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Construction Institute Announces 2023 Annual Awards Recipients

East Hartford, CT – The Construction Institute (CI) recently announced the recipients of the 2023 Annual Awards. The Construction Institute’s awardees are recognized as some of the industry’s most outstanding leaders, committed to CI’s mission of promoting cross-industry collaboration. The 2023 Annual Dinner & Awards will be held on June 8 at Saint Clements Castle & Marina in Portland.

Luciana Burdi, Intl. Assoc. AIA, CCM, MCPPO, director, Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs at Massachusetts Port Authority, is being recognized with the Industry Innovation Award for her leadership in shifting the Capital Programs toward a more innovative, progressive, BIM and design technology-driven department while embracing collaboration with stakeholders and developing employee engagement.

Chris Abel, membership director, CT ABC, is being recognized with the Collaborative Leadership Award for being an inspiring collaborator who goes above and beyond at CT ABC to promote cross-industry cooperation and elevate the AEC industry in Connecticut.

Lew Finkel, F.C.P.E. is receiving CI’s first Educator/Mentor of the Year Award for his contributions to advancing the quality of teaching in the industry. A Certified Professional Estimator with over 50 years of construction experience, Finkel has been teaching for more than 30 of those years. He is also a longtime member of CI’s board of directors.

Tiffany Cartier, senior structural engineer at Fuss & O’Neill, is being recognized as Outstanding Young Professional Leader for her strong passion for her work, dedication to improving the industry, and commitment to professional development and community involvement. She has served as a panel speaker and is a member of the AEC Leadership Conference Planning Committee.

Laura Cooley is receiving the Distinguished Service Award for an Individual. She is a coach, trainer, facilitator, and consultant, with deep experience in the AEC industry. Her experience and focus on leadership development in the industry first brought her to the institute as a speaker for multiple conferences, including the Women Who Build Summit. She also serves on the board of directors.

E2 Engineers is receiving the Distinguished Service Award for a Company, for their dedication to making a real impact in the construction industry. Representatives for CI say Scott Erricson and Chad Vogt have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the Construction Institute and its events, not only sharing their expertise but also inspiring the next generation of professionals to get involved.

Hoffmann Architects + Engineers is receiving the Special Industry Recognition Award for promoting equity and inclusion in the design and construction industry. Hoffmann’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee plays an active role in the company culture, organizing team building and service initiatives and hosting educational programs with DEI consultants. The company’s efforts have been recognized with the first-ever J.E.D.I. Award from AIA Connecticut and CI’s Champions of Change Award.

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