Beacon Consulting Group News - March 2017


Happy Independence Day! July 4th, 2017


Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. wishes you & your family a Happy & Safe July 4th holiday! In celebration, our offices will be closing early on Monday, July 3rd 2017 and will reopen Weds Morning July 5th.

In John Adams' famous letter of July 3, 1776, he wrote to his wife Abigail about his thoughts regarding how future generations might celebrate America's independence. Here is the text from his letter:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.



Beacon Retained To Provide Construction Consulting and
Construction Management Services For Project at Robert Moses State Park


Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. was recently selected by a leading Surety company to provide construction consulting and construction management services for a project at Robert Moses State Park (Babylon, NY). Robert Moses Park is a popular beach-front recreation area, located on the western end of Fire Island, a barrier island in Suffolk County, NY.

Beacon was retained by the Surety following the default of the General Contractor (GC) that was working on sanitary system improvements at the park, including site excavation work, installation of new sanitary lines and manholes, line cleanouts, camera-inspection of lines and related site survey work. Beacon's role is to assist the Surety company to get the project back on track, by analyzing the current state of the work completed, communicating with all parties involved, and helping to move the project forward. Completing work at Robert Moses State Park in a timely manner is a high priority for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, given that more than 3.8 million people visit the park annually.

With more than 875 acres of open space, a golf course, and 5 miles of pristine oceanfront shoreline, Robert Moses State Park is a popular destination for fishing, swimming, sunbathing, boating, surfing, bird watching, hiking, and off-road vehicles. The barrier island runs parallel to Long Island, NY, with the Atlantic Ocean on its southern side, and the Great South Bay on the northern side. Adjoining Robert Moses State Park on its eastern side is The Fire Island National Seashore and Fire Island's landmark lighthouse...

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Beacon Completes Surety Consulting & Construction Management
Services Contract For Queens, NY School Renovation Project


Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. has extensive experience working on school construction and renovation projects, including consulting on many projects where the NYC School Construction Authority (NYCSCA) is the project owner. In recent months, Beacon completed its contracted work for a school renovation / construction consulting assignment at Public School 69 (P.S. 69) located in Jackson Heights, a neighborhood of Queens, NY.

Beacon was retained by a leading Surety Company to help with the P.S. 69 project following the default of the General Contractor hired by NYCSCA to perform extensive masonry and roof repairs to the school's parapets, walls, capstone copings, dome roof, metal flashing and other related work.

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Beacon Project Update: Work Nears Completion at Dayton Manor,
Residential Building (Brooklyn, NY) Owned by The Federal Bureau of Prisons


OBeacon Consulting Group, Inc. has been providing Surety Consulting / Construction Consulting services related to various construction projects at Dayton Manor, a 116-unit apartment building located in Brooklyn, NY. Dayton Manor provides residential housing for federal employees (and their families) who work at two correctional facilities located in Brooklyn.

Beacon was retained by a leading Surety company following the default of the general contractor originally involved in the project. The construction work at the site has entailed renovation and repairs to the roof of Dayton Manor's underground parking garage, restoration of the site, and a variety of repairs to the interior of the garage (click here for project details).

Over the course of the past year, Beacon has been instrumental in helping the Surety and the project owner to work through some of the complex issues on the project. This entailed frequent communications with the project owner (the Federal Bureau of Prisons), the completion contractor and various vendors. One challenging aspect of the project was working with a major roofing / waterproofing vendor to obtain a warranty for roofing work completed at the site. The challenge related primarily to the fact that adjoining roof sections were renovated by other contractors under separate contracts at different times. Significant progress has been made at Dayton Manor in recent months and (at the time of this writing), the completion contractor is on track to achieve substantial completion of the project within the next few weeks.

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PAST NEWS

Beacon Consulting Group Continues To Assist NYC Economic Development
Corporation With Construction Consulting Services


The New York City Economic Development Corporation (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.

Since mid-2016, Beacon Consulting Group has taken a lead role in providing construction project auditing services related to more than 110 change orders on NYCEDC-funded construction projects having a total value in excess of $32.6 million. As of early March, the recovery / savings value associated with Beacon's services was estimated to be in excess of $325K (and growing). These savings are related to the reduced / avoided costs which result from construction project audit change order corrections and modifications.

In addition to change order audits, Beacon's NYCEDC team lead, John Steele, has been providing related consulting services, such as: Participating in project meetings with EDC's Capital & Asset Management Project Management Staff, assisting with review and enhancement of EDC change order policies and procedure guidelines, and assisting with a project management training material. Beacon's team will also be participating in on-site project progress audits in the near future...

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Dennis O'Neill Presents at Annual Meeting of Old Republic Surety Company


On February 20th, Dennis O'Neill was one of the speakers invited to present at Old Republic Surety Company's annual meeting. In his presentation, Dennis provided the Construction Consultant's point of view about some of the ways construction projects can go wrong, various types of project management structures, things to keep in mind related to getting troubled projects back on track and examples of important construction project documents.

