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Deer Island Project Profile: Beacon Team
Completes Critical QC Consulting Project at
One of Largest Wastewater Treatment Plants in U.S.

The Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Plant is operated by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). It is located on Deer Island, a 185-acre peninsula in Boston Harbor. The Deer Island plant treats and cleans wastewater (including stormwater runoff & sewage) received from more than 43 communities in the Boston area (representing more than 2 million people). In addition, wastewater from thousands of businesses and industrial facilities is also treated at the facility.

Deer Island is one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the U.S., with peak capacity to treat more than 1.2 billion gallons per day. The facility is the centerpiece of MWRA's long-term program to protect Boston Harbor against pollution coming from the Boston metropolitan area's sewer systems.

This project consisted of providing Quality Control (QC) services related to the replacement of three large chillers used in Deer Island's cryogenics facility. The new chillers installed (each rated at 165-tons) were manufactured by Carrier Corporation.

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Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for The New Year
From Everyone At Beacon Consulting Group, Inc.

It's hard to believe another year has flown by! As we get ready for the holidays and reflect on the busy year which is coming to an end, everyone here at Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. would like to say Thank You to all of our valued clients, partners, and friends! Over this past year, not only did we get to work on a wide range of very interesting, challenging and important construction consulting assignments, but we were honored to work for and with some of the greatest clients and partners possible.

We wish you & your family the very best for this Holiday Season and the entire New Year!

Beacon Project Update: Critical Milestone Completed
For Massachusetts Commuter Rail Extension Project

The Wachusett Extension Project is a construction project owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The project involved building a new commuter train station in Fitchburg, MA (which is now operational) and a train layover facility in Westminster, MA. Beacon Consulting Group has been providing Surety Consulting / Construction Consulting services on the project for a number of months, helping to ensure that project work moves forward in a timely manner. Because of early project delays, Beacon was retained by the Surety to help move the project forward -- assisting with project management and cost oversight.

In early November, another major milestone was reached for this project when a temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) was issued for the new Westminster Train Layover Facility, meaning that construction on that part of the project was completed and approved. The layover facility includes 6 train storage tracks, an employee parking area, a maintenance building, electrical substation, lighting, fencing, and landscaping.

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NYC Construction Spending Reaching
Record Levels According to NYBC Report

A new report issued by the New York Building Congress (NYBC) in October projects that New York City construction spending will reach a record level of $43.1 billion in 2016. The Report (New York City Construction Outlook 2016-2018) notes that this is the first time NYC construction spending passed the $40 billion mark. The 2016 level represents a 26 percent increase from 2015 (when construction spending was $34.3 billion).

The NYBC report also predicts that the NYC construction boom will continue through the next two years, with construction spending projected to be $42.1 billion in 2017 and $42.3 billion in 2018. According to the report, the current building boom appears to be driven largely by private sector development and increased demand for new residential buildings and office space. However, government spending on infrastructure construction projects is also significant — more than $12.7 billion in 2016 (a 56% increase compared to 2015).

View More Highlights From This Report & Additional Data >


Happy Thanksgiving To All Our Valued Clients,
Friends, Family, Team Members & Business Partners

On this Thanksgiving day, the Beacon Team would like to say Thank You to all the wonderful people who make it a pleasure to come to work every day! (OK, well most days anyway!)

We are truly lucky to be involved in interesting projects, doing important work and working for some of the greatest clients possible.

Wherever you may be this Holiday weekend, we wish you the best! From everyone here at Beacon Consulting Group, we truly wish you and your family a Safe, Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving!

Dennis O'Neill Co-Presents at Two Recent Industry Conferences:
Pearlman Assoc. 2016 Meeting & Surety Assoc. of Massachusetts

The Pearlman Association, based in Washington State, is a professional association which holds an annual conference for Surety & Fidelity industry professionals. At this year's meeting, held September 7-9, 2016 in Woodinville, WA, Beacon's President Dennis O'Neill was a co-presenter on a presentation titled "Trying Times — Trying Performance Bond Cases."

