Case Studies

Marois Construction

A tradition of building relationships in the Massachusetts construction sustainability market

Over a span of more than 44 years, Marois Construction has grown to become one of the most trusted privately owned construction companies in western Massachusetts. Specializing in commercial, industrial and institutional projects, Marois Construction employs approximately 50 skilled tradesmen, managers, estimators and support staff.

Marois Construction was founded in 1972 by Joseph Marois with the goal to be a full-service general contractor and construction management firm specializing in all types of commercial construction. As a design-build firm, Marois Construction combines in-house design capabilities with collaborative relationships among well-known architectural firms.

Marois Construction

From conceptual design through the permitting process, Marois Construction works with each individual client to ensure that they are aware of the project development and cost. By becoming involved early on with each project, years of experience and knowledgeable staff allow Marois Construction to successfully determine the best approach to both design and construct, while providing the highest quality of service at an affordable cost. With every project presenting challenges that can lead to higher costs and time delays, Marois Construction is able to identify these challenges and offer solutions ahead of time.

As a general contracting firm, Marois Construction possesses the ability to self-perform a fair amount of its own work while maintaining a strong network of high-quality subcontractors for certain trades. This enables the company to be efficient and deliver the highest quality products. “We’re able to complete a lot of carpentry and masonry work in-house,” says Carl Mercieri, vice president for Marois Construction. “We sub out the licensed trades.”

Leading the sustainability initiative

With sustainability and green building gaining traction in the construction industry, Marois Construction has been at the forefront since long before the concept became widespread. “A big aspect that we were incorporating years ago was proper waste management,” Mercieri explains. “In any case where demolition was performed on a site previous to construction we have always been conscious to recycle any materials that we can.”

A flagship project of Marois Construction that includes multiple green initiatives was the Northampton, Massachusetts, office of PeoplesBank, which achieved LEED Gold certification. The 3,425-square-foot contemporary building was redeveloped on a previously developed site where 98 percent of the demolition and construction materials were recycled. A filtration system using a landscaped and vegetated rain garden was installed to reduce the amount of paved surfaces and pre-treat stormwater runoff on-site. The building design is quite unusual and innovative.

The PeoplesBank project included an array of additional green features, such as plumbing fixtures that use 50 percent less water than a non-green building of the same size, energy-saving HVAC and lighting systems, and electric vehicle charging stations. The building also adopted a green cleaning program that reduces the negative impact on building occupants and visitors, as well as the environment. “This was one of my favorite projects,” shares Mercieri. “I was heavily involved in the design process from the beginning.”

When considering the pursuit of LEED certification, owners have to take into account the financial investment versus the reward, often in the form of tax credits and utility costs. Mercieri says that owners should educate themselves on the process and materials used when deciding to pursue certification and to what level. “Many owners don’t realize that there are restrictions on materials based on what level of LEED certification they are looking to achieve,” he explains. “We work with the owner to help them understand everything. The great thing about pursuing LEED is the collaborative approach that it involves with the contractor, architects, engineers and owners.”

Placing the client first

Working in the commercial market proved to be an asset for Marois Construction during the recession. The company’s reputation for providing excellent customer service and a high-quality product allowed Marois Construction to weather the economic downturn as the residential market collapsed. However, the company was not completely immune to the repercussions as Marois Construction was forced to slightly trim its workforce. “The biggest impact for us was fuel costs,” recalls Mercieri. “We didn’t charge our customers more to compensate for that. We absorbed it ourselves by using fewer vehicles.”

With its diverse portfolio, Marois Construction has the ability to manage all types of projects. The overall planning and coordination effort remain the key component to maintaining 100 percent customer satisfaction. Marois Construction approaches every project with the philosophy that the company is working for the client and is accountable to deliver a quality product on time and under budget.

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