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Andy Crane

Foundation to Roof The Western Massachusetts Home & Garden Show may last only four days each March, but Lori Loughlin says vendors reap the benefits all year long. “The exposure […]

Partners Stephen Ross (left) and Bob Walker

Home Free Construct Associates has built a reputation for home renovation and restoration in Western Mass. over the past few decades, which is fortunate these days, since business is surging […]

National Outlook According to the 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook released by Dodge Data & Analytics, a leader in construction-industry forecasting and business planning, total U.S. construction starts for 2019 will […]

Andy Crane, executive director of the Home Builders and Remodelers Assoc. of Western Mass.

Screen Test Online learning isn’t a recent innovation, but in the world of continuing education for construction professionals, there aren’t many programs doing it — and few are doing it […]

Karen Belezarian-Tesini (left) and Sarah Rietberg

Serving Up Style Professional designers can often walk into a house and tell what decade it was built in by the styles of certain rooms, and the kitchen is definitely […]

Jay Peloquin says gas fireplaces are especially popular at a time when natural gas is inexpensive.

Sparking Success   Jay Peloquin remembers the heady days for pellet stoves, back in 2008, when oil surged to more than $100 a barrel. “When oil prices were skyrocketing, we […]

Kevin Shea (left, with Richard Morse)

Decade of Design When Kevin Shea launched his own architecture firm after almost two decades working for someone else, it wasn’t exactly a great time to start a business — […]

This lake home in Westhampton

Creating a Solid Foundation While earning his master’s degree in finance at the University of Rhode Island, Scott Keiter wasn’t thinking about using it to manage his own construction company. […]

New Life for an Old Building Begun almost two years ago, a massive, $50 million project to convert the structure at Springfield Technical Community College, formerly part of the Springfield […]

Framing the Issue Construction has long been a male-dominated industry, but the playing field doesn’t have to be so uneven, several carpenters with Local 336 told BusinessWest. They all took […]

Making Waves The “filterless filter company,” as FloDesign Sonics dubs itself, was launched in 2010 in an effort to separate contaminants — particularly anthrax — from the water supply. There’s […]

Turning the Page The word ‘ephemeral’ means lasting for a short time, which is odd, considering one definition of ‘ephemera’ — and how long some of it has been kicking […]

Fueling Interest Jim Cayon says he’s looking for an opportunity. A chance. A break. An open door. He probably used all those words and phrases as he talked with BusinessWest […]

Something to Build On Gisele Gilpatrick says her family’s business, Pro-Tech Waterproofing in Chicopee, typically garners about six months’ worth of business from the Western Mass. Home & Garden show […]

Something to Build On Gisele Gilpatrick says her family’s business, Pro-Tech Waterproofing in Chicopee, typically garners about six months’ worth of business from the Western Mass. Home & Garden show […]