Forish in the News

PVTA Transit Pavilion rising


WESTFIELD -- The steel frame is up for the $6 million Westfield Transit Pavilion at Elm and Arnold streets, a project called the first new building constructed in Westfield's downtown in decades.

Forish Construction in Westfield is the general contractor, according to its websiteReinhardt Associates of Agawam are the architects. According to the firm's website, it also designed the Holyoke Multimodal Transportation Facility, which opened in 2010.

A grand opening of the Westfield Transit Pavilion is expected in March 2017.

The glass and steel building will have a shelter for passengers, a means for PVTA to provide customer service via Skype and a ticket machine allowing passengers to purchase smart cards for use throughout the PVTA transit system.

The building also will have room for a coffee shop and administrative offices. It will be surrounded by brick walkways for a pedestrian-friendly environment.

The $6 million price tag includes the PVTA's purchase and demolition of the Flahive Building on Arnold Street.

The city also plans to start work on an adjacent $6 million parking garage later this year. 

The site is adjacent to a long-vacant lot where the J.J. Newberry's five-and-dime stood until it burned in the 1980s.

40 years of service recognized


Eric Forish (center) President of Forish Construction, presents Jim Conroy (left) and Jeff Gonyer (right) recognition awards for their 40 years of service to Forish Construction. 

Westfield's new Senior Center set to open Monday

Westfield Senior Center at Mary Noble Estate will open Monday (TED LABORDE PHOTO)

By Ted LaBorde | Special to The Republican

on October 23, 2015 at 10:15 AM, updated October 23, 2015 at 10:17 AM 


WESTFIELD - The city's new $7.5 million Senior Center will open to the public Monday for tours and inspection of the facility on Noble Street.

All formal Council on Aging and Senior Center programs and services at the new Westfield Senior Center at Mary Noble Estate will officially begin on Nov. 2, Council on Aging director Tina Gorman said Friday.

A formal dedication and ribbon cutting for the center has been scheduled for Dec. 13, Gorman said.

"It has been quite hectic the past few days," Gorman said of the moving in operation held this week.

"We want to get our seniors into the building, give them of tour of the facility and let then get acquainted with it before we actually start doing what we here to do for our senior population," Gorman said.

Construction on the center was started last August by Forish Construction Inc. after years of discussions and planning by city officials for a new center. Talk of building a new center, to replace existing facilities on Main Street, started more than 30 years ago.

The city, through Mayor Daniel M. Knapik and the City Council, last year approved bonding for construction of the center on land that was donated to the city by the late Mary Noble.

The Friends of the Westfield Senior Center was charged with raising $500,000 towards furnishings and furniture for the center.

Gorman said the friends group has raised more than $400,000 of its goal and will continue to accept donations to fulfill that obligation.

See Inside the Senior Center

Senior Center on schedule

(Photo by Carl E. Hartdegen)

The Westfield News

Wednesday February 25, 2015 


Staff Writer

WESTFIELD - P3 Inc., the Norwell-based planning firm handling the nuts and bolts of the new Westfield Senior Center on Noble Street, released a progress report this week highlighting the project's completed steps, along with the next phases in the project and some of the  minor snags hit thus far... 

Daniel Pallotta, project manager for P3, Inc....praised Forish's efforts during the construction of the senior center... "They're doing an awesome job and the city is lucky to have them"...

Forish Construction President Eric Forish said this morning that he is anticipating his workers will be hanging drywall within the next week or two and added that all of the accumulated snowfall hasn't impeded the project's progress.

"It's been more of an inconvenience. It doesn't affect us inside because the building is airtight, but outside we obviously clean up the snow and get it out of the way so our contractors can carry on," he said.

Forish said that he is sticking with the original projected completion date of around Labor Day but added that he wouldn't be opposed to finishing early.

"If we can do better and improve on that (date), we'll certainly do our best to see it happen," he said, which is music to the ears of Westfield Council on Aging Director Tina Gorman, who concurred that "everything is on schedule" this morning...




Forish Receives Harris Award

Eric Forish, Forish Construction and Past President of the Westfield Rotary Club was presented with his 4th Paul Harris Fellowship Award on January 5, 2015.  The award was presented by Past President Robert Goyette.

The award acknowledges "service above self" which that individual has offered to their community, their nation or indeed to the world. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and this award program was created to fund many Rotary Foundation programs. A contribution $1,000 in the recipient's name to the Rotary Foundation was made in the recipients honor to continue the funding of many Rotary Foundation programs, including the Polio Plus program dedicated to the eradication of polio worldwide.

