Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian McElligott.
There is a relatively small segment of leaders in the construction business world; individuals who seem able to build relationships, trust and rapport with almost anyone, they are able to broker the relationship and make connections between, owners and architects, creating partnerships and alliances, and motivating forward momentum to “to get things done”.
Brian Mc Elligott is one of those people, and “getting things done” and driving results through collaboration, partnerships, and relationships- as a Construction Owner in the highly competitive Massachusetts Construction Market, is what he is all about. With an enthusiastic and genuinely friendly attitude, Brian radiates a sincere passion for delivering a value-added benefit to customers. An Irish Immigrant who came to this country in early 1980’s he quickly learned that hard work and determination were the building blocks of anyone’s success. This is America, the land of prosperity and opportunity. As the fifth of large Irish Family, Brian was obliged in assisting his parents in providing for the family at a young age. Early on it was extremely hard for a young “lad” as Brian, under his older brother’s wing he commenced working for Joe Cunningham Builders of Stoneham, MA for $6.00 per hour and quickly accelerated in the trade over the next twenty years.
Tenaciously and obstinate to succeed, Brian launched Mc Elligott Masonry Co. and successfully completed some highly-recognized projects such as Kmart & Babies R Us in Braintree, MA, Pittsfield Mini-Mall Plaza and Walgreen’s in Stoughton, MA. After a six-year run, due to economic decline in the construction market and highly competitive work, Brian seized an opportunity with a highly recognized Northeast contractor in the and became Co-Owner in 2001. Brian’s contributions centered on spearheading development and performance delivery and quality/ operational programs and par-took in improvement activities. But more importantly, Brian focused on building long-lasting relationships within chain-store markets, on developing programs to meet construction market demands and assist in deepen market penetrations, on developing crew strategies teams, strategic business partners (sub-contractors), solid project managers and staff to deliver on-time services, projects and customer solutions in a challenging market. Some notable projects completed; WestPoint Academy in New York, Fisher Hill Condo’s Brookline, MA & Hammond Pond Parkway Condo Associated with WS Development.
Today, Brian has commenced a new venture –Ascon Construction Co. which has presented a new set of challenges and obstacles. Persistently, he gained access to one of the most prestigious college campuses in the country to set himself apart from the competition, he has demonstrated his ability to play with the “Big Boys” and commendably complete two highly profiled projects at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “A complex overhead project was successfully completed and ahead of schedule due to attention to detail and constant communication between many people.” “Project Management was sound and thorough. Ascon Construction managed the floor efficiently and navigated through a complex lockout tag out system that was required to ensure a safe work environment.” commended Mr. Brian Lewis of MIT Central Utilities Plant. Ascon Construction has proven to be an up and coming general contractor in the academic and medical arena in the northeast.
Through it all, Brian has repeatedly proved his ability to lead through diverse and challenging situations. As a motivator, he is an excellent agent of change and has a documented track record of accomplishments that include the turnaround of chaotic and struggling operation, start-up and management of a new venture, creating, launching and completing projects, improving schedule; growth and expansion of the company and implementing sound operations.
Today, Brian’s vision for the future is to be at the forefront of excellence. Brian stands by his motto of, “We build relationships by creating places for people to obtain an excellent education, work, meet and live. We enhance these relationships by constructing on time, within budget and at a level of quality for which we may all be proud of.” Brian’s vision of ASCON Construction, Inc. was formed to address the needs of clients requiring architecturally sensitive construction services utilizing Union labor. Although newly formed, the core staff members at ASCON are well-seasoned professionals; each contributing more than thirty (30) plus years of experience in all aspects and phases of the construction process.
Brian’s objective is to grow the revenue volume to one hundred million dollars within the following five years. That shall be accomplished by focusing on pursuing ground- out and renovation/ adaptive re-use construction projects in the major markets including institutional, educational, medical, experimental (laboratory), professional office, financial, residential (assisted/ affordable/ hospitality), and commercial. The professional staff members in the Estimating Department shall be dedicated to preparing and submitting bid proposals to clients of those facilities. The personnel, procedures, and technical tools have been put in place to be proactive to acquire the new business as opposed to being reactive to market needs. Each building project shall be managed and supervised by office and field staff members responsible for the financial success of that project while maintaining quality workmanship, timely progress, and a safe working environment.
Brian recognizes the importance of the five major “M’s” in the construction industry; Material, Manpower, Methods, Money, and Management and shall implement each of those to attain ASCON’s goal. Ascon Construction will be one of New England’s leading construction management firms specializing in pre-construction services and challenging construction projects. Ascon Construction operates under one governing principle…” render the client a first class level of service and dedication.” Ascon Construction can draw from a vast array of resources in serving their customers. An unparalleled Construction Building and Construction Management Department are at the core of our operation. The nucleus of our business is our reputable and esteemed commercial construction team. Ascon has completed contracts ranging from $2,000 to $4,000,000.00 in the private, hospital / biotech and academic settings. Many of our completed projects have received client recognition for their completion and complexities.
Brian provides world-class services to clients in the academic setting, private school/childcare, life science, industrial/manufacturing, recreational, mixed-use/multi-unit residential, advanced technology, sustainable building and financial markets. Ascon Construction, Inc. was founded in 2013 with a vision to be the best. A construction management company comprised of extraordinary and motivated professionals, conducting business with efficiency and integrity, building superior quality projects for clients who share a passion for excellence.
