about by working together. Thus, we are
determined to collectively advocate for fairness and a level playing field,
best not only for our members and the union craftworkers they employ,
but for the State and its taxpayers, as a whole.
Your thoughts and comments are appreciated.
Cooperation Between Contractors and Craftworkers Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This By Jack Kocsis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer
…we are determined to
collectively advocate for fairness
and a level playing field, best not
only for our members and the
union craftworkers they employ,
but for the State and its
taxpayers, as a whole.
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Message from the COO
Throughout the year, we advise members about the availability of
Association publications and other resources, especially as they
are updated. Staff spends endless hours capturing accurate infor-
mation and data to help contractors with day-to-day operations. We want
to be sure members know they exist and how to easily access and use them.
The first avenue for sharing new or updated information is via an
electronic bulletin. All ACCNJ bulletins are numbered and the subject
includes the specific area of service to which it relates (safety, education,
labor relations, etc). With dozens of bulletins published each month,
it’s possible you may miss something important. That is why we prepare
a Monthly Update, which recaps the previous month’s bulletins and any
Although not published as frequently as bulletins or monthly updates,
New Jersey Construction, the official magazine of ACCNJ published twice a
year in June and December, is another resource that includes many inform-
ative articles covering major industry trends and issues. Circulation
exceeds 4,000 individuals.
And in between our magazine issues, New Jersey Industry Update,
distributed in March and September, reaches the same audience as the
magazine and serves as its supplement. It delivers information in a more
condensed fashion and is an informative “quick read.”
But perhaps most important is for members to become acquainted with
the “Members Only” page on the ACCNJ website, www.accnj.org.
Everything distributed throughout the year is posted on this page. Here
is a quick recap:
• Bulletins, bulletins, and more bulletins - current and archived going
back to 2013.
• The General Construction Trades’ Collective Bargaining
Agreements for all the Unions with whom ACCNJ bargains on
behalf of our members.
• Wage Rates for the General Construction Trades, updated in a
• Labor Reference Publications, including: a Directory of Business
Agents and Building Trade Counsel Representatives; a summary of all
Contract Expiration Dates; a Contract Summary, which includes the
most-often-referred-to sections of the collective bargaining agreements;
and a Directory of Fringe Benefit Fund Trustees, Administrators and
• And last, but not least, all industry studies conducted by ACCNJ,
ranging in topic from Construction Forecasts to an Analysis of DBE
Capacity and the State’s Underground Construction Economy.
So if you don’t already have your password to access the “Members
Only” page on the ACCNJ website, make sure you call the Association office
and get it. You’ll be glad you did. And, of course, if you have any questions
or need further explanation or clarification, never hesitate to give us a call.
Association Publications & Resources: How They Can Help with Your Day-to-day Operations By Darlene Regina, Chief Operating Officer
With dozens of bulletins published
each month, it’s possible you may
miss something important. That is
why we prepare a Monthly Update,
which recaps the previous month’s
bulletins and any upcoming activities.
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Sports and construction – hallmarks of summer. Both prefer a level
playing field. Creating and maintaining a level playing field for the
industry requires construction professionals and the cooperation
and support of many others.
Competitiveness, high industry standards, constructing first-class products
for public and private clients – the products of a level playing field.
It’s easy to dismiss fairness in an often-unfair world. But in OUR world
of construction, where our members are honest and ethical, fairness to the
owners is paramount, especially when those owners are taxpayers. Every
public and private project should give every owner the highest value for the
dollar. Every critical job – aging bridges and roads, for example – should be
completed as needed. Every project that benefits the taxpayer should
achieve earthly perfection. That’s right and fair.
When the playing field for contractors is level, that’s fair. Every upstand-
ing contractor in New Jersey should have the same opportunity to bid and
win a public works project. Every craftworker should have the same oppor-
tunity to earn the good living wage construction in New Jersey offers.
The only competitive advantages a contractor should have to offer are
the quality of the work performed and the safe manner in which it was
performed. That’s fair. With fairness comes repeat business and financial
gain. Contractors and craftworkers thrive, the industry grows, the state’s
Leveling Over Decades
If you think the American Dream project in the Meadowlands was a long
time coming, take a look at the Association’s mission-critical “leveling-the-
Leveling the Playing Field By Jack Kocsis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, ACCNJ
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We were able to ensure contractor registration is required for all con-
tractors who wish to perform public work. Among its benefits, registration
ensures workers are properly trained in one of the most dangerous indus-
tries in the world.
We have preserved and strengthened prevailing wage laws. In our high-
price state, those laws make it possible for union craftworkers to live here,
buy homes, raise families, get good healthcare, send kids to college, take
great vacations and eventually retire without leaving. Just as important, non-
union workers paid a prevailing wage can enjoy many of the same benefits.
For contractors, prevailing wages are a powerful leveler. Labor rates are
standardized. Quality-of-work, safety record and experience – not labor
costs – are all allowed to rise to the top in a bid.
What else has begun to level the field?
• Ensuring standardization in public works bidding brings fairness
o Procurement rules
o Naming of prime subcontractors
o Retainage amounts
o Timing of addenda issued prior to bid
o Bid submission dates
o Procedure for withdrawing bids
In addition, protecting contractors and craftworkers in the 2018 passage
of the P3 law was a triumphant accomplishment that ensured fairness as it
opened more project opportunities.
What Would Really Level the Field
Crush the underground construction economy. It steals $20 million a
year in state tax revenues. $20 million. $20 million!!! $11 million lost
because workers are paid off-the-books. Another $9 million lost because
workers are misclassified as 1099s.
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters – whose members lawfully pay
taxes and receive benefits from upstanding contractors – is so incensed
by the staggering tax fraud it staged demonstrations in cities across the
country on Tax Day, April 15.
Why isn’t the state acting like lightning to stop the hemorrhaging and
give the state’s revenues a huge inoculation? Our hopes were higher a year
ago when Gov. Murphy signed the EO to combat employee misclassifica-
tion. But the villainy continues and the numbers keep shocking us: an
estimated $3.1 million to $6.7 million in unemployment insurance goes
unpaid in the State of New Jersey each year.
Our members pay a living wage, pay state taxes, pay benefits, pay unem-
ployment insurance. Contractors who don’t can undercut bids significantly
– and hurt everyone but themselves.
