Publisher’s Message November 2018

| November 1, 2018

Welcome ABXers

It is a privilege to be able to share a message with the AEC community each month. We want to hear from you. I hope I have the opportunity, along with Anastasia and the HP team, to chat one-on-one with you from the HP booth #1158 at ABX (see inside back cover).

ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) is the largest building and design trade show and conference in the Northeast, attracting 8,000 architects, builders/contractors, and design professionals each year. Founded in 1986 as BuildBoston, the show was rebranded in 2012 as ABX. Preregister now online by clicking the link at

ABX Seminar

Can empty and underutilized properties in Boston’s suburbs be redesigned and engineered for profitability within this burgeoning real estate market? This proposition will be explored at the ABX seminar titled “Repositioning of Suburban Two-Story Office and R&D Buildings” on Nov. 28 at 1:30 p.m., featuring speakers Greg Klemmer, VP Colliers International; Shawn Hawthorne, director of asset management, Novaya Real Estate Ventures; Chuck Reilly, VP business development; and Dennis McCarthy, VP design/ architecture at Dacon Corporation.

GBS ’18

Community members recently celebrated the best efforts, designs, and products in the commonwealth at Green Building Showcase (GBS ’18). The evening event featured project boards, short presentations, discussions, and awards.

Women in Green

USGBC will host “Women in Green” breakfast Monday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mass. For more information, visit

SPA Team (l-r) Amanda Cleveland, Mitch Sharnick

S/P+A at IIDA NE Fashion Show

Boston – Silver/Petrucelli + Associates was one of only two Connecticut design firms represented in this fall’s fashion show sponsored by the International Interior Design Association New England (IIDA NE) chapter. The widely attended industry event was held at the Boston Convention Center on Oct. 18.

S/P+A’s team was led by Amanda Cleveland, IIDA NE, Hartford City Center vice president; Jillian Tara, Kimberly Einhart, and Mary Sanchez, all interior designers at the firm; and Mitch Sharnick, architectural designer.



 SFNE Dinner

Katherine Quigg

John Roy

The recent SFNE annual dinner meeting at Summit Metal Fabricators in Plaistow, N.H., featured a tour, catered dinner, and presentation by Katherine Quigg, PE, an AISC structural steel specialist, and John Roy, vice president of Connecticut Galvanizing.

Quigg’s overview of the new guidelines gave fabricators a better understanding of the various AESS categories. The information provided should lead to more effective documentation and streamlined communication with design professionals within the new AESS category system. Roy discussed the need for greater communication between fabricators and galvanizers on AESS jobs.



Ilir Alibali

O&G Mixer Driver Wins National Safety Award

Stamford, CT – Ilir Alibali, a concrete mixer driver with O&G Industries, was recently recognized by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) with their annual Safety Award. Alibali received the award for saving a driver back in 2017. The driver has driven his sedan through O&G’s Davenport Street Concrete Plant in Stamford and into the harbor. Alibali dove into the water and pulled the driver to safety. Alibali stated: “With one hand I held the tire on the barge and with other I grabbed onto the guy and then pulled the guy out.”

Award winners for the second half of 2018 is the focus in HP’s December issue. If you have received an award for work in safety, construction, or design, send details to




HP is proud to announce anniversaries for Hancock Assoc. p. 37; Ipswitch Glass, p. 29; R&R Window, centerspread; and IBG, p 49. Why keep a low profile? If your company is reaching a milestone, send details to


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