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It’s not as easy as ABC to win an ABC Award, given annually by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Massachusetts. At the organization’s virtual awards ceremony last month, only 12 firms in Massachusetts were recognized for a project reflecting “overall excellence in project execution, craftsmanship, safety, innovative elements and challenges, and client satisfaction”—and one of them was Bowdoin Construction Corp. for its work on our own Revers Center for Science and Visual Arts.

After the win, Bowdoin President Irwin Yanowitz said that “projects of this nature are particularly gratifying to be a part of, realizing the positive impact your time and efforts can have on a learning community.”

In a release announcing the ABC Merit award, Bowdoin noted that its “proactive use of building information modeling (BIM) throughout the project uncovered several coordination issues, which could then be mitigated prior to installing mechanical ductwork and piping in the field, saving time and money.”

The Revers Center’s distinctive “floating” staircase, designed to hang from the ceiling by a single two-inch-square rod, was also singled out for praise—both as an impressive feat of engineering on its own and as a reflection of the scientific principles taught in the Rev’s classrooms and labs.

Said Bowdoin Vice President Chris Keeley, “Bowdoin Construction is proud to be recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts with an Excellence in Construction Award for The Revers Center for Science and Visual Arts. We share this honor with The Rivers School, Dario Designs, and the many subcontractors who worked together with us as part of a team to bring this project to fruition. The Rivers School is a very important client for our firm, and building projects for learning environments are the most rewarding jobs we get to do each year. Congratulations to all who helped in making this project a reality.”

Jon Wasserman, director of finance and operations at Rivers, added, “We were pleased to receive this recognition now for the second time, as the Campus Center project also received honors from ABC in 2012. Both The Revers Center and Campus Center projects were completed with the same teams from Rivers, Dario Designs, and Bowdoin Construction. Garnering awards on two consecutive projects is certainly a testament to the attention to detail and craftsmanship that went into these projects. We are proud of our partnerships on both these projects and how they yielded wonderful teaching environments for Rivers students and faculty that will serve us for decades to come.”


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