Enforce wage-and-hour compliance. In union construction, labor and
management have a perfect checks-and-balances payroll system that
keeps everybody on the up-and-up. In addition to the egregious
non-compliance found in the underground economy, open-shop
contractors don’t always comply with prevailing wage rules, sometimes
deliberately, sometimes ignorantly.
The only competitive advantages a
contractor should have to offer are the
quality of the work performed and the
safe manner in which it was performed.
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Thus, we must rely on state agencies to watch over non-union contrac-
tors to ensure they’re paying prevailing wage, including benefits, on every
public project. When the proper wage is paid, the money flows straight
into the state’s coffers – enough to pay the wages of many, many compli-
ance trackers. Their work pays their salaries. This is not complicated math.
Align state agency DBE goals. The math gets more complicated as
contractors attempt to meet the DBE goals of the various state agencies.
That’s why the Association and our labor partners commissioned the
EuQuant study in 2017. Before we can even set realistic goals, we have to
work together – state agencies, contractors, DBEs and labor – to enhance
opportunities for DBEs to bid. And then we need state agencies to set goals
in a standardized fashion, with a uniform understanding of good-faith
efforts to comply.
Because of these issues, the Association established a Diversity &
Compliance strategy to engage all stakeholders. As we work together to
make MWVDBE goals more attainable and, of course, FAIR, we open
opportunities for DBEs to grow and thrive in the industry.
The work is there. DBEs want it, contractors want to hire them to per-
form it. Collectively we can make sure DBEs are prepared to succeed.
When Will the Field Be Level?
No crystal ball, no tarot cards, no magic will tell us when we will achieve
level. We continue our constant, consistent hard work, meeting with state
agencies and lawmakers, introducing and fighting for language that pro-
tects contractors and craftworkers. Our members won’t see much of the
action, but we look forward to bringing you satisfactory results.
We’re working with our labor partners to make contractors more com-
petitive by easing some work rules and holding wages at smaller increases.
As I mentioned in the CEO Message, we were pleased with the outcome of
labor negotiations this spring, a benefit to both labor and management
that should produce more work for the next three years.
But keep your eyes open. Report potential wage-and-hour violations and
employee misclassification. Work with your DBE subcontractors to
enhance their capabilities. Vote for local representation that supports our
interests in the state.
Above all, as you always do, keep safety the priority. We want to send
everyone home at the end of the day to enjoy that great summer pastime –
playing sports on a level field.
As we work together to make MWVDBE
goals more attainable and, of course,
FAIR, we open opportunities for DBEs
to grow and thrive in the industry.
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Member Profile: TN Ward
With Illustrious Past, TN Ward Has Eye on Today
“Behind us is a lesson,” shares David Panichi,
Chairman and CEO of TN Ward. “Today is
the most important moment.”
As David and John Devecchio, who heads up TN Ward’s Atlantic
City office, reflect on a 100-year history of the firm, they
remember key projects – and confirm their commitment to
AC and union construction.
Betting on Casinos
“The Hard Rock was fun,” smiles John. “And it went fast! We were able to
work with the design team and the owners throughout the entire process
and because of that, we could control the budget. The project was com-
pleted in about seven months – it would typically take about 14 months.
Because of the exceptional safety training, we had a very limited accident
rate.” (See the Member News Bonus on the Hard Rock project in New Jersey
Construction, Fall 2018.)
Before the Hard Rock came Harrah’s, at 50 stories the tallest poured con-
crete structure in the state at the time. The 1,000-room hotel and casino
project was “incredibly successful,” John remembers, “finished in 16
months.” It’s still the tallest tower in southern New Jersey.
And there is the Showboat tower, an $108 million project scheduled to
begin September 11, 2001. After 9/11, John relates, the owner was hesitant
to proceed with such an expensive endeavor. “But nobody wanted to let the
Hospital Conversion of Brigantine Beach Hotel (Courtesy of TN Ward Company)
Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City (Courtesy of Tom Briglia/PhotoGraphics)
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building die,” John continues. “So, we totally redesigned it, going from 10-
foot decks to 8-foot decks, 32-foot bays to 28-foot bays (which took it from
mini-suites to rooms)…We changed the room count from 480 rooms to 540
rooms – and brought the number in at $55 million.”
Committed to Being a Union Contractor
The Showboat redesign took 60 days. John credits the fast-paced success to
the firm’s ability to evaluate a design and change it to a lower cost. He also
praises the contractors who worked with TN Ward, “many of whom are
ACCNJ members,” he says. “This was a full union project. We are a union
contractor, and we have committed ourselves to that.”
“We prefer union construction,” David affirms.
John views that commitment as the company’s contribution to New
Jersey and Atlantic City: TN Ward supplies good-paying jobs and by doing
so supports the local economy. As John explains, employees come from
Atlantic City and the surrounding towns, a local workforce source that is
readily available, thoroughly trained and taught to keep safety the priority.
That workforce then buys homes, services and goods locally – “We all stop
for coffee at Wawa on our way to work,” he laughs.
Relying on ACCNJ “A Real Plus”
John is quick to praise the Association and its all-union contractors as a
benefit to TN Ward’s business.
“ACCNJ brings a lot of value,” he says, “especially through the direct con-
tact with labor. If we have an issue, the problem is solved within hours,
even minutes. No work stoppage – the problems are resolved.”
He is equally enthusiastic about ACCNJ’s “hands-on with legislators – a
real plus for members.” And he credits the Association’s safety programs and
other events as “a good opportunity for any member to take advantage of.”
Staying “Ahead of the Curve”
In 100 years – 40 of which included David Panichi – TN Ward has thrived
by adapting to changing market conditions. One key element has been
“We believe you have to stay ahead of the curve,” David smiles. “With
BIM certifications – we have certified staff. With robotics.”
But David also credits the firm’s interns with keeping TN Ward
moving forward. Through the company’s co-op program, students earn a
Sands Hotel & Casino, originally the Greate Bay Hotel & Casino. (Courtesy of TN Ward Company)
Greate Bay Hotel & Casino, later rebranded as Sands Hotel & Casino. (Courtesy of TN Ward Company)
Oakmont Fire Company No. 1 (Courtesy of TN Ward Company)
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Member Profile: TN Ward
semester’s worth of credits by working full-time at TN Ward for the
“We learn from these young people just as they learn from us,” he says.
The interns absorb the TN Ward culture – and often return to work for the
company after graduation.
