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Gilbane Promotes O'Brien to New England Division Leader, MacEachern Returns to Lead Massachusetts Office

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Justin MacEachern
Justin MacEachern
BOSTON, MA — Gilbane Building Company announces that Michael O'Brien has been named Senior Vice President and New England Division Leader overseeing Gilbane's Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Northern New England offices. A 30-year construction industry veteran, O'Brien most recently served as Senior Vice President overseeing the company's Massachusetts and Northern New England offices. Gilbane's market share and revenue have significantly increased under O'Brien's leadership, increasing revenues to over $850 million in 2022.

In his new role, O'Brien will work to increase Gilbane's market presence across New England and maximize project outcomes while continuing his focus on initiatives to attract new generations to careers in construction, increase workforce and business diversity, and advance industry safety practices. O'Brien began his career at Gilbane in 1993 and has held multiple leadership roles.

"Mike has long been an integral part of our leadership team, and in this new role, he will work with New England business leaders to ensure operational excellence in the region with a focus on exceeding customer expectations and outcomes," said Ryan Hutchins, Gilbane's Regional President.

Justin MacEachern returns to Gilbane as Vice President and Leader of the company's Massachusetts and Northern New England offices. MacEachern is a construction leader who brings his experience and relationships with local and national clients, developers, architects, and other real estate leaders to this role. MacEachern previously spent 10 very successful years working for Gilbane, overseeing projects for such clients as Reebok, Alexandria Real Estate, State Street Bank, Google, and the Boston Red Sox, to name a few.

Since 2017, MacEachern has held the role of Director of Construction at Boylston Properties. While there, he oversaw the successful development and construction of Arsenal Yards in Watertown, Massachusetts, a 750,000-square-foot, nearly $1 billion mixed-use, 10-building development consisting of life science, multi-family residential, hotel, and retail uses.

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"We are thrilled to have Justin back in this important leadership role. He brings a wealth of industry relationships and experience that will greatly benefit our Massachusetts business. He will be strategically focused on building upon our current client relationships and expanding Gilbane's footprint of work in the commercial, health care, education, public, and life science core markets while continuing our growth in emerging markets such as advanced electronics and manufacturing," O'Brien said.

MacEachern is active in the Massachusetts real estate community, most notably as a NAIOP MA Silver Gavel member and member of the Board of Directors for the Boston Chapter of ACE Mentoring, where he co-chairs the ACE fundraising committee.

Gilbane is currently working on or has recently completed a number of signature and transformative projects across diverse markets in Massachusetts, including:

  • Union Square USQ Life Science Development, 10 Prospect Street, Somerville, Massachusetts
  • New Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Relocation, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Northeast Metro Technical High School, Wakefield, Massachusetts
  • MGM Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
  • WHOOP, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
  • Hobbs Brook Real Estate, 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, Massachusetts
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