Siena Construction is a Cambridge-based construction management firm specializing in the life-sciences, educational, commercial, hospitality, and commercial sectors. Founded in 1991, Siena has been dedicated to providing exemplary service to their clients from early development stages through successful project completion. They are proud of the ongoing partnerships, and the work they have done throughout New England. Siena is honored to be part of an exciting, collaborative process that creates places for people to live, play, heal, work, and celebrate.
How long have you been a member of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce ?
Siena joined the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce shortly after inception.
How long have you been a part of the Cambridge business community?
Siena Construction has called Cambridge home since its founding in 1991, beginning in North Cambridge, relocating to Central Square in the mid 1990’s and then moving to the Fresh Pond neighborhood with the headquarters on Birch Street and a satellite office in Kendall on 3rd Street. Siena has completed ground up projects in Cambridge’s rapidly-expanding biotech corridor, on the campuses of the city’s world-renowned colleges and universities, and oversees construction of the much-loved Kendall Square ice rink each winter. As a member of both the Cambridge Historical Society, the Kendall Square Association, and City Sprouts, Siena is committed to promoting the health and vitality of our city.
What is the history of your business?
Siena Construction was formed in 1991 by Patrick Hayes, following a lengthy and successful career in construction management with Vappi Construction in Cambridgeport. When Vappi elected to move on to different opportunities, Patrick began the new company, named it after his alma mater, Siena College, and began the process of establishing a presence in the city he knew inside and out. Siena found early positioning with the tech sector in Cambridge with ground-up construction, but also with the emerging life science and research industries that that are helping to define the city as one of the most innovative areas in the country and world. Now in its second generation of leadership with Terrence Hayes succeeding that role, Siena’s work can be seen throughout New England, with the majority of their clients returning for repeat business. Their client list includes biotech firms (Novartis, Takeda, Alkermes), universities (MIT, Harvard, Suffolk, Merrimack, NU), Institutions (Broad, Whitehead) media companies (Legendary Entertainment, Brickyard VFX), financial institutions (First Republic Bank), historic renovations, and restaurants.
What is your favorite part of doing business in Cambridge?
It’s gratifying to see the changes to the city knowing that we had a small role in that growth. Every day presents something new, a robotics lab, a historical church renovation, an aerospace lab, or the restoration of a 100-year-old building in Harvard Square. Cambridge is a center of learning, and that reflects in our role within a city prepared for the next challenge.
What piece of advice would you give other business owners?
Recognize that relationships are an incredibly important part of running a business in Cambridge. It’s important to know who’s running the restaurant across the block, the developer considering their next space, the universities who have the same vested interest in their neighborhoods, and the people who live here, the schools where their families are growing up. It’s an amazing convergence in a 7 square mile footprint. We are very fortunate and proud to be part of that community.
What new or exciting things are happening with your business?
Education and team building have always been a centerpiece for Siena, and that philosophy shapes our firm’s commitment to community outreach. Siena is committed and honored to provide ongoing support for many learning-and-research based organizations including Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, City Sprouts, Cradles to Crayons, and Kendall Square’s free lending library kiosk project, and this year, gathering a team of riders for the Pan-Mass Challenge. Our professional and personal partnerships with global organizations that we work with have expanded our understanding of what community means.
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