NICKERSON & O'DAY - IN THE NEWS
Brewer, Maine, April 16, 2013: There was a ground-breaking ceremony for the Brewer Community Center and Jean Lyford Child Care Center. Shovel holders included Architect Jerry Anderson (second from left), Brewer Housing Authority Executive Director Gordon Stitham (third from left), and Karl Ward (center) from Nickerson & O'Day, Inc.
Nickerson & O'Day is proud to sponsor the 2 Those Who Care Awards. The awards ceremony will be aired November 10th on WLBZ.
Nickerson & O'Day, Inc. has been selected to receive two Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Awards from Maine Preservation for the third consecutive year. Hammond Street Congregational Church Steeple is receiving the award for Excellence in Restoration while Maine Hall is receiving an award for Excellence in Adaptive Reuse.
Bangor, Maine, August 2, 2012: There was a ground-breaking ceremony for Chamberlain Place Senior Housing. Shovel holders included Architect David R. Merritt (far left), Brewer Mayor Gerry Goss (fourth from the left), and Walter Shannon (far right) from Nickerson & O'Day, Inc.
Bangor, Maine, June 6,2012: The recently-completed Maine Hall historic renovation project, located on the old Bangor Theological Seminary (BTS) campus on Union St, has received the leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) “silver” certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED is the standard used for evaluating building construction as it relates to its environmental impact and energy efficiency. Maine Hall was recognized with the prestigious “Silver” status due to such things as its adaptive reuse of the existing 1830’s bts dormitory structure, diversion of construction waste from landfill, recycled content and HVAC system efficiency.
Nickerson & O’Day (NOD) has been recognized numerous times by USGBC for LEED certification for its projects including MDI Bio Lab, the MDOT’s Acadia Gateway, the University of Maine’s Wells Commons, and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust headquarters building. NOD employs five LEED-accredited professionals and is the leading builder of “green” construction in Eastern and Northern Maine.
Constructed to LEED Gold Standards, this state-of-the-art, 20,000 SF Bus Maintenance and LP Gas Refueling Facility includes solar panel hot-water heating, sun-tube daylighting and a high efficiency lighting system. With a 4,000 foot set-back, the site required a two-lane entrance road and stream crossing. It completes the first phase of what will become the Acadia National Park Visitor Center at the "gateway to Mount Desert Island".
Nickerson & O'Day find time capsule behind the cornerstone at the Bangor Y, Second Street location nearly 40 years after helping place it!
Bangor, ME, June 09, 2011: Bangor area contractor Nickerson & O’Day has been selected to receive a Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award from Maine Preservation for the second consecutive year for its work in the restoration & rehabilitation of Coburn Hall at the University of Maine, originally built in 1888.
“We at Nickerson & O’Day are humbled and truly gratified to once again be chosen to receive this prestigious award” said Nickerson & O’Day President, Karl Ward. “Like our previously recognized work at Bangor Waterworks (2008) and the Winterport Union Meeting House (2010), we pride ourselves in taking an active role in preserving these wonderful old buildings for future generations” said Ward.
Maine Preservation was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, statewide historic preservation organization. Among their many activities they advocate to protect historic places, educate on Maine heritage, and match those in need of preservation assistance with the experts to guide them. Each year they recognize those properties, organizations and individuals that best mirror their mission of promoting the preservation, protection and vitality of Maine’s historic places.
Accepting the award at the Honors Ceremony will be Elaine Clarke, Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance University of Maine, Mike Pullen, Principal of WBRC Architects/Engineers, Kevin Gresser, Vice President of Nickerson & O’Day and Steve Burton, Nickerson & O’Day’s project manager for the Coburn Hall restoration & rehabilitation.
University of Maine College of Engineering honored Lin Lufkin, a 25 year veteran of Nickerson & O'Day, with induction into the Francis Crowe Society this December. The Societies purpose is to honor UMaine-College of Engineering graduates who have made a significant contributions and honored their profession.
November 1, 2010 - Our Brewer school project got a special visit today from Senator Susan Collins and 2nd Congressional District Candidate, Jason Levesque. The two stopped by the school for a tour of construction underway. Both were suitably impressed with progress and stressed the importance of construction in Maine being done by Maine contractors..
October 29, 2010 - Nickerson & O'Day joined members of MDI Biological Laboratory and State and local government for the groundbreaking of the new Kathryn W. Davis Center for Biology and Regenerative Medicine. The new research building is expected to be complete in January of 2012 and will be built to Green Building standards.
September 24, 2010 - The groundbreaking for Phase 1 of the Bangor Y project was held yesterday. Above delegates and volunteers of the Y including it's current CEO, Mike Siele, throw the ceremonial shovels of dirt.
September 23, 2010 - Nickerson & O'Day was selected to build the second phase of the Army Regional Training Institute. This $13 million dollar project is expected to be completed in July of 2012. Pictured above is a rendering of what the completed complex will look like.
