WBE, family-owned construction company honored for second year in a row
BOSTON – May 31, 2016 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, is proud to announce that it has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ). The award honors companies creating the most enjoyable and meaningful work environments, based on anonymous employee surveys collected from companies in Boston. The BBJ will recognize this year’s Best Places to Work honorees during an event on Thursday, June 23 at Boston’s iconic Symphony Hall.
“We are extremely pleased to recognize these companies that clearly value their employees and go the extra mile to create great workplaces,” said Carolyn M. Jones, the Boston Business Journal’s publisher and market president.
In September 2014 Kaplan announced the culmination of a three-year management transition. Nathan Peck was promoted to president and Jane Kaplan Peck, majority owner, was appointed chief operating officer (COO). Founders Ken and Cathy Kaplan took on new roles as chairman of the board and senior advisor, respectively. In October 2014 the company was certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“We are thrilled to once again be on the Boston Business Journal’s prestigious list,” said Jane Kaplan Peck, chief operating officer at Kaplan Construction. “This past year we were committed to providing our employees a new and reenergized office space, challenging opportunities from which to grow and develop, and above all, a balanced home and work life. It is an honor to be recognized for these things as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.”
Recent Kaplan projects include:
Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills (Milton, Mass.)
Kaplan delivered construction management and design/build services for a new 8,500 SF, two-story building for Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills in Milton, Mass. Designed to accommodate 120+ member families, the sanctuary will seat 160 for the High Holidays. The building has four classrooms as well as four bathrooms, offices, a library, kitchen and areas for socializing.
Lyman School Apartments (East Boston, Mass.)
The East Boston Community Development Corporation (EBCDC) engaged Kaplan for interior and exterior renovations to an historic red-brick structure that was originally built in 1912 as the Theodore Lyman School. The 40,000 SF, five-story building, located at 30 Gove Street in East Boston, was converted to elderly housing in the 1980s. The new renovation will create a mix of 45 rent-assisted studios and one-bedroom apartments, office space, common amenities, and community space.
Castle Island Brewing Company (Norwood, Mass.)
Kaplan transformed an existing warehouse into Greater Boston’s newest craft brewery for Castle Island Brewing Company. Kaplan’s primary focus was to modify the existing warehouse and complete the mechanical infrastructure necessary to support Castle Island’s highly specialized equipment so that brewing could commence before Thanksgiving 2015. A 3,000 SF section of concrete floor was promptly removed so that a new reinforced floor system with a urethane floor coating could be installed to support the 12 stainless steel tanks that can each weigh up to 28,000 pounds when full of beer.
The survey project was launched in February by the BBJ in conjunction with employee- performance research firm Quantum Workplace of Omaha, Nebraska. Nearly 300 companies qualified for consideration and completed the nomination process.
About Kaplan Construction
Kaplan Construction is a WBE general contractor and construction management company that provides comprehensive building programs including preconstruction planning, construction management, design-build services, and general construction for commercial, healthcare, multi-family, worship, and institutional clients. Serving Greater Boston since 1976, Kaplan is dedicated to building trusted, long-lasting relationships with its staff and clients based on professional teamwork, personal service, and quality craftsmanship. The company’s proactive approach features lean building techniques and integrated project delivery (IPD) that often realize substantial cost savings and earlier completion dates for its clients, while its dedication to safety far surpasses industry standards. Kaplan has earned its reputation for excellent customer service and superb workmanship, and the company’s highly successful projects have garnered a long list of industry awards and repeat clients. For more information, please visit www.kaplanconstructs.com.