Because the Old Republic Meeting took place in Milwaukee, WI, Dennis took the opportunity to get his photo with the iconic "Bronze Fonz" statue (see photo), located along Milwaukee's River Walk. When asked how the presentation went, Dennis simply put his thumbs up, said "Aiyyy!" -- then elbowed a nearby jukebox, causing it to start playing 50s music.

More About Old Republic. Old Republic Surety Company is a leading national underwriter of contractors' performance and payment bonds, miscellaneous surety, and commercial fidelity, offering thousands of types of bonds. Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Old Republic Surety Company is part of the Old Republic General Insurance Group, the largest business segment within Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE: ORI), one of the nation’s 50 largest publicly held insurance organizations. For more about Old Republic, visit: www.orsurety.com.

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Hope to See You There!
Beacon Consulting Group will be attending
The ABA FSLC Midwinter Meeting (1/19 - 1/21/17)


As always, the Beacon Team looks forward to getting together with old friends and new at the annual ABA Fidelity & Surety Committee (FSLC) Midwinter Meeting. This year's meeting is taking place in New Orleans at the Roosevelt Hotel. For information and registration, visit the ABA Website: http://bit.ly/2hbsZ4O (or click on the image to the right).

Please connect with us if you plan to attend! Members of the Beacon team will be in attendance at various ABA events, including the Young Professionals networking evening, and various conference sessions.




Beacon Staff News: Spotlight on Beacon’s Executive Management Team


In addition to Dennis O’Neill as President of Beacon Consulting Group, Inc., Beacon’s Executive Management team includes James Bruno as Vice President of Operations for the New England service area, and John Yeung as Vice President of Operations for the New York service area. In their roles as Vice Presidents, they are responsible for the overall operations of their respective offices including client consulting services, staffing and training, sales and marketing, and employee relations. Throughout their employment with Beacon both men have effectively combined their experience and knowledge of construction consulting with professionalism and a ‘get it done’ attitude that have greatly contributed to Beacon’s success.

Jim Bruno was appointed to the position of Vice President in 2015 and continues to play a major role in the overall operations for the Massachusetts office. Jim earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering, from Tufts University, and has extensive construction management experience on high profile infrastructure projects with contract values ranging from $5M to $420M.

Since joining Beacon in 2005, Jim has focused his expertise on assisting surety companies with complex bond default matters including financial assessments, project re-lets, management of construction completion, claims analysis, construction defect assessment, and expert testimony. In the role of construction completion manager, Jim has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to bring severely troubled projects to completion on schedule, despite major project challenges. Jim’s construction industry experience, in-depth knowledge of Beacon’s unique service areas, and understanding of corporate concerns clearly defines Jim as a leader at Beacon.

John Yeung was appointed to the position of Vice President in January of 2017, and is responsible for all New York area operations.  John earned a BS in Environmental Engineering, and an Associates in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, as well as a Diploma of Construction Management from New York University.   Since joining Beacon in 2006, John has consulted on and managed a diverse selection of projects within the educational, residential, infrastructure, healthcare, and transportation sectors.   John has also played a major role in the marketing and operation of Beacon’s sister company, ‘Beacon Merchant Construction, Inc.’ which provides General Contracting on defaulted and re-let construction contracts.   John’s construction knowledge, analytical background, diplomacy skills and successful performance of previous supervisory roles at Beacon clearly indicate his qualifications regarding his new position as Vice President ...

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Beacon Assists With Expert Construction Claims Review and
Building Damage Assessment at Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA


The Marine Corps University (MCU) is comprised of a group of higher-education schools located at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, on the Potomac River 40 miles south of Washington D.C. Like many universities across the U.S., MCU has undertaken significant new construction projects in recent years to expand and update its facilities.

Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. was retained to provide expert claims review / construction consulting services related to assessing damages which occurred at one of the recently constructed buildings at MCU. The multi-million dollar claim was associated with extensive water damage which reportedly occurred following a failure in a mechanical system which controls water flow to a boiler.

Beacon provided construction consulting / claims review services to the insurer, including reviewing damages which occurred and helping with the due diligence necessary to fully assess the claim. Beacon's role included a site visit to visually assess the facility and reviewing the claim and construction project documentation ...

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Beacon Merchant Construction Completes Roof
Replacement Project at Large NYC Housing Complex


Beacon Merchant Construction, Inc. is a construction company affiliated with Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. The company has experience working on a diverse range of critical construction and renovation projects and has the bonding capacity needed to take on large jobs of all kinds.

In mid-2014, Beacon Merchant was retained by a leading Surety company to be the Completion Contractor for a multi-building roof replacement and asbestos abatement project in New York City. The contract involved the completion of roofing removal, asbestos abatement, roofing replacement, repairs, and related testing/inspection work for five separate high-rise buildings (ranging from 20 to 22 stories tall) located in the Bronx, NY. (Click here to view more photos below).

Beacon Merchant's team successfully completed the project in 2016, with the completion of "Buildings 5 & 6" and warranties received from the roofing manufacturer (GAF) for all roofs installed.

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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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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).

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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