Nickerson & O'Day, Inc. has been awarded the 2010 Maine Preservation Restoration Honor Award for their outstanding preservation and restoration of the 1833 Winterport Union Meeting House. Members of the Meeting House Corporation were on-hand to receive the award along with representatives from Nickerson & O’Day. The WUMH President spoke emotionally about the contractor that saved their building, thanking Nickerson & O’Day for their hard work and dedication.
Work was begun in 2007 and severe structural deterioration was discovered. Because of the imminent risk of catastrophic structural failure, Nickerson & O’Day continued work to stabilize the building – despite the fact that WUMH had insufficient funding to pay for the work.
Fundraising goals were met, the work was painstakingly completed to every original detail and significant budget under runs were returned by Nickerson & O’Day to the Meeting House Corporation. Upon accepting the award, Nickerson & O’Day President, Karl Ward, stated “We had faith in the Meeting House folks and they placed their faith in us. Buildings like this simply must be saved”.This is not the first time Nickerson & O’Day has been so honored. In 2007, the firm also received recognition from Maine Preservation for its work in renovating the 1875 Bangor Waterworks complex into the new home for the Shaw House.
Nickerson & O'Day has become certified by the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct Lead-based paint renovation, repair and painting activities in target housing and child-occupied facilities
May 20th, 2010 - Nickerson & O'Day has announced the creation of a new Construction Engineering Scholarship fund at Foxcroft Academy. Awards will go to graduating seniors expecting to pursue a four year Construction Management or Construction Engineering degree. Preference will be given to those planning to attend the University of Maine at Orono.
On May 11th, Walter Shannon, a 20 year veteran Project Manager of Nickerson & O'Day, graduated from the Bangor Region Leadership Institute program. Walter is the third employee of NOD to complete this leadership skills enrichment program. Walter was chosen by Nickerson & O'Day to participate in this program because of his hard work and dedication not only to the company, but to the communities in which we work. We at Nickerson & O'Day with to congratulate Walter and all his fellow Bangor Region Leadership Institute graduates!
Nickerson & O'Day President, Karl Ward, cut the ribbon for the official opening of the Dean's Confererence Room at Husson university, School of Pharmacy, made possible by a generous donation from Nickerson & O'Day,Inc.
On April 9th of this year, Nickerson & O'Day was awarded the Richard J. Hanes Memorial Award for Safety Excellence. This award is given by the Construction Services Group Trust (a workers compensation insurance group). Nickerson & O'Day has been a member of CSGT since its inception. The criteria for winning this award is assessed by the following:
Nickerson & O'Day is proud that we
have been recognized for our commitment
to safety. We thank all the "Safety Champions" at Nickerson & O'Day and the member companies in the Construction Services Group Trust for their excellent work and continued support!
On Wednesday, December 2nd, dignitaries from the City of Brewer gathered with the owners of the New Penobscot Eye Care offices on Dirigo Drive in Brewer for the official ribbon cutting for their new offices. The owners of the new state-of-the-art eye care office were presented
with the key to the city.
Congratulations to Nickerson & O'Day Operations Manager, Walter Shannon and Chief Estimator, Bill Boulier on their LEED Accreditation. This brings Nickerson & O'Day two team members closer to an all LEED Accredited project management division.
Nickerson & O'Day has been awarded the contract for the Maine National Guard Regional Training Institute to be located on North Hildreth Street in Bangor. This $13 million dollar, 46,000 SF facility will provide classrooms, an auditorium and industrial space and will be submitting for LEED Silver certification.
Congratulations to Nickerson & O'Day President Karl Ward on his LEED Accreditation. Karl is the fourth member of the Nickerson & O'Day team to acquire this certification.
Nickerson & O'Day congratulates two of its employees for obtaining their college degrees.
Martha Ward, Controller for the company, has just earned her Bachelor degree in Accounting from Husson University with Honors.
Nikki Rubenstein, former Intern for NOD and now full time Project Manager and Safety Coordinator, has earned her Bachelor in Construction Management from the University of Maine, Magna Cum Laude.
Brewer school leaders have issued a letter of intent supporting Nickerson & O'Day as the contractor for the new Brewer Elementary School anticipated for completion in June of 2011. The Brewer K-8 school will be the largest elementary school ever to be built in the state of Maine and, if awarded, the largest job in Nickerson & O'Day history.
Nickerson & O'Day's Brendan McGuirl has just returned from Honduras where he participated in an Engineers Without Borders project assessing a rural Honduran village's septic systems and provided them with design/system suggestions for the near future.
Nickerson & O'Day President Karl Ward will be inducted into the Francis Crowe Honor Society on December 12, 2008 as a Distinguished Engineer. This honor is given to University of Maine Engineering Alumni who have are prominent in their field of study and who serve as role models for new engineering graduates.
