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By: Brian Sullivan

If January is any indicator of how 2020 will go, I think we can all agree that it will be a busy year. From the conversations that I’ve had with clients, contractors and industry colleagues as well as predictions reported by experts, it looks like 2020 will be another strong year.

At Sullivan Engineering here’s what we are anticipating for 2020:

The Construction Industry

In the ACEC Engineering Industry Outlook Webinar by Greg Powell of FMI Capital Advisers, Greg remained consistent with his prediction from last year that 2020 would be a stable year. The team at Dodge Data & Analytics are expecting construction starts to decline in 2020 but still stay strong as predicted in the 2020 Dodge Construction Outlook 

Finding qualified employees in the construction industry will remain a problem according to a recent report  by the AGC. This problem has persisted for a while now and is often reiterated by many contractors as well as engineers and architects. Of course with such a low unemployment rate this issue is not restricted to the construction industry.

Building Envelope Restoration

The Building Envelope Restoration niche in New York City appears to be poised for another really strong year in 2020. The changes for the upcoming 9th cycle of FISP recently made official as well as the state’s focus on garage inspections are certainly creating a buzz in the industry. From our observations and discussions we’ve had with industry colleagues many clients are optimistic about the year and therefore are moving forward projects a few months earlier than previous years and are moving forward with projects that had been previously postponing.

Sullivan Engineering

In December, our Leadership team completed our annual two-day planning session with our EOS  implementer Mark O’Donnell. As always those two days are a raw and honest look at what’s working and what’s not working within the company as well as our industry. After the two days were over we walked away with our one year plan, our 3 year picture and our 2030 Target.

  • We continue to have ambitious growth plans through 2020 and beyond, emboldened by our Purpose of Empowering Others to Improve their Quality of Life 
  • We will continue to spend a disproportionate amount of time and resources recruiting, hiring, on-boarding and training as the results that we’ve had with some of our key new team members speaks for itself. In 2020, we anticipate adding eight new team members, 2 of them began this week. Shameless plug: if you know anyone looking to be part of a great firm with an amazing culture please send them our way.
  • We will be rolling out 15 more courses to our in-house formal education program and have plans to roll several out externally as well via an event in the Spring, more on that in future newsletters
  • We are also excited about rolling out new software that will allow us to be more efficient, self-managing and informative through a field reporting program for our iPads, an “all-in-one” solution for our finance/accounting, CRM and project management needs and last but not least an intranet for knowledge management. 
  • Our Boston/Cambridge office is set to open in the Spring and will hit the ground running with several key projects ready to go.
  • We will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year, some days it feels like it’s been 1 year and other days it feels like 25. To recognize all of the effort of our team as well as the individuals who have helped us along the way we are planning a celebration to say thank you. Keep an eye out for the event details shortly.
  • And of course most importantly we will continue to support the charities we are involved with through our Sullivan Empowers initiative. Year after year, this is one of the initiatives that is the most rewarding to all of us at Sullivan as we see the effort our hard work and success has on others.

We wish you all tremendous success and prosperity in 2020.

If you have any feedback on how we can continue to improve, please share it with us. We would love to hear your thoughts. I hope we all have a great 2020!

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