The other co-presenters on the paper were David Krebs (Krebs Farley, PLLC) and Patrick Toulouse (Travelers). The presentation focused on some of the challenges, complexities, and terminology associated Performance Bond cases. Dennis provided the Construction Consultant / Expert Witness perspective (such as how construction projects go wrong, types of project management structures, examples of construction project documents and project status / claim assessment worksheets). Dennis also co-presented at the Fall Meeting of the Surety Association of Massachusetts (October 13, 2016), along with William Sanford of Travelers. Their presentation was titled "Above & Beyond The Balance Sheet - Practical Considerations in Underwriting Contract Surety."

Beacon Project Update: MBTA Wachusett Rail Station
Opens for Commuter Train Service on September 30th

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced the opening of its new Wachusett commuter rail station, with limited commuter service starting on Friday, September 30th. MBTA currently projects that the station will be ready for a full train service schedule later this Fall. Meanwhile, other construction related to the new station is ongoing.

Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. has been providing Surety Consulting / Construction Consulting Services on the project, helping to ensure that the work continues to proceed in a timely manner. Because of early project delays, Beacon was retained by the Surety to assist with project management and cost oversight, and to help move the project forward.

Full Case History & More Photos >


Beacon Providing Construction Consulting & Project Management
Services For Residential Building Owners In Boston's Back Bay

Boston's Back Bay neighborhood is famous for its rows of historic Victorian brownstone homes and some famous 19th & 18th century buildings, such as Boston Public Library's McKim building. Along with the adjoining Beacon Hill area, Back Bay is known as one of Boston's most expensive neighborhood's in terms of real estate prices.

Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. has been providing construction consulting / construction management services for a building renovation project in the Back Bay area. The project involves extensive restoration ongoing at a 6-story residential building, which includes 30 individual condominium units.

The building was severely damaged by a fire in 2014. The 7-alarm blaze was reportedly caused by a careless smoker. While there were no casualties or serious injuries, the extensive interior damage to the building meant that all residents needed to move out while the building was renovated.

Full Case History & More Photos >


Beacon Project Update: Construction Progress
Continues at Rutgers University CCB Project

As reported in recent issues of our E-news, Beacon Consulting Group was selected to provide construction consulting & surety consulting services related to the completion of a new building project at Rutgers University (Piscataway, NJ). Beacon has provided a wide range of on-site and consulting services to support the Surety on this project. When completed, the interconnected buildings being constructed will be a state-of-the-art, 145,000 square foot multi-purpose facility—the new home for Rutgers' Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) Department. The CCB building(s) will house classrooms, research facilities, laboratories, conference rooms, offices, a large auditorium and other multi-use spaces.

To date, Beacon has provided the following services:

  • Developed RFP & helped secure completion contractor
  • Project oversight (Consultant for Surety)
  • Project communications & paperwork (Reports, RFIs, Submittals)
  • Beacon's team also served in an interim construction management role

In recent months, a great deal of progress has been made on this complex construction project. At the time of this writing, the General Contractor is managing a number of differerent, specialized contractors working simultaneously on the construction / installation of many internal and external building systems and features, including:

  • Curtainwall Installation
  • Sheathing & Framing Work
  • CFMF (Metal Framing)
  • Terracotta Exterior & Screen Walls
  • Masonry Work (Concrete Stairs & Other)
  • Electrical (Transformers, Main Feeders, Power Panels, Pull Boxes, Raceways, Wiring)
  • Plumbing (Piping for Pumps, Lab Waste/Venting, Domestic Systems)
  • HVAC-Related Work
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Stainless Steel Ductwork
  • Roofing Work

More Project Information & Photos >


Beacon Staff Profile: Meet John Steele,
Senior Project Manager & Consultant

John Steele has more than 20 years of experience working in the construction industry, including nearly 10 years as a Senior Project Manager and Consultant working for Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. John graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned an MBA from The University of New Orleans.

