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Once it's finished in March, Beverly middle school will have a
535-seat auditorium, two cafeterias totaling 704 seats, a gymnasium,
classrooms, media center and space for school administrators. As of
early November, the project was about 70 percent completed and
work was underway on interior finishes and site improvements.
A strong reputation with clients
has allowed Agostini and Bacon
to take on larger projects.
work on Henry Higgins Middle School in Peabody, Mass., a $68.7 million project, was notable for being one of the largest middle schools
in the state, with more than 1,300 students.
That job drew the attention of the neighboring city of Beverly,
which was planning its own $90 million middle school project. Agostini and Bacon were ultimately chosen to oversee construction for the
four-story, 231,509-square-foot building.
"We got a lot of good feedback from the city of Peabody and I think
that was heard by Beverly," Puglia says. "So I think Beverly wanted
us because of that good reference from Peabody."
Agostini and Bacon operate as independent companies but they
joint-venture on many projects and have a common ownership.
Bacon is the older company, having been founded in 1967 by John
Agostini. Ownership passed to his son, George, in 1984, who started
Agostini Construction that same years. George and his son, Steven
Agostini, now own both companies, with George acting as the
president of Bacon and CEO of Agostini and Steven serving as the
president of Agostini and COO of Bacon.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original company.
That longevity through multiple recessions and construction booms
is a testament to the personal touch the owners give every project.
"It has a lot to do with the owners, Steven Agostini and George Agostini," Puglia says. "They're involved in every job that we do and they
really push everybody to do their best on the job."
Because they are hands-on, George and Steven Agostini understand the fine details of every project and are able to make quick
decisions that save time and money, Puglia explains. Their decision-making and execution are supported by the talented supervi-
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