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Friday, November 07, 2014

Fort Hill Brewery is the main feature on the home page of  

FORT HILL BREWERY - Unique Brewery Features Metal Systems From Star Building Systems

 The unique and attractive Fort Hill Brewery totals over 9,400 sq. ft. and is comprised of six buildings. Featuring metal products from Star Building Systems, the project, which is located in Easthampton, MA, utilized Star's DoubleLok roof panels in Medium Bronze and Colonial Red PBR panels on the walls which are complemented by a brick façade which was installed at the front entrance. The metal building provided the required clearance for brewery operations and the barn-like look the owner wanted.

Six inch, R-19 batt insulation was used in the walls and the roof has an R-30 bag and sag system.

The Star Builder on this project was Forish Construction Company, Inc., Westfield, MA. The project was completed in 2013 and was selected Best of Small Commercial Category and Best of New England District in Star's 2013 Master Builder contest. It was also the recipient of the Master Builder Builder's Choice award, which is selected by other Star Builders.

Andrejs Strikis, Centerville, MA, was the architect on the project and the steel erector was American Steel Erectors, Bristol, CT. 

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Under Construction: Westfield Senior Center site work has begun

By Jim Kinney | The Republican on July 31, 2014

WESTFIELD - Site preparation work has begun on Noble Street for Westfield's new $7.5 million senior center near the Ely-Dolan and Kennedy apartment complexes.

A ceremonial groundbreaking is set for Aug. 19. But Westfield's Forish construction has already been at work on the 20,000-square-foot center.

Forish was formally awarded the bid in May. Construction is expected to take a year.

Forish' construction bid is $6.2 million. The $7.5 million the total cost for the project including  legal, site preparation, design cost and other fees. the new center will replace one with 5,400 square feet of space  a few blocks away  on  Main Street. the new center  will also  house the city's Veterans Affairs Department.

Friends of the Westfield City Center is raising $50,000 to pay for furnishings at the center.

Groundbreaking ceremony for new Westfield Senior Center set for Aug. 19

By Ted LaBorde | Special
to The Republican
The Republican  on July 23, 2014

WESTFIELD - Friends of the Senior Center plan to launch its $500,000 capital fund drive before construction of the city's new $7.5 million Senior Center officially begins next month.

The purpose of the fund drive is to finance furniture and other fixtures of the new center which is expected to open by September, 2015.

The five-member Development Committee met earlier this week to plan strategy for the fund drive and agreed that their intent is to publicly acknowledge all donations received. The hope, members said, is to acknowledge early donations during the groundbreaking ceremony.

That is scheduled for Aug. 19 at 8 a.m. at the Noble Street site, Council on Aging Director Tina Gorman said. Development Committee members are Thomas W. Humphrey and William K. Tatro, president and vice president respectively of the Friends of the Senior Center. Other members are Thomas P. Keenan, Michael Parent and William Thompson.

Forish Construction Inc. of Westfield, the general contractor for the project, has already started site
preparations at Noble Street.

Westfield's senior population is about 8,000 persons age 62 and over and an estimated 2,000 either utilize the current Senior Center at 40 Main St. or participate in various programs and services offered during the year.

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Daily Hampshire Gazette, March 30, 2013

Business West, January 31, 2012 Edition: Building on a Legacy

Forish Construction Marks Another Milestone in Its Long History
By: Dan Chase

Eric Forish is a man of contrasts.
On the one hand, the man at play is a passionate and dedicated seeker of extreme winter sports. His adventures on ski slopes that few will ever traverse would give just about anyone a head of gray hair.
But the man at the helm of Forish Construction, the second-generation owner and current president, considers himself a conservative businessperson. "I always have been," he told BusinessWest recently, "and I've always taken the attitude of slow and steady growth. That's how we've been able to maintain ourselves over the last few years, which we have done despite the economy. We reinvest in our company -- whether that's tools or employees and staff. We continue in a controlled-growth mode."

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July 10, 2006 - Business West July 10, 2006 Edition: Trail Blazers


Balancing Risk with Caution has Carried Forish Construction through 60 Years

Forish Construction in Westfield has blended perseverance, diversity, and some calculated risk-taking to script a 60-year success story. As it moves forward from that milestone, it will continue to seek new business opportunities -- real estate development may be the next frontier -- while expanding its geographic reach.


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