Since joining Beacon's construction consulting team in 2006, John has managed numerous projects for Beacon working in many different states, including New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, among others. John works on a wide variety of construction consulting, surety consulting and project management assignments for Beacon.

View John's Staff Full Bio >

Hobbies & Interests

John is an avid sports fisherman and boater. In fact, he has been a licensed Charter Boat captain since 2002. In his free time, John has run many offshore and inshore charter fishing trips on his 37' Topaz fishing boat ("Moondance") operating out of Point Pleasant, NJ.

Click below to view photos of some of the impressive fish John and his charter guests have caught over the years. John's years of experience enable him to captain charter trips as far out as 100+ miles offshore to some of the best deep sea fishing spots on the East Coast, catching a wide variety of large game fish, such as Marlin, Mahi, Wahoo, Yellowfin, Longfin, Swordfish, Bigeye Tuna and sharks.

John's Full Bio & Photos From His Charter Fishing Expeditions >


Beacon Providing Construction Consulting Services for Important MBTA Commuter Rail Project in Massachusetts

The Wachusett Extension Project is an ongoing public transit construction project owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). When completed, the project will extend a Boston metropolitan area commuter rail line by building a new station in Fitchburg, MA and a train layover facility in Westminster, MA.

The project is an important one for MBTA, but involves a very tight construction schedule, in part because track materials were not available according to the project's original construction schedule. Because of early project delays, Beacon was retained by the Surety to assist with project management and cost oversight, and to help move the project forward in an efficient, timely manner.

Full Case History & More Photos >


Beacon Merchant Construction Selected By
NYC Dept. of Sanitation (DSNY) for Site
Improvement / Stormwater Management Project

Beacon Consulting Group’s sister company, Beacon Merchant Construction, Inc., is a construction company approved to perform GC work for all NYC agencies, with bonding capacity sufficient to take on major projects. Beacon Merchant is currently the General Contractor for a site improvement project now underway for the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY). The project is taking place at DSNY’s Brooklyn-15 (BK-15) Garage, a truck-storage, parking, and maintenance facility located on a waterfront location in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

The BK-15 project includes:

  • Installation of a stormwater handling system
  • Site excavation and installation of infiltration systems, detention tanks, and oil water separators
  • Other/related site improvements include: Installation of new snow plow racks, truck bumpers, asphalt pavement replacement, and installation of new chain link fencing

Work on the project started in June and is scheduled to finish later this summer. Key personnel working on the project for Beacon include Mike Paquet (Construction Site Superintendent) and Kieran O'Connor (Project Manager).

An interesting part of the BK-15 project is the installation of a large, pre-cast concrete water detention system. As shown in the photos, the multi-section Terre Box water detention tank consists of 9 large pre-cast concrete sections, each weighing 80,000 lbs.

Full Case History & More Photos >


Beacon Staff News: Congratulations
and Best Wishes to Beacon Project Engineer
Aldrich Mendes & His Bride Cynthia

Our congratulations and best wishes go out to Aldrich Mendes and his wife Cynthia who were married on June 30th.

Aldrich is a Project Engineer based out of Beacon's Medford, MA office. He joined the company in 2016 and is a great addition to our team. Aldrich helps provide outstanding service to Beacon's clients on construction consulting and surety consulting projects in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Aldrich attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he graduated from the Civil Engineering Technology program. At Beacon, he has been playing a key role assisting on the MBTA Assembly Square Station project and on a condomimium fire rehabilitation project.

To learn more about Aldrich and view his full bio, please click on the link below.

View Aldrich's Full Bio >

The "Beacon Bears" Looking
Forward To 2016 Softball Season

Now that the summer is here, the "Beacon Bears" are coming out of hibernation and are gearing up for another exciting softball season. The Bears are a co-ed, slow pitch softball team organized by Beacon Consulting Group's Medford, MA office. The team plays in an after-work league, with games taking place on the fields in Boston Common, downtown's Boston's historic park.

