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President's Message February 2024

This message marks the rare calendar date which comes every 4 years (leap year) - February 29th. I had to use Google to remember why we have leap year, but it's because the earth actually takes 365 days and 6 hours to orbit the sun (not exactly 365 days). That extra quarter of a day has to get accounted for somewhere. So every four years, we add 24 hours (four times six hours) to the calendar at the end of February. It's pretty impressive that ancient civilizations as far back as the Roman Empire (45 BC) had figured out the need for that extra day every 4 years!

Speaking of important calendar dates, March 3rd is coming up next week. This year, March 3rd marks Beacon's 21st anniversary in business. It's incredible how fast 21 years has flown by...

Project Profile: Beacon Provides Construction Monitoring Services for Leading Real Estate Developer in New York City

Beacon Consulting Group has been retained to monitor many high-profile construction projects in recent years. In New York City, Beacon has provided monitoring and consulting services related to many high-rise construction projects, office build-outs, and renovations for hotels, office towers, and residential buildings. Our clients include leading banks, real estate developers, sureties, government agencies, and other project stakeholders.

In 2023, Beacon completed a construction monitoring project for GDSNY, an award-winning, vertically integrated owner, operator, lender, asset manager, designer and developer of commercial and residential real estate based in New York City...

Beacon Staff Profile: Anabella Vivas, Northeastern University Engineering Co-op

Anabella Vivas joined Beacon recently for a 6-month internship as part of Northeastern University's Co-op (Cooperative Education) program. Anabella, who is working out of Beacon's Medford, MA office, is learning on the job as she assists Beacon's Project Managers and Project Engineers on a wide variety of construction consulting assignments. We caught up with Anabella this week to learn more about her and the Northeastern University Co-op program...

ABA 2024 FSLC Midwinter Meeting Photos

Every year, staff members from Beacon Consulting Group participate in the ABA's Fidelity & Surety Law Committee (FSLC) Midwinter meeting. This is one of the main industry meetings for professionals working in the Surety & Fidelity Bond industry. This year's meeting was held in New Orleans, LA, at the Roosevelt Hotel. Click below to see photos and more info about this year's meeting...

Beacon Bears Hockey Team Competes in 15th Annual New England Pond Hockey Classic

In early February, Dennis O'Neill and friends participated in the 15th Annual New England Pond Hockey Classic. The Beacon Bears traveled to Central New Hampshire to compete in the 3-day pond hockey tournament held on Lake Waukewan. Once again, the Bears participated in the “TWIG Recreational Division” where each team has a maximum roster size of 8 players (age 21 and up). Although the Bears didn't win their division, they displayed outstanding sportsmanship, courage, and fortitude on the ice...

Happy Presidents' Day 2024

Happy Presidents' Day! It's a good day to reflect on what a great country we live in and give recognition to two of the courageous leaders whose legacies live on in the freedoms we enjoy today.

Whether you are having a relaxing day off or catching up on work, I hope you have a great day...

President's Message, January 2024

Happy 2024! Our team will be in New Orleans this month (Jan. 24-26) for the ABA's Fidelity & Surety Law (FSLC) Midwinter Meeting. This is always a great conference and Beacon will be co-hosting some fun after-hours events in conjunction with the meeting. Please come see me, Elizabeth Paquet, and Kieran O’Connor as we participate in the conference's Construction Program. Please click below for more info...

Beacon Team To Participate in ABA Fidelity & Surety Law (FSLC) 2024 Midwinter Conference

Beacon's team will be participating in the ABA's FSLC Midwinter Conference to be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, January 24-26. This is always a great event which brings together the leading Surety companies, law firms, and consultants who are active in the field. On the first day, Beacon's President Dennis O'Neill will be participating as a "faculty member" for the conference's Construction Program. Specifically, he will be a member of the expert panel discussing "Processes In Construction." This panel will delve into all of the processes which must be planned and managed during any construction project, starting with those which take place before on-site work begins and going all the way through to the project closeout process. Click below for full article and more info...

Beacon Staff Profile: Dan Newcombe, Construction Superintendent & Project Manager

Dan Newcombe is a seasoned construction expert with 28+ years of experience working on domestic and international projects. Dan has extensive hands-on experience managing virtually every aspect of a construction project. His knowledge, experience, and incredible interpersonal skills make Dan an invaluable member of Beacon's team. We caught up with Dan recently and asked him some questions about working in the Construction Consulting field (click below for Dan's full profile and interview).

Project Profile: Beacon Provides Construction Consulting Services for Transitional Housing Renovation Project in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Beacon Consulting Group was retained by a leading Surety to provide construction consulting / surety claims consulting services related to a homeless shelter renovation project in downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL. Beacon was hired to help ensure that the project was completed following the default of the General Contractor on the project. The $1.2-million first phase of the building's renovation included the upgrade / renovation of bathrooms, shower rooms, and adjoining spaces used by residents. This entailed upgrades to mechanical systems, electrical, plumbing, sprinkler, and fire alarm. The project also included all related finish work (such as painting, tile work, flooring, etc). Kieran O'Connor served as Beacon's Lead Consultant and Project Manager for this assignment. Click below for full project profile.