Northstar Celebrates Gary Pelletier’s 5-Year Anniversary

Please join us in congratulating Gary Pelletier on five years with Northstar!

Gary is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in corporate design and construction project management, with expertise in managing feasibility studies, design development, implementation, and oversight of RFP and contracting processes. His career is marked by a track record of successfully managing projects ranging up to $1.3 billion, coupled with a commitment to collaboration and client engagement.

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Northstar Announces Executive Leadership Change – Kirstin Brown Named New President

Tom Fanning will continue to provide leadership and guidance to the management team and work full time servicing his clients

Northstar, a real estate services firm providing project management and development management services, announced a strategic leadership transition. Tom Fanning, a co-founder and President of Northstar since its establishment in 2010, is stepping down from his role as President. In alignment with the company’s succession plan, Tom will transition into a pivotal role, providing leadership and guidance to the management team and working with clients on ongoing and future projects.  

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Northstar Celebrates Katherine Kenney’s 5-Year Anniversary

Please join us in congratulating Katherine Kenney on five years with Northstar!

Katherine has over eight years of experience in the real estate industry, specializing in development and tenant improvement. Her expertise encompasses diverse lab projects, such as automated labs, bio labs, chem labs, and vivariums, along with office projects spanning from 10,000 to 1.1 million square feet. Currently, Katherine is working on the Boston Children’s Hospital account, overseeing the tenant improvement of their latest acquisition for research at 421 Park Drive.

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Northstar Reflects on a Great 2023: A Year in Pictures 

As we usher in the new year, Northstar is thrilled to share a glimpse into the journey our team had in 2023.
 

From memorable team moments – skiing, rowing on the Charles, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, celebrating our 13th year in business, to groundbreaking client achievements – topping off at Assembly Innovation Park and 599 Somerville, breaking ground at Werfen’s Bedford campus and celebrating the installation of 3,260 locks that were replaced for Harvard University Housing over seven years, our video encapsulates the essence of our collective efforts, fun, and shared success. Each picture tells a unique story of dedication, hard work, and the strides we’ve made together as a team.

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Jason Atwood Featured in NEREJ’s 2023 Year in Review Issue

Northstar’s Jason Atwood reflects on the year in the New England Real Estate Journal’s 2023 Year in Review issue. 

Below is an excerpt from what he had to say about the market trend that had the greatest impact on our industry this year, his greatest professional accomplishment/most notable project and how his career path changed in 2023.

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A conversation with our Intern, Gene Mongan: His View from the Construction Site

Northstar is committed to mentoring and nurturing the next generation of talent with a passion for pursuing careers in project management. As part of our internship/co-op program, we collaborate with institutions such as Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and CREST (Commercial Real Estate Success Training) to identify exceptional candidates.

We had the pleasure of introducing Gene Mongan to our team for the past six months. Gene joined us from Northeastern University, where he recently graduated with a degree in Architecture with a minor in Business Administration. Gene began his graduate degree studies in Architecture this fall. We took the opportunity to sit down with Gene to gain insights into his experience as a part of our Northstar team throughout his internship.

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Northstar Celebrates Pat Burns’ 5-Year Anniversary

Please join us in congratulating Pat Burns on five years with Northstar!

Pat is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in project management, facility-related operations, and maintenance. His expertise spans various aspects of project management, including tenant fitouts, permitting, core and shell, and cost analysis. Currently, he works on the Sanofi account and a prominent wealth management company. 

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John Townsend Featured in NEREJ’s Ones To Watch – Industry Leaders Spotlight

Our life science leader, John Townsend, was featured in the New England Real Estate Journal’s Ones To Watch – Industry Leaders Spotlight issue.

Below is the excerpt from what he had to say about what accomplishment he is most proud of. 

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Northstar Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity Build Day

Team Northstar may be well-versed in navigating construction sites, but our role doesn’t usually involve wielding a hammer, using a saw, or measuring and doing the actual building.

On a cool fall morning, members of the Northstar team had the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston.

