Stoughton, MA 2018 has been a momentous year for John Curtis, president of Curtis Construction. His company celebrated the momentous milestone of twenty years of being one of the premier construction management firms for private and non-profit housing developers in Southern New England. His oldest child graduated from college, his youngest from high school and he and his wife Tina celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. When it was announced he was receiving the Robert & Mildred Foy Good Neighbor Award, John was humbled to have the cumulation of 20 years of hard work and dedication to giving back to the community acknowledged in such a meaningful way.
Curtis Construction Co. provides construction management services focused on multi-family residential development, building dozens of affordable and market rate housing projects as well as non-residential projects for educational and corporate clients. Since 1998, Curtis’ unwavering commitment to providing Curtis Construction’s clients with forthright and professional expertise has earned Curtis Construction the reputation of being the go-to contractor for building the highest-quality projects, from historic restorations to ground-up construction.
John celebrated reaching the milestone of twenty years of hard work and sacrifice building one of New England’s premiere construction management firms at the end of June with a celebration at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton. Family, friends, business associates and clients joined John and his team for an evening of good food, drink and company as over 100 people mingled under the huge tent as rain poured down outside. Live Jazz music played in the background as the dance floor turned into a cornhole game competition. Fun was had by all as the weather cleared and as the night fell, walls of twinkle lights lit the space.
Starting 2018 with several projects, Curtis’ twentieth year is closing with the completion of the final phase of the Rockland Sandpaper Factory exterior envelop renovation and the Archer Bonell Apartments, a market-rate urban mixed-use development project in Dudley Sq. The team is wrapping-up punch-list items on Montello Welcome Home Again, the third Father Bill’s & MainSpring/Curtis Construction affordable housing project in just the past seven years; as well as continuing construction of a new senior affordable-housing project in Norwell, 40 River St.
2019 will kick-off with the Curtis feverishly finishing up 47 Bishop Allen Dr., a high-end residential building which is part of the Mass + Main mixed-development project in Cambridge.
In December, John’s commitment to helping to provide safe and affordable housing was acknowledged with the Robert & Mildred Foy Good Neighbor Award. In recognition of being an individual who exemplifies what it means to be a “Good Neighbor,” NeighborWorks Southern Mass’ (NWSOMA) board of directors nominated John for this award due to his unswerving commitment to NWSOMA’s mission, his company’s professional service and dedication to their clients; and his commitment to partnering with affordable housing developers and nonprofits.
The Granite Links Golf Club’s Ballroom in Quincy, Mass. was filled to capacity for NWSOMA’s There’s No Place Like Home Gala as over 350 attendees came to honor John and his company’s contributions to reducing area homelessness, as well as celebrate NWSOMA’s recent successes, which were highlighted by many the organization’s proud staff members. John’s friends, including members of his hockey team, family and business associates filled the room to honor his commitment to helping those in need have a safe and affordable place to live.
As a surprise and much to the chagrin of John, his old friend, award winning author and Boston Globe columnist, Kevin Cullen, regaled the audience with childhood stories of John’s ability to quote just about any TV show from the 60’s and 70’s as well as his prowess or lack thereof on hockey skates.
Rob Corley, executive director of NWSOMA, introduced John with a story of how he met him 12 years ago when the organization hired Curtis Construction to gut renovate a rooming house in Quincy. Corley was impressed by John’s tough negotiating skills, professional demeanor, construction knowledge, and how much the subcontractors all respected and trusted John and his team. Over time, their professional relationship turned into a true friendship as Corley and John have collaborated together throughout the years to do their parts to provide affordable housing to those who need it.
Family and friends proudly looked on as Corley presented John with the Robert & Mildred Foy Good Neighbor Award. After receiving the award, John took the opportunity to explain how Curtis Construction’s first nonprofit project was for HarborCOV, a 24-unit affordable housing project in Chelsea, opened his eyes to the need for safe and affordable housing for those who struggle with homelessness. In the last five-years alone, Curtis Construction has built projects for many non-profit clients, including; Just-A-Start, Father Bill’s & MainSpring, South Shore Community Action, First Church of Westwood and Milton Fuller Housing Corp. Thankful for the recognition of his duty to civic responsibility, John continues to be committed to helping to provide safe and affordable housing for those struggling with homelessness.