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Residential | THE CONGRESS COMPANIES The Congress Companies has been working in the healthcare market since the 1970s. « Longevity in Quality THE CONGRESS COMPANIES’ SERVICE HAS CEMENTED ITS PLACE IN HEALTHCARE. BY MARTA JIMÉNEZ-LUTTER ill Nicholson, owner and CEO of The Congress Companies, learned many lessons from his uncle and his father who started the company in the early 1950s. Some of those lessons were how to hold a client and how to service a client. Nicholson learned early on that the construction experience starts for the client way before the shovel hits the ground. That premise, backed by a dedication to providing the best quality to every project, has made The Congress Companies a long-lived company, with a third generation of family members taking their place to lead the business into the future. Nicholson did not inherit Congress; he purchased it. In 1972, he started working for the company as a laborer, carpenter and then foreman. By 1987, he was an estimator and project manager and when his father and uncle decided to reduce their role, Nicholson purchased the company from them. The company, initially building restaurants and hotels for Howard Johnson Corp., moved into constructing nursing homes and healthcare facilities in the 1970s, and has been both witness and participant to the changes this industry has experienced over time. In the early 1970s, Congress started transitioning from hotel building to nursing home facilities, a seamless transition according to Nicholson. “Back then, a nursing home was not very different from a hotel with a nurse call system,” he explains. Congress’ work with a FHA loan program directed at financing nursing homes, elderly projects and assisted living facilities, called HUD, ensured its workflow in the industry into the 1980s. The company also diversified during this decade, venturing into multifamily and elderly housing. “The ’80s were an expansion period; we did some condominiums and some apartments,” Nicholson recalls. It was in the 1990s when assisted living emerged as a new concept. “Some of our clients in the nursing sector came to us and said, ‘There is this new product called assisted living and we’d like to put some of it together,’” he remembers. “We said, ‘sure, let’s get B “We said, ‘sure, let’s get toge er, bring some design folks thwi whom we can partner and st th work.’” –Bill Nicholson, owner and CE art O together, bring some design folks with whom we can partner and start work.’” One of the first assisted projects it completed, in 1995, was Golden Pond, which was the first assisted living facility built under the HUD 232 Program in Massachusetts. The company constructed the 64,500-square-foot facility, the design of which was a “companion” model, with two bedrooms to each unit. nies • Headquarters: Peabody, M ass. • Employees: 25 • Specialty: Assisted living fa healthcare and nursing home cilities, s The Congress Compa 60 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - September/October 2012
Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
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