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Working for Shawmut Design & Construction our Commercial Painting group has nearly completed their work on the renovation of 99 Summer St., one of the more recognizable office towers in Boston.

The project features a complete makeover of the building’s lobby and mezzanine, including the following updates and additions:
• Italian grab-and-go café
• Upgraded security desk with new security turnstiles
• On-site conference and tenant amenity center
• New tenant fitness center

See some progress photos below including a side-by-side "Before/After" view of the project.

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How long have you worked at Soep?
A little over 27 years.

What do you feel is unique about working at Soep?
Our skill sets and the diversity of the projects we take on are what makes us different from all the other shops.

What is the most memorable project you’ve been involved with at Soep?
I enjoyed Newburyport K-3 elementary school due to all the different colors we used throughout the building. It was challenging but the finished product looked amazing.

How is your role critical to the strategic vision and success of Soep?
I feel I am a pretty good mentor to a lot of younger painters.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
When a job is over you can look at it and say we painted this place and no other company could have done a better job. I think we have the best painters out of all the contractors.

Which of Soep’s Core Values do you feel is the most critical to the company’s success?
I think the training programs are Soep's greatest weapon.

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me… mostly outdoors, fishing or hunting.

We recently had the pleasure of working for Skanska USA at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Smith Building on their new Cell Manipulation Core Facility.

This state-of-the-art facility will manufacture safe and effective novel cellular component therapies that meet regulatory guidelines for clinical use and enable cellular therapies to be translated from the bench to bedside. The goal of this facility is to assist investigators and sponsors in developing new cell-based therapies for cancer, gene therapy products for genetic diseases, and adoptive immunotherapy products.

Team Soep painted many clean rooms as part of this effort, each requiring an extensive amount of clear caulking around all wall and ceiling devices and many coats of speci...

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How long have you worked at Soep?
I have been working with Soep for approximately 5 years, ever since I relocated from Vermont.

What do you feel is unique about working at Soep?
It’s a family run business with employees that have been around for as many as 40 years. Once you become a Soep employee you feel a part of that family.

What is the most memorable project you’ve been involved with at Soep?
There are two that come to mind. The first was a project at Dana-Farber pediatric cancer unit. I remember getting compliments from the patients and their parents, telling me how good the colors made them feel and thinking to myself how strong they were to say such things with what they were facing. It put a great sense pride behind our work.

Second, having the opportunity to paint the Bright-Landry Arena at Harvard and working in coach Ted Donato’s office, a former Olympian who also has a son on the current US Olympic hockey team. When we wrapping up the project he gave me a couple hockey sticks and some Harvard apparel to give to my son.

How is your role critical to the strategic vision and success of Soep?
It’s my responsibility to produce high-quality work at a high rate of efficiency and train up-and-coming painters to do the same.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
The pride of handing over a completed project and knowing that the owners and general contractors will use us again.

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me…
Coaching Little League, hunting, fishing and spending time with my family.

Which of Soep’s Core Values do you feel is the most critical to the company’s success?
Highly trained, highly skilled, one team one dream!

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Young painters in Boston will soon be able to earn college credits while they complete their vocational high school degrees through a new program funded by the painters’ union and painting companies, including Soep Painting Corp.

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Working for Gilbane Construction we recently wrapped up our work painting the expansive atrium at 222 Berkeley Street, one of Boston's most iconic office buildings. It's a amazing how our painters are able to transform a decades-old interior with some fresh paint.

See the before & after photos below.

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How long have you worked at SOEP?
I’ve been working at Soep going on 35 years.

What do you feel is unique about working at Soep?
The family oriented-environment, we’re all on the same team from ownership down to our apprentices. We all have each other’s backs thus translating to better quality of service for our customers.

What is the most memorable project you’ve been involved in at Soep?
Being with the company for so many years I’ve been involved with many of the large projects we’ve done in the city. The one that sticks out most is Millennium Place which included over 300 high-end condos, over 200 hotel rooms, 20 movie theaters, along with restaurants and offices.

How is your role critical to the strategic vision and success of Soep?
I’ve been very fortunate to have been involved with Soep for so many years and I feel it’s time for me to give back by assisting in training and developing the next generation of employees. I take pride in knowing that some of the younger workers that I’ve helped along thus far are now starting to have important roles with the company.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Being involved in large projects, something about looking at a new project surrounded by cranes, trucks, and heavy machinery that gets my blood pumping. Also customer satisfaction, it’s very rewarding that at the end of a project to see the entire project team (architects, designers, owners, etc.) being very pleased with the quality of workmanship and service we were able to provide for them.

Finish the sentence. When I’m not at work, you’ll find me...
Where do I start.... on a beach in Cancun, on a golf course, with my new grandson that I love to spent every minute I can with. I spend a lot of time with my family and of course my dog, Louie.

Which of Soep’s core values do you feel is the most critical to the company’s success?
Can I say all of them?

I feel that we need to be “team players” for us to successfully complete any project small or large and have a strong relationship between the field and the office.

“Positive"… you’ll never find a successful company with negative people, we all need to have that positive attitude to achieve the same goals.

“Highly trained, highly skilled”… to create a strong work force every business needs a strong training program. With strong training comes a highly skilled team, translating to the utmost quality of service for our customers.

“Problem solvers, Diligent, Reliable”… every single core value that we can exercise to its utmost potential is what makes Soep the standout leader in the painting industry.

Working for Consigli Construction Co., Inc. we recently wrapped up a unique challenge applying new gold leafing to the Lowell House dining hall cupula and weathervane, a "hidden gem" on campus.

The work was conducted in climate-controlled settings that were custom built onsite by Consigli. After cleaning, sanding, and prepping the surfaces we applied hundreds of 4" x 4", 24K leafs. 21 grams in total!

The cupula and weathervane where then reassembled and are now glowing on top of the historic Lowell House once again.

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