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2011
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MA Project Labor Agreement Features Union and Non-Union Shops, Comes in $6M Under Budget

Taunton Trial Court


A new trial court is standing proud in Taunton, Massachusetts thanks to a Project Labor Agreement that witnessed immense cost-savings and other efficiencies. Built Best has the scoop:

The Taunton District, the Bristol County Juvenile Court and Probate and Family Court, and the Southeast Housing Court began operations in the new court building in June. The spacious new courthouse features eight courtrooms, modern information technology and digital recording capability, handicapped accessibility, and secure detention areas, a jury pool and the District Attorney’s Office.

After on-site demolition, construction on the new building began in October 2008 on this LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified courthouse, which incorporated energy standards into all phases of the project – site development, design, material utilization, practices and equipment.

The project built under a Project Labor Agreement was budgeted at $86 million dollars and was completed under-budget by $6 million dollars! The project created 140 construction jobs that contributed to the local Taunton economy. Many praises and gratitude was given to everyone involved for the collaboration and partnership including Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, Inc. and the union construction workers on the project.

Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray speaking at the ceremony said, “This project was $6 million dollars under-budget and built under a project labor agreement and we saw positive results in quality and safety”

Senator Marc R. Pacheco of Taunton said, “As the Lt. Governor mentioned, a PLA can be controversial but this was a real live experiment of a project built under a PLA - $6 million under budget, harmony on the job, no problems, a quality project on this taxpayer funded project.”

Commissioner Carol Cornelison of the Division of Capital Asset Management said, ” This was a great investment of $80 million dollars, the development lived up to the spirit and intent lead by example.”

Most interesting about this PLA is that, similar to the San Diego School District PLA we reported on last week, both union and non-union contractors were used on the project. This flies in the face of PLA detractors who claim that PLAs unfairly exclude non-union shops from bidding on the large-scale public works which they cover. In this instance, according to Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council, “the Miscellaneous & Ornamental Iron subcontracting bid was won by V&G Ironworks, an open-shop. Under Massachusetts Public Bidding Statute MGL Chapter 149A, Section 8, trade contractors in 17 categories bid to the awarding authority independently. The authority must then select the low bidder. This shows that non-union contractors can bid and win on public projects under a PLA.”

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2 Comments on “MA Project Labor Agreement Features Union and Non-Union Shops, Comes in $6M Under Budget”

  1. [...] new court building went up in Massachusetts under a Project Labor Agreement. It came in $ 6 million under budget and both union and non-union contractors worked on the [...]

  2. [...] new court building went up in Massachusetts under a Project Labor Agreement. It came in $6 million under budget and both union and non-union contractors worked on the [...]

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