Publishers Message October 2018

| October 1, 2018


Michael Barnes, Publisher of High-Profile Monthly

Boston Housing Goals Up

Mayor Martin J. Walsh is increasing Boston’s housing goal to 69,000 new units by 2030, up 30% from an earlier goal of 53,000 units by that year, in response to faster-than-expected population growth in the city. The neighborhoods targeted by those new housing units will be the same outlined in the Imagine Boston 2030 master plan released last year: Sullivan Square, Newmarket and Widett Circle, the Fort Point Channel, Suffolk Downs, Readville, and Beacon Yards.

Bruner/Cott Moving to Boston

Bruner/Cott Architects, a two-time recipient of the AIAN National Honor Award for Design, is relocating to the Bulfinch Triangle of Boston on Monday, October 1 after 46 years in Cambridge.

Bruner/Cott is the designer of seminal projects such as MASS MoCA (North Adams, Mass.), one of America’s largest contemporary art museums; the reimagined Boston University School of Law complex, recipient of a DOCOMOMO US Modernism in America Award; and the R.W. Kern Center (Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass.), a certified Living Building. “This move marks the evolution of our firm to new leadership and new ownership,” say the Bruner/Cott principals. Founded in 1972 by Simeon Bruner and Leland Cott, the 35-person firm is now led by principals Jason Forney, AIA, LEED AP; Jason Jewhurst, AIA; and Dana L. Kelly.

The firm is currently designing the Living Village at the Yale Divinity School, a model community for future community builders and bold example of environmental design at an unprecedented scale. Collecting energy from the sun and water from the sky to provide for 150 residents, it is slated to be the largest Living Building Challenge certified project in the country.

AISC New Tagline

For more than a decade, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has proudly proclaimed, “There’s Always a Solution in Steel!” Recently, AISC introduced a new tagline: “Smarter. Stronger. Steel.”

SFNE Annual Dinner Meeting

The SFNE Annual Dinner Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 18 at Summit Metal Fabricators in Plaistow, N.H. The event will feature a tour, a catered dinner, and an architecturally exposed structural steel presentation by Katherine Quigg, PE, an AISC structural steel specialist.
Katherine will provide an overview of the new guidelines that will give 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.

MBC Seaport Update

Ken Colgate, vice president of construction at WS Development, shared plans and visions for Boston’s newest neighborhood at the Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) breakfast recently.
Colgate partners with general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and city officials to build the Seaport Project as an owner representative along with projects across the U.S. After spending 23 years on the general contractor side of the business working all over the North America, Ken has spent the last four years developing relationships and advocating for owner/contractor partnerships to insure success for all parties involved in the Seaport project.

MBC’s next breakfast is titled, “Changing the Face of the Industry” and will feature a panel discussion of industry stakeholders who promote diversity. Visit buildingcongress.org for details.

BWiC Serves Lunch at Rosie’s Place

AGC’s Building Women in Construction (BWiC) volunteers at Rosie’s Place, November 20, will assist with preparing the meal, serving soup, and passing out various items like tea and sugar; act as wait staff; and tidy the space by collecting dishes, operating the dishwasher, and clearing off tables.  For more information visit www.agcmass.org.


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