Publisher’s Message June, 2018

| June 5, 2018

Welcome to HP

Michael Barnes, publisher of High-Profile Monthly

We want to give a special shout-out to those who may be discovering High-Profile Monthly for the first time from the NEBFM trade show June 13 and 14, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Facilities news for New England is HP’s focus every month. You are invited to join in by sharing news of your company’s design and construction activitiy.

High-Profile is a proud media sponsor for the Connecticut Building Congress Team Awards presented at the CBC Awards Banquet in June. HP will feature all the award winners in our July focus on the most prominent AEC and safety award winners of 2018. If your company has received an award this year, send details to editor@high-profile.com. Why keep a low profile?

BSA Architecture Cruises

Boston – Cosponsored by the BSA Foundation and Boston By Foot, and hosted by the Charles Riverboat Company, the 2018 season of Architecture Cruises opened in May. Showcasing spectacular views of historic and contemporary architecture along Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River Basin, these 90-minute tours continue to be a unique way to explore Boston’s storied architecture heritage and evolving skyline.

Tickets are available online at charlesriverboat.com/tickets.

AGC on Employment

Construction employment increased in 245 out of 358 metro areas between March 2017 and March 2018, declined in 67, and stagnated in 46, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Association officials said that trade disputes that could arise from the president’s newly imposed tariffs and long-term infrastructure funding shortfalls could threaten future construction employment growth. They noted that many construction firms have already experienced significant increases in what they pay for steel products. Meanwhile, long-term funding shortfalls for infrastructure improvements could undermine demand for many firms’ services.

BPDA Launches 3D Smart Model

Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) recently launched a web-based three dimensional (3D) base model of the city

of Boston, available for public use for free on the agency’s website, bostonplans.org. The 3D geographic information system (GIS) model supports the BPDA’s goals to implement new solutions to solve complex challenges facing Boston, while providing greater transparency and increased community engagement.

The model includes a visibility assessment tool that will allow planners to determine what portion of a proposed development can be seen from a certain location or viewpoint, and a daylight tool to quickly access shadows that will be created by a proposed development.


Earth Expo & Convention Center Opens

Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun recently celebrated the grand opening of the Earth Expo & Convention Center, the property’s $80 million expansion, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Built by A/Z Corp., the 275,000sf center of flexible meeting and event space is located next to the property’s Winter Parking Garage, adjacent to the Earth Tower guest rooms. The first major event held in Earth Expo was the third annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction of collector cars June 20-23.

Mohegan Sun Executives, members of the Mohegan Council, local and state dignitaries and project partners: cut the ribbon for the opening of the Earth Expo & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun.

 

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