Beacon News

President's Message A Note From Dennis O'Neill

This summer seemed to come and go in a flash. The Solar Eclipse and other highlights from July and August now seem like distant memories. Throughout the summer, Beacon's project teams were working hard towards completing a wide variety of Surety Consulting, Construction Management, Construction Defects Assessment and related construction consulting assignments. Some highlights are below. Our project teams stand ready to take on new work. Please contact us 24/7 if you would like to discuss any new project.

Project Highlights: Beacon's Medford, MA office is closing out a major Commuter Rail (MBTA) Station construction consulting project and one Subway Station project in the Boston area. Our Medford team is also working through several construction defect claims analyses (including some on the West Coast). In Ohio, we have been working on a roadway project, helping an important Surety client during the project-relet process.

Beacon's New York City office is working on a wide range of active projects. We are nearing completion on the Dayton Manor project in Brooklyn (Surety Consulting / Construction Management for a renovation / repair project at an apartment complex owned by the Federal Bureau of Prisons). Our staff is also providing Surety Consulting and CM services for NYCHA's Amsterdam Houses (roofing / renovation at a large, 500-unit public housing complex in Manhattan), the United House of Prayer (renovation of Church in Harlem), and the Rutgers Chemistry & Chemical Biology Building, among others. We have other interesting new projects starting in the NY area, such as a CM project in Brooklyn (removal of large industrial tanks). In NYC, our team is also working on Bid Reviews. In the Fidelity area, we are assisting a client with an employee-theft claim review in Pennsylvania.

Our teams are also consulting on a number of other interesting projects around the country, such as: An Industrial Painting Project Relet, a Roofing Contactor in Baltimore, a Dredge Contractor in Utah, and a Building Contractor in New Orleans (Monitoring project). We have a number of significant projects in the close-out process. So, we welcome the opportunity to help our clients and partners with any new Construction Consulting needs.

On a serious note, our thoughts go out to the many people impacted or displaced by the recent hurricanes, as well as the severe wildfires in the Western U.S. It is great to see people from all around the U.S. (and beyond) coming together to help those affected. Our insurance industry clients play such a critical role in enabling people and businesses to rebuild and repair structures following these catastrophic events. Beacon’s team stands ready to help our insurance and Surety clients to assess, evaluate and estimate construction-related damage from these natural disasters in the weeks and months ahead.

The recent collapse of large construction cranes in South Florida (a result of Hurricane Irma's powerful winds) is a devastating reminder about the need to be vigilant about securing construction sites in preparation for extreme weather events. It also reminds us about the importance of the having adequate Construction Risk Coverage, Property & Casualty Insurance, and other types of coverage needed to mitigate risk.