William M Mcconnell

Bill McConnell began his career in the masonry industry working for Anastasi Brothers Masonry in Philadelphia. He continued to expand his successful career path by studying Architecture at Temple University in his early days in business. In 1968 Bill moved to the Boston Area to work in Anastasi’s new office location. He established himself over the next 16 years taking on many different roles. Following employment from Anastasi, he moved on to Manganaro of New England where he stayed for several years.

In 1986, Bill McConnell and James McEttrick founded Architectural Paving & Stone, Inc. Early on their focus was on hardscape work. However, over the years Bill broadened his product lines to include vertical masonry. Bill has a long list of prominent projects in which he contributed. Some of these include: Rowes Wharf, Deer Island WWTP, Central Artery/Tunnel, and Battery Wharf.

During the entire time he guided his company through the challenges of managing a successful masonry business, Bill was a steward of the masonry industry. Bill has been active in numerous associations with contractors organizations, labor unions whose members he employed, and other stakeholder associations. Bill was always volunteering for both local and national associations. He was regularly called on by his local contractor association, the Mason Contractors Association of Massachusetts (MCAM), and as a management trustee on his region’s local union fringe funds. Throughout the east coast, Bill McConnell is held in highest regard for his dedication to the masonry trade as he is an ally in providing a healthy future to the craft.

Bill is a past President of both, the Mason Contractors Association of Massachusetts (MCAM), and the Masons Contractors Association of America (MCAA). He has also served on the Board of the Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local 3, Pension and Health and Welfare Fund. To this present day he still co-chairs this fund. Bill also continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Council of Employers of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (ICE/BAC.org)

While Bill has been enjoying retirement with his wife Joanne and is no longer active on a day-to-day basis with his company, Architectural Paving & Stone, Inc, he continues to stay involved with stewardship of the masonry industry. He remains a steady and dependable resource of knowledge and experience to the MCAM. In addition, Bill continues to volunteer as a chairman on the local union trust funds to ensure the health of the masonry contractors interests remains protected. His efforts help to make certain the masonry industry in his region continues to prosper for the next generation of leaders.

Nationally, Bill McConnell was an active MCAA contractor member dating back to the founding of his masonry business in the 1980s. He quickly shined through MCAA committee positions and eventually became part of a key group of leaders within MCAA during the 1990’s and into the 2000’s. Throughout its history, MCAA has counted on its leadership to navigate the challenges of the era and ensure a productive association. Bill’s time on the executive board was a period of thoughtful and aggressive expansion. However, perhaps most importantly, Bill was the first contractor representing the northeastern part of the U.S. to be on the MCAA board since Charles Velardo of Boston (Chairman -1974-76) and Anthony Perri of New York (Chairman 1966-68). Bill’s impact on MCAA through his dedication and stewardship pulled the northeastern region of the U.S. back into MCAA’s umbrella of coverage to the masonry industry.


Architectural Paving & Stone

Employee 1980-2030

402 Libbey Industrial Pkwy
Weymouth, Massachusetts 02189-3134 US

APS provides commercial construction services specializing in masonry, paving, hardscaping, and stonework. We provide Union work in both the public and private sector.

MCAA Board

Chairman 2002-2003

1481 Merchant Drive
Algonquin, Illinois 60102 US

On August 27, 1950 the first convention of the Mason Contractors Association of America was held in Sun Porch of the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Mich. Pictured around the table (left to right) are: Norman Bourchard, Gregor Pichler, William Ouweneel, William Picco, George Hill, John Taheny, Joseph Cachey, Dominic Manprisio, Jack Downs, Carl Yantz, Marshall Harrison, Harry Cohen, John Hawkes, Floyd Elliott, Bob McKean, R.R. “Bob” Sneed and Bob Fulcher. Not pictured are: Evan L. Harris, Fred Steinhoff, Fred Slather and George Miller.

The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) is the national trade association representing mason contractors. The MCAA is committed to preserving and promoting the masonry industry by providing continuing education, advocating fair codes and standards, fostering a safe work environment, recruiting future manpower, and marketing the benefits of masonry materials.

Since 1950, the MCAA has educated, trained, and represented the mason contractor. The MCAA promotes the use of masonry, recruits and assists in training of the industry’s workforce, impacts federal legislative and standard issues affecting contractors, and provides educational programs for the key employees of member firms.

Through strong programs, publications, and services, the MCAA promotes the interests of its members. By promoting the use of masonry, influencing reasonable codes and standards, workforce development and public affairs, the association actively advances the use of masonry.

Help us build a strong and successful masonry industry for you and your company. Call 800-536-2225 or visit www.masoncontractors.org/join for more information.

MCAA The Masonry Hall of Fame Alumni

Hall of Fame 2024-2024

1481 Merchant Drive
Algonquin, Illinois 60102 US

Masonry Hall of Fame
The Masonry Hall of Fame was created by the Mason Contractors Association of America to recognize and award individuals who have dedicated their lives to the masonry industry.
Do you know someone who has dedicated their life to the masonry industry? If so, nominate them to be part of the Masonry Hall of Fame.

Individuals must have had a major impact on the masonry industry, not necessarily with just the MCAA.
Nominations must state the significant accomplishments of the individual nominee.
Individuals must have been or be in the industry for a minimum of 25 years.
Individuals cannot be a current executive officer of the MCAA.
Masonry instructors can only be submitted by the National Masonry Instructors Association.
Submissions will be reviewed and voted upon by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Nominees must receive two-thirds of the eligible votes in order to be accepted into the Hall of Fame.
Involvement in the industry is open.
Nominees can be but are not limited to contractors, employees, instructors, architects, engineers, and association staff.
Each recipient will receive one plaque.
A high resolution photo must be provided for each inductee to be used on the Hall of Fame plaque.

Submit a Hall of Fame nominee