Welcome January! Welcome 2022! Welcome in the bright, bold sun to bring in a successful and fulfilling year.
If the last 21 months have taught us anything, it is that we are an industry of solution creators. I have really enjoyed reading all of the forecasts we received for this issue. In every article, there is a spirit of positivity and resilience as we go forward into the new year.
I am moved by how quickly this industry continues to adapt when faced with expected, and unexpected, challenges. Professionals in nearly every sector have found ways to pivot and meet the demand for changing conditions, converting office buildings into labs, vacant malls into community hubs, and traditional offices into collaboration spaces that are safe and inviting.
Justin Dufresne and Jocelyn Gambon of VHB kick off our Forecast section with a focus on big box retailers. Turn to page 12 to read about the challenges and the innovations currently being used to reposition vacant malls and retail spaces.
The life science market will continue to grow in 2022, which is not surprising. Research analysts from CBRE share their insight on the supply and demand for these types of spaces on page 20.
Jillian Tara’s article on page 15 should bring a smile to every office employee’s face. She shares that the number one priority for employers to consider is work-life balance, and the physical and emotional well-being of their employees.
We have a spotlight on the Connecticut Building Congress in this issue, with a letter from President James L. Fox of BVH Integrated Services, segueing into a feature on this year’s Project Team Awards. Check out the full list of winners on page 39.
The holidays are over, but I want to bring to light some of the companies and organizations that gave back to those in need in their communities. Turner Construction held its annual “Mac Attack” donation drive and IBEW Local 103 held a toy drive that distributed toys to different organizations all across Boston. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley was in attendance at the IBEW Local 103 drive to show her support! Read more on page 34.
2022 will mark the 25th Anniversary year for HP. We are planning additional content, circulation, and a special issue including company profiles to mark the occasion. With the purchase of a full page ad, a page will be reserved adjacent to the ad for your company profile. Email [email protected] to learn more. Also, check out page 43 of this issue to see all of this year’s monthly focus topics, annual supplements, and deadlines.
With a whole lot of vigor, let’s do this people!
Happy New Year!