Building Massachusetts - Summer 2017 - 15
ABC'S BUILDING OUR
ne day, while working
part time at Methuen
Construction as part of
his Wentworth Institute of
Technology co-op program, Evan Hall saw
an email about ABC's Building Our Future
Scholarship. A few months later, he's one
of the first recipients of the scholarship,
which is helping young people who seek
to pursue construction-related careers.
Evan says the $2,000 scholarship from
ABC will be a big help as he heads into
the home stretch at Wentworth, where he
expects to earn a degree in construction
management this August.
The scholarship isn't his first experience with ABC. In addition to working on
and off since early 2016 for the Facilities
Service Division of Methuen Construction
Co., Inc., an ABC MA member company,
he's also worked for Summit Metal
Fabricators, a Methuen subsidiary.
While at Methuen, he worked on the
installation of the Anthony Gormley
Sculpture at MIT, coordinating drawings and artwork and serving as liaison between the welders and project
management team. The job won an
ABC Excellence in Construction Award
and was also chosen as "Best Specialty
Project" by ENR.
In addition to his work at Methuen
and Summit, Evan's co-op experience
also included a four-month stint last fall
working for Tesla in operations and construction. "It sure came in handy that my
grandmother lives between two Tesla
facilities out there," he said.
Moving around is nothing new for
Evan Hall. He was born in Germany
and lived in Washington state and South
Carolina, before his family settled in New
Hampshire for the last 13 years.
As you might imagine given his history, Evan grew up in a military family.
His mother is now retired after serving 20 years in the army. In addition to
being an army veteran, his dad is in the
National Guard Reserves and has a fulltime civilian position with the Guard.
Construction seems to run in Evan
Hall's blood. He recalls how much he
enjoyed going to his uncle's Gloucester
woodworking and cabinetry shop to help
out as a child. Later he developed an interest in accounting, finance and architecture,
but he didn't want to sit at a desk all day.
When he discovered construction management, he envisioned a career that combined
many of his interests without requiring
him to remain cooped up in an office.
Evan is planning to stay close to home
for the immediate future. Even with
the scholarship, "living at home for a
while will make it easier to get a jump
on the student loans."
As Evan launches a job search in and
around New Hampshire, his family's service is coming in handy. One contractor
he's now interviewing with worked with
his dad at the National Guard.
Our professional prospects should
all be as bright as Evan's. "Wentworth's
construction management program is
in the top five nationally," he says. "And
it has a 100 percent job placement rate
after graduation." It's a message we hope
will make its way to many more young
people as they contemplate whether to
pursue careers in construction.
2016 ABC MA Chair Jim Rudolph with
Scholarship Recipient Evan Hall.
Antony Gormley Sculpture, MIT.
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employers, contractors and staffing agencies. These practices have been well-received
and are available on the OSHA website.
The evening's session included a lively
question and answer period, and served
as a reminder of the importance to stay
on top of trends and changes in the
industry to protect our most important
asset - our workers.
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and many other safety and health
resources are available on OSHA's website
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