(L-R) are Craig Cypret, general manager of T-Quip; Kevin Swartz, T-Quip sales and rental rep of greater Boston; Corey Goldie, labor foreman, BOND; Shawn Hubbard, fleet manager, BOND; Rico Bisbano, equipment operator (in machine); Andrew Goldie, laborer, BOND; Johnny Williams, superintendent, BOND; and Paul Rutledge, laborer, BOND.
A big job in a small space cannot be done with just any piece of machinery. So, when BOND Brothers (BOND) took on the flood mitigation project for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the company needed to find an excavator with a very small footprint, strong lifting capacities and breakout force.
BOND has a stellar reputation, and extensive experience working in urban settings which requires specialized expertise. This expertise includes working around traffic and aging infrastructure in extremely cramped quarters. Because of BOND's extensive experience and broad knowledge base in the civil and utility marketplace, they are often brought on a project to resolve issues that have perplexed other civil contractors.
MBTA's flood mitigation project involves the construction of flood control measures at the entrance to the Green Line subway tunnel adjacent to Fenway Station. BOND is installing large steel doors at the entrance to the Green Line tunnel to protect the subway from potential future flooding. Past floods have caused in excess of $70 million in damage and have put the Green Line out of commission. The footprint for this project is tiny, trapped between active railroad tracks and the subway tunnel.
According to Shawn Hubbard, fleet manager of BOND, "Recently, we have been working on a regular basis with T-Quip Sales & Rental and their sales representative, Kevin Swartz. Kevin has developed a reputation for being able to size up the right equipment for our jobs and finding specialized pieces like rippers and hammers to meet our needs."
In this case, T-Quip sent BOND a Komatsu PC308 zero tail swing excavator.
"Zero tail swing was critical for us. We didn't want any portion of the machine to exceed the tiny footprint of our job site. However, the machine had to have good reach and good lifting capacity to put steel sheets in place for our excavation. Kevin was able to provide us with a ripper attachment for times when we needed to break through some challenging digging situations."
When asked about how BOND manages its rental fleet, Hubbard said "We look carefully at our past equipment utilization and at the projects we have extended out over the next few years. We buy pieces of equipment to be added to our fleet that we know will be used regularly enough to give us a return on our investment. However, it is common to have needs for specialized machines above and beyond what our fleet can provide and that is where the services of T-Quip Sales & Rental are vital to us.
"T-Quip Sales & Rental has a significant inventory of common machines and specialized pieces of equipment, and the nice thing about working with Kevin Swartz is that he knows exactly how to match up those machines with our needs. On the rare occasion that he does not have what we need, he will go to great extent to find it, and every machine that he has delivered to our site is like new."
About BOND Brothers
BOND, a 4th generation, privately held company, was established in 1907 with a focus on site and electrical work. It is now a major player with offices in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. Key service markets include: healthcare, education, civil infrastructure and power and energy. Although very diversified, one of the areas of focus for BOND is the distribution of energy. BOND maintains the utility and energy distribution systems for well-recognized clients such as Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Currently, the company has projects throughout the New York and New England regions including:
- Harvard University, Allston DEF and Energy Distribution Systems, Boston, Mass.
- MIT, Central Utility Plant Upgrade, Cambridge, Mass.
- Harvard University, Utility Tunnel, Boston, Mass.
- Gemma Power Systems, West Medway II Facility Project, West Medway, Mass.
- Confidential Client, Substation Physical Security Construction, N.E. Region
- Consolidated Edison, Queensboro Bridge, Queens, N.Y.
- National Grid, Chelsea Gate, Staten Island, N.Y.
In recent years, it has successfully completed major projects, including:
- Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Northwest Laboratories, Cambridge, Mass.
- MIT Media Lab Expansion, Cambridge, Mass.
- Galvin Middle School, Wakefield, Mass.
- Boston's Children's Hospital, Pediatric Simulation Center
- MIT.nano Research Building, Utility Enabling/Civil Infrastructure Services, Cambridge, Mass.
- Brown University, Campus-Wide Utility Initiative, Providence, R.I.
- Footprint Power, Salem Harbor Energy Station, Salem, Mass.
BOND has more than 750 employees and an impressive fleet of construction equipment. Unlike many other construction management companies, more than 20 percent of BOND's volume of work is self-performed (1,500,000 craft labor hours in 2017).
Headquartered at 603 Mammoth Road in Londonderry, N.H., T-Quip Sales & Rentals Inc. has more than 20 years of professional experience dealing and renting heavy equipment. Accompanied by more than 30 years' experience in the construction industry, its multi-faceted knowledge makes it a great source for local New England contractors. T-Quip's sales team is well-prepared to fit its customers with the proper machine to meet the demands of the job, and its factory-trained parts and service team is able to provide continued support, whenever needed.
For more information, visit www.tquip.com.