Publisher’s Message: August 2019

Anastasia Barnes

August marks our annual retail/hospitality and entertainment issue, and while I am excited to share this issue with you, I’m disappointed that this means the summer is almost over.  

Traditionally, August is the month that everyone takes off, which is why it’s so quiet this time of year.  Businesses close early, people take vacation, and entire countries (Italy) take the month for holiday, making it a perfect time to highlight some of New England’s exciting retail, hospitality and entertainment markets!

Harry Wheeler

Harry Wheeler of Group One is a leader in this sector. We kick off this month’s Focus section (on page 9) with Harry’s article on how technology is shaping the way architects are approaching modern hotel design. 

You’ll also read about the recently completed Cycle Gear store in Manchester, N.H. (page 18).  Built by Chapman Construction, the new space features an exploded motorcycle that was hung from the ceiling using Unistrut and aircraft cable.   

HP’s founder, Michael Barnes, and I were lucky enough to tour the soon-to-open citizenM Hotel, located in Boston’s West End neighborhood.  What’s unique about this hotel is how it caters to today’s traveler. With each bedroom being the same size, citizenM takes pride in its high-quality amenities (XL king-size bed, top quality linen, powerful rain shower, designer AM/PM shower gels, and the fastest free Wi-Fi in town), which is why the hotel brands itself as “affordable luxury.”  I can’t wait for the grand opening party! 

citizenM New York Bowery

Speaking of the West End, Mark Guarracino lays out what’s in store for this historic neighborhood in his article “Revitalization of the West End” (on page 40).  Guarracino writes, “For an area that’s undergone significant urban renewal over the past several decades, the infusion of new retail has already brought vital economic boost to this neighborhood which combines commercial and residential spaces.”  

On page 24, we have a three page feature on the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts, with an introduction from the organization’s CEO, Mike McDonagh. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike on a recent episode of the Build Better podcast and was so impressed with his dedication to ASM’s members and the initiatives he has for the organization.  Get to know this AEC organization and learn more about how becoming a member can benefit both your company and your employees!

Page 35 is part two of a series featuring LAB/LSA’s conceptual design, The Blue Necklace.  In this month’s article, Mark Reed and Stephanie Goldberg propose four areas of Boston that could be fortified to protect flooding in both Cambridge and the Back Bay.  Stay tuned every month as we roll out different aspects of this comprehensive and ambitious concept.  

Lastly, I’d like to say a big congrats to J. Calnan & Sons for their recent recognition for having made “a notable positive impact on the local community.”  I know how giving back is a big part of the company’s culture.  This award, presented at the 13th Annual Family Business Awards, is well deserved!  

Jay Calnan accepted the Family Business Awards

September will be our annual focus on education facilities: K-8, high school and university, both public and private. Don’t forget to submit press releases featuring your company’s current work in education! Deadline is August 23.

Stay cool and enjoy the read!

Anastasia Barnes

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