In 2015, the Bears won their league championship, finishing with 8 wins and one loss. Mike Kinahan, who organizes Beacon's team, has also been the team’s power hitter. Mike led the league in home runs in 2015, with 9 homers last summer and 5 more during the Fall season. Beacon's Pitcher, Jim Bruno, also contributed strong hitting with a respectable .889 average last season.

The Bears includes players from Beacon’s Medford office, as well as friends, clients, and partners all of whom contributed to the winning season last year. As important as the competition and thrill of victory which the Beacon Bears experience on the field, the team also enjoys lively post-game debriefings, food and beverages with friends and opposing teams at M.J. O'Connor's. If you are planning to be in Boston this summer, make sure to check on the Beacon Bears' schedule and come out to Boston Common to cheer them on.


Happy Independence Day!
From Everyone At Beacon Consulting Group, Inc.

From everyone here at Beacon Consulting Group, we wish you a safe & happy Independence Day. May you have clear skies, warm weather and good company!

Just for fun, we have put together a little July 4th Quiz with fun facts about July 4th and The Declaration of Independence. Test your knowledge of U.S. History & have some fun. Click Below & Enjoy!

Test Your July 4th Knowledge Here >


NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
Chooses Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. to
Provide Construction Consulting Services

In 2016, Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. started providing construction consulting services to the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). NYCEDC is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes economic growth across all of New York City's five boroughs. The organization is New York City's official economic development corporation, charged with using the City's assets to drive growth, create jobs, and improve quality of life. The organization has a history of working on many different economic development projects which revitalize neighborhoods, create jobs, and often include the renovation and/or reconstruction of buildings, parks, and other public spaces.

NYCEDC is responsible for developing, managing, maintaining and leasing over 20 million square feet of New York City properties. The organization is also actively involved in helping to rejuvinate NYC's many miles of waterfront. In addition to economic devleopment through the reactivation of waterfront-based businesses and maritime infrastructure, the organization focuses on improving public access to waterfront areas and the promotion of green spaces and parks along NYC's harbor and rivers. Related to improving waterfront areas, NYCEDC manages the inspection and rehabilitation of approximately 75 miles of structures supporting waterfront esplanades throughout the five boroughs.

Among the consulting services that Beacon is focusing on for NYCEDC is the review, verification and auditing of construction project change orders, to help the organization ensure that construction projects are being managed and tracked in a highly professional manner. Beacon has a long history of providing construction consulting services for projects that are either owned, managed, or funded by New York City agencies and related public/private partnerships.

View Full Article & Learn More About Beacon's Work on Various NYC Projects >


Beacon Staff Profile: Meet Mike Kinahan,
Project Manager & Surety Consultant

Michael Kinahan has more than seven years of experience providing construction consulting services, including extensive experience assisting sureties on bond-default-related matters, such as project assessments, bond claim analysis, project re-lets, and construction management oversight. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island (B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering), Mike is a highly motivated, technically savvy professional with extensive experience in software applications such as Primavera, CADD, and MS Excel.

Mike's attention to detail on construction accounting issues along with his ability to work effectively with onsite construction personnel has enabled him to build a track record of success in helping to turn around troubled projects for Beacon's clients. Mike is currently serving as a Project Manager on the MBTA Assembly Square Station project and is also actively involved in other Surety Consulting and Construction Consulting projects for Beacon.

Mike has worked on a number of field construction teams as a project engineer, has been involved in construction defects evaluations and is now a valuable and versatile member of Beacon Consulting Group's construction management team.

