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    ConstructionThe Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey Magazine

    Leveling the Playing Field

  • Spring 2019 | New Jersey Construction | 1

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    ACCNJ Leadership

    Board of Trustees

    Benedict Torcivia Jr., Chairman

    Torcon Inc.

    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

    Highway Representatives

    Rolando Acosta

    Northeast Remsco Construction

    Michael Criscola

    Crisdel Group Inc.

    David Earp

    Walker Diving Underwater Const. LLC

    Nelson Ferreira

    Ferreira Construction Co.

    Vincent Gallo


    Paul Koch

    Skanska Koch

    Michael Mergentime

    Merco Inc.

    Tom Vollers


    Jeff Waters

    Waters & Bugbee Inc.

    Richard Weeks

    Weeks Marine Inc.

    Building Representatives

    Clifford Blanchard

    Wm. Blanchard Co.

    Charles DeAngelis

    Vericon Construction Company LLC

    Larry Drill

    Drill Construction Co., Inc.

    Robert Epifano

    Epic Management Inc.

    Michael Fitzpatrick

    Fitzpatrick & Associates Inc.

    Robert Gamba

    Prismatic Development Corp.

    Glenn Garlatti

    Albert Garlatti Construction Co.

    Paul Natoli

    Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corp.

    Robert Polisano

    Network Construction Co., Inc.

    James Prisco Jr.

    J.R. Prisco Inc.

    Building Division

    John Baumgardner

    BFC, Ltd.

    Michael DePalma

    DePalma Contracting Inc.

    John Devecchio

    TN Ward Company

    John Epifano - Division Vice Chair

    Epic Management Inc.

    Robert Gariepy - Division Chair

    RCC Builders & Developers

    John Gunning

    Skanska USA Building Inc.

    Bill Macedo

    Turner Construction Company

    Jack Macedo

    Macedos Construction LLC

    Richard Nugent

    Massett Building Company

    Pasi Nurminen

    Nurminen Construction Corp.

    Scott Podwats

    Force Concrete & Masonry Corp.

    Philip Prisco

    J.R. Prisco Inc.

    Brian Torcivia

    Torcon Inc.

    Al Zappone

    Fabi Construction Co.

    Highway Division

    Josh Benson - Division Chair


    Harry Chowansky

    HC Constructors

    Brian Fagersten

    Sparwick Contracting

    Brad Jorrey

    J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc.

    Chris Johnson

    Tutor Perini

    Justin Lijo


    Steven Maggipinto

    Schiavone Construction Co. LLC

    Jesse Ottesen - Division Vice Chair

    Weeks Marine Inc.

    Greg Petrongolo

    JPC Group Inc.

    Gene Sullivan

    Railroad Construction Company

    Anthony Suppa

    South State Inc.

    Tom Tuozzolo


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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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    Editor’s Note

    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

    Construction Certi�cation

    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

    38 Safety

    Safety Day 2019: Changing the Culture

    41 Safety

    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

    Cost-Saving Measure

    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

    Advanced Training

    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

    16 4622 28 38

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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

    tremendous burden.

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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

    contractors competitive.

    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

    upcoming activities.

    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,

    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

    timely fashion.

    • 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

    their Professionals.

    • 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.

    Why Care?

    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

    economy strengthens.

    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-

    playing-field” initiative.

    Feature Article

    Leveling the Playing Field By Jack Kocsis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, ACCNJ

  • Spring 2019 | New Jersey Construction | 17

    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

    to contractors:

    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.

  • 20 | New Jersey Construction | Spring 2019



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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)

  • Spring 2019 | New Jersey Construction | 23

    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

    adopting technology.

    “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)

  • 24 | New Jersey Construction | Spring 2019

    Member Profile: TN Ward

    semester’s worth of credits by working full-time at TN Ward for the

    three-month period.

    “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

    unique experience.

    “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

    Member News: Spring 2019

    Awards, Achievements and Announcements

    at Railroad Construction

    Railroad Construction Company proudly

    announces awards and achievements among

    its staff:

    • 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.

    Mike Sadowski

    Art Corwin

    Charlie Montalbano

    James O. Gagnon

    Diane McNulty

    Matt Ferrante

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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 &

    Employment practice.

    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,, 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 or call 856.242.5479.

    Dan Kane

    Robert Mikell

    Justin Hermey

    Michael Schewe

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    Member News

    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.

    Edward Carter

    J. Fletcher Creamer Sr.


    George E. Pallas | [email protected]

    Shawn R. Farrell | [email protected]

    Michael F. McKenna | [email protected]




















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    Giving Back

    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.

    Railroad Construction’s

    Amy LaRocco Gives Back

    Railroad Construction

    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

    Amy LaRocco

    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 Gives…

    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

    through “Grow-A-Row”

    • 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

    food banks

    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

    through volunteerism.

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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.

    Northeast Remsco

    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

    about safety.

    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

    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.

    West Bay

    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!

    Thank You!

    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


    • 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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    HeadingAssociate Member Expertise

    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!

    The Concept

    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

    IT staff.

    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 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

    and precedents.

    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

    Commitment Award.

    Megan Carton, Director of Marketing, Ferreira Construction,

    Branchburg, received the 2018 SDDC Outstanding Diverse

    Supplier Award.

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    Associate Member Expertise

    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