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Safety First By Mark Morris Call it a time of constant adjustments. Since COVID-19 hit, area contractors have continued to work after adopting a number of state-mandated safety protocols to […]

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Essential Work     Back in March, ‘essential’ was a magic word for employers across Massachusetts. It meant they could continue to work, provide services, and generate revenue during a […]

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Constructing a New Way Forward By Mark Morris Essential. That one word made all the difference for the construction industry as most sectors of the economy shut down, except for […]

Essential Questions Since the state ordered most workplaces to close their doors last week, there has still been plenty of work going on — just less of it, in most […]

Home Makers Walk-in closets in master bedrooms, low-emissivity windows, and laundry rooms are the most likely features in typical new homes in 2020, based on a recent survey of single-family […]

Age of Automation The design trend known broadly as home automation comes in many forms, from a command to Amazon’s Alexa to turn off the lights to a smartphone app […]

Advice — on the House By Mark Morris Sometimes the online approach isn’t the most efficient way to tackle a project. “If you’re looking to hire a landscaper, for example, […]

Green-building Tax Breaks By Lisa White, CPA, CJ Aberin, CCSP, and Brandon Val Verde, CEPE On Dec. 20, 2019, a pair of tax provisions, Sections §45L and §179D, made their […]

Doors to Success Invigorated. That’s not the word many people would use to describe themselves after being in the same business, with the same company, for 34 years. But that’s […]

Powered Up Mike Ostrowski says having the tools and equipment to be able to do any job is at the top of his priority list. In fact, it has been […]

Building a Bridge Civil engineers help design bridges, roads, and other critical infrastructure projects. In fact, “we make civilization possible,” Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) Assistant Professor Cynthia DeSellier tells […]

Slowing Trend Dodge Data & Analytics recently released its 2020 Dodge Construction Outlook, predicting that total U.S. construction starts will slip to $776 billion in 2020, a decline of 4% […]

Scaling Up Five years ago, South African Neville Orsmond, an avid fly fisherman, purchased the Thomas & Thomas company and went about resuscitating perhaps the iconic brand within that industry, […]

Taking the Industry Lead As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, Eversource Energy announced an industry-leading goal to be carbon-neutral by 2030. The energy company plans to achieve this […]

Beneath the Surface The wastewater pump station at Springfield’s riverfront has done its job for more than 80 years, but it’s nearing the end of its useful life and lacks […]