New Haven, CT – The 24th Annual Design and Construction Joint Industry Dinner was held recently at La Bella Vista in Waterbury. Hosted by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Connecticut), the yearly event draws architects, engineers, and construction professionals in the industry for an evening of collegiality and relationship building.
The dinner was an opportunity for those in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry to hear from Comptroller Kevin Lembo about the fiscal health of Connecticut. This included his ongoing efforts for the Connecticut Plan that aims to leverage the purchasing power of the state employee health plan (the largest purchaser in the state) to offer new options at an affordable and predictable cost for small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals.
Many of the firms and businesses in attendance are concerned over high healthcare costs and the ability to offer employees quality benefits. Lembo spoke about this initiative and how his office and staff of professionals have kept rate increases far below those experienced in the private sector in recent years. He also mentioned that Connecticut’s rainy day fund is much more robust than it has previously been, a promise of fiscal stability to the people of Connecticut.
Underwriters of this year’s event were Robinson + Cole LLP; Kronenberger & Sons Restoration, Inc.; Loureiro Engineering; Fuss & O’Neill; PES Structural Engineers; Dimeo Construction; and LaRosa Building Group.