A vital component of any company is its highly qualified multi-facetted trained field personnel. These are the people who operate on a daily basis with our customers. Our company maintains a solid presence in the field. We consider our field personnel to be the finest in the industry. No amount of exceptional field people can operate without a full staff of office support personnel and resources. Our main headquarters is located in the suburban section of Boston. Brian’s mission is to expand our current location to meet the demands of our growing organization within the next six months.
The last component of our complete service driven organization is known. Brian’s constant strive to be in the forefront in technology, not follow its shadow. Design & Complex Construction Management, and a wide array of project specific services are just a few areas in which we can service our customers. We provide consistency, quality and exceptional client experiences, whatever the client’s need Brian will provide peace of mind for you- “The Client.” This corporate overview is but a brief glimpse into some of the many wonderful features that Brian and his team at Ascon, can offer.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There are numerous important challenges I faced in construction industry some are motivating the adoption of new technologies such competitiveness in the industry, technology, and talent Some are new to the industry, and some are centuries old. Some of my challenges are a direct result of construction operations, while others a result of indirect, peripheral activities. Some of the construction issues include workforce considerations, safety, time constraints, and the changing nature of the work. Non-construction challenges that construction industry faces that are part of the business landscape include legal issues, regulations and guidelines, exterior concerns, and social and political pressures. Also, my biggest challenge in the construction industry is highly competitive, and firms must continually improve their productivity to remain competitive.
At present, a chronic problem in the construction industry that requires urgent attention is construction supply and demand here in MA. This is because the operations or activities involved in the construction network consist of multi-discipline groups and tasks. The concept of construction is about managing information and material flows, plant operations, and logistics through a common set of principles, strategies, policies and performance metrics throughout its developmental life cycle. As part of the backbone of being a masonry contractor is, the logistics play a critical role in optimizing the flow of materials, equipment, and people. The construction logistics is one of the significant management factors in order to precede construction project. If materials which are needed for construction project do not supply in right place on time, it can make problems such as delaying schedule, increasing the cost of construction and reducing productivity. The identification of material, identifying materials moving flow in logistics and tracking materials location are needed for successful project management in construction.
BMR Contracting Inc – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
A short amount of time, BMR has demonstrated its professionalism and ability to deliver a quality project to our valued clients. We have earned a solid reputation for integrity, dependability, and excellence in performing new construction and building restoration.
BMR continues to develop relationships with repeat clients as a result of the trust earned by those clients; large and small.
Our business philosophy is to:
• Approach each project using a team effort;
• Add value to every decision affecting the project;
• Include experienced professionals dedicated to your project;
• Build to the highest quality standards;
• Serve our clients in every way possible to achieve their goals.
In order to be a member of the “Green” building community and partner with clients adapting to greener standards, BMR Contracting, Inc. is proactively supporting and targeting the goals of clients participating in environmental programs. Several BMR Contracting, Inc. clients participate in programs developing green building standards. BMR Contracting, Inc. has performed the masonry renovations on several facades of buildings on college and university campuses where the original LEED Certification goals were met or exceeded. The Project Team understands the LEED Certification checklist process and identifies the opportunities to reduce environmental impact.
BMR Contracting, Inc. is committed to providing safe working environments for all of its employees, clients, subcontractors, vendors, owner representatives, public officials and any other individual required to be on our work sites. At the beginning of every project, the BMR representative who is an educated, trained and certified safety professional will assess the site, review access, staging and hoisting for possible safety hazards
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Successfully completing highly complex masonry projects throughout. One of BMR proudest moments in recent years was when it completed the $4.5 million MIT NW22 Project at MIT in Cambridge. The work is to remove the window heads to the roof line and to the top of the parapet while ensuring the interior spaces are properly sealed from dust and falling debris and all beams are properly shored. Care must be used to ascertain whether the shoring details for the MIT side can be utilized for the MITIMCo side. Interior office furniture moves must be coordinated, carpets must be protected, damaged ceiling tiles replaced. Need to verify the manufacturer of the ceiling tile. On the exterior, the brick and steel headers will be carefully removed and the precast sills carefully lowered to drop down and under the window lip. All the brick will be disposed of and the metal angles should be stockpiled for scraping. Wood from the parapet and roof edge will go into a separate dumpster. The roof detail at the roof edge is not per plans. Discuss with Paul Lacey.
AVB and S.S. flashing will be installed as shown. Termination bar will be sealed. Coordinate flashing detail with Paul Lacey working on the MIT side.
The precast sills will extend ~4” into the window opening and will be comprised of two pieces, a front, and a back piece. Look for an opportunity to double up in coordination with the other superintendent in the use of shoring, lull, etc.
“It was built on a tight budget, on a tight schedule, and in a working campus, which added to the complexity of the work is to remove the window heads to the roof line and to the top of the parapet while ensuring the interior spaces are properly sealed from dust and falling debris and all beams are properly shored. Care must be used to ascertain whether the shoring details for the MIT side can be utilized for the MITIMCo side. Interior office furniture moves must be coordinated, carpets must be protected, damaged ceiling tiles replaced. Need to verify the manufacturer of the ceiling tile. On the exterior, the brick and steel headers will be carefully removed and the precast sills carefully lowered to drop down and under the window lip. All the brick will be disposed of and the metal angles should be stockpiled for scraping. Wood from the parapet and roof edge will go into a separate dumpster. The roof detail at the roof edge is not per plans. Discuss with Paul Lacey.
Construction, because you had to be standing in the building that you were working on that, was constantly habitable.
BMR Contracting will be using the same expertise it used on the MIT / NITMCO Project when it begins work on the historic preservation of building E2 and W31.
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