Publisher’s Message: February 2023

Neagley and Chase Construction recently completed the renovation of McDonald Hall on Champlain College’s campus in Burlington, Vt. / Photo by Stina Booth Photographer

This issue comes on the heels of our special 25th Anniversary edition which, if you haven’t gotten a chance to read, is now online at We are so excited to share this issue and all of the content written by our amazing contributors and submitted by companies from all over New England.

Anastasia Barnes

This month’s cover image is of the interior of McDonald Hall, a 126-year-old mansion turned residence hall at Champlain College in Vermont. In addition to the extensive restoration that the building underwent, this building is also 100% fossil-fuel free. Read more about it on page 18. It leads off our Northern New England section, which highlights three very unique Vermont-based projects!

It’s official! HYM Investment Group and My City at Peace have been chosen to develop Parcel 3 in Roxbury, an 8-acre parcel that has been waiting for the right vision for this community. I had Tom O’Brien and Rev. Jeffrey Brown on the Build Better podcast last year discussing the team’s proposal. Visit to listen to the episode, and check out the story on page 9.

On page 13, Caitlin Greenwood of Margulies Perruzzi leads off our focus on Restoration and Renovation with a feature on how her firm transformed 20 Overland in Boston from Class B office space into a “highly desirable location for a variety of life science tenants.” A really unique aspect of the project is how the team repurposed a former elevator shaft as a thoroughfare for routing HVAC materials to the roof (instead of down the side of the building).

On page 28, Adrian Giovenco and Jim Megerson of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) highlight what the organization is doing to continue the growth of the legal cannabis industry in our country. If you’re not already familiar with NCIA and want to get involved, there is a social coming up in Boston in March. View the details at

One of my favorite stories in this issue is a piece written by Elizabeth A. Clark, Regan E. Andreola and Stacy H. Minihane of Beals and Thomas entitled, “Integrating Pollinator Habitats into Land Development Projects.” They point out that “even small actions can build positive momentum for the monarch and other pollinators.” This practice should become a norm in all land development projects, in my opinion. Read more on page 38.

March is on the horizon and you know what that means? WIC Week! Woohoo! March 5-11 is the official Women in Construction Week, celebrated by the National Association of Women in Construction and other industry organizations. In fact, this year is the 25th anniversary of WIC Week. Feb. 17 is the deadline to submit content for HP’s WIC Supplement. Tell us what your firm is doing to elevate and celebrate the women in the field and in the office!

Lastly, our upcoming March issue will be going to the North Atlantic Regional SCUP conference, which is being held in Albany, N.Y. this year. I will be attending the conference. Ping me if you’ll be there!

Enjoy the read!

Anastasia Barnes

Read HP’s February 2023 issue now!