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Mission Impossible: Columbia Gas Construction Recovery

March 20, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Goulston & Storrs
400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston , MA 02110 United States


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In today’s society, much of the infrastructure that makes our communities function is taken for granted. This past September that all changed when excessive pressure in natural gas lines caused a series of explosions and fires that severely impacted Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover MA. The recovery effort became a State of Emergency for Massachusetts, and Joe Albanese, CEO of Commodore Builders was appointed by Governor Baker to oversee the recovery and restoration effort. Over 11 weeks, Joe was in command of the $450 million construction project that included 5,150 personnel, the replacement of 45 miles of gas pipeline, recertification of 13 miles of pipeline, and power restoration to 10,500 residences, community and municipal buildings, schools and businesses.  Drawing on his experience as a Navy Seabee, virtually overnight, Joe assembled a top-notch leadership team and set up a Command Operations Center to provide command, control and communications for the months-long project.

Members and guests are invited to learn about the incident and the restoration efforts.


5:00-5:30pm Registration
5:30-7:00pm Program/Q&A
7:00-8:00pm Networking Reception


Joe Albanese, Chief Recovery Officer for the Greater Lawrence restoration efforts, appointed by Governor Baker.  CEO/Founder of Commodore Builders

On September 17, 2018, Joe was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to lead the disaster recovery and restoration effort following the September, 13 gas line explosions that severely impacted three municipalities in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. As Chief Recovery Officer, Joe took a 3-month leave of absence from Commodore Builders to lead the effort that was substantially complete in early December 2018 at which time Joe returned to Commodore as Chief Executive Officer.  Commodore was founded in 2002 and was recently awarded a “Best Place to Work” by The Boston Globe.


This program was developed by the ULI Boston Infrastructure Council which is focused on transportation and energy infrastructure, including transit-oriented development. Policy, financing, design, construction and related issues are explored at quarterly council meetings. Interested in becoming an Infrastructure Council member? Learn more by visiting ULI Navigator on how to apply.


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