George Cantin, Superintendent, Commodore Builders

At 104 Hemenway Street, Isaac Blair worked for Commodore Builders to install a shoring system to correct flooring that had been installed a couple of inches too short. Isaac Blair used Shore X frames, steel beams and 20-ton jacks to jack the first level of the building, which in turn elevated the four floors above. According to Isaac Blair General Manager Chris Foley, “the site is very tight and congested, so it was a great challenge working around everything.” The shoring was installed in August of 2020 and remained in place for over two months.

In an email to the team, George Cantin, Superintendent at Commodore Builders, had this to say of the work completed:

“I wanted to take a moment to recognize the outstanding service that Andrew and Chris have provided.

In the four months I have been on the Hemenway Project, we have encountered complicated existing conditions requiring shoring with little prior notice. They have moved mountains to get the job done in a professional, safe manner.

Multiple times, they have put crews together at a moment’s notice and met every schedule deadline we have imposed.

I have personally worked with your team for the last three years, every time the performance has been the same. On a challenging project, we are glad to have you as our partners.”

Colby Baker, Project Manager, Titan Roofing

“The commercial roofing business is fast paced and constantly changing so I need someone who is responsive and can provide quality service at all times. This is Marr Crane & Rigging. Their employees and equipment are second to none.”   

Jason Edic, VP of Risk Management, Lee Kennedy Co.

“Lee Kennedy Co. has partnered with Marr for years, decades really. The team members at Marr Crane & Rigging are consummate professionals who can plan and execute any task. We’ve worked on some of the most challenging projects in New England with Marr, and they always deliver, and deliver safely.”

Adam Palmer, Director of Operations & Project Executive, JM Electrical

Marr Crane & Rigging was contracted by JM Electrical to provide crane, rigging and trucking services for the electrical upgrade at the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children in Canton, MA. A scheduled shutdown on September 3rd allowed for the replacement of a new transformer and the removal of an old electrical switchgear. Utilizing a 70-ton crane, Marr riggers worked alongside the crane operator to install the new equipment safely.
Despite some last minute changes, the team readily adapted their plan and the operation went smoothly.
Adam Palmer, Director of Operations & Project Executive at JM Electrical, commended the Marr team on their efforts in an email: 
“Thank you to you and your crew for yesterday’s work. The shutdown went nearly flawlessly and your crew was fantastic. Arrived on time, with all equipment and manpower needed. They were patient when needed and sprung into action with no questions asked. As with all projects, they are only as successful as the team pit in place. It was clear yesterday that Marr is an essential partner to the JME team.”

David Rodrigues, Facilities & Preservation Manager, Revolutionary Spaces

Due to heavy winds in May, the iconic eagle mounted on the exterior of the Old State House in Boston became partially detached. Marr received a call from Revolutionary Spaces requesting a scissor lift with an operator to help secure the detached architectural detail. Less than 24 hours later, the eagle was safe and sound.

David Rodrigues, Facilities & Preservation Manager at Revolutionary Spaces, commended the efforts by Marr to help recover the eagle. In an email to Aerial Lifts Sales Representative Riley McGovern, Rodrigues wrote: “It went phenomenally well!!! Your driver and operator were wonderful, thank you.”

Phil Ruggiero, Principal, Knox Building Company

On May 16th, Isaac Blair transferred a two-ton (+) container from Cinquecento, an Italian restaurant in Boston’s South End to Tuscan Market, located in Salem, NH. A water main break back in April flooded Harrison Avenue, forcing Cinquecento to close down for repair. With the health of patrons a top concern and with an impending reopening, Salem’s Tuscan Market purchased a portable bar from Cinquecento. The portable bar, originally built in a ship’s container, allowed the restaurant to serve customers outside while providing ample room for social distancing per safety guidelines. Marr Crane & Rigging provided a crane and a tractor trailer to safely transfer the container. The container was offloaded by crane to an outdoor area under a large tent, which is functioning as restaurant space opening for business as of Monday, Memorial Day 2020.

In an email to Dan Marr, Phil Ruggiero, Principal of Knox Building Company, wrote:

“The Isaac Blair crew did a fantastic job moving the container for the owner of Tuscan Kitchen. You guys jumped on this right away and executed perfectly.”

Dan Fitzpatrick, Field Supervisor, The Pappas Company

In early September, Marr Crane & Rigging’s Grove GMK3050 lifted panels into the new, live performance area at TD Garden for the Pappas Company.

Dan Fitzpatrick, Field Supervisor at The Pappas Company, praised Marr’s performance on site: “Last night was a major success. I want the same 2 guys next week. Those guys were amazing, hardworking, courteous, professional.”

Parviz Tabrizi, Superintendent, Shawmut Design & Construction

This past winter, Marr’s specialty shoring company Isaac Blair installed a large shoring system for a building on Hemenway Street in Boston after a serious fire burned it out. The shoring prevented the structure from collapsing into the surrounding buildings. In late August, Isaac Blair was called back to the site to remove the shoring prior to its complete demolition overseen by Shawmut Design & Construction. The crew mobilized quickly and worked long days over one weekend and overtime during the following week to complete the job.

Parviz Tabrizi, Superintendent at Shawmut Design & Construction, commended the Isaac Blair team for their performance in an email: “I just wanted to take a moment and commend you and your site crew for having performed your scope of work safely and swiftly all within the time constraints of the project. As always, I am looking forward to be working with you and your team in the near future.”


Rick Mears, Dir. Environmental Health & Safety, Amherst College

In late July, Marr’s VP of Safety & Training Eric Stalmon was the guest speaker at the Western MA OSHA Roundtable at Amherst College. He presented on scaffold safety awareness and inspection as it pertains to OSHA and ANSI Standards.

Rick Mears, Amherst College’s Director of Environmental Health and Safety, had these kind words to say following Eric’s presentation: “Everyone who attended commented on both how great the presentation was, and how much they learned. Again, we very much appreciated your time and outstanding training.”

Attendees also thanked Eric for a job well done via a LinkedIn post. Bill Moran, Sr. Risk Control Specialist at PMA Managment Corp. of New England, commented: “I attended this training and need to say it was it very educational, very informative and a very well done presentation. Impressive. Thanks, Eric.”

Steven Proteau, Safety Manager at PeopleReady Skilled Trades / TrueBlue, also commented on LinkedIn, writing: “I attended this training and Echo Bill Moran’s comments. Great job, Eric! Very engaging.”

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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!”