Call for 2020-2021 Innovation Sub-Committee Members

The New England Chapter of CMAA invites interested members of the CM community to volunteer to serve on the Innovation Sub-Committee. Interest, expertise, and representation will be considered in making the appointment.

Innovation Sub-Committee Members:

The Committee consists of a member of the CMAA-NE Board and representatives from the CMAA members-at-large.

Sub-Committee Meetings:    

The Innovation Sub-Committee meets regularily to develop programming and content (white pages, presentation, etc.) that will be of interest to the CMAA members-at-large. 

Charge of the Innovation Sub-Committee:

Develop virtual learning, in-person event programming, and educational content surrounding innovative practices and procedures seen or soon to be seen in the construction management industry.  

Interested Parties:
Please share your expression of interest with the 2020-2021 chair:

-   David Ponte [email protected]  

CMAA New England goes virtual; celebrates a unique year in Construction Management

Boston, MA – October 2, 2020 – The New England Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America celebrated another exceptional year in construction management. This year however, it was in October and it was virtual. This event, which is normally held in May, was postponed after large, in-person gatherings were restricted due to COVID-19 and at that time. Shortly thereafter, as it became unclear when things would return to normal the Awards Sub-Committee began the challenging process of organizing an entirely virtual event for the fall.

Though the event format varied, the purpose and the determination to put on an amazing event remained constant; projects still needed to be recognized, scholarships still needed to be awarded, and individuals still needed to be honored. One such individual was an industry friend and colleague, the late Mark H. Hasso, Ph.D. Mark’s passing earlier this year left a large hole in the construction management industry, especially here in New England. And so, in this, the 26th year of the Annual Awards program, the chapter renamed this event in Mark’s honor. Furthermore, an endowed scholarship at Wentworth Institute of Technology was created. You can read details and how to donate here.

Another significant difference this year was the change from recognizing a Person of the Year to recognizing a Team of the Year. Boston Hope, and the team of professionals responsible for working together to bring about the 1,000-bed

field hospital at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in less than a week during the April surge, caught the eye of the Awards Sub-Committee and became the clear and obvious choice upon hearing further details about the effort. The Awards Program featured a fantastic video presentation of the project and Keynote Speaker Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond provided follow-up commentary about determining the need, key decision making, and the challenges and logistics of the project.

Following Boston Hope, the program continued its focus on excellence within the construction industry. A list of the project achievement winners follows; the submitting organizations / companies have been included in italics.  

Infrastructure Projects

Less than $ 50 million: MBTA Wollaston Station Improvements – Kleinfelder

Less than $ 100 million: MassDOT Woods Memorial Bridge Replacement – Stantec

Building Projects / New Construction

Less than $ 15 million: Hanscom Aircraft Rescue Firefighting & US Customs and Border Protection Facility – Saam Architecture

Less than $ 30 million: Antiquarian Hall Addition & Renovation – Erland Construction, Inc.

Less than $ 50 million: City of Quincy, South-West Middle School – Bond Building Construction, Inc.

Greater than $ 100 million: Massport Logan International Airport Terminal B Optimization – AECOM

Building Projects / Renovation/Modernization

Less than $ 20 million: Eden Park Pathfinder ProjectJacobs

Greater than $ 20 million: MassArt Bakalar and Paine Art Gallery Renovations – City Point Partners

Greater than $ 100 million: North Shore Medical Center Salem Campus Consolidation – Walsh Brothers

In addition to the projects listed above, one project and one program elevated above the rest in the eyes of the Awards Sub-Committee for 2020. Submitted by PMA Consultants, the Program of the Year was awarded to the Siemens Healthineers’ Advanced Manufacturing and Research & Development (R&D) Facility. The Project of the Year for 2020 was awarded to the Northeastern University ISEC Pedestrian Crossing after being submitted by Hill International.

A moment during the program was then taken to recognize years of service to the New England Chapter and CMAA. Kay Barned-Smith, CCM, AIA received this year’s Distinguished Service Award for her many years on the Awards and Scholarship Sub-Committees, many years on the Chapter’s Board of Directors, and for her time as President of the Chapter, among other contributions. The Chapter thanks Kay for all she has done for it!

Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards with scholarships were given to five students from Wentworth Institute of Technology: Hyun Sung Chung, Julie Gravano, Jesse Genao, Matthew Smith, and Jacob DiGangi. Each student supplied a short introductory video sharing a bit about themselves and expressing their gratitude to the chapter and all those who contribute to the scholarship fund.

Finally, CMAA New England would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Awards and Scholarship Sub-Committees for an outstanding program as well as the Annual and Event Sponsors for their support to the chapter. The Committee welcomes any and all feedback and hopes to continue to improve the program in the years to come. Please share your thoughts with us by submitting a comment on the CMAA New England website at As we continue into the fall, please keep an eye out of upcoming webinars and opportunities to earn continuing education credits!

About CMAA New England

Started in 1991 by a small group of professionals devoted to construction in a management role, the New England Chapter now has over 550 members with approximately 100 Certified Construction Managers (CCM). The continued growth of CMAA indicates the rising importance of construction management within the industry and the value of CCM certification.

The Chapter offers numerous activities to the membership, some of which include Monthly Breakfast Programs, Owners’ Forum Luncheon, Annual Project Awards, Student Scholarships, Professional Certification Classes, Construction Legislation Tracking & Alerts, and Annual Golf Outings. For more information, please visit the website

Professor Mark Hasso Endowed Scholarship Fund of the CMAA – New England Chapter

Photo by Rich Schmitt Photography,
Courtesy of CMAA

Updated 9/22/2020: To date, Mark’s friends and colleagues have added to CMAA New England’s initial $25,000 donation and along with WIT’s match, the fund has increased to $72,200.

As many of you know, CMAA – New England has lost a valued member and a dear friend. Professor Mark Hasso was dedicated to CM students and Construction Management. His commitment was not only recognized here in New England, but also nationally following the recent CMAA National Board of Directors unanimous vote to announce the start of the Mark Hasso Educator of the Year award. Professor Hasso was the first recipient of the Educator of the Year award in 2012.

The CMAA New England Board of Directors have created an endowed scholarship in partnership with Wentworth Institute of Technology in Mark Hasso’s memory. CMAA-NE is pledging $25,000. All donations made by December 31st, 2020 to this endowed permanent scholarship fund will be matched by WIT. The combined $50,000 will ensure a 5% or $2,500 Annual Scholarship administered and awarded by WIT to a Construction Management student under set guidelines for need, academics, and commitment.

CMAA-NE asks you and your organizations to please consider supplementing the Fund with your own donations. Mark’s friends and colleagues have added to CMAA New England’s initial $25,000 donation and along with WIT’s match, the fund has increased to $72,200Again, all donations made before December 31st, 2020 will be matched by WIT.


Join us and we can maximize our giving!

If you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund, please make check payable to:

Wentworth Institute of Technology
In note section write: Mark Hasso Endowed Scholarship Fund of the CMAA – NE

Mail check to:

Meredith Eppel Jylkka
Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Wentworth Institute of Technology
550 Huntington Ave. | Williston Hall 3rd Fl.
Boston, MA 02115

CMAA New England Chapter Annual Sponsors