On October 27th, 2008, Nickerson & O'Day President Karl Ward, Nickerson & O'Day Safety Director Walter Shannon, Brewer Police Sgt. Rich Smith and Brewer Fire Cpt. Brent Melvin, traveled to Hangar 17 at New York's JFK airport to hand-pick a piece of steel from the 9/11/2001 collapse of the World Trade Center. This steel was brought home to the new Brewer Public Safety Building on October 29th and now proudly hangs in the fire truck bay of the facility.
Nickerson & O'Day has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation for their excellent safety record in the 2007 calendar year by the Associated General Contractors of America with a zero incidence rate in the 50,000 hours and over Building Division.
Nickerson & O'Day has been awarded the "Zero Indemnity Claims Safety Award" by the Constructions Services Group Trust for the fund year of 2007. ____________________________________________________________
We regretfully announce the loss of one of our most talented, up-and-coming young employees. Adam Lawrence, 28, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on the evening of July 26th.
Adam's work with NOD includes the new Bangor Police Department, the Bangor Federal Credit Union in Brewer, the Northeast Cardiology office building, Husson Commons and most recently served as Site Superintendent for the Bangor Museum and Center for History.
Adam leaves behind a wife, Tari, and a 7 year old stepson, Jayden.
He will be greatly missed.
Karl Ward, President of Nickerson & O'Day, has been elected to the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems 2008 Board of Corporators.
The purpose of the board is "to maintain and improve the health and well-being of the people of Maine through a well-organized network of local heath care providers who offer high quality, cost-effective services to their communities".
Nickerson & O'Day has been honored by the Maine Preservation Committee with the 2008 Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of the Bangor Waterworks. The award will be received on May 9th by Nickerson & O'Day's Karl Ward, NOD President; Lin Lufkin, Project Manager; Jeff Merrill, Project Superintendent and other significant member of the restoration effort.
Thank you to our many colleagues who made this very important historical restoration effort a success!
Brendan McGuirl has been selected as the 2008 recipient of the AGC Education and Research Foundation Ival R. Cianchette Undergraduate Scholarship. Congratulations to Brendan on another well deserved award!
Loren Clarke, Vice President of Nickerson & O'Day has been named 2008 President of the AGC Maine. Loren replaces 2007 AGC Maine President, Eldon Morrison, in this role.
AthenaHealth has contracted with Nickerson & O'Day to renovate the former MBNA building in Belfast. When complete this facility will house AthenaHealth's medical billing operation.
Nickerson & O'Day has been awarded the contract for the new Foxcroft Academy Dormitory project in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Working with designer Scott Simons Architects of Portland, with a goal of a fall move in date, this project will give Foxcroft Academy 24 dormitory units and 3 attached faculty apartments.
Mike Tinto, a 36 year employee of Nickerson & O'Day has announced his retirement. Mike began his career with NOD in 1971 and has been the Superintendent on many large scale NOD projects such as the Lakewood Continuing Care Facility in Waterville, the McLaughlin Science Center at Gould Academy and the Gates Center at the College of the Atlantic.
Mike is a loyal and valued employee and will be missed. We wish him all the best in his retirement.
Brendan McGuirl has been awarded a student scholarship by the Construction Financial Management Association of Maine. Brendan was nominated by a U Maine faculty member and was one of three recipients in the State of Maine to receive this award.
Nickerson & O'Day has broken ground on the Merrill Bank Broadway branch project. The new branch will be the 5th Merrill Bank project either renovated or constructed by Nickerson & O'Day.
Brendan McGuirl, intern for Nickerson & O'Day, has earned his LEED certification and will now be serving as NOD's LEED Compliance Manager. In his new position Brendan will be assisting project managers, subcontractors and owners in assuring that all requirements are met to fulfill LEED specifications. NOD was proud to sponsor Brendan's certification training.
Kevin Gresser has earned his Certified Professional Constructor designation from the AIC Constructor Certification Commission upon his successful completion of the Constructor's Qualification Level II Advanced Construction Applications examination.. Kevin currently serves as a Vice President and is currently managing the Brewer Public Safety and Husson Meeting House projects. He also serves as NOD's Safety Manager.
Nickerson & O'Day has established a scholarship in the name of it's immediate past president, John F. "Jack" Kelley III. Jack's pursuit of excellence in the commercial construction industry will be honored by offering eligible undergraduate students financial help to achieve a bachelors degree in Construction Management Technology.
The first recipient of this scholarship was Nicole Rubenstein who was later hired as (and continues to work as) a Nickerson & O'Day student intern. Congratulations Nikki!
07/11/08 Public safety building nears finish
04/14/06 Waterworks renovation under way
10/06/05 UMS begins downtown move-in
09/14/05 Police chief cheers groundbreaking
09/11/03 Learning center readies for launch
06/13/02 Alumni House reality
12/01/99 Library expansion begins after delay
12/01/99 Library expansion begins after delay
04/29/27 Brewer construction firm wins award
07/24/95 Maine contractors earn safety awards