Company Culture for the Common Good – in AC
The culture as David describes it is a “big team working for the common
good…comfortable, built on honesty and integrity.” Perhaps most impor-
tant, the TN Ward team is “humble,” he says, “100% dedicated to our proj-
ects. Because it’s the projects that must impress.”
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City (Courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City)
Showboat Premier Lite (Courtesy of Friedmutter Group) Norristown Senior High School (Courtesy of TN Ward Company)
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The Rest of the History: “Centuries Ahead…”
David Panichi, Chairman and CEO, and John Devecchio, head of
the Atlantic City office of TN Ward, clearly prefer to discuss the
immediate past, the present and future. But the past, under the
direction of only three men, is also illustrious.
Frank H. Wilson, a Scranton, PA, native and carpenter by trade,
founded the Frank H. Wilson Company in 1918. Its first project was
a firehouse (cost: $14,000), but the bulk of the business in its first
quarter-century was residential – nearly 200 upscale homes along
Philadelphia’s Main Line.
War Years and After
World War II switched the business to commercial endeavors for
the war. Frank developed an efficient assembly-line process for
building wooden barracks – a process documented and repli-
cated across the US. The company built the New Castle (PA)
Barracks, Atlantic City Naval Base, Millville Army Base and
Woodbine Navy Barracks.
After the war came more commercial and institutional construc-
tion. The company’s time line is dotted with familiar names:
University of Scranton, Haverford College, Fort Dupont Tilton
Hospital, Bryn Mawr Trust, Presbyterian Children’s Village,
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (the 1962 dedication was
attended by President Dwight D. Eisenhower).
New Owner, New Name
In the 1960s, Frank Wilson passed daily operations of the com-
pany to T. Newton “Newt” Ward Jr., a US Army vet who joined the
firm in 1953 and eventually bought it in 1971, changing the name
to TN Ward Company following Frank Wilson’s passing in 1979.
Under Newt’s direction, the building emphasis became schools
and institutions, beginning with Norristown (PA) High School in
1971. The Delaware County Regional Sewage Authority’s treat-
ment plant in Chester (PA) changed the course of the Delaware
River! In 1972 came the first residential tower in Southern New
Jersey, Gardens Plaza Condominiums in Ocean City (the founda-
tion was poured at low tide). David Panichi joined TN Ward
Company in 1979 and worked on the Greate Bay Hotel & Casino
(later rebranded as Sands Hotel & Casino) – the first newly con-
structed casino in Atlantic City – that was completed ahead of
schedule and under budget, of course. The success of this project
solidified TN Ward’s position in the casino industry and was the
catalyst for TN Ward opening a regional office in New Jersey.
Moving into the 90s the firm's casino building continued with the
construction of the Showboat New Orleans Hotel in Atlantic City.
TN Ward also fast-tracked a corporate center in Pleasantville, built
a special services school in Cape May Courthouse that was the
largest in the country in 1990, and constructed its first aquarium,
Ocean Life Marine Center in Atlantic City’s Historic Gardner’s Basin.
A Galaxy of Success
Many more projects, many more successes. In 1998, Newt Ward
officially transitioned ownership of TN Ward to David Panichi. The
building continued throughout the next two decades, in
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Tennessee and Maryland,
creating and adding onto many well-known structures. TN Ward
projects star the landscape across the borders.
As John Devecchio eloquently concludes, “At the end of the day,
to see a building you helped create, it’s pretty cool.”
And for David, “I’m most proud of the outstanding people in our
industry – good, solid, hardworking.”
(See Centuries Ahead…Celebrating 100 Years at
He is also pleased to characterize the company as a general contractor.
“A GC can be a CM,” David explains, “but a CM can’t be a GC. We take the
lead on projects, and we want the owners to think we’re smarter, special. All
awards are important to us – we’re very pleased to receive every single one.”
John adds the corporate sense of fairness “goes a long way” with the
team. Because of it, “people become part of the program.” They’re engaged
in the business of building.
TN Ward is also engaged in Atlantic City.
“I truly believe in Atlantic City,” affirms John. “I think there’s a good
outlook for it. There are incredible restaurants here, an incredible
Boardwalk, and of course that big pond out there. Yes, there are issues,
but nothing that can’t be fixed if we all work together.”
David backs up John’s enthusiasm: “TN Ward believes in Atlantic City
and South Jersey. We’re here, we’re invested, and we’re not going anywhere.” Ocean Life Marine Center (Courtesy of TN Ward Company)
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Giving Back Bonus
Railroad Construction Travels 4,000 Miles to Build a Bridge By Abby Adams, Associate Communications Director
In the rural and impoverished tiny town of Yauri Totora, Bolivia, an
elderly man watched from afar as a footbridge was built over a danger-
ous river at the bottom of a steep ravine. When the bridge was com-
plete, the man approached it to cross, and as he did, he expressed his
thanks, for he could finally get to church safely.
The lack of a footbridge never stopped the fearless, the young and the
healthy from crossing the ravine, inching along a piece of rope or climbing
up and down the walls of the ravine, often barefoot. But when ACCNJ
member Railroad Construction Company, Inc. (RCC) of Paterson gathered
a 10-person team and embarked on a journey to Bolivia, crossing got a
whole lot easier and safer for all.
The opportunity to travel to and build in Cochabamba, Yauri Totora’s
province, was presented to RCC by Bridges to Prosperity. The nonprofit con-
nects communities around the world with footbridges, which with the proper
support are easy to build and have a long-lasting impact. As part of the com-
mitment to the footbridge, the residents of Yauri Totora helped in the build-
ing process and hosted RCC during the process. In a land so rural, some
people travelled four to five hours by foot to be a part of the construction.
The co-workers of RCC are no strangers to volunteer work, but the foot-
bridge project in Yauri Totora, 4,060 miles from Paterson, is the farthest
volunteer work has ever taken them. For RCC employee Lauren Elsaesser,
this was her first time traveling abroad, and an adventure it was. With this
inspiring opportunity came challenges and adaptations that added to the
“How the other half of the world lives is
something I wouldn’t believe if I hadn’t seen it
myself,” said Lauren. “Bridges to Prosperity is
doing a wonderful thing and I think more compa-
nies need to get involved. It was well-worth it for
RCC, and it was well-worth it for the 10 of us to
gain the experience.”
“We really went back to the basics in life,” said
Julia Abramova, one of Lauren’s co-workers. “In
terms of living, we went into one of the poorest
rural areas. They had a couple of buildings for the
school and inconsistent running water. People live
in small, hand-built huts. Adapting to this culture
and understanding how simple life can be really
shows you how what you have (in your own life) is
enough and you should be grateful.”
