Testimonials

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Bob Sullivan, Senior Dir. Facilities Construction, Boston Children’s Hospital

Over two weekends in November and December 2018, Daniel Marr & Son (DM&S) assembled and installed a new pedestrian bridge at Boston Children’s Hospital for Cives Steel and general contractor Suffolk Construction.  By mid-January, DM&S completed all necessary welding and decking on the 250-ton, 250-foot pedestrian bridge connecting the hospital to the Patient and Family Parking Garage. 

Email from Bob Sullivan, Senior Director of Facilities Construction at Boston Children’s Hospital, to DM&S project manager Alex Kleinert:

“The Bridge project at Boston Children’s Hospital is a one of a kind project, it’s the first time Longwood Avenue was closed for an entire weekend. The Marr team was a true partner from start to finish. After all the coordination with BCH, their LMA neighbors, the city and the various agencies was complete and the dates were established to set the truss over Longwood Ave, Marr stepped up are performed beautifully. Thank you!”

 

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Nathan Weeman, Superintendent, Gilbane Building Company

Isaac Blair worked for Gilbane Building Company at One Beacon Street to install a staging system inside an 8’x 8’ duct shaft from the 12th to the 36th floor for electrical and masonry work. The biggest challenge was building a shoring system to support the staging and accommodate the existing piping, duct work, and brackets. Few structural components existed in the shaft to work from, but Isaac Blair creatively installed a strong base to support the entire system. 

Email from Nathan Weeman, Gilbane Superintendent to Chris Foley, Isaac Blair Project Manager:

“I wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was to work with your crew… I appreciated the easy adoption of, and adherence to, Gilbane’s strict safety policies. The entire crew was always in their PPE and working safely. This is a direct result of site management…

This was not an easy installation and the crew met the challenge with a great attitude and excellent execution. They took great care to not damage walls in finished spaces, kept their lay-down area clean and well organized, and left their work areas cleaner than when they arrived. The scaffold itself exceeded my expectation, especially regarding the thought that was put in to accommodate the other trades utilizing the scaffold, and keeping the other trades safe.

Because of the work your crew performed, I will always lobby for Isaac Blair to do my shoring or scaffolding.”

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David Parenteau, Project Executive, Suffolk Construction

Over two weekends in November and December 2018, Daniel Marr & Son (DM&S) assembled and installed a new pedestrian bridge at Boston Children’s Hospital for Cives Steel and general contractor Suffolk Construction.  By mid-January, DM&S completed all necessary welding and decking on the 250-ton, 250-foot pedestrian bridge connecting the hospital to the Patient and Family Parking Garage. 

Email to DM&S Project Manager Alex Kleinert from David Parenteau, Project Executive at Suffolk Construction.

“Cives Steel and Marr, both their office and field teams, have invested their heart and souls into this project.  Their dedication to the project and to safety and to each other has been a pleasure to be a part of.  The challenge of building a pedestrian bridge up the main entrance of Boston Children’s Hospital and over Longwood avenue wasn’t challenging enough so we were also tasked with adding a 10th floor parking deck and a 10 story vertical addition onto their only Patient and Families Parking garage all while hospital day-to-day operations went on as if nothing was happening.  Wow… great work guys.  See you on the next one for sure!”

 

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Frank Hackett, Superintendent, Braintree High School

Marr Scaffolding Company donated portable heaters for the Thanksgiving Day Football Game at Braintree High School.  Thursday, November, 2018 hit record low temperatures, which almost caused the game against Milton High School to be cancelled. 

Frank Hackett, Superintendent for Braintree High School, sent Dan Marr III a letter of appreciation for the services:

“On behalf of Braintree High School Athletics and our Football Program, I would like to thank Marr Companies for the generous donation of sideline heaters that were used during the game.  The heaters certainly made an extremely cold day seem a bit more pleasant for the players and coaches that participated.  Your employees were extremely professional and kind with their time while ensuring the two heaters were delivered, assembled and secured properly on site Wednesday and again with pickup following the game.”

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Frank Rondeau, Sr. Superintendent, Suffolk Construction

Marr’s Shoring Division has recently worked with Suffolk Construction at 2 Boylston Place and The Little Building at Emerson College. Marr’s work included the design and installation of: mega shore through two stories of below grade parking to support a tower crane base; multi-story shoring of plate girders to facilitate column and footing removal for the installation of mini piles / mat foundations; and multi-story shoring to replace existing columns and install new vertical shafts through the existing structure.

Frank Rondeau, Sr. Superintendent for Suffolk, expressed his appreciation of Marr’s work:

“Project Manager Chris Madden and his team always find creative ways to minimize cost and shoring schemes that allow for the installation of the new structure. The team provided a professional design package (quick to be approved by design engineer), and a qualified, safe, hard-charging work force that always executes the work safely and on schedule. Marr shoring is the complete package from design concepts through engineering and execution; they are the best in the industry!”

 

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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!”