Publisher’s Message: July 2021

Operating beyond its useful life, the Gant Science Complex is undergoing a major renovation to meet UConn’s anticipated rise in student enrollment in STEM programs.

We’re publishing ten groundbreakings this month. It’s exciting to see so many new developments coming to life in New England, after a year of challenges and many projects being put on hold. Check out the story on HMTX Industries’ world headquarters in Norwalk, Conn. on page 9. It is on track to be the first Living Building Challenge Petal certified project in the state of Connecticut.

Anastasia Barnes

In one month, we lost two esteemed leaders, each extremely talented and committed to his work: Blasdel Reardon and Mark Stebbins. Blasdel served as a mentor to my father and High-Profile founder, Michael Barnes. Both men will be missed. Read more about their contributions and impact on our industry on page 7.

This month, we highlight the thriving life sciences sector. Firms like DPS Group are being asked to convert existing commercial spaces into cGMP Facilities. Vice President Eddie Skillington suggests using outdoor space “to house solvent tanks, bulk gasses, a chiller plant, or backup power generation” to save valuable internal square footage. That’s literally thinking outside the box. Turn to page 19 to read the article.

Tis the season! Is it Christmas in July? Sort of. This month is our biannual focus on industry awards. The Connecticut Building Congress recently announced its 2021 Project Team Awards, honoring outstanding building projects that exemplify project team excellence and represent the best practices in teamwork by project owners, architects, engineers, constructors and trades. Check out the winners on page 38.

I was thrilled to get to attend ABC NH/VT’s Spirit of Ethan Allen Evening Cruise on Lake Champlain on June 24. It was so nice to laugh, chat, and share a drink with colleagues in person once again, and enjoy a summer evening. Check out the feature on ABC NH/VT’s recent safety awards and graduation on page 28.

Next month is our Retail and Hospitality focus. This includes entertainment venues like casinos, theaters, and concert halls. Let us know if you’re working in these sectors and have a project to highlight.

Thanks for reading, contributing, supporting and sharing.

Enjoy the read,

Anastasia Barnes

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