Work in progress – the footbridge spans 53 meters, just under 174 feet.
A co-worker watches as the group works together to complete the footbridge.
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Three hours away from any “normal” way of life
and at 14,000 feet above sea level, the group had to
adapt culturally and physically. They were vaccinated
and equipped with medications to help them adjust to
the elevation and changes in diet. They wore layer
upon layer of clothing to help them face the cold, and
they arrived prepared with nonperishable foods to
eat during their stay. They were led by a Bridges to
Prosperity staff member, Mariale Rodriguez, who
helped the group with the language barrier – espe-
cially when it came to the language of construction.
The team reverted to the basics in terms of work,
too. The footbridge was constructed mainly of steel
and wood. The team brought three crates of tools,
harnesses, hardhats, work boots and sleeping bags.
Co-workers were tied off and equipped with all
necessary safety equipment before braving the height of the new bridge.
“Building there was completely different,” said Lauren. “There is no
heavy equipment, no power tools; everything had to be done by hand.”
While the challenges were plentiful, the group found the rewards
greater. The experience was eye-opening and the people of Yauri Totora
were extremely grateful for the team’s work. They expressed their gratitude
by building the team a shower, performing an animal sacrifice to serve at a
celebratory meal, and kneeling in prayer.
Railroad Construction Company has created an infrastructure for people
who now have more access to land they can farm. Children from other
communities have access to the school and, like the elderly man who
patiently watched the construction, others can finally get to church safely.
As construction came to a close, Gene Sullivan and Julia Abramova left a local child with a toy to remember them by.
The Railroad Construction team stands together on the nearly completed foot bridge in Yauri Totora.
We Congratulate these
RCC employees for their
great work in Bolivia • Julia Abramova
• Anthony Allgood
• Luz Carrillo
• Marc Coogan
• Nikola Dukleski
• Lauren Elsaesser
• Brian Lane
• Manny Sousa
• Eugene Sullivan
• Scott Vesper
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Member News: Spring 2019
Awards, Achievements and Announcements
at Railroad Construction
Railroad Construction Company proudly
announces awards and achievements among
• Yunus Atlas earned his PE license in the
State of New Jersey
• Michael Bacsik earned his PE license in
the State of New York
• Mike Sadowski received the 2018
Matthew Klemchalk Memorial
Co-Worker of the Year Award
In more news, RCC has opened a new office in Delaware, hiring track
foremen, track laborers and equipment operators. The new location will be
working under the “National Railroad Maintenance and Construction
Agreement,” a union shop that will support the local short lines and pri-
vately owned rail-served industries in Delaware, Maryland and the region.
On January 2, RCC welcomed Arthur B.
Corwin, PE, as Co-President. Art has more
than 40 years of experience in the construc-
tion industry and has served in various posi-
tions for multiple industry organizations,
currently serving as Secretary of the ACCNJ
Board of Trustees and President of the
General Contractors Association of New York.
Charles J. Montalbano, PE, joined RCC on January 14 as Vice President
and Operations Manager. Charlie has spent more than 30 years in the
heavy construction industry, having managed
projects totaling more than $1 billion in the
New York/New Jersey metro area. He is
involved in several professional industry
organizations, including the Moles, where he
currently serves as Treasurer. Charlie is also
the former Director of Labor Relations for
GCA of New York.
Drill Construction Announces IT Promotion
Drill Construction Co., West Orange, is pleased to announce the promo-
tion of James O. Gagnon to Vice President,
specializing in Telecommunication
Infrastructure and Network Construction.
Mr. Gagnon joined the firm in 1997 as
Assistant Project Manager, was promoted to
Project Manager in 1999 and Senior Project
Manager in 2004. As Drill Construction
expanded, Mr. Gagnon also assumed respon-
sibility for the company’s telecommunications work in its Northeast
Region, which encompasses New England, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
“Mr. Gagnon’s work in the industry has contributed greatly to
Drill Construction’s reputation for excellence, honesty and customer
service,” said Philip Drill, CPE Chairman. “We celebrate this promotion
with him and look forward to many more years of continued excellent
service for our clients.”
Withum’s McNulty Recognized
Diane McNulty, Withum’s Construction
Services Team Leader, was recognized as a
2018 Top 25 Leading Women Intrapreneur by
Leading Women Entrepreneurs. The recogni-
tion honors women business leaders within
large corporations who turn ideas into prof-
itable finished products through assertive
risk-taking and innovation.
Withum Expands Cyber Services
Withum recently expanded its Cyber-
Intelligence Advisory Services to include a
dedicated team of information security and
risk professionals fluent in a wide range of
global technology-based and critical infra-
structure services. Led by partner Matthew
Ferrante, a former top Electronic Crimes
Special Agent with the United States Secret
Service, the group is a strategic value-add for
Withum’s highly regarded Forensics and Valuation Services team.
James O. Gagnon
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HazTek Welcomes Fall-Protection Expert
When HazTek Inc. brought on safety specialist Dan Kane as a Principal
Consultant, the firm knew his expertise in fall protection, rescue equip-
ment and PPE would be extremely beneficial
to clients – but HazTek also saw him as a
valuable resource to professional associations,
the safety community and his peers.
With nearly three decades of professional
safety experience, Dan has worked for some
of the largest manufacturers of fall protection
and PPE in the world. Most recently, he was
Director of Safety Services at Diamond Tool in Philadelphia, where he
specialized in the evaluation, design, layout, sale and implementation of
fall protection systems. His knowledge has been instrumental in the design
of systems and solutions for companies and universities through the US
and he has often been called up to train product-testing engineers, as well
as provide consultations, assessments and professional reviews.
Peckar & Abramson Introduces New Senior Counsel
Peckar & Abramson is pleased to announce Michael Schewe has joined the
firm’s New Jersey office in River Edge as Senior Counsel in the Labor &
Mr. Schewe has significant experience in all aspects of immigration law,
labor and employment law and related compliance. Knowledgeable about
the intricacies and regulatory requirements of
immigration compliance, Mr. Schewe pro-
vides employers with I-9 training sessions,
internal self-audits and representation in the
event of government audits. He received his
law degree from Seton Hall University School
of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy
and Political Science from Marist College. He
can be reached via email at [email protected] and by phone at
Genova Burns Countdown of Top 30
Legal Developments in NJ
As Genova Burns LLC of Newark celebrates its 30th anniversary and
launches a new website, it will feature a countdown of 30 of the most signif-
icant legal developments in New Jersey history. Visitors to the website,
www.genovaburns.com, can find a new legal event, decision or figure each
week, beginning with #30 and counting down to #1, the most significant.
