Eagle Award for 12-building, 88-unit affordable housing development located in Cambridge

BOSTON – 11/07/23– Callahan Construction Managers (Callahan),a full-service construction management company based in Bridgewater, Mass., today announced its work on Squirrelwood Apartments has earned an Excellence in Construction Award (EICA) from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC MA). The EIC awards program is the industry’s leading competition that honors both general and specialty contractors for world-class, safe, and innovative construction projects. Callahan received the Eagle Award, an honor reserved for work that stands above the rest. It recognizes overall excellence in project execution, craftsmanship, safety, innovative elements and challenges, and client satisfaction. This is the third time Callahan has earned an Eagle Award.

Squirrelwood Apartments is a 12-building, 88-unit affordable housing development located in Cambridge, Mass. developed by Just-A-Start Corporation.  Working in a densely populated area of Cambridge posed many challenges for this restoration project, including constructing an apartment building to Passive House standards, working with challenging soil conditions, and managing odd geometries at a site near other residential properties.

“We are proud to recognize the outstanding work of our member contractors through the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards,” said ABC MA President Greg Beeman. “This recognition underscores Callahan’s dedication to creating affordable housing solutions that not only meet the needs of residents but also elevate the standards of construction excellence.”

The $24.8-million project involved renovating 10 buildings, including a historic five-story masonry former candy factory, a mix of wooden balloon-framed multifamily structures and an 1820s-erasingle-family farmhouse. Crews added three buildings as infills on the site to provide additional affordable housing. Two complied with Energy Star standards, the other with the U.S. Passive House energy efficiency standard.

The team also managed multiple logistical challenges for the dozen buildings on the project—which included nine renovations, two new buildings, and an addition to one existing building—as well as managing a move for occupants.

The project team for Squirrelwood Apartments included:

Callahan has been named a 2017 Multifamily Executive (MFE) Award winner for contribution in community service with its Callahan Constructing Communities program. As a family-owned, community focused business, Callahan’s Constructing Communities program reflects the firm’s commitment to community enrichment. Callahan accepted the national recognition at Multifamily Executive’s annual awards gala, hosted in Las Vegas.


“It’s an honor to receive national recognition for our work in the community, a corporate mission that has been in Callahan’s DNA for decades,” said Patrick Callahan, President of Callahan Construction Managers. “Our work with local non-profits, community organizations and educators represents our core focus in strengthening our communities and supporting ongoing positive advancement.”


Callahan established Constructing Communities in January 2015 as a community partnership blueprint that reflects the firm’s core principles of integrity, quality, service and customer satisfaction. The program aims to proactively support the communities in which Callahan works, as well as inspire young people seeking to join the industry.


Through the program, Callahan proactively collaborates with local officials, nonprofit leaders and community organizations to ensure activities are as valuable and impactful as possible. Since launching over two years ago, the program has grown immensely. To date, the team has worked with 10 communities and partnered with four local high schools to impact over 200 students.


Callahan engages in a diverse range of community outreach efforts such as buying local, volunteering with local nonprofits, sponsoring community events and leading training/work programs with local schools. By partnering with high schools that offer vocational or trade programs, the educational portion of the program aids students interested in exploring a career in the trades by providing them with the knowledge and tools to create successful career pathways. The firm has supported local schools in Greater Boston including Quincy and Waltham Public Schools, as well as numerous local organizations including the South Shore Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Boston Homeless and Cradles to Crayons, among others.


MFE honors the industry’s most prestigious executives, programs and projects through their annual awards distributed at their annual conference. Award honors include top building, best design, adaptive reuse, best use of technology, marketing and advertising, among others.

Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC), the leading voice for the merit shop construction industry, and the Gould Construction Institute (GCI), ABC’s training affiliate, congratulate Callahan Construction Managers for recently being named a Gold Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.) award recipient at the 13th Annual ABC/GCI Safety & Education Dinner held May 18th at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.


The S.T.E.P. Awards is ABC/GCI’s premier annual event. “A contractor’s most valuable resource is their workers. There is nothing more important than jobsite safety,” said GCI President Barbara Lagergren. “This year’s award recipients deserve each and every accolade they received by continuing to raise the standards of safety, training, and education throughout the construction industry.”


S.T.E.P. Awards are presented annually to ABC member companies with exceptional safety records and this year’s applicant pool was fiercely competitive with a record 60 companies recognized as having an outstanding commitment to jobsite safety. Applicants are evaluated on a number of statistical factors such as incident rates, lost time and OSHA recordables combined with a safety audit consisting of twenty key components.


This year, Callahan Construction Managers took home the Gold S.T.E.P Award in recognition of its exceptional commitment to ensuring a safe work environment for their entire workforce.


“We are honored to be recognized by ABC MA for the 10th consecutive year as a Gold S.T.E.P Award winner,” said Patrick Callahan, President of Callahan Construction Managers. “This recognition further reinforces our unwavering commitment to work site safety through consistent training, education and evaluation.”

