Publisher’s Message: November 2023

BW Kennedy & Co. was recently selected by Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts to receive an Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction for 580 Pleasant Street in Watertown, Mass. / Photo by Anton Grassl Photography

Over the past two years, significant shifts in the life science sector have reshaped real estate investment and facility design. This issue dives deep into these changes, spotlighting how industry professionals are accommodating the evolving needs of tenants during the design and construction phases.

Anastasia Barnes

Don’t miss our lead feature: a candid Q&A with Joe Boncore, former Massachusetts state senator and former CEO of MassBio, and the founder and principal of Commonwealth Counsel. Read the interview to gain valuable insights on the forces shaping Massachusetts’ life science market and its effects on Massachusetts’ commercial real estate. Turn to page 16 for the full interview.

On page 17, Alan Vanags and Bill Smith of Salas O’Brien break down the challenges faced by engineers on university research facilities, and present solutions for delivering high-performance facilities with long-term functionality. As Vanags and Smith state, “University research facilities play a crucial role in nurturing long-term discoveries and training future scientists,” and careful planning is essential in creating a facility that will serve the university for years to come.

Builders of Color Coalition (BCC) recently announced the ten members of its Investment Analysis Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to enhance inclusivity and accessibility within Boston’s commercial real estate industry, while also fostering economic prosperity for minority businesses and the communities served by BCC. All new members are principals of their firm or leading investment decision-makers at their respective companies. Read more about the BCC and its goals for the fellowship on page 45.

I encourage you all to attend the Association of Medical Facility Professionals (AMFP) Boston chapter’s Canned Food Drive and Social on Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Red Thread – Boston. Each can donated at the members only event gets you one raffle ticket for entry to win a variety of prizes. I am currently serving as the organization’s first communications director, and would love to see you there! Visit to become a member and to register.

HP’s December issue has a focus on Awards and Year-in-Review. Send us a recap of your company’s finished projects, milestones, and industry achievements, or reserve space to thank your team, clients, and vendors for their support throughout the year. The deadline is Nov. 20.

The deadline for our Annual Green Supplement is also fast approaching. Be sure to share with us the news of your latest net-zero or passive house project, or your insights on the latest innovations, guidelines, or challenges/successes in designing and constructing sustainable buildings or facilities. The deadline is Nov. 17. Contact [email protected] or your account executive for more information on being a part of this supplement.

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2023, we wish all of our readers, advertisers, and supporters a Happy Thanksgiving and an opportunity to slow down and enjoy time with family and friends.

Enjoy the read!

Anastasia Barnes

Read HP’s November 2023 issue now!