Publisher’s Message: April 2020

Anastasia Barnes

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It has been really uplifting to see how we, as an industry, have come together during these uncertain times.

My message to you all at this time is “We’re here for you,” both as a news source and as a platform.  We have tried our best to gather the most up-to-date known COVID-19/construction related news and deliver it to you on a daily basis.  This month, HP reached out to some of the prominent organizations in the industry, asking them to report how they are helping people stay connected during this time. The responses we received are printed in the next few pages.  

We’ve created a special category on our website to chronicle COVID-19 related news (, as well as a dedicated page that lists the COVID-19 resource pages for the AEC organizations ( We focus only on the stories that directly pertain to owners of facilities and the AEC industry in New England. If you are an active member of an organization that is staying connected with its members (with resources and tips) and you don’t see your organization listed, please email [email protected] so we can include you on our page. We also have turned our events calendar into a comprehensive resource for industry webinars and virtual events throughout New England. View the calendar at

The next episode of HP’s Build Better podcast will feature an interview with Daniel Stonecipher of PROCON, where he will talk about the importance of knowing the latest technologies being offered to the AEC industry, with an end-game strategy for the client in mind.  We’re also curating a series of podcasts related to COVID-19 and its effects on our economy, community and workplace.  Both personal and professional stories will be shared.  Do you have an idea for a podcast or a story to share?  Let us know!

It’s up to us to do what we can to help the healthcare industry.  Haynes Construction of Connecticut recently delivered pizzas and Personal Protective Equipment to local hospital staff in Guilford, Conn. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is helping coordinate efforts to bring additional supplies and resources to Massachusetts’ healthcare institutions so they can continue to test and treat patients. On a national level, The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) task force is advising public officials, healthcare facility owners and architects on how to adapt existing commercial buildings into temporary healthcare facilities. These are just a few examples of how companies and organizations are doing their part and stepping up to the challenge.

We will continue reporting news on the design/build community as it happens. We invite you to send us news on how the crisis is affecting you, including shutdowns and restrictions you are facing, or how you are adapting and adjusting the way you do business.

While we would all prefer to be attending industry events and continuing “business as usual,” we still have an opportunity to network, by gathering around the computer via Skype, Zoom or other virtual platforms. This is what will keep us sane. We’re all humans. We all need love and affection. We’re all scared. Let’s use this time to find connection and clarity. 

We’ll get through this together.

Warmest Regards,

Anastasia Barnes

Read the April 2020 issue now!