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The design and construction industry is not just about buildings. It's about the people behind the buildings. Every other Tuesday, join Anastasia Barnes, publisher of High-Profile Monthly, as she interviews forward-thinking professionals within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)industry that are actively transforming the ways in which we work together and embracing new technologies and innovations to provide a more efficient, productive industry. If you work in the Architecture, Engineering or Construction (AEC) industry or are considering entering the field, this podcast is for you!

The design and construction industry is not just about buildings. It's about the people behind the buildings. Every other Tuesday, join Anastasia Barnes, publisher of High-Profile Monthly, as she interviews forward-thinking professionals within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)industry that are actively transforming the ways in which we work together and embracing new technologies and innovations to provide a more efficient, productive industry. If you work in the Architecture, Engineering or Construction (AEC) industry or are considering entering the field, this podcast is for you!
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The design and construction industry is not just about buildings. It's about the people behind the buildings. Every other Tuesday, join Anastasia Barnes, publisher of High-Profile Monthly, as she interviews forward-thinking professionals within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)industry that are actively transforming the ways in which we work together and embracing new technologies and innovations to provide a more efficient, productive industry. If you work in the Architecture, Engineering or Construction (AEC) industry or are considering entering the field, this podcast is for you!

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Episodes

#18 - Liz Skidmore of Policy Group on Tradeswomen's Issues (PGTI) and NERCC

11/20/2019
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In episode 18 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia welcomes Elizabeth Skidmore, business representative with the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (NASRCC), and co-founder of the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues (PGTI). Skidmore talks about the achievements that have been made in recruiting and hiring women in the trades. She also shares how she and many others are working to reach upcoming goals with events and programs such as Mass Girls in Trades and Build A...

Duration:00:41:11

#17 - Mark Reed & Stephanie Goldberg of LAB/LSA

10/21/2019
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In Episode 17 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia welcomes Mark Reed and Stephanie Goldberg, founding principals of the Boston-based architecture and design firm, LAB/LSA. They talk about the threat climate change poses to the city of Boston, and their proposal for a permanent solution to rising sea levels, titled The Blue Necklace. Listen to hear more about their project, which includes increasing Boston’s coastline and providing opportunities for affordable housing, cultural amenities,...

Duration:00:50:09

#16 - Antonia Ciaverella of Tecton Architects

9/30/2019
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In episode 16 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia talks with Antonia Ciaverella, architectural designer with Tecton Architects, about WELL, the first rating system to focus exclusively on the impacts of buildings on human health and wellness. Ciaverella talks about the specific ways a company or organization can achieve the WELL certification or make positive changes in their own spaces to promote the health and well-being of their employees and visitors to their buildings.

Duration:00:37:04

#15 - Brian Anderson of Anderson Porter Design

9/9/2019
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In episode 15 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia sits down with Brian Anderson, founding partner of Anderson Porter Design, to talk about the unique challenges associated with designing and building cannabis cultivation facilities and retail dispensaries. Listen to hear more about how Anderson and his team are leading the charge in this exciting new industry with innovative technologies and deliberate regulatory procedures, and designing facilities with a focus on sustainability and...

Duration:00:28:26

#14 - Kathleen MacNeil of MP Boston

8/26/2019
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A Passive House building "comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level". As we progress through the 21st century, it is clear that employee health and well-being has emerged at the forefront of workplace culture and as a primary component of a successful, happy lifestyle; Kathy MacNeil's work in developing the Winthrop Center in alignment with Passive House Standards continues to...

Duration:00:31:59

#13 - Paul Rocha & Kyle Reagan of DECCO, Inc.

8/12/2019
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In Episode 13 of Build Better, Anastasia sits down with Kyle Reagan, Managing Partner, and Paul Rocha, General Manager of Fabrication of DECCO, Inc. to discuss the industry's shortage of trained workers and how DECCO's unique recruiting program is working to address the issue.

Duration:00:37:52

#12 - Bridget Akinc of Building Impact

7/23/2019
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In Episode 12 of Build Better, Anastasia sits down with Bridget Akinc, CEO of Building Impact, to discuss how the organization is transforming corporate volunteering by partnering with civic, business and nonprofit leaders in addressing complex social issues through volunteering.

Duration:00:38:07

#11 - Sam Batchelor of designLAB Architects and Jessica Schultz of Hitchcock Center for the Environment

7/8/2019
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A living building is built to mimic natural processes with the intent of improving the surrounding environment. A building that achieves Living Certification must meet the performance requirements of seven “Petals” or categories: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty. In Episode #11 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia chats with Sam Batchelor of designLAB Architects and Jessica Schultz of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment to discuss the...

