Testimonials

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Raymond Traietti, Asst. Director, Harvard University’s Memorial Hall

Marr’s Scaffold Division recently installed systems scaffolding for Shawmut Design & Construction at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater in Memorial Hall. Marr also provided a boom lift onsite. 

In an email to Jeff Marr, Jr., the Assistant Director of Memorial Hall, Raymond Traietti, had this to say of Marr’s work on the project: “I wanted to express my gratitude for everyone at Marr for this summer’s heroic effort at Sanders Theatre.  What I witnessed over the course of six major weekend builds was a team that was seasoned, diligent and profoundly skillful.  Scaffolding to heights of 74 feet and filling the entire volume of the Theatre in the heat of summer required enormous strength, but what I noted time and time again was a competence and attention to detail that suffused every step of the process.  Of course, that the work was also done with such camaraderie belied the difficulty of the task.  The nature of the scaffolding, to take down what has  just been raised, could in one sense seem thankless, but what was actually  built by your team, and remains, is a well-earned reputation of the utmost professionalism.”

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Mark deShong, Architect

Isaac Blair recently provided shoring on the façade of a private property undergoing renovation in South Boston. The shoring allowed for the replacement of a basement wall to allow for the construction of a new street entrance into the property. In a letter to Dan Marr in early June, property owner and retired architect Mark deShong commended the Isaac Blair team and their thorough work:

“After an initial discussion with project management, within 45 minutes, a very proactive leadership group visited my townhouse and efficiently evaluated temporary structure, shoring, and all my overall project requirements. The very next morning the crew arrived and within 5-6 hours had completely shored, stabilized my facade, professionally secured our work site, and had us set us up for future construction. To say they were organized, knowledgeable, and well prepared would be an understatement.

In addition to their incredible professional abilities, they went well beyond our contract requirements and my personal expectations – advising on safety issues, nuances of construction protocol, and made provision for some temporary equipment which provided much needed time savings, and more.

Beyond these really impressive professional actions demonstrated by your shoring group, all were thoughtful, respectful, friendly, courteous, and extremely fun to be around. In short, I can’t say enough positive words to express my happiness and extreme satisfaction with your company’s work… I had more confidence in relying on your team’s ability to find homeostasis in my building support than I could with 45 years of structural exposure as an architect. Thank you very much for the opportunity to work with your very impressive team; they all were top tier, without exception.”

Randy Pitts, Tishman Construction

Randy Pitts, VP of Field Operations at Tishman Construction, recently worked with Isaac Blair & Co. on an emergency basis at the MGM Springfield resort casino in Springfield, MA. A column failure in a parking garage required immediate shoring under a ramp to prevent further collapse. Randy wrote to Dan Marr III about his satisfaction with the Marr team and their responsive efforts: “The Isaac Blair team, headed by Louie Giunta and his competent assistant Chris Foley, were fantastic. They responded immediately and were very professional. The field team consisted of guys that have been with Isaac Blair for many years and have worked on numerous Tishman projects over the years – another tribute to your companies. I thank you and the Marr Companies, which have been a part of my career forever.”

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Paige Matthews, Skanska

Paige Matthews, Project Manager at Skanska, recently completed a job with Marr Scaffolding at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. The project required Marr crews to develop a plan that would allow for the safe installation of a swing basket. Ms. Matthews wrote to Jeff Marr, Jr. in recognition of Marr’s work performance and attention to safety: “While working on the BIDMC Power Separation Phase II Project, Skanska was tasked with running two cables in an exterior ten story shaft enclosed with metal panels.   The dimensions were tight and we had reached out to a few swing stage contractors on how to work in the shaft without removing all of the metal panels.  All of the other companies we reached out to were unable to come up with a safe method to work in the shaft.  Marr Scaffolding came out to the site and within days we had shop drawings, calculations and a clear safety plan.  The running of the cables was of utmost importance to the success of the project and safety of the electricians in the shaft was critical to Skanska.  The swing stage plan was executed perfectly by both Marr and our electrician.  It was a great success story on a very challenging project. Thank you.”