On a personal note, Mike is a competitive athlete who enjoys playing team sports. He organizes and manages Beacon's softball team for the Medford, MA, office ("The Beacon Bears") and led the team to win the league championship last year ... View Mike's Full Bio >

The "Beacon Bears" Looking
Forward To 2016 Softball Season

Now that the summer is here, the "Beacon Bears" are coming out of hibernation and are gearing up for another exciting softball season. The Bears are a co-ed, slow pitch softball team organized by Beacon Consulting Group's Medford, MA office. The team plays in an after-work league, with games taking place on the fields in Boston Common, downtown's Boston's historic park.

In 2015, the Bears won their league championship, finishing with 8 wins and one loss. Mike Kinahan, who organizes Beacon's team, has also been the team’s power hitter. Mike led the league in home runs in 2015, with 9 homers last summer and 5 more during the Fall season. Beacon's Pitcher, Jim Bruno, also contributed strong hitting with a respectable .889 average last season.

The Bears includes players from Beacon’s Medford office, as well as friends, clients, and partners all of whom contributed to the winning season last year. As important as the competition and thrill of victory which the Beacon Bears experience on the field, the team also enjoys lively post-game debriefings, food and beverages with friends and opposing teams at M.J. O'Connor's. If you are planning to be in Boston this summer, make sure to check on the Beacon Bears' schedule and come out to Boston Common to cheer them on.


Welcome to Ryan Ross, Project Engineer
& Newest Member of Beacon's NYC Team

Among the new faces at Beacon Consulting Group in recent months is Ryan Ross, Project Engineer and Surety Consultant. Since relocating to New York City in the past year, Ryan has already become a valuable member of Beacon's NYC project team.

Ryan is a talented, dedicated, detail-oriented professional whose prior experience includes working as Field Engineer in the Washington D.C. area for Turner Construction Company. While working in the D.C. area, Ryan focused on Healthcare facility expansions and other construction projects.

Ryan originally hails from Virginia Beach, VA, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia (UVA) at Charlottesville, where he received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Civil and Environmental Engineering. At Beacon Consulting Group, Ryan is working on a broad range of construction consulting assignments, serving our client in all of the following roles:

  • Contractor Claim Analysis
  • Change Order Negotiations
  • Construction Cost Analysis
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Defects Analysis
  • Assisting in the preparation of bid packages
  • Communicating with the subcontractors/vendors on a daily basis
  • Reviewing construction-project-related documents
  • Assisting Project Managers with cost to complete analyses
  • Preparing and reviewing payment requisitions, change orders & other project documents
  • Preparing and analyzing project schedules, construction and payment bond claims

View Ryan's Full Bio >

Project Updates: Progress Continues at Rutgers University
Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) Building Project

As previously reported, Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. was selected to provide construction consulting and surety consulting services related to a new building project at Rutgers University (Piscataway, NJ). Since late 2015, Beacon has been providing a comprehensive range of services to support the Surety for this project. This building construction project entails the completion of a state-of-the-art, 145,000 square foot new facility, which will be the flagship building for Rutgers' Chemistry & Chemical Biology Department.

Starting late 2015, some of the services provided by Beacon include:

  • Taking on an interim construction management role for the project
    (easing the transition / hand-over to the completion contractor)
  • Project communications & paperwork, such as Daily Reports, RFIs, & Submittals
  • Developing an RFP and helping to secure a completion contractor for the project
  • Project oversight & helping resolve issues related to the construction process

In recent months, a great deal of progress has been made related to the structural concrete work on the project. Beacon's team of professionals has been instrumental to moving this work forward. As of late April, the concrete work was nearing completion, with demobilization of the concrete subcontractor expected to take place in May.

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Beacon's Kieran O'Connor Provides Testimony,
Helps Achieve Successful Outcome For Surety In
NYS Court Related to Construction Subcontractor Dispute

Kieran O'Connor, a Project Manager based in Beacon's New York office, recently provided testimony in a construction-related case heard in Brooklyn, NY. Beacon's President, Dennis O'Neill, was named as an expert witness for the Surety in the case. Kieran was named as a fact witness. The case involved a subcontractor who was claiming they were underpaid for work performed, prior to the GC defaulting on a building restoration project. Kieran took the stand for two consecutive days during the case, providing testimony and answering questions posed by attorneys for the plaintiff and the defense.