Duration:00:49:44

#10 -Lisa Nickerson of Nickerson People Relations & Nickerson Real Estate Partners

6/25/2019
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When we hear the word crisis, we most commonly think of an emergency situation; but a crisis can be any incident that is disruptive to business operations or that negatively impacts staff, customers or an individual's reputation. Crisis can refer to a computer network going down to an active shooter situation. In Ep. #10 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia sits down with Lisa Nickerson, the CEO and founder of Nickerson Peopler Relations and Nickerson Real Estate Partners. Lisa discusses...

Duration:00:26:53

#9 - Mike McDonagh of Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts

6/12/2019
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In episode 9 of Build Better, Anastasia welcomes Mike McDonagh, CEO of the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts (ASM), for an update on the state of the construction industry in Massachusetts in 2019. McDonagh talks about the big issues facing Mass subcontractors this year and what the ASM is doing to address those - from current legislation affecting the industry to what employers can be doing to address the opioid crisis.

Duration:00:39:08

#8 - Andrea Dunn of E.M. Duggan and Mary Vogel of Building Pathways

5/28/2019
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This episode of Build Better podcast, Anastasia Barnes talks with Mary Vogel, executive director of Building Pathways (BP), an eastern Massachusetts organization that creates opportunities for low-income area residents to access and prepare for building trades apprenticeships and family-sustaining careers in the construction industry and Andrea Dunn, a sprinkler fitter apprentice at E.M. Duggan (and a graduate of the BP program). They discuss the benefits of the Building Pathways program and...

Duration:00:42:11

#7 - Tom S. Gunning of The Building Trades Employers' Association

5/14/2019
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In the third and final installment of the focus on the Opioid Crisis in Construction, Anastasia Barnes chats with Tom S. Gunning, the director of labor relations at the Building Trades Employers's Association (BTEA). Tom was the organizer behind "Building Trades for Recovery Week", which happened between April 29 and May 3rd of 2019. The week-long event was designed to increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorder and help construction industry professionals learn best...

Duration:00:23:10

#6 - Jean Carroon of Goody Clancy & Jeremy Gregory of MIT CSHub

4/30/2019
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On Episode 6 of Build Better, Anastasia welcomes Jeremy Gregory, executive director of MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub and Jean Carroon, FAIA, principal of Goody Clancy, to learn more about embodied carbon and to discuss the challenges those in the A/E/C industry face in reducing their carbon footprint. Embodied carbon refers to the environmental impact associated with the construction of buildings and creating the materials for those buildings. Carroon and Gregory talk about how there is...

Duration:00:52:37

#5 - Jared Hesek and Pat Donovan of Karas & Karas Glass

4/16/2019
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Episode 5 of Build Better is Part 2 of a 3 Part Series on the opioid epidemic in the construction industry in New England. In this episode, Anastasia has a frank conversation with Jared Hesek and Pat Donovan, contractors at Karas & Karas Glass. Both men have struggled with addiction in their lives and are now in recovery, living healthy sober lives. They each share their journey to recovery and how they ended up working for Karas & Karas Glass.

Duration:00:39:56

#4 - David Argus of Karas and Karas Glass

4/2/2019
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Episode 4 of Build Better is Part 1 of a 3 Part Series on the opioid epidemic in the construction industry in New England. In this episode, Anastasia has an intimate conversation with David Argus, director of operations at Argus & Argus, about his family member's struggle (and recovery) with drugs. Through his son's journey to recovery, Argus became more aware of the rehabilitation and counseling services available to addicts. He was so moved by these couselors selfless passion for...

Duration:00:36:18

#3 - Julia McFadden of Svigals + Partners

3/20/2019
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On Episode 3 of Build Better, Julia McFadden of Svigals + Partners discusses what productive playgrounds are, how biophilia design is connecting us back to nature and the unique role it played in the redesign of the Sandy Hook School Elementary School. Julia also shares the current discourse surrounding school safety, including the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) federal clearing house of resources on school design best practices for school officials and the design professionals to...

Duration:00:26:09

#2 - Karrie Kratz of Gilbane Building Company

3/4/2019
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In this episode, Anastasia Barnes chats with Karrie Kratz, vice president of Gilbane Building Company, and operations manager of Gilbane’s Connecticut office. Kratz talks about how, at Gilbane, those in leadership positions understand very well that employees don't just want to be identified by the job they do, but they are looking for someone to understand and communicate with them as a person, to mentor them, and to assist them on their career path. Karrie also tells our listeners what...

Duration:00:33:26

#1 - Luiza Mills of Interstate Electrical Services Corp.

2/17/2019
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In High-Profile's inaugural podcast, Anastasia Barnes sits down with Luiza Mills, director of human resources and public relations at Interstate Electrical Services Corporation (IESC). Luiza discusses lean construction, the importance of solution-based thinking, challenges of recruiting new talent, and IESC's new apprentice program. Plus, Luiza and Anastasia call Michael Barnes, the founder of High-Profile, to play a game called "Ask Anastasia's Dad".

Duration:00:31:43