Vericon Builds Ownership Team
Robert Mikell and Justin Hermey, both Senior Vice Presidents of Vericon
Construction Company, have been inducted into Vericon Construction
Company’s Ownership Team.
Mikell, who has more than 20 years of
experience in the construction industry, is
based at Vericon’s corporate office in
Mountainside and has had various project
management and executive leadership roles.
He has been involved in design-build projects,
renovations, roll out programs and ground up
facilities within the financial, hospitality and
healthcare industries. Mr. Mikell is instrumental in the day-to-day opera-
tions in Vericon’s Northeast sector and will continue to expand his involve-
ment in addition to overseeing his project management teams.
Hermey, based in Vericon’s Orlando office,
brings more than 15 years of construction
experience to Vericon. Starting as the
Regional Manager, Hermey was tasked with
establishing the company’s first Florida office.
He has been an integral part of Vericon’s
expansion throughout the Southeast, opening
two additional offices in Fort Lauderdale and
Atlanta. His primary responsibility is overseeing Vericon’s four regional
offices while he continues to expand Vericon’s industry portfolio with
Fortune 500 companies.
Post Surety Bonds Merges with BCA Insurance Group
BCA Insurance Group of Marlton announces its merger with Post Surety
Bonds of Medford and has named Post Surety’s owner and president, Lisa
Post, director of its newly formed Surety Division.
With the merger, BCA Insurance provides a broad range of bonds and
services to large, medium and emerging contractors as they bid and
complete public and private
projects. These include contract
bonds, probate/court bonds, site
performance bonds, commercial
surety bonds and miscellaneous bonds, along with timely accurate bond
preparation, financial strength analyses and subcontractor review.
BCA Insurance, founded in 1954, has offices in Marlton and Northfield.
Visit online at www.bca-insurance.com or call 856.242.5479.
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Moretrench Welcomes New Water
Treatment Division Manager
As we told you in the March Industry Update, ACCNJ member
Moretrench, A Hayward Baker Company, is pleased to announce the
addition of Ed Carter as the new
Groundwater Treatment Division Manager.
Under Carter’s leadership, Moretrench con-
tinues to provide turn-key water treatment
service, hand-in-hand with the firm’s dewater-
ing and geotechnical construction services.
Carter has both operational and technical
experience in the groundwater/environmental treatment industries. He
works at the Moretrench headquarters in Rockaway and can be reached at
973.627.2100 x 296 or by email at [email protected]
NFP Promotes John Hyland
NFP, insurance broker and consultant, is pleased to announce John Hyland
is assuming leadership of the firm’s surety division. John had been a princi-
pal of The Hyde Agency and brings more than three decades of experience
in the surety industry. He is well-versed in the placement of large construc-
tion surety bond programs.
J. Fletcher Creamer Sr.
Elected to NJ Hall of Fame
J. Fletcher Creamer Sr., former Chairman of ACCNJ member J. Fletcher
Creamer and Son, has been posthumously elected to the New Jersey Hall
of Fame, Class of 2019, in the Enterprise
category. Fletch Sr. supported New Jersey
in more ways than one: he served as a
firefighter, chairman and director of the
NJ Alliance for action, honorary member
of Bergen County Police Chiefs
Association, foundation member and
director of the 200 Club of Bergen County
and finance chairman and director of
D.A.R.E. New Jersey. ACCNJ extends congratulations to Fletch Sr.’s family
for this outstanding honor.
J. Fletcher Creamer Sr.
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Our Members Give Back with Care
Our members are generous of their time and
resources, and supportive of their communities.
We are honored to share your spirit of
volunteerism with the ACCNJ community. Genova Burns Celebrates 30 Years with Special Program
As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Genova Burns LLC of Newark is
offering a unique “pre” pre-law “glimpse at the industry” for 30 Newark
high school seniors considering a law career. Launching this fall, the stu-
dents will participate in a bi-monthly educational seminar series that
allows them to gain a comprehensive look at the legal industry through the
eyes of the firm’s attorneys and industry colleagues.
The seminars will cover some of Genova Burns’ primary service areas,
including employment, labor, commercial and business litigation, real
estate, corporate political activity and election law, crisis management and
government affairs. Supporting the series will be outside speakers.
Amy LaRocco Gives Back
Company is very proud to
announce Amy LaRocco was
honored with the very first
Keep Walking Community
Foundation Agents of Change
“Gift of Humanity” Award on
February 1, in recognition of
her outstanding contribution
to the community.
Railroad Construction Strides for Humanity
Strides for Humanity is a brand-new organization, the brain-child of
runner Dr. Larry Grogin, who aims to run nearly 3,000 miles across coun-
try in 94 days, raise $1 million for Oasis – A Haven for Women and
Children, and celebrate the power of humanity. The campaign fosters an
appreciation for diversity, compassion and kindness. Through this effort,
Larry hopes to facilitate unity and understanding among the many diverse
people of this country, and inspire others to believe in themselves, embrace
one another and live their healthiest, happiest lives.
Larry’s friendship with Jennifer Brady, Executive Director of Oasis,
exposed him to the altruism of the chairity. This led to his choosing Oasis as
the recipient of funds raised. Larry’s friendship with Al Daloisio, owner of
Railroad Construction Company
(whose donations help support
Oasis), led to RCC employee Sean
Tobin being asked to help plan
and market the run.
The run will launch from Oasis
in Paterson on July 19 and travel
across the country, tracking
31 miles each day until it reaches
its endpoint in Ventura,
California, on October 20. Sean
will run 10 miles from the starting
point and encourages others to
run, walk or bicycle the route,
“as much as you want.”
For details, videos, a map of the route and a link to donate, visit
From left, Sean Tobin; Trisha Dugan, Strides for Humanity Committee Member; Larry Grogin; Jennifer Brady, Executive Director of Oasis.
Al Daloisio, owner of Railroad Construction Company, with Sean Tobin at Strides HQ.
