PMA People: Joe DeSantis

Joe DeSantis, Associate

Braintree, Massachusetts

What current project(s) are you working on?
Currently, I divide my time between the Saugus Middle/High School Project in Saugus, MA (75%) and the Smith Elementary School Project in Danvers, MA (25%).

What is your career highlight so far?
Closing out the Essex Technical High School Project is a career highlight for me because it marked the completion of my first project with PMA. The project had many moving pieces, and was difficult to close out. This required the PMA team to put in extra effort to bring the project to the finish line. There were four or five critical path tasks towards the end that seemed to take two steps forward and one step back. In our field it is easy to get caught up with compounding issues and deadlines looming, but watching the students excitedly explore the new building was such a rewarding experience. It gave me the opportunity to take a step back and appreciate how all of our team’s efforts will impact thousands of students’ lives for decades to come.

What is something new or innovative happening in your industry (CM or PM related)?
I look forward to witnessing the utilization of virtual reality in construction planning and design. I’m also interested in seeing the implementation of radio frequency identification (RFID) construction worker tracking and the impact that this technology will have in claims analysis in the future.

What was a transformative project or challenge that you did at PMA?
The transformative project would be the above-described Essex Technical High School Project. My biggest challenge was the punch list closeout at the North Reading Middle/High School Project.

Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it?
One of my favorite parts about my job is the importance of social interactions. Every day I learn something new about construction, politics, or people. It’s critical that our PMA team is in constant collaboration with our clients, architects, construction managers, and all involved parties to ensure that we are all working towards the same goal.

From which university did you graduate?
I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering.

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox.

Provide a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a big fan of all things Boston sports – Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox, Bruins (in that order).
I purchased my first home last summer in Wakefield, MA.
I am the proud uncle / godfather of my nephew Giovanni.