January 30, 2013

Columbia Canal WTP Project Winding Down

The Columbia Canal Water Treatment Plant project in Columbia, South Carolina, included the installation of a 3.1 megawatt generator, the largest manufactured by Caterpillar.

Work is wrapping up and PC crews are in the process of demobilizing at the Columbia Canal Water Treatment Plant project in Columbia, South Carolina.  One of the highlights of this $26 million project was the installation of a 3.1 megawatt generator, the largest manufactured by Caterpillar. Comparatively speaking, a generator of this size creates enough power to provide electricity to over 3,000 homes. Getting this enormous piece of machinery to the site was a challenge of its own. A typical 8-hour drive from the assembly plant in Baltimore, Maryland, to Columbia turned into a 17-hour journey due to height and weight restrictions on the roadways.


January 29, 2013

Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Annual Conference

The audience at the Maine Real Estate & Development Association Annual Conference hear news about the state’s economic recovery

According to a parade of industry experts, the outlook for Maine’s real estate and construction markets can be summed up in a single word: optimism. That was the message conveyed to more than 600 attendees at the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Annual Conference held Thursday in Portland.

In his keynote address, Dr. Charles Colgan from the University of Southern Maine noted the state’s economic recovery continues to lag the rest of Northern New England and the nation, but steady progress is still being made, particularly in the greater Portland, Lewiston-Auburn, Midcoast and Bangor regions. He and several other speakers discussed how Maine’s increased economic vitality is spurring investments in existing buildings and infrastructure, and has served as a catalyst for new construction as well. The rising business tide has also helped lift the sales of single-family homes to levels – and prices – not seen since 2007.



January 24, 2013

As family businesses in Vermont grow and mature they face new challenges. First and foremost, how do business owners instill the sense of drive, responsibility and ability to solve problems that come naturally to those…


January 9, 2013


Ashraf proudly displays his Certificate of Naturalization

There are far too many times when I am reminded of people taking for granted the liberties, rights, and responsibilities we each hold as American citizens. It seems that every day I hear such tragic stories of people overstepping boundaries and causing destruction. Yet just the other day I was reminded of the good around us and people who are truly honored to be Americans.

This week I had the opportunity to witness a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Naturalization Ceremony. I was not just a member of the crowd, but a guest of a friend – a PC co-worker – who was fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming an American.

Born in Egypt, Ashraf knew from the day he graduated that he wanted to go to the United States. Unable to find a legal and honorable way to do so, he moved to Kuwait and then Saudi Arabia before being offered the opportunity to immigrate to Canada. Excited about Canada’s similarities to American life, Ashraf made the move and became a Canadian citizen. After a few years, he realized he would only find what he really longed for in the United States. That was when he obtained his visa and began working in Washington DC.


January 7, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Kevin McCarthy will be promoted to president and chief executive officer of PC Construction, effective April 1, 2013 when Peter Bernhardt steps away from the day-to-day leadership of the company.

Kevin McCarthy (top) will assume the role of President and CEO of PC Construction upon Peter Bernhardt’s transition to Chairman

McCarthy, who joined PC Construction in 1998 and currently serves as executive vice president, will become a member of the employee-owned company’s board of directors and a trustee of the employee stock ownership plan.

“This is truly an exciting time as we prepare for the third generation of PC Construction leadership to step up and carry the company forward,” said Peter Bernhardt, president of PC Construction. “This key leadership succession step has been carefully planned over the past year or so to ensure a seamless transition. Kevin’s vast and diversified construction leadership experience will help secure the company’s future success while keeping our core values and the PC Way fully embedded in our activities and behavior each and every day.”

“I am proud to have Kevin step into this role, and am confident the company will continue to prosper in his hands with the help of our leadership teams and every employee-owner,” added Bernhardt.

Kevin McCarthy joined PC Construction as vice president with more than 17 years of estimating, project management and executive oversight experience in the construction industry. Throughout his time with PC Construction, he has provided leadership for various areas of the company’s construction operations in addition to estimating, strategic planning, and managing safety and various operations support services. His role evolved to senior vice president in 2007 before his promotion to executive vice president in 2011.

With this transition, Peter Bernhardt will move away from the career he built with PC Construction over the past 37 years and take on the role of chairman of the company, succeeding Jim Pizzagalli, who will remain a director. While Bernhardt will no longer be involved with daily company operations, he will continue to be a PC Construction employee-owner and work on a part-time basis dedicated to serving McCarthy and the board of directors.