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Ferreira Construction Co., Inc., of Branchburg, encourages a culture of giv-
ing back to the community. Each year, employees participate in company-
sponsored events and programs. The “Ferreira Elves” program allows
employees to help in numerous ways…
• Buy gifts for families in need
• Donate new clothing to the “Bridges Outreach Program,” which helps
the most vulnerable homeless in New Jersey and New York
• Pick seasonal fruits and vegetables to donate to families in need
• Volunteer at Camp Fatima, New Jersey’s only all-volunteer, one-on-one
camp for handicapped children
• Sponsor food drives to support the ever-growing needs of local
Withum Week of Caring (#wwoc)
During Withum’s annual Withum Week of Caring (#wwoc), more than
700 team members devoted 2,500 volunteer hours to more than
50 organizations across seven states – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,
Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia. The company is thankful
its team members can support these organizations with their missions
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Safety Day 2019: Changing the Culture By Jill Schiff, Executive Director of Operations, ACCNJ
After seven years of hosting Safety Day, ACCNJ continues to see
an increase in management’s participation. The day usually
boasts an abundancy of craftworkers from a variety of trades
along with members’ safety professionals, union training center represen-
tatives and our OSHA partners leading an activity or providing a well-
deserved recognition at locations throughout New Jersey. This year was
different – in a good way.
Project owner representatives, contractor owners and senior manage-
ment were front and center with a common sentiment – if you see some-
thing that needs to be corrected, say something. With that message
resonating with the craftworkers, you could see the optimism created as
they asked questions, shook hands and thanked each other for their com-
mitment to making the jobsites safe – another step forward in changing the
culture and mindset toward the importance of construction safety.
Here is a sample of this year’s Safety Day activities, held April 18, 2019:
Safety Day at Schiavone’s Grand Central Terminal project was kicked off
with a site-wide Stand Down where Schiavone EH&S Director Joseph
Rogosich and Executive Vice President of Operations Geoff Fairclough
spoke about the importance of safety in the workplace. Schiavone wel-
comed OSHA Compliance Consultant Heinz Wendorff, who spoke on
working while distracted and cracking down on cellphone use. When the
Stand Down was complete, breakfast was provided for all.
J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.
More than 700 union construction craftworkers and employees partici-
pated in ACCNJ’s Safety Day through J. Fletcher Creamer & Son. In presen-
tations, special attention was given to avoiding complacency, the
importance of traffic controls, excavation safety, PPE and the need for plan-
ning and communicating. Management encouraged craftworkers to abide
by the popular slogan, “If you see something, say something,” regarding
safety on jobsites.
Employees at the MCUA Treatment Plant Expansion Project in Sayreville
started their day with breakfast and a toolbox talk. Leadership provided a
safety demonstration and welcomed an open conversation with the crew
Railroad Construction Company
Senior management of Railroad Construction Company, Beach Electric
Company, RCC Fabricators and RCC Builders & Developers visited their
New Jersey projects throughout the state. Each discussion focused on the
inherent hazards and risks construction workers face on a daily basis.
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Simpson & Brown
At the Port Newark Container Terminal, Simpson & Brown focused on
safety regarding the equipment onsite such as the large rubber tire gantry
cranes and the pile monkey. The crew was also reminded of their stop work
authority and to work safely at heights.
Vericon Construction Company had more than 350 attendees across six
offices participating in the ACCNJ’s Annual Safety Day. Superintendents
held ToolBox Talks with their team, including subcontractors on site. In
addition to focusing on jobsite safety and recognizing hazards, the Toolbox
Talk placed a strong emphasis on fall protection. Vericon continues to
stress that everyone on a jobsite is responsible for safety and has the
authority to stop unsafe work. Vericon’s President, Stephen Mellett, said,
“We want you to go home in the same condition as you arrived. Everyone
can prevent an accident from happening.”
Torcon, Inc. participated in ACCNJ’s Safety Day at the firm’s LabCorp
Project in Raritan and the Carteret Performing Arts Center.
Representatives from ACCNJ were at both sites to address the workers,
and Mike Corbett, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist, visited the
LabCorp facility. Safety appreciation luncheons were held at each site and
workplace safety, particularly fall protection and the upcoming national
stand down, were discussed.
Designed to refocus the attention of workers on the key elements of staying
safe on the job, Vollers put together a comprehensive training demonstra-
tion for Safety Day. The presentation gave special attention to the four
leading causes of injury and fatality on construction sites: falls, struck-bys,
electrocutions and caught-inbetweens.
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Union Paving chose three words to symbolize a safe work environment:
“planning, communication, commitment.” Leadership visited each site and
took the opportunity to talk about the power of choice and falls in the
workplace. They also used the platform to thank their workforce for their
hard work and commitment.
Waters & Bugbee
Waters and Bugbee collaborated with Laborers Locals 172 and 472 Safety,
Education, and Training (S.E.T.) team to put together an informative yet
fun hour-long session to acknowledge Safety Day. The team touched on
many of the pressing issues members have seen working for an under-
ground utility contractor. Topics included spotter use, work zone safety,
underground pipe protection and the importance of PPE compliance. The
discussion was followed by “Safety Trivia,” with safety-themed giveaways.
On the first day of a new project in Brigantine the team took a few minutes
to discuss safety. Safety leaders reminded the crew to be aware of their
surroundings and focus on the task at hand.
Construction Craft Laborers of New Jersey & Delaware
As the Laborers embark on their newest pilot program, Safety Leadership
Training, participants took a minute to pose for a photo at the Jamesburg
Training Center. These individuals have given their personal time to partici-
pate in the program. Having completed seven sessions so far, they are assist-
ing with the direction of the curriculum to be used by future classes. We
wish them the best of luck as safety professionals and thank them for their
dedication to create a safe work environment for all union craftworkers!
We thank all our Safety Day 2019 participants for your
commitment to protecting your craftworkers and
management staff, every day on every jobsite.
Wm. Blanchard Co. • J. Fletcher Creamer & Son
EE Cruz • Eii Inc. • Epic Management Inc.
Fitzpatrick & Associates • Hall Construction Co.
JK Crane • Edward Leske Co. • Laborers Local 172 SET
Laborers Local 472 SET • Macedos Construction NJ
Laborers Training & Education Fund of NJ and DE
Mass. Electric Construction Co. • Moretrench
Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corp.
Northeast Remsco • Railroad Construction Co.
Schiavone Construction Co. • Simpson & Brown
Torcon Inc. • Traffic Safety Services
Trevcon Construction Co., Inc.
