Laura Handler
A leader in virtual design and construction by her mid-20s
28, Director of VDC
Tocci Building Cos.
Woburn, Mass.

Laura Handler's influence extends well beyond the walls of Tocci Building Cos. She is one of the founding members of the AGC's BIMForum, the industry's largest technical collaboration consortium focused on building information modeling and virtual design and construction. Through the BIMForum, she is at the forefront of defining new processes, workflows and terminology such as BIM execution planning, model validation, BIM authoring and detailed BIM collaboration protocols between builder, designer and owner. A frequent presenter on VDC and BIM, she planned and hosted a 400-plus attendee BIMForum conference last year, sparking a conversation on "return on innovation investment." Since beginning her career with Tocci six years ago, she has earned considerable project experience as well. Handler was the BIM manager for Autodesk's headquarters project in Waltham, Mass., which was the first project in New England to use an integrated project delivery contract form. The project won 14 awards for process and design. She is also working with Harvard University on its BIM implementation strategy, helping the school develop a long-term BIM road map.



Ryan Hutchins
Former intern develops into a top young leader in New England
36, Business Manager/Senior Vice President/Regional Manager
Gilbane Building Co.

Starting as an intern at Gilbane in 1997, Hutchins has since risen through the corporate ranks to become one of the company's youngest senior leaders. His career path includes roles as associate estimator, project engineer-superintendent, regional quality manager, business development manager, district operations manager and director of special projects. At age 31, he was promoted to become the youngest project executive in Gilbane's New England region. In 2010, he was named the firm's youngest senior vice president and regional manager. Hutchins has earned corporate project achievement awards for 16 projects during his tenure and was honored with a Builder of the Year regional award in 2007 for a Boston Red Sox Fenway Park improvements project. In 2004, Hutchins developed a delivery model for construction projects under $5 million in the region, capturing a market that Gilbane had not been able to service in the past.