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Northstar Celebrates Jerry Bosch’s 5-Year Anniversary

Please join us in congratulating Jerry Bosch on five years with Northstar!

Jerry is an integral part of the Harvard University account team, where he serves as the field operations coordinator. In this capacity, he oversees a multitude of renovation and new construction projects. His extensive experience in the construction field, spanning over 40 years, has provided him an impressive resume of experience.

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Ipsitha Bayapu Featured in NEREJ’s Women in Commercial Real Estate Spotlight

Our talented project manager, Ipsitha Bayapu, was featured in the New England Real Estate Journal’s Women in Commercial Real Estate Spotlight issue.

Below is the excerpt of what she had to say about the project and accomplishment she is most proud of, what important factors women in the industry should consider when choosing a firm to build your career with and what inspires her most. 

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Navigating Logistical Challenges in Occupied Lab Construction

Construction in occupied labs poses unique challenges for active lab users and construction teams. Coordinating access and maintaining operations can be challenging, but Northstar’s experienced teams have found strategic solutions that alleviate the impact on both teams.

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A conversation with our CREST Intern, Olivia Pedro: Her View from the Construction Site

Northstar is committed to mentoring and nurturing the next generation of talent with a passion for pursuing careers in project management. As part of our internship/co-op program, we collaborate with institutions such as Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and CREST (Commercial Real Estate Success Training) to identify exceptional candidates.

During the summer, we had the pleasure of introducing Olivia Pedro to our team. Currently in her senior year and pursuing a major in management at Bentley University, Olivia joined Northstar through the CREST program. We took the opportunity to sit down with Olivia and gain insights into her experience as a part of our Northstar team throughout the summer.

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Jim Hogan Named a Rising Star

Northstar’s Jim Hogan was recently featured in the New England Real Estate Journal’s Rising Stars Ones to Watch issue. 

Below is an excerpt from what he had to say about the accomplishment he is most proud of and what his mentor, Lee Burneson, had to say about Jim. 

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Northstar Celebrates its 100th Business Development Meeting

At the inception of Northstar, the partnership knew there was a direct connection between its employees’ knowledge of the Greater Boston real estate market and their ability to develop their own personal brands with the firm’s overall success.

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A conversation with our Intern, Alexander Bormel: His View from the Construction Site

Northstar believes in mentoring and fostering the next generation of talent who are interested in a career in the project management field. As part of our intern/co-op program, we partner with Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and CREST (Commercial Real Estate Success Training), to identify candidates.

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Northstar Celebrates Jason Atwood’s 10th Anniversary

Please join us in congratulating Jason Atwood on ten years with Northstar!

Jason has steadily advanced in his career since joining the firm ten years ago. Starting as an Assistant Project Manager, he is now a Vice President and shareholder in the firm.

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Janet Tse and Katherine Kenney Featured in NEREJ’s Women in Construction Spotlight

Two of Northstar’s talented project managers, Janet Tse and Katherine Kenney, were recently featured in the New England Real Estate Journal’s Women in Construction Spotlight issue.

Below are the excerpts from what they had to say about their most notable project in the last 12 months and what made them interested in seeking a career in the A/E/C industry.

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How I Became an Owner’s Project Manager and What I Love About it

Northstar is celebrating our talented female leaders during Women in Construction Week (WIC). This year’s theme is ‘Many Paths, One Mission,’ which celebrates the many paths women have taken to work in the construction industry.

We talked with three women at various stages of their career about how they arrived at being an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) and what they love about it.

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The Women of Northstar

The women of Northstar play a critical role in our firm, representing close to 40% of the firm in every level of project management overseeing more than $3.0B of construction.

Their diverse backgrounds enable them to drive growth in the industry and within our company by bringing unique strengths and skills to solve problems and develop solutions in the project management role. 

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Kirstin Brown Named an Outstanding Woman of Commercial Real Estate

Northstar is pleased to announce that Kirstin Brown has been named one of Boston Real Estate Times’ Outstanding Women of Commercial Real Estate 2023.

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