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O'Connor did find a challenge in the
strong diversity requirements for subcontractors working on the project. These
requirements, set forth for by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, are significantly
higher than most other states. Tishman
worked aggressively to find diverse subcontractors and is proud to have 30 percent
diversity in the overall project to date. They
also had support from Fontaine Brothers,
a general contractor who has been helpful
with local subcontractors and are working
with a woman-owned concrete company
that did the cast-in-place concrete foundation, a woman-owned electrical company
and a veteran-owned site excavator.
Other concerns are winter weather, which
is a given for long-term projects in Massachusetts. "We are concerned about winter, and we
are contemplating whether or not we're going
to push on through or suspend and work
around the heat needs," O'Connor explains.
"We'll do some heating but we'll probably
suspend concrete operations in early January
for about 10 weeks. With an open structure
like this, it's hard to wrap it in heat."
At Tishman, O'Connor works closely
on the project with Project Executive Eric
Nelson, General Super Randy Pitts, Senior
Project Estimator Maziar Hashemi, Project
Super William Mullen and Project Engineer
Overall, Tishman hopes that the MGM
project will encourage more residents and
tourists to visit downtown Springfield.
"Hopefully this will help revitalize the area,"
O'Connor says. "It's a beautiful little city.
It's had a couple rough years with some of
the industries moving out of the area and
hopefully this project will help revitalize
the downtown area."
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