Publisher’s Message: November 2020

Anastasia Barnes

This month is our annual Life Sciences/ABX 2020 edition! While the pandemic has taken its toll on industries like retail and hospitality, there seems to be no slowdown for the Life Science industry in New England. In fact, Boston’s Seaport District is the fastest growing urban life science cluster in the country, according to Steve Purpura of CBRE’s Boston Life Science Group.

Read more about the growing Life Sciences industry and its inevitable expansion into the suburbs in Imran Khan’s article on page 18. This month’s cover shows Boston Development Group’s newest proposed development located in Watertown, Mass.  Read about this new development on page 14.

This month we’re excited to feature the winners of the Boston Preservation Achievement Awards. Originally announced in July of this year, the celebration was postponed to October and was held virtually. Turn to page 50 to see the winners.

AIA National recently reported that inquiries into new projects during September grew for the second time since February 2020, with a score of 57.2 compared to 51.6 in August. New inquiries means new projects and more work!

Did you know clean energy jobs pay more? Environmental Entrepreneurs’ Clean Jobs, Better Jobs report (https://e2.org/reports/clean-jobs-better-jobs/) states that median wages in clean energy are significantly higher than median wages in sectors such as retail, services, recreation and accommodations, especially when it comes to entry-level wages. It might be a time for a job change!

I’ll be moderating one of the mid-morning panels at this year’s AEC Leadership Conference on Nov. 12, hosted by the Construction Institute. I encourage you to sign up for the one-day virtual event that will leave you feeling inspired about our industry!  You can learn more by visiting our events calendar.

Finally, we’ve got two issues left to close out 2020, our annual Green supplement and  December’s awards and year-in-review issue! Both digital issues will be available at the ABX 2020 virtual show on Dec. 2-3! We’ll be setting up our virtual booth this week. I encourage you all to register at https://www.abexpo.com.

As always, enjoy the read!

Anastasia Barnes

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