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whom it has worked for decades. And the future looks even brighter, “In comparison with the outlook of the past two years, 2012 looks promising. We expect a boom in the construction of large-scale, multifamily properties to accommodate the increased number of people that are changing from homeowners to renters. Also, since New England is home to many of the country’s top hospitals, laboratories and universities, we are always excited to be a part of the growth and expansion in these vital market segments.” In 1963, John Cannistraro, Sr.


founded J.C. Cannistraro, Inc. as a one- man plumbing shop just outside of Boston. With $1,500 and the support of his wife Rita, Cannistraro began installing plumbing systems for MassPort at Boston’s Logan Airport. More than 45 years later, Cannistraro has expanded his company to provide HVAC, fire protection and facilities maintenance services for large mechanical plants at hospitals, universities, laboratories, and many other facilities. Now in its second generation of family ownership, the company is operated by four of Cannistraro’s eight children. Cannistraro’s workforce consists of more than 300 men and women. This December marks John Cannistraro, Sr.’s official retirement from the company. While the torch has been passed, “Mr. C’s” legacy and tradition remain strong in the company’s core values. Known as a leader in construction


technology and pre-fabrication, Cannistraro began using BIM for 3D coordination nearly 10 years ago. Since then, “We have sharpened our modeling capabilities with each subsequent project. Just as our firm provides services throughout every phase of construction, our BIM capabilities range from coordination, to prefabrication, to project scheduling and finally facility management,” explains Cannistraro, Jr. Cannistraro’s role as an industry leader in BIM is important because the future of this industry will rely heavily on collaboration. Cannistraro just wrapped up a project at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where it led a team of co-op students in modeling an existing physical plant on campus; then outfitted the model with important O&M and serviceability data. The project was significant not only because of its BIM applications, but because each student represented a different role in the construction process (engineering, architecture, facility management, etc.). As IPD, IPD-lite and Design-Assist delivery methods become more prevalent, our investments in construction


technology allow Cannistraro to be leaders by example. “In every phase of a project,


Cannistraro is ‘Building with Intelligence.’ As a three-trade contractor, our clients turn to us for expert coordination, prefabrication, installation and service on a wide variety of plumbing, HVAC, and fire protection projects,” says Cannistraro,


• American Standard • Beacon Medaes • Cerro Copper Products • Chicago Faucet • F.W. Webb Company • Fire End and Croker Corp. • Harrington Bros Corp. • Quantum Engineering • Trane


Contractors of Greater Boston (PHCC) was approached by the original owners of the American Sanitary Plumbing Museum with an interesting offer. Russell and BJ Manoog had curated the


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J.C. Cannistraro’s long history of community involvement led the company to provide engineering, prefabrication and installation of the plumbing and mechanical infrastructure for the new Mirebalais Hospital in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.


Jr. In 2011, Cannistraro began work on the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for Partners Healthcare. This new, 220,00-sq.-ft. facility has been dubbed Cannistraro’s “most prefabricated” hospital ever with much of the building’s medical gas infrastructure, fire protection and135- patient room bathrooms being manufactured offsite. When finished, this eight-story building will also feature a state-of-the-art gym complex, therapy and “swimex” pools, a cafeteria, offices and two floors of underground garage. In honor of their impeccable safety record, our crews onsite at Spaulding were just named the Cannistraro “Safe Job of the Quarter.” Leveraging its 48-years of


mechanical experience, along with its growing service group, Cannistraro also has begun work on a unique energy project for the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM). Aggressive goals for energy- efficiency have been set for this design-build project, and Cannistraro is taking the lead on boiler, chiller and cogeneration retrofits and various energy management initiatives. Cannistraro’s commitment to


excellence, and the industry, is second to none. Cannistraro continues to share some of the industry’s history by hosting the Plumbing Museum onsite. In 2007, the Plumbing Heating Cooling


collection of antique toilets, bathtubs and other artifacts for nearly 25 years, but were ready to retire. Rather than have the collection disassembled, John Cannistraro, Jr. (then president of the PHCC of Greater Boston) suggested the Museum move to a historic building adjacent to the Cannistraro headquarters in Watertown, Mass. Cannistraro renovated the building, a 150+-year-old former ice house, and


“As a three-trade contractor, our clients turn to us for expert coordination, prefabrication, installation and service on a wide variety of plumbing, HVAC, and fire protection projects.”


reopened The Plumbing Museum as a separate non-profit organization in 2009. Today, Cannistraro volunteers manage the collection and give tours to the general public. Since reopening, the Plumbing Museum has welcomed nearly 3,000 visitors and hosted a wide variety of events ranging from industry dinners to baby showers.;


Those interested in more information about the museum and its artifacts can visit its website www.theplumbingmuseum.org or its Water Closet Blog www.theplumbingmuseum.blogspot.com.


phc december 2011 www.phcnews.com


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