Publisher’s Message: February 2024

Rowse Architects recently reached a major milestone in the restoration of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training in Cranston. / Photo by Brian Doherty

A colleague recently told me that Feb. 1 marks the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. That is something worth celebrating as we look forward to shedding the coats and feeling the warm New England air once again. It’s just around the corner!

Anastasia Barnes

If you’re a regular reader of my publisher’s message, it will be no surprise to you that February is one of my favorite issues, and this is one of our bigger Restoration and Renovation issues ever. The section is full of adaptive reuse and renovation projects across every sector. The articles and industry insights dive into the specific histories of some of these buildings, the challenges of restoring them, and the end result of prioritizing preservation to create stunning and energy-efficient buildings that will last well into the future.

On page 12, Brian Lever of Epsilon Associates provides a breakdown on state and federal historic tax credits, commenting that “Taken together, these programs and other tax credits like solar, brownfield and affordable housing tax credits provide the incentives often needed to attract redevelopment of challenging properties.” He talks about how these credits are driving diverse New England projects, spurring economic development and community enrichment.

Next month’s issue will have a focus on Schools and Institutions, which fuels much of the AEC economy. Even when there is a slowdown in other sectors, higher education and K-12 projects are underway in every New England state. Be sure to submit news on the education projects your firm is working on, or share your insights on the latest developments or challenges in designing and constructing these types of facilities.

Our March issue will also have an annual update on the North Atlantic region of The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). SCUP’s 2024 North Atlantic Regional Conference will take place on March 24-26 in Boston. As in previous years, HP’s March edition will have extra distribution at the conference. Be sure to ping me if you’re attending so we can meet up!

March is also when our industry celebrates women in construction, and we’ll be putting together another powerhouse WIC supplement this year. Be sure to submit a WIC profile for a well deserved employee!

We will also be holding our very first Women In Construction Week event, the Hard Hats and High Heels Mixer, on March 7 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to visit to sign up!

As always, enjoy the read!

Anastasia Barnes

Read HP’s February 2024 issue now!