Jay Calnan: Doing Well By Doing Good for Its People, Projects & Community


J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. named the 2022 Construction Firm of the Year

Jay Calnan
CEO, J. Calnan & Associates

BOSTON- Jay Calnan believes in “doing well by doing good.” He launched J. Calnan & Associates (JC&A) as a relationship-oriented construction management firm in 1996 and remains deeply committed to instilling this philosophy across its people, projects, and community. Through his leadership, JC&A has enjoyed numerous repeat business relationships earning a solid reputation as one of the leading construction management firms in the Northeast that has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal for 16 years straight as a Top Charitable Contributor, and six times as the Best Place to Work.

The people who work at JC&A are the lifeblood of the company, and without their contributions to the culture developed over the past 25 years, JC&A would cease to exist as it is today. Combined with the company’s steadfast commitment to customer service and “everyone is a client” attitude, JC&A have grown into the best merit shop construction management firm in the Northeast.

Photo: Skating Club of Boston, exterior (photo courtesy of JC&A)

Led by Calnan as CEO, JC&A has enjoyed numerous repeat business relationships, earning a strong reputation as one of New England’s leading construction management firms through his leadership and unequivocal commitment to client service. JC&A’s clients include MassBio, Salesforce, Reebok, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Atlantic Management, Boston Properties, New England Sports Network (NESN), iRobot, Biogen IDEC, Boston Dynamics and General Electric.

Image: Boston Dynamics, interior (image courtesy of JC&A)

JC&A remains a construction management firm at its core, but works with the mindset of developing solutions to satisfy clients’ distinct business objectives in the academic, corporate, healthcare, and life sciences & technology markets in the Northeast. For more than 25 years, its strategic thinking, proactive approach, and commitment to clients and the communities in which we live has made the firm a leader in providing construction management and preconstruction services, yet firmly remaining a grounded, nimble, and innovative group of uniquely talented professionals. JC&A recognizes the importance of developing and fostering a culture that is continuously improving and embracing emerging technologies.

JC&A is a proud founding partner of Team IMPACT, a national non-profit founded in JC&A’s headquarters. Their mission is to connect and cultivate meaningful relationships between college athletic teams and children diagnosed with life-threatening diseases.  JC&A has received a Boston Business Journal Citizenship award for its philanthropic efforts for sixteen consecutive years and has consistently been named as “A Best Place to Work” honoree.

As CEO, Jay Calnan offers over thirty years of construction industry experience to his clientele. He is responsible for high-level relationship development, strategic long-term planning, philanthropic initiatives as well as various other development opportunities for JC&A.  Through his leadership and unequivocal commitment to client service, JC&A has enjoyed numerous repeat business relationships earning a strong reputation as one of New England’s leading construction management firms.

Calnan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Management from Tufts University. His professional experience in the construction industry spans from large heavy/highway transportation projects and municipal buildings to the construction of mission critical/advanced technology and GMP Biotech facilities and markets such as corporate, private schools, advanced technology, and life sciences. He is a member of several industry-related associations and affiliations including the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Commercial Brokers Association, National Association of Industrial & Office Properties, International Interior Design Association and CoreNet.

Calnan is also the Co-Founder of Team IMPACT (www.goteamimpact.org), a national nonprofit that matches children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses with college athletic teams. Additionally, he supports causes including Boston PAL, The Corey Griffin Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, The One Hundred Club, Champions for Children’s Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Greg Hill Foundation.

Calnan is the 2022 recipient of the Navy SEAL Foundation Patriot Award and the RFK Alliance Embracing the Legacy Honoree. He currently resides in downtown Boston and is the proud father of 3 children: Christopher, Daintry and Jake.

When asked about its five-year growth plan by the Boston Real Estate Times, JC&A had this to say about its future:

“ JC&A is proud to celebrate its 25th year of delivering comprehensive construction management services throughout the Northeast. Starting with a small team of leaders, JC&A has grown to include a portfolio of prestigious work in the commercial building, corporate interiors, life sciences, advanced tech, academic, and healthcare markets and has had the privilege to work for best-in-class clients such as Amazon, Boston Dynamics, Boston Properties, Biogen, Atlantic Management, Children’s Hospital, Salesforce, Constant Contact, iRobot, Sanofi Genzyme, Parexel International, and Takeda among many others. JC&A has also been fortunate to collaborate with some of the best design and engineering firms on these projects, along with leading property management, project management, and brokerage firms.


Our outstanding strategic growth would not have been possible without our clients, partners, friends, family, and colleagues. The journey so far has been incredible. On behalf of our entire leadership team, we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has made it possible for us to become one of the best construction management firms in the Northeast.


As far as our growth plans for the next five years, we will continue to provide our clients with the latest in innovative construction management services and technology while leading the market in new approaches to employee development including technical expertise, leadership training, networking skills, and giving back to our community.


JC&A is committed to the core value that every meaningful relationship must be mutually beneficial. Therefore, we focus on what we, as individuals and as a company, must bring to the relationships with our clients, corporate partners, subcontractors, community, and each other.

Our future focus is to continue to obsess over our ability to be the best at delivering exceptionally high-quality services to our clients, provide positive leadership to our partners in the industry, develop and train our employees to stand out in their field, and make a meaningful impact in our community.

We are truly grateful for the opportunity to leave our mark in our industry and our community for future generations to follow.”

All the 2022 Excellence Awards winners were honored in the award ceremony at the Boston Real Estate Times Excellence Awards gala on Oct. 6, at the Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. For more information on J. Calnan & Associates, Inc., please visit their website at jcalnan.com.