Worcester Business Journal

June 21, 2021

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wbjournal.com | June 21, 2021 | Worcester Business Journal 3 Editor, Brad Kane, bkane@wbjournal.com Staff Writer, Monica Benevides, mbenevides@wbjournal.com (Manufacturing, equality & inclusion) Editorial Interns Amy Thai, athai@wbjournal.com Sharon Boateng, sboateng@wbjournal.com Devan Greevy, dgreevy@wbjournal.com Contributors Susan Shalhoub, Livia Gershon Lead Researcher, Timothy Doyle, tdoyle@nebusinessmedia.com Research Assistant, Heide Martin, hmartin@nebusinessmedia.com Production Director, Kira Beaudoin, kbeaudoin@wbjournal.com Art Director, Mitchell Hayes, mhayes@wbjournal.com Senior Accounts Manager Christine Juetten, cjuetten@wbjournal.com Senior Special Accounts Manager Mary Lynn Bosiak, mlbosiak@wbjournal.com Marketing & Events Manager Kris Prosser, kprosser@wbjournal.com COO, Mary Rogers, mrogers@nebusinessmedia.com Accounting Assistant, Rae Rogers, rrogers@nebusinessmedia.com Account Receivable Specialist, Patty Harris, pharris@nebusinessmedia.com Human Resources, Jill Coran, jcoran@nebusinessmedia.com Director of Audience Development, Valerie Clark, vclark@nebusinessmedia.com Operations Assistant, Leah Allen, lallen@nebusinessmedia.com Publisher, CEO, Peter Stanton pstanton@nebusinessmedia.com Associate Publisher, Mark Murray mmurray@wbjournal.com President, Tom Curtin tcurtin@hartfordbusinessjournal.com Worcester Business Journal (ISSN#1063-6595) is published bi-weekly, 24x per year, including 4 special issues in May, September, October, and December by New England Business Media. 172 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA 01604. Periodicals postage paid at Worcester, MA. Copyright 2021. All rights reserved. Postmaster: Please send address changes to: Worcester Business Journal, PO Box 330, Congers, NY 10920-9894. Subscriptions: Annual subscriptions are available for $60.00. For more information, please email wbjournal@ cambeywest.com or contact our circulation department at 845-267-3008. Fax: 845.267.3478 Advertising: For advertising information, please call Mark Murray at 508-755-8004 ext. 227. Fax: 508-755-8860. Worcester Business Journal accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or materials and in general does not return them to the sender. Worcester Business Journal 172 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604 508-755-8004 tel. • 508-755-8860 fax www.wbjournal.com Worcester Business Journal WBJ T his past week marked some- thing of a pandemic milestone at Worcester Business Journal: We had our first in-office, in-person staff meeting since February 2020. As an office 100% vaccinated against the coronavirus, the switch back to seeing each other maskless around 172 Shrews- bury St. was only a matter of time. It was nice to be back among people again, and the energy of an interactive, in-person newsroom is hard to replicate remotely. Yet, this was hardly a return to a pre-pandemic workplace, if such a thing could ever exist again. Since the early summer of 2020, I've been going into the WBJ office at least part-time. Now, I'm up to five days a week, but I'm still only phys- ically there for about five hours before I head to pick up my daughter from school and finish my workday at my home office. Likewise, nearly all WBJ staffers have long settled into a hybrid or entirely remote worklife; while some in-person collabo- ration is lost in this balance, the remote work brings its own efficiencies and fewer in-office distractions. As a manager and the editor of WBJ, I would like to rekindle that magic lost when we switched away from in-person interactions to communication via email, text, and Google Meet. Still, it's difficult to tell employees they must switch back to default coming into the office when the home office offers such advantages and is something I readily take advantage of my- self. Even moreso, the idea of in-person interactions being the only way to capture the best collaboration is probably a fallacy. Yes, our pandemic interactions were all basically via text (or the dreaded phone call), but we ended up being connected in a way we had never been before. is is a long, long way of saying the move away from the pandemic-forced lifestyle is going to be a messy one. As articles in this edition point out, colleges are returning to full in-person instruction with the fall semester but are dealing with students who need extra instruction and help with their mental health (page 12); and Worcester restaurants are pushing for the temporary outdoor dining program to become permanent, which will come with its own headaches (page 8). I N T H I S I S S U E Much like the start of the pandemic, where we were all feeling our way through the dark with limited information and experience, this phase near the end of the pandemic requires a lot of trial-by-error and informed guessing, too. – Brad Kane, editor Feeling our way through the dark N E W S & A N A LY S I S 4 Central Mass. In Brief 14 Focus on Architecture & Construction 16 The List: Top architectural firms 17 Guest column: Worcester's architecture 18 The List: Top commercial contractors 19 Know How 20 Movers & Shakers 20 Photo Finish 21 Opinion 22 Shop Talk: Dress for Success Worcester 10 The global dean WPI's effort to take its project-based learning model to the global stage will get an added boost with the arrival of a new dean. 19 A virtual acquisition Know How advice columnist Joseph Kask details the lessons learned during Worcester consulting firm blumshapiro's acquisition by CLA, which was done entirely remotely. D E P A R T M E N T S A division of: Member FDIC For more information, contact: Peter Staiti, First Vice President Commercial Lending Center Manager 508.957.1108 Peter.Staiti@RocklandTrust.com RocklandTrust.com/Worcester A relationship your business can rely on. Now with three branches across the greater Worcester area, and a dedicated commercial lending center – our team is ready to support your business. 193 BOSTON TURNPIKE SHREWSBURY 967 GRAFTON ST WORCESTER 301 GROVE ST WORCESTER 100 FRONT ST WORCESTER W CORRECTION: The June 7 advice column "How to counter the Shecession" in the Know How section incorrectly listed Bowditch & Dewey attorney Chelsie Vokes as the sole author. Partner AiVi Nguyen co-wrote the column with Vokes.

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