Gilbane Building Company’s Award-Winning M/WBE & Veteran Contractor Training Program Graduates Six from Local Contractors

Unique mentoring program ensures minority, veteran and women-owned businesses develop tools for success, increasing competitiveness throughout the construction industry

Boston, MA –  May 22, 2015 – Gilbane Building Company, a global leader in construction management, held a graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 21 at its district office in Boston’s Channel Center to honor six members of four local companies who have successfully completed Gilbane’s M/WBE and Veteran Contractor Training Program. Honored guests at the graduation included Reginald Nunnally, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO)   and John Fitzpatrick, Director SDO Construction Reform Program Operational Services Division.

“Gilbane’s level of commitment to minority, women and veteran-owned firms is exemplified by this unique program,” said Ryan Hutchins, Senior Vice President and Business Unit Leader for Gilbane’s New England Region. “We continue to support the development of a diverse workforce through development of a training program that offers minority, women and veteran-owned companies a competitive edge so they can excel, not only when working with Gilbane, but with other firms within the industry as well. This is not about hitting the numbers or checking a box. This is about giving companies a chance to truly succeed in this industry.”

Kahlil Olmstead, a general manager of Gilbane/Olmstead Services (G.O. Services) and a Contractor Training Program alumnus added, “Gilbane takes an extremely proactive approach to recruiting and hiring women, veteran and minority-owned firms. More than just a good-faith effort, Gilbane is committed to building deep, long-lasting subcontractor relationships and our training program serves as an important foundation.”

As an extension of the company’s nationally recognized Gilbane University and currently in its fifth year, Gilbane developed this ‘best practices’ M/WBE and Veteran Contractor Training Program for small M/WBE and veteran-owned businesses in the construction trades. Designed as a 14-session program spanning seven months, the classes are instructed by seasoned and experienced Gilbane executives who are matched with participants as part of a mentoring program.  The program helps develop ongoing relationships between a Gilbane mentor and a protégé, ultimately helping the protégé and his/her business become more knowledgeable and competitive in the construction industry.  To date, Gilbane has awarded directly to our graduates more than $11.3 million worth of contracts.

Yesterday’s graduates represent the following companies: Payne Contracting Company, Boston, MA; Anvil Steel Engineering, Inc., Newton, MA; Samiotes Consultants, Inc., Framingham, MA; and Anthony Desmond Contracting, LLC, Quincy, MA

The program’s class topics include accounting, cost estimating, marketing, safety, procurement, technology, project management, insurance, purchasing, scheduling, business development, risk analysis, and financial management and the curriculum is designed increase competition in the marketplace and give contractors the tools they need to compete at the highest level.  Since the program’s inception in 2010, including yesterday’s graduates, the program has graduated a total of 38 individuals from 28 companies. Registration for the next session begins in November 2015 (the session runs through May 2016).   Please contact Meredith Whalen at mwhalen@gilbaneco.com

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world.

Gilbane has been a leading Boston construction firm since 1946, serving commercial, institutional, and public clients in the Commonwealth on a range of projects, including the MBTA Green Line Extension currently underway. Gilbane is also managing construction projects for the University of Massachusetts, Massport and municipalities throughout the Commonwealth. Additional select clients include Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Tufts University, Verizon, Genzyme, Fidelity Investments, and Bank of America. The district office was named one of the Best Places to Work in MA by the Boston Business Journal in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 and was named to the Boston Globe’s 100 Top Places to Work 2009 and 2010.