Publisher’s Message – February 2019

| February 4, 2019

Anastasia Barnes

Thanks for reading our February 2019 issue. We’ve got two focuses this month. We start off our Restoration & Renovation section with an article by HP’s own Emily Langner.

Alison Frazee

Emily interviewed Alison Frazee, assistant director of the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA), on how the nonprofit agency is expanding its vision to include legacy businesses, neighborhoods, streetscapes,and cultural events that contribute to the uniqueness of the city.

This is new for the agency, as it has primarily focused on preserving historic landmarks. What’s also exciting is that the BPA is working with the city of Boston to make changes to Article 85, “making the process of historic preservation easier,more accessible, and more transparent.”

You’ll notice a big announcement in our Life Sciences section. R.E. Dineen Architects & Planners, a design firm heavily focused in the science and technology space, has a new leadership team. Three is the magic number in this case!

I attended AGC Massachusetts’ Opioid Summit, that was held recently at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston. This program was a panel presentation and discussion on the challenges and current efforts underway to address the opioid crisis on our construction sites and with our construction workforce. It was incredibly eye-opening to learn how this drug has infiltrated our industry.

Emily Langner’s article will highlight the various industry trade organizations,contractors, subcontractors, and medical professionals that are coming together with the goal of putting an end to this crisis.

I’m excited to announce we are launching a podcast, Build Better. Design and construction is not just about buildings. It’s about the people behind the buildings. Our podcast will feature the people, teams, and organizations that are acting on their vision to build a better world. Check out my promo on page 27 to see who my first two guests are!

(l-r) Jim White, president of DHI’s New England
Chapter, Susan Messier, principal & CEO of
Campbell McCabe, and Brittany Boilard, project manager at Columbia Construction and president elect at NAWIC Boston

Speaking of VISION, we have a special issue coming out this April with the same name! High-Profile seeks to provoke people to act on what they believe matters. Does someone from your company think outside the box when it comes to embracing new technology? Does your firm offer innovative training to empower its employees? What matters to your organization? How can you make a difference? Tell us! The VISION promo on page 9 has details on this special issue and how to submit content or advertise. March 1 is the deadline.

(l-r) Nina Radzim of Gaston Electric with
Anastasia Barnes / photos by Olivia Gorman

My associate Betsy Gorman and I attended “The Winter Social”, a networking event hosted by NAWIC Boston, SMPS Boston, and the local chapter of ASPE at Boston’s Black Rose.

The three organizations come together each year so estimators, marketing professionals, and women in all facets of construction can celebrate winter and network.

If you know a woman in this industry that deserves to be highlighted or if you want to share what your firm will be doing to recognize women in construction, share it with us! Page 39 has all the details.




Category: All, Up Front

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