Publisher’s Message: January 2024

A topping out ceremony was recently held for The Slate Upper School in North Haven, Conn. / Rendering courtesy of Patriquin Architects

Our first issue of 2024 contains valuable industry insights from professionals all across the AEC industry. Common themes have emerged which include the commitment to innovation, adaptation, and community building, and the shifts in which markets will be in demand as we embark on the new year.

Anastasia Barnes

In this issue, I interviewed the new president of the Connecticut Building Congress (CBC), Ryan Scrittorale, a senior project manager at Benesch.  We discussed his key initiatives for CBC, the organization’s upcoming programs, and the significance of the Project Team Awards. Scrittorale emphasized CBC’s dedication to connecting and advancing professionals in the AEC industry in Connecticut. Turn to page 32 to read the full interview.

Ben Goldfarb of Nauset Construction wrote a piece for this month’s issue, which addresses the pressing affordable housing problem in Massachusetts and key legislative efforts like the MBTA Communities Act and the prospective Affordable Homes Act. He discusses using tools like Chapter 40B and local incentives to solve the issue and make sure Massachusetts stays a leader in innovation, globally.  Don’t know what Chapter 40B is?  Read more on page 15.

In her article, “Return to Office: Accommodating a Paradigm Shift” on page 16, Janet Morra, a principal at Margulies Perruzzi Architects, explores the challenges and shifts in returning to the post-pandemic workplace. She discusses the adoption of hybrid work models by diverse companies, provides insights from the firm’s own surveys, and stresses the significance of tailoring design solutions to align with each company’s specific business practices and culture for a successful (and peaceful) return to the office.

I recently interviewed Jason Guyot, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. On page 13, Emily Langner, editor at High-Profile, shares highlights from the interview, which includes details of the recently completed Pequot Woodlands Casino and the $300 million Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park in Mashantucket, Conn., which is currently under construction.

This year brings exciting things for High-Profile, including our new FastFacts Friday video edition that launches on Friday, Jan. 5 – an even speedier way to get your weekly news! Plus, we had such a positive response to our in-person panel event back in September that we’re doing it again in celebration of WIC Week 2024. Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 7 at 4:30 p.m., when we will be hosting our first-ever Women In Construction (WiC) Week Speed Networking event. You can look forward to other social events during this year’s WIC Week, including events hosted by AGC MA, WIRE and NAWIC. Stay tuned to our social media posts for more info!

Happy New Year and enjoy the read!

Anastasia Barnes

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