Winston Churchill said: “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.”
Skanska’s Boston Regional Manager Shawn Hurley, who oversees the development of 101 Seaport and Watermark Seaport, began by lauding his team. “We have people that are extremely passionate about what they do. They have the right combination of research and insight to back up their talent.”
Skanska has the unique ability to self finance which allows them to deliver quickly. “When Pricewaterhouse Coopers moves into 101 Seaport next year,” said Shawn, “the building will be delivered in 26 months. That’s an incredible achievement.”
The event, attended by over 1,000 industry leaders, included a moment of silence for the late Mayor Menino. “The growth and momentum here didn’t happen by chance,” Shawn said. “We would not be here without Mayor Menino. Nobody has played a greater role in shaping and making the Innovation District what it is today.” At this event one year ago Menino was honored by NAIOP with a special Excellence in Public Leadership Award.
John and Mary Fowler received this year’s Edward Linde Pubic Service Award for their long standing commitment to giving back. His interest in helping people is legendary. Charles River Realty Investors’ Brian Kavoogian described them as “the epitome of philanthropy.”
“It is an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as Ed Linde,” John Fowler said.