The Surety was successfully represented by the law firm of Westermann Sheehy Keenan Samaan & Aydelott, LLP ( Shortly after Kieran finished his testimony, the judge in the case ruled in favor of the Surety regarding all aspects of the dispute. As part of Beacon's expert consulting services on this project, Kieran reviewed the scope of work for the project, the status of the relevant work and the contract value. Related to this, Beacon's team had closely scrutinized, analyzed and corrected work which had been done by the claimant in the case.

Kieran was very familiar with the project because Beacon had recently provided Surety consulting / construction consulting services related to the project ....View Full Article >

Dennis O'Neill Presents to Young Professionals at
Travelers Bond School, Provides High-Level View Covering
Construction Project Management, Project Roles, and Work Phases

Beacon's President Dennis O'Neill has presented at many industry events over the years. Most recently, Dennis was invited to speak to a group of young professionals at Travelers in Hartford, CT, helping to cover a broad range of issues related to managing construction projects. The presentation was part of the staff's broader training and exposure to issues and risks associated with construction projects.

Areas covered during the presentation included:

  • High-level view of phases of a construction project
  • Roles played by various parties in a construction project
    (e.g. Owners, A/E, GC, Subcontractors, Consultants, Site Personnel, etc)
  • Construction project terms and acronyms
  • Some of the areas of risk associated with managing construction projects
  • Various types of contracts and management structures associated with projects

The Travelers Companies ("Travelers") is a leading global provider of commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals. Travelers provides a full range of risk management products and solutions to the construction industry. In the area of Construction Surety, Travelers has provided bonding for some of the largest and highest profile projects undertaken in the U.S., such as the refurbishment of the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Coulee and Hoover dams, the largest highway contract ever (the $1.5 billion I-15 corridor in Utah) and the skyway segment of the Oakland Bay bridge.


Construction Defects Project Profile: Beacon Providing
Expert Services / Evaluating Caulking at Luxury
Residential Highrise located in Las Vegas, NV

Beacon has been selected to provide expert consulting services related to an ongoing construction-related dispute concerning a luxury residential high-rise condominium complex. The complex, consisting of two 18-story towers completed in 2007, includes 219 separate luxury apartments ranging in size from 2100 sf to 14,000 sf. Individual units in the buildings reportedly sell for upwards of $1.5 million (on average).

Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. has been retained to provide expert consulting services, including:

  • Performing an on-site review / evaluation of exterior caulking work done on the two towers
  • Review / analyze reports done by other consultants hired by the Home Owners Associates and the General Contractor related to alleged defects in the building's caulking
  • Write an expert report / evaluation summarizing Beacon's findings

Caulk helps to create an airtight and watertight seal in a structure's cracks and crevices. Properly installed caulking is a critical part of a building's "envelope" -- helping to ensure that a structure is weatherproof. Caulking plays an important role in a building's structural integrity by helping to prevent moisture intrusion. When caulking is not installed properly (or completely), water can seep behind brick, stone, and other building materials leading to interior property damage, as well as damage to the structure itself. Caulking is also important for a building's energy efficiency and for draft prevention.

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Beacon Consulting Group Staff News:
Meet Two of The New Faces in
Beacon's New York City Office

Janita Mercado (Administrative/Project Mgr. Assistant ) and Tom Connolly (Project Engineer) joined Beacon's NYC project team in the past several months.

Tom Connolly is a native of NJ and attended The College of NJ. Since joining Beacon, he has worked on a variety of projects, and has been assisting with the Chemistry & Chemical Biology Building project at Rutgers University. Tom was previously an assistant project manager for a NYC-based General Contractor working on commercial and residential projects.