Vericon Construction Co. • Vollers
Walsh Construction • TN Ward Company
Waters & Bugbee Inc. • West Bay Construction Inc.
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Joint Safety Training: Two Trades Make a Team By Abby Adams, Associate Communications Director
Christian Salcedo’s last day of his four-year apprenticeship for Dockbuilders
Local 1556 was spent in joint training with the Operating Engineers
Local 825. His love of the outdoors led him to the Dockbuilders and he
has never looked back. He acknowledges that working and training with another
trade has been beneficial.
The course begins with a classroom hour each day at 6:30 AM, during which the
apprentices are briefed on safety and the day’s activities. “We look out for each other,”
said Christian. “Two trades working together means they are looking out for us and
we are looking out for them.”
This is the eighth year the joint training course has taken place, but it proves success-
ful time after time. “Working with the Operators is like working as a team in the field,”
Christian added. “We are learning to focus and make sure we are on the same page.”
The joint course only lasts one week, but the knowledge and experience of working
with other trades in the field lasts an entire career.
Member Safety News Trevcon Wins National AGC Safety Award
ACCNJ member Trevcon Construction Company Inc. of Liberty Corner,
New Jersey, was honored for
having one of the nation’s
best construction safety
and wellness plans last year,
receiving a Second Place
Award in AGC of America’s
Willis Towers Watson
Construction Safety Excellence
Awards in the Heavy Civil Division, 300,000-500,000 work hours. The
awards were announced at AGC’s convention in Denver in early April.
Railroad Construction Receives NRC Safety Award
Railroad Construction Company of Paterson received the 2018 National
Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association’s Platinum Safety
Award, scoring a perfect 100 out of 100 points. The award is presented to
NRC contractor members with strong workplace safety programs and a
commitment to safety.
Wm. Blanchard Co. Appoints Construction Safety Director
Curtis Jones, recently appointed Director of Construction Safety for Wm.
Blanchard Co. in Springfield, began his industrial safety career in the
United States Coast Guard in 1978. A quali-
fied Boat Crewmen and Engineer, he served
20 years in various roles, including as a
Federal On-Scene Representative for several
environmental incidents such as the 1989
Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Upon retiring from the Coast Guard, he
moved to New York and joined the New York
City Department of Environmental
Protection. He has also worked for Welsbach Electric Corp., where he
served as a Safety Manager on the New Tappan Zee Bridge. Mr. Jones has
been employed with Wm. Blanchard Co. for the last three years and focuses
on institutional healthcare work.
A Certified Construction Health and Safety Technician, Mr. Jones is also
certified in 40-Hour Hazardous Materials. He is an active member of the
American Society of Safety Engineers, an OSHA 500 outreach instructor,
and a Delegate for the Hudson River Valley Chapter of the American
Society of Engineers.
Curtis JonesTrevcon receives AGC award
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Since 1955 the BCASJ has dedicated its energies to supporting its
signatory members by providing a networking forum for contractors,
labor, material suppliers, and professional service firms.
Students learn to carefully place bricks and mix mortar as an introduction to the “trowel trades.”
Plumbers & Pipefitters find opportunities in interesting places – and technological advances continue to expand the options.
Larger-than-life banner greeted visitors at the entrance to the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison.
Just as this student discovers, apprentices use virtual tools to learn painting and a host of other skills.
Students help Ivan Carrion, Building Laborers Instructor, construct a model scaffolding, used in many building projects.
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HeadingConstruction Industry Career Day 2019
It sounds chaotic – hundreds of voices, dozens of power tools, many
hammers and trowels and metal pipes filling the New Jersey
Convention & Expo Center in Edison. It’s this year’s Construction
Industry Career Day – a two-day event May 28 & 29 that attracted nearly
3,000 visitors, including high school students from all 21 New Jersey coun-
ties. Representatives in 30 booths greeted students, parents, educators, vet-
erans, the unemployed and underemployed and people looking for a career
change. Nearly every building trade presented the advantages of a union
craftworker career – good wages, a paid apprenticeship program, health
and retirement benefits. For those seeking a path into management, college
representatives were on hand to discuss the construction-related degrees
they offer. Enjoy our photo story of CICD 2019!
Construction IS a Great Fit
Two Ironworker locals cover the state, Local #11 and Local #399. Both are proud sponsors of CICD.
Harry Silverglate of Local 472, Heavy/Highway Laborers, demonstrates a pipe-fusing machine used in natural gas work to a student visitor.
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Thank you to all the CICD sponsors
who made the event happen!
• Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey
• Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers ADC of NJ
• Building Contractors Association of South Jersey
• Carpenter Contractor Trust
• Construction Roundtable of NJ
• Drywall & Interior Systems Contractors Assn. of NJ
• Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative
• Finishing Trades Institute of New Jersey
• Heat & Frost Insulators Local 32
• IBEW Local 102 JATC
• Ironworkers #11 & #399
• Laborers International of North America
• Masonry Contractors of NJ
• Mechanical Contracting Industry Council of NJ
• NJBCTC YTTW & H2H
• NJ State Association of Pipe Trades
• NNJ Chapter, Nat’l. Electrical Contractors Assn.
• Sheet Metal Workers Local 25
A real working crane, fun giveaways and lots of information drew a crowd to the Operating Engineers, Local 825 booth.
Carpenters present the Sisters in the Brotherhood program, designed to mentor and guide women through a traditionally male-dominated career that is rapidly diversifying!
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The Collaboration Conundrum By Rocco Parisi, Principal, ZenTek Consultants
Collaboration: one of the most popular buzz words in modern
business marketing. You see it in every ad, article, video and
white paper within the Architecture, Engineering & Construction
community. Problem is, every single reference has a different meaning and
approach on how to handle it. They tell you how vital collaboration is, and
that it’s the key to higher profits and all of us becoming fabulously wealthy,
but they’re always vague on what collaboration really means, and how to
accomplish it. I’m going to break it down into a simple, understandable
concept we can all use!
In the AEC world, collaboration really breaks down to two simple concepts:
• Sharing files with other people for review and information
• Working on the same file at the same time as other people
Simple, right? It really is, but as with most simple concepts the devil is in
the details. At some level, we’ve all been collaborating for as long as we’ve
been working. These concepts aren’t new (despite what marketers wanna tell
us!): We’ve always shared files with co-workers, clients and consultants.
The difference is that modern technologies, like Office 365 and Bluebeam
Revu, give us the ability to handle collaboration a lot more efficiently.
