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Saying thanks to team


Every day for the past two years, hundreds of construction workers skilled in a wide range of trades have been on the job at UMass Medical School, building the Albert Sherman Center.

On June 4, 2012, in the Commencement tent on the school quad, general contractor Suffolk Construction hosted a barbecue lunch to thank workers for their efforts, acknowledging their vital roles in bringing the state-of-the-art building project to fruition.

The event gave state, school and project leadership an opportunity to express appreciation to the workers who have kept the complex project on time and of the highest quality.

Highlighting the vital role construction workers play in creating a building where research into cures for diseases will happen, Chancellor Michael F. Collins expressed gratitude for everyone’s hard work on the project. After a show of hands revealed that most in attendance are Massachusetts residents, he declared, “Many hands in this room are making that building work. Welcome to your medical school!”

Katherine Craven, executive director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, called the project unlike any other that Massachusetts has built in its history. “The amount of pride you bring to your jobs and what you do every day for us here is going to have a lasting impact not only for the campus that Chancellor Collins operates, but also for the entire commonwealth,” she said.

Nearly 1,400 individuals have worked on the site in various capacities since construction began in April 2010. The $400 million project will add nearly 500,000 square-feet of research, educational and administrative space to the Worcester campus.