Janita Mercado's energy, enthusiasm and great communication skills enable her to take on a wide variety of projects with confidence. A native New Yorker and graduate of SUNY Geneseo, Janita's background includes time spent living in Orlando, Fl, where she worked for a construction company and for Walt Disney World. Janita also has experience working in marketing and public relations. Janita provides project and administrative support to Beacon's NYC project managers, helps with Beacon's client communications, office/admin management, events and special projects.

Welcome Janita and Tom! 

Service Highlights: Beacon's Expertise / Offerings
Cover All Phases of Construction Project Lifecycle

As a leading provider of Construction Consulting & Surety Consulting services, Beacon Consulting Group thrives on taking on the most complex and challenging assignments. Our team includes construction experts with diverse backgrounds and decades of experience evaluating, planning, managing, and monitoring construction projects. The services section of our website includes more information about our full range of services, but below are some highlights of how we help our clients during all phases of a construction project, from evaluation of a proposed project through completion:

Project Evaluation, Planning & Pre-Construction. Beacon helps financial institutions, project owners, and other project stakeholders (such as government agencies, surety companies, investors and development partners) with the evaluation of proposed construction projects. Our many years of experience analyzing, estimating and planning projects enables us to provide our clients with independent / expert guidance related to project viability. By providing services such as "Document & Cost Review (DCR)" and Conceptual Budget / Schematic Estimating, we help clients to efficiently complete the due diligence necessary to minimize risks, identify areas of concern, and provide an impartial, early-stage evaluation of a project's overall viability. For example, our estimators and schedulers can quickly identify if a project plan contains projections that may be overly optimistic. By leveraging our extensive experience creating and reviewing RFPs and managing the re-let process (for Surety projects), Beacon helps to ensure that the best possible team is in place to complete a project reliably, safely and as planned.

Project Management & Monitoring. Whether acting as a consultant on behalf of a Surety company, financial institution, or government agency, or as the primary Construction Manager (CM) on a project, Beacon's team of experts help to track and manage the many simultaneous tasks which must be completed efficiently, reliably, and safely. Our team's many decades of experience working on site and behind the scenes helps to ensure that GCs (and subcontractors) are staying on track through all phases of the construction process. Services such as funds control, on-site management, construction loan monitoring, periodic project reviews, change-order tracking / management, and subcontractor vetting/ratification are all part of Beacon's comprehensive range of capabilities related to construction project management.

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Networking in a "Winter Wonderland"
ABA Fidelity & Surety Winter Meeting 2016

It was great to see everyone during the recent ABA Surety & Fidelity Winter meeting. The theme of our networking event this year was "Winter Wonderland." A big Thank You to all of our co-sponsors for this event, who are listed & linked below.

Luckily, we were able to hold the party on Thursday evening January 21st — just before New York City became a true "Winter Wonderland" buried by 2 feet of snow courtesy of Winter Storm Jonas.

Click here to view photos from the event »

The event was held at the Bryant Park Grill in midtown Manhattan during the ABA Mid-Winter Conference. Ice sculptures, live music, a sketch artist and speed painting made the evening festive and entertaining!

For those of you who stayed around New York City for the storm, we would love to hear about your experiences!

The event was co-sponsored by: Beacon Consulting Group, Inc., Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., Dreifuss Bonacci & Parker, PC, Dunlap Fiore, LLC, Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC, Marcum, LLP, and Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP.

Please contact us if you would like to get prints for any of the photos you see in the event Photo Gallery.


Beacon Staff Profile: Meet Bob Wittenberg, PE
Senior Project Manager, Surety & Construction Consultant

Robert Wittenberg is a seasoned construction professional with more than 30 years of experience providing management and oversight on construction projects. Over the past three decades, Bob has worked for engineering firms, AIG, the U.S. Coast Guard and leading construction consulting firms.

In the Surety Consulting/Engineering area, Bob worked at AIG for 22 years where he was Director-Surety Engineering. Throughout his years at AIG, Bob consulted on, and managed the resolution of, numerous construction-related matters associated with complex bond default issues.  Since joining Beacon, Bob has utilized his construction and surety consulting expertise on a wide range of projects, including managing the completion process for projects in all of the following areas (click below for article) . . .

