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Windover Construction Appoints Raafat to Chief Innovation Officer

Amr Raafat
Amr Raafat
BEVERLY, MA — Windover Construction, a construction management firm, promotes Amr Raafat to Chief Innovation Officer (CIO). For over 20 years, Raafat has been optimizing technology and providing solutions for the architectural, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) industry and beyond.

Raafat joined Windover in 2017 as Director of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). Through Raafat's expertise and guidance, the firm now utilizes technology in every phase of a project.

In 2021, Raafat helped launch Innovations for Design, Engineering, and Automation (IDEA) — a platform that optimizes the use of Windover's BIM, digital prefabrication, drones, robotics, AR/VR, and reality capture capabilities to mitigate risk, increase efficiencies, and bring clients' visions to life. Through IDEA, Raafat has collaborated with developers, architects, engineers, and partners around the world to provide solutions.

"We recognize that innovation is the implementation of solutions that challenge the status quo, push boundaries, and achieve growth," said Windover's President and CEO, Stuart Meurer. "We know that it is more than just providing new technology. It is a mindset of how we think."

Raafat's vision has led to partnerships with companies around the world. Windover collaborated with Autodesk, New Zealand-based cold-form steel machinery company Howick Ltd, and Canadian software company StrucSoft to develop an adaptive industrial construction technique that fabricates telescopic panels from a digital model.

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Raafat earned global recognition in 2019 as Autodesk's Innovator of the Year for his advancement of the industry through novel integration of applications to provide impactful solutions.

"Since Amr joined Windover, we have continued to grow our VDC capabilities, and it has been amazing to see the transformation in how we build and how that has impacted our industry," Meurer said. "This transformational growth has been exciting to watch, and Amr has been an integral part of it and influencing our culture of innovation."

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