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Adam Lawson, Design Communications Ltd.

Adam Lawson, Project Manager at Design Communications Ltd., recently worked with Marr Scaffolding and Marr Crane & Rigging at The Innovation and Design Building on Drydock Avenue in Boston, MA. Following installation of the building’s signage, Mr. Lawson expressed his gratitude to Jeff Marr, Jr. for a job well done: “Marr’s agents showed up multiple times to offer us professional guidance and plans that would meet our client’s shifting needs. Their communications couldn’t have been clearer – I knew in advance when they would arrive and at what time their cranes would be ready to lift. As our plans evolved during the installation, they were incredibly accommodating, even going so far as to be out on the ground with us maneuvering items for the best picks. They saw the job through and did so with a great attitude. Thanks!”

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Damien Caledonia, The Cheviot Corporation

Damien Caledonia, Field Support at The Cheviot Corporation, has worked with Marr Scaffolding’s Aerial Lifts Division on projects at 1 Nashua Street and 30 Dalton Street in Boston, MA. As for choosing to contract with Marr to install numerous swing stages, Mr. Caledonia said, “I have competitors pounding on my door for business… but I would rather sleep better at night knowing that Marr would get the job done right.”

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Josh Emerson, Sunrise Erectors

Josh Emerson, Safety Manager at Sunrise Erectors, Inc., has worked with Marr Scaffolding’s Aerial Lifts Division on various projects, including recent work at Serenity Apartments, Boston Medical Center and MIT. According to Mr. Emerson, “Working as Safety Manager for an exterior façade subcontractor in and around the city of Boston, the dangers are prevalent. It is a reassuring feeling that when we schedule MARR, their team will put our team in the best position to get the job done. Marr’s experience and knowledge have transformed the challenging situations into working ones, where everyone can go home at the end of the day, safely.”

 

 

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Joel Dyson, John Moriarty & Associates

Marr supplied twin Alimak hoists to John Moriarty & Associates on Seaport Square’s Buildings B & C, located across from the Federal Court House in Boston. Joel Dyson, Senior Project Manager at JMA, reached out to President of Marr Crane & Rigging David Marr, Sr. about the project’s successful execution saying, “It’s been a great experience with you folks… You are definitely at the top of my list for future business… Thanks.”

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Stephen Parsons, JC Cannistraro

Stephen Parsons, General Foreman at JC Cannistraro, complimented John Robertson on rigging work performed by Marr Crane & Rigging at the MIT Nano Project in Cambridge, MA:

“… I want to again express my most sincere gratitude for all your efforts on this jobsite … together we have placed a considerable amount of freight in this building.  I can say that all the work was successfully completed on time, in a professional manner, and with the utmost safety.

Our client, MIT was particularly impressed with our performance here on their campus. This was a big deal for them — our ability to move among the day to day pedestrian traffic, including a majority of them MIT students, navigate Mass Ave. and Vassar St. in what seemed like a seamless fashion with WIDE LOADS and extended loads.

You made it look easy.”

Bruce Legen, Fusco Corporation

In a letter to CEO Dan Marr III, Bruce Legen, Director of Operations at Fusco Corporation, New Haven, CT, expressed his organization’s satisfaction with the shoring services Isaac Blair provided during the construction of a new school. Mr. Legen writes,

“From the very beginning when I was informed of a challenging condition at the Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS) I knew I would need a specialty contractor with serious shoring experience. It was when I reached out to Isaac Blair and spoke with Lou Giunta that I realized the right call was made. From discussing my needs of the project to gathering information, engineering and working through Christmas and New Year holidays, Lou made sure all concerns were addressed.

The crew Lou put together, led by Kevin Wynn, were amongst some of the most professional workers I have come across in the construction industry. They arrived with the mind set of getting the job done as quick and safe as possible and coordinating with all other trades that needed to be involved, not to say everyone on site… Isaac Blair and Marr Companies is a welcome addition to my contact list.”