For the first-time ever, the Aug. 1 Special Regional Edition of ENR New England will rank the Top General Contractors in the region, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The 19 participating firms reported a total of $6.28 billion of revenue in the region during 2015. The Top 5 firms collected a combined $4.04 billion in revenue.
While it’s clear last year was a banner year for New England contractors, only one firm can be ENR New England’s first General Contractor of the Year.
And that distinction belongs to Boston-based Shawmut Design and Construction.
Jumping to 59 on ENR’s national Top 400 Contractors list this year, up from 63 the previous year, Shawmut saw its revenue rise 22.6 percent in 2015 to $1.2 billion. The only other New England-based firms ranked above Shawmut on ENR's Top 400 Contractors list are No. 14-ranked Gilbane Building Co. ($4.5 billion) and No. 27-ranked Suffolk Construction ($2.5 billion), Boston.
The mid-sized firm with 900 employees nationwide and 555 employees in New England region attributes much of its recent success to breaking into the public sector building market, including ENR New England’s Project of the Year in 2015: the Bruce C. Bolling Building in Boston.
The 34-year-old company recently broke into Boston’s burgeoning healthcare market as well. With 12 percent of their jobs comprising of healthcare projects, they have done a significant amount of work at Boston Medical Center and are also working in the Longwood Medical area.
But with 56% of its work coming in the education sector, Shawmut is known for working with Ivy League and other elite schools. Another 14% of their work is commercial as the company has made a name for itself doing work for luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton as well as high-end hotels and restaurants. Shawmut does 8% of its work in the hospitality sector and 4% in retail.
The firm recently completed the UNIQLO retail store in Boston’s Faneuil Hall as well as the VIP Legends Club at the TD Garden.
Shawmut was also the construction manager on the historic restoration on Boston College's St. Mary’s Hall. One of the largest cast-stone replacement project in the country involved removing and replacing more than 15,000 cast-stone elements, including sculptures and custom components.
Aside from offices in West Springfield, Mass., New Haven, Conn. and Providence, Shawmut also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Los Vegas and, mostly recently, opened up shop in Miami.
Readers can learn more about Shawmut in the next issue of ENR New England.