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Beacon Providing Surety Consulting / Construction Consulting
Services for Construction Projects at Federally-Owned
Apartment Complex in Brooklyn, NY

Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. is providing Surety Consulting / Construction Consulting services related to construction projects in and around the garage area of Dayton Manor, a 116-unit apartment building located in Brooklyn, NY. The project entails repairs to the roof of an underground garage and restoration of the site, as well as repairs to the interior of the garage (see full project profile). The anticipated project schedule is 3 months.

Dayton Manor provides residential housing for federal employees (and their families) who work at two federal correctional facilities in Brooklyn.

Beacon’s Services / Role

Beacon is supporting the Surety company by providing the following services:

  • Performing an assessment of the cost to complete
  • Developing a re-let package
  • Assisting the Surety with selection of a completion contractor
  • Review payment bond claims

View Project Profile >

Dennis O'Neill To Present on Roofing Construction
Topics at ABA TIPS Fidelity & Surety Law Committee
Mid-Winter Meeting (January 21, 2016 - NYC)

We look forward to seeing everyone at the ABA TIPS Surety/Fidelity Committee Mid-Winter meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (January 20-22, 2016). This is one of the best conferences for Surety & Fidelity professionals, bringing together industry leaders from all over the U.S.

On Thursday January 21, 2016, Dennis O'Neill (President of Beacon Consulting Group) will lead off a presentation and discussion on roofing-construction-related issues as part of the Mid-Winter conference's Construction Program. Make sure to check out the presentation to learn more about commercial roofing systems, common types of roofs, how to identify qualified contractors, where roofing systems can fail, and handling various aspects of roofing-related claims.

Beacon's team has extensive experience managing all aspects of roofing construction, repair, and replacement projects, as well as related professional services (in the areas of surety consulting, construction defects analysis, and more). To request more information about the meeting or a copy of a "synopsis" for this presentation, please Contact Beacon.

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Beacon Staff Profile: Kieran O'Connor
Surety Consultant & Construction Project Manager

Kieran O’Connor is a key member of Beacon Consulting Group’s New York team. He has extensive in-field experience providing Surety Consulting & Construction Project Management.  Kieran is a tenacious, detail-oriented professional who serves Beacon’s clients with a very high level of professionalism and proficiency across a wide range of consulting areas.

Kieran has a B.E. in Civil Engineering, but has built upon his educational training with years of practical construction management and consulting experience gained working on a broad range of projects, with extensive expertise on school, municipal, public housing, and marine construction and surety consulting contracts. As a Project Manager, Kieran assists with the day-to-day operations of construction projects, including submittals, transmittals, RFI’s, RFQ’s, closeout documents and construction management oversight. He also assists Sureties on matters related to complex bond default issues including performing cost-to-complete analysis, payment bond claims review, and assembly of completion bid packages.

Kieran originally hails from Kerry, Ireland where he was an active member of Kerry’s GAA football program for several years, rising up to play at the highest level in the sport . . . View Kieran's Full Bio >


Beacon Providing Surety Consulting, Construction Management
and Related Consulting Services for Large Residential,
High-Rise Apartment Complex in Manhattan, NY

Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. is currently providing a wide range of construction-management, surety consulting and related professional services for projects at The Amsterdam Houses, a large residential housing complex located on the west side of Manhattan. The complex consists of 13 high-rise buildings managed by The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest public housing authority in North America.

Construction work at the Amsterdam Houses includes:

  • Asbestos & Lead Abatement
  • Masonry Restoration
  • Roofing Replacement
  • Water tank Replacement
  • Electrical Work

Beacon Consulting Group is supporting the Surety company, providing the following services:

  • Surety Consulting
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Monitoring
  • Managed Project Relet Process

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