The Process Simplified
With collaboration, it’s all about process. Far too many of us are still using
out-of-date tools, like email, which is a slow and error-prone procedure.
Emails (especially with attachments) can get caught in SPAM filters and
lost for days, if not permanently, delaying responses and eventually delay-
ing entire projects. Sharing multiple copies of the same file with different
people/firms regularly leads to pricing disputes and legal battles because
people are looking at out-of-date and/or inaccurate documents.
Collaboration (with a capital ‘C’ for this discussion) allows you to keep a
single copy of any document in a secure, controlled location, and gives
everyone who needs it the ability to access, edit or review that document
from that location. Think about the potential disaster avoided (not to men-
tion time and storage space saved!) simply because you haven’t emailed 30
copies of this file around the globe. You’ve established a “single source of
truth” where everyone is working with the same correct data. Modern
Collaboration tools like SharePoint Online also give you an audit trail to
keep track of who made changes/revisions along with the when, where,
and why of those edits. That is a priceless tool!
Multi-Person Without Mess
The other aspect of Collaboration is multi-person editing of documents,
which is often called “Co-Authoring.” All Microsoft Office 365 products
(Word, Excel, etc.) allow for co-authoring of documents, and tools like
Bluebeam Studio accommodate up to 500 people at a time co-authoring
and making markups/edits/reviews of construction documents.
Think of the time saved and headaches avoided when you remove from
your project reviews hundreds of emails bouncing back and forth with
changes, suggestions and poorly explained ideas. Collaboration tools let
folks add their own comments, sketches, even full-scale edits (if you give
the rights to do so) on any of your design/construction documents. Not
just that, but these co-authoring tools keep track of who makes each com-
ment and change, for permanent record and reporting.
Collaboration Set-Up Partner
The issue for AEC firms is which Collaboration tools to use, followed by
how to set up and implement those tools, and then train staff to use them.
It can be a huge undertaking for a busy company, even if you have in-house
ZenTek Consultants helps AEC firms Collaborate, communicate and optimize the entire design-build process, configuring and customizing workflows from initial concept planning to final client turn-over. Contact ZenTek Consultants at www.zentekconsultants.net or 866.824.4459.
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Diversity & Compliance
When our members couldn’t find enough qualified DBEs to
satisfy state agency goals on public projects, we commis-
sioned a study from experts in the performance evaluation
of small, minority and diverse suppliers. EuQuant, as you know, deter-
mined in fact there are not enough qualified DBEs in New Jersey to do the
specialized work needed on state contracts.
There are, however, many DBEs who might become qualified with men-
toring and support.
To assist both DBEs and our general contractors, ACCNJ created a
new position, effective January 1 of this year, Director of Diversity &
Compliance. I’m pleased to be named as the first Director.
In the First Six Months…
Outreach has begun on many levels. We have visited the compliance
officers of our members – GCs, MBEs, DBEs, VBEs. We kicked off the
Association Diversity Council, whose members committed to improving
communication between GCs and DBEs and finding growth opportunities
for our certified DBEs.
Throughout the late winter and early spring, we met with the diversity
officers in state agencies to lay out our members’ compliance and reporting
challenges and emphasize the need for standardization of good-faith efforts
throughout all agencies. We also hosted meetings to bring the EuQuant
professionals face-to-face with state agency leaders so they could share data
and recommend solutions.
We opened partnerships with the African American Chamber of
Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber, the Capital Region Minority Chamber,
the New Jersey Veterans Chamber and the New Jersey/New York Supplier
Diversity Development Council (specific to the utility industry). We are a
sponsoring member of Professional Women in Construction. And we met
with the Business Development director at the Small Business
Administration to discuss our plans and aspirations so we may discover
partnering opportunities to pursue common goals.
Addressing Immediate Challenges
Much of our preliminary work has been on the public side, where aspira-
tional goals for MWVDBE participation continue to rise, driven in part by
dramatic increases from our regulatory neighbors in New York. One of the
most pressing needs for contractors to achieve compliance – comprehen-
sive, standardized MWVDBE certification databases – requires coopera-
tion among New Jersey state agencies.
However, our contractor members are increasingly finding inclusive lan-
guage in private project contracts. Our role in these instances is to help
members develop diversity plans and serve as a resource for information
We look forward to our third Diversity Conference October 10 and urge
our members to invite potential MWVDBE contractors who are or might
become certified with the state.
Outreach for Diversity, Working Toward Compliance By Carol Fulton, Diversity & Compliance Director, ACCNJ
SDDC Awards ACCNJ Members
At the Supplier Diversity Development Council’s 2018 Annual
Conference in October, two people from ACCNJ member �rms were
recognized for their work in promoting diversity.
Catherine Best, Compliance O�cer, Railroad Construction
Company, Inc., Paterson, received the 2018 SDDC Outstanding
Megan Carton, Director of Marketing, Ferreira Construction,
Branchburg, received the 2018 SDDC Outstanding Diverse
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There’s traditional insurance and there’s self-insurance. And then
there’s a middle ground: alternative insurance strategies that pro-
vide coverage when it’s needed while helping you gain control
over your costs. Captives are one such strategy and can be used in both the
property and casualty arena as well as in the employee benefits space
through what’s called a medical stop loss captive.
Captives tend to have many similarities and can offer many benefits to
companies that fit the “captive model.” For privately held companies in the
construction industry, group captives for casualty exposures in particular
provide both risk management (claims management and safety) and finan-
cial benefits in both the short- and long-term.
At the Core of a Captive
In simple terms, it’s an insurance company owned and controlled by its
insureds, members or shareholders. Captive insurance companies are
licensed, regulated and capitalized, and can be set up either on-shore
(United States and its territories) or off-shore (Europe, Caribbean, Asia,
etc.). Similar to traditional insurance companies, captives must pass finan-
cial ratios to support their solvency.
Group captives have been very successful since their inception more
than 30 years ago and it’s very uncommon for a group captive to fail. Some
tend to call a captive insurance arrangement a “formalized form” of self-
insurance. Most important, captive insurance programs allow companies to
assume quantified risk while accessing reinsurance (or excess insurance) to pass
on the more severe risk and exposures to the traditional market.
Categories of Captives
A group captive (most often owned by its members) is created when com-
panies join together to form their own insurance company. Group captives
tend to work well for a privately held company looking for the benefits of a
captive without having to set up an individual captive and/or invest more
significant amounts of ca