Bridgewater, MA  – Callahan Construction Managers (Callahan), a Bridgewater-based construction management firm, has been named the winner of a National Safety Excellence Merit Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Callahan received the award March 1 during the 27th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards at Workforce Week ’17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

 “Associated Builders and Contractors is thrilled to honor Callahan, whose world-class safety processes and safety culture has created an environment where every employee understands that the wellbeing of those around them is everyone’s responsibility,” said 2017 ABC National Chair Chuck Goodrich, president of Gaylor Electric Inc., Indianapolis. “Callahan’s impressive safety record shows the clear difference that an uncompromising, top-down commitment to safety makes in a contractor’s performance and we are proud to call them an ABC member.”

 The 2016 National Safety Excellence Award winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC’s Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP). During the selection process, national safety winners were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations and video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Environment, Health and Safety Committee. 

 STEP is the standard for developing world-class safety programs in construction and is designed to help both large and small contractors evaluate every aspect of their corporate safety and health program and identify opportunities for improvement. In February 2017, ABC published its annual Safety Performance Report, which documented that the average STEP Diamond company is 770 percent safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ average for the entire industry based on their total recordable incident rate.

 “It is truly an honor to receive national recognition from the Associated Builders and Contractors for our active commitment to uncompromising safety standards throughout all of the projects we manage,” said Patrick Callahan, President of Callahan Construction Managers. “Ensuring a safe and healthy work environment is a priority for Callahan, and it’s gratifying to be recognized among leaders in the industry.”

 The National Safety Awards are presented in three major North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code categories: NAICS 236 – Construction of Buildings; NAICS 237 – Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction; and NAICS 238 – Specialty Trade Contractors.



” Congrats to Callahan Construction Managers, which received the Eagle, Green and Safety Awards from the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors for the company’s work on the Alnoba retreat destination in Kensington, NH. 

The Safety Excellence award recognizes a project’s exceptional achievements in job site safety; the Building Green Award recognizes significant achievements in green construction; and the Eagle Award recognizes overall excellence in project execution, craftsmanship, safety, innovative elements and challenges, and client satisfaction.

Alnoba is a 14k SF retreat for individuals, groups and organizations that combines historic New England craftsmanship with energy-efficiency tech. It’s the first building of its kind in New England to earn Passive House certification for energy efficiency. “

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Callahan was honored on May 19th, by the Gould Construction Institute (GCI) and Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. with a Gold Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.) Award for the 9th  consecutive year in a row. The night recognized employers who continue to raise safety standards in the construction industry through education and training as well as the GCI students and staff. Callahan’s Director of Safety, Steve O’Reilly, accepted the award on Callahan’s behalf.
Callahan was also recently recognized by BostInno, during Safety Week 2016, for their
consistent community outreach efforts to educate community members,
charitable organizations, and students about the importance of safety on the job site.

Callahan was recently honored by the Gould Construction Institute and Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. with a Gold Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.) award at the 11th Annual GCI Safety & Education Dinner held at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.

Callahan, Inc. was recently honored with an Excellence in Construction (EICA) Green Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC). The award, presented each year to construction projects that maintain the highest performance standards, recognized Callahan’s Falmouth Ice Arena project for its environmentally “Green” techniques and sustainable design.

The award, presented at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, MA, was decided upon by an expert panel of diverse judges who based their decision on quality, complexity, and effective utilization of resources, amongst other criteria.

“It was important to the owner to be environmentally friendly” said Patrick Callahan, President of Callahan, Inc.” The entire roof and two-thirds of the parking lot are covered with over 3,000 solar panels. “The arena is also a net zero building that relies on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewables to meet all of its heating, cooling and electricity requirements. The solar takes care of 100 percent of the energy needs of the building and the arena is the only one of its kind in the region and uses half the power of similar arenas

After witnessing more than a quarter century of growth at Callahan Inc, Chief Estimator Ian Carpenter is ready to take his retirement. A recipient of the Callahan Estimating Hall of Fame Award, Carpenter was honored by his colleagues at a recent event.

Over the years, Ian has been a key resource for Callahan’s clients during the due diligence and preconstruction phases of projects. He contributed his knowledge and experience to many important projects like North Andover High School and Brown School Residences.

“His efforts have helped mold Callahan’s reputation as a firm that develops reliable estimates for owners,” said company president Patrick Callahan. “Ian has been known at Callahan as a patient hard-worker who was always willing to help people, whether it was with estimating or anything else.”

For nearly 20 years, Ian worked as a mentor to Frank DiCenso, Senior Estimator. DiCenso recently explained that Ian doesn’t plan to sit idly at home and relax during his retirement.

“He’s looking forward to doing some work on his houses and spending time volunteering at the local animal shelter,” said DiCenso. “He takes in as many as four dogs and a couple of cats at any given time at his home.”

Callahan extends its best wishes to Ian on this new chapter in his life. After 